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A Gentleman’s Guide To Cold Weather Skincare

If you’re suffering from chapped lips, dry skin and flaky patches, it could be a sign your skin needs some extra care.

The reason? Our skin is constantly being exposed to extreme elements. Outside, it’s subjected to wind and sun. Inside, to cranked heaters and hotter showers. Going from one extreme to the other can really weather your skin down and dehydrate it very quickly.

The good news is though, it’s not hard to get on top of a winter skincare routine. And if you have your basic skin routine figured out, that’s already a good start.

And then as far as extra precautions for winter go, we’re here to help. We asked Paul Anderson, managing director of ManKind, to share his top tips for helping skin stay healthy and hydrated this winter.

You still need SPF

The #1 rule for wintertime skincare? Keep using SPF. Image: Dermalogica / dermalogica.com.au

“The biggest misconception about winter is you don’t need a sunscreen in winter,” says Anderson. “This is not the case, especially in Australia. Every day an SPF should be used.”

You can either choose to wear a sunscreen like the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 under your moisturiser or mixed in, or use a moisturiser that acts as a two-in-one.

Lab Series’ Daily Rescue Defense Lotion SPF35 not only offers broad spectrum protection, but has antioxidant ingredients that act as a shield to protect your skin from daily irritants like smoke and pollution.

Incorporate Vitamin C into your routine

Incorporate Vitamin C into your skincare routine year-round. Image: Kiehl’s / kiehls.com.au

If you haven’t incorporated Vitamin C into your skincare routine, now’s the time to start. And don’t just use it year-round – it’s so good you’ll want to keep using it year-round.

Not only does it have anti-oxidant properties that add another layer after sunscreen to help fight sun damage, but it can also help boost skin collagen to correct signs of ageing.

If that’s not enough, Vitamin C can also strengthen weak skin, reduce inflammation, and protect the skin from pollution.

It’s a key ingredient in this line-reducing concentrate from Kiehl’s.

Cleanse your skin every day

Cleansing skin removes dirt build-up and keeps skin healthy. Image: Mecca / mecca.com.au

Not cleansing your skin every day? You should start.

“It’s a way to remove the build-up of dirt on your skin and keep your skin healthy,” says Anderson.

As a rule of thumb, you know you have the right cleanser when your skin still feels calm and hydrated after washing. Gentle cleansing during winter with something like the Perricone MD Neuropeptide Facial Cleanser will prevent your skin from drying out as it will continue to hydrate while your pores get squeaky clean.

Moisturise to keep your skin hydrated

Always moisturise after cleansing. Image: Aesop / aesop.com

“If you’re cleansing your face then you’re going to have to moisturise,” he says.

“When you cleanse, you’re removing not only dirt but oil from the skin. If you don’t moisturise, there will be more oil flow from your skin to compensate for the lack of moisture. Winter is all about nourishing and hydrating the skin more.”

A hyaluronic serum will help combat dry skin, Anderson advised. Hyaluronic acid is designed to help restore moisture that we’re missing in our skin, so it appears hydrated and healthy. Plus, when your skin is hydrated, then fine lines and wrinkles will fade.

La Roche-Posay has a hyaluronic serum, which is a water-based gel so even though it’s super moisturising, it won’t leave your skin feeling heavy.

But it’s not just about moisturising your face. The same advice applies from head-to-toe. Moisturising your hands, feet, and body after every shower with something like Aesop’s Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, which is designed for particularly parched skin, will keep your skin hydrated.

Don’t forget your lips – constantly licking them won’t help. For something super moisturising try L’Occitane Ultra Rich Shea Lip Balm, which contains shea butter. Or a household favourite that locks in moisture is the Burt’s Bees Ultra-Conditioning Lip Balm.

Exfoliate your skin even more

Regular exfoliation is crucial in winter. Image: The Groomed Man Co. / thegroomedmanco.com

While regular exfoliation is always important, it’s particularly crucial in winter.

“Once to twice a week is enough,” says Anderson. “Be careful to not over exfoliate dry skin, as you can cause a lot more damage.”

He says the trick to wintertime exfoliation is to go for a granular scrub that’s not too course on the skin. The cleansing facial scrub from Hunter is a natural two-in-one foaming facial cleansing exfoliant that has just enough grit but won’t leave your skin feeling irritated.

Like moisturising, exfoliating the rest of the body with a product like the activated Charcoal and Bamboo Body Scrub from The Groomed Man Co. is also encouraged.

“You tend to rug up a lot more during winter, but that’s when dead skin builds up the most,” he says, “You’ll also find that you skin is rubbing against your jeans and that’s when ingrown hair starts to happen if you don’t address it.”

(Lead image: Charisse Kenion / Unsplash)

Published 23 April, 2019