With men becoming increasingly conscious about their looks, it can help if they give specific attention to skin care, says an expert. Using the right products and a natural face moisturiser can take care of the main issues, says Josh Meyer, co-founder and CEO of Brickell Men’s products. Here are four tips that can make your fight towards problem-free skin easier.
1. Dry skin
Cold and dry air depletes the moisture from your skin, resulting in tightness and flaky skin. It feels uncomfortable and does not look good at all. Prevent dehydration with a natural face moisturiser. For the best results, choose a natural, oil-free product that absorbs quickly. Most men should use face moisturiser twice daily: once in the morning and once at night, before going to bed. It will hydrate the skin, keeping you feeling fresh throughout the day.
If you are going to be outside, remember that the sun can dry out your skin and damage it during winter. The heat is not what causes trouble; it’s those insidious UV rays. Always wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher if you will be spending over 30 minutes outdoors.
2. Shave irritation
Dry weather makes shave irritation much worse. If you don’t have a beard, you will need to take extra precautions to prevent razor bumps, redness, and itchiness. Try exfoliating your skin before you shave. It will make your hair stand away from the skin, reducing the chances of razor bumps. Exfoliating eliminates the layer of dead skin that can clog pores and cause irritation as well. Switch to a safety razor and use a lotion-based shaving cream for best results.
A point to note is that multi-blade razors can actually make razor bumps worse. They get too close to the skin and increase the chances of hairs twisting back under the skin. Finish your shave with an alcohol-free aftershave to soothe the skin and protect it from bacteria.
3. Cracked hands
Use a natural hand lotion that hydrates skin without leaving thick, oily residue. Unscented lotions are best if you have sensitive skin.
4. Chapped lips
The pain of chapped (or worse, cracked lips) is never fun. But it’s something almost all men experience through the winter. Prevent the pain and damage by using lip balm. Organic lip balm is best since you do not want to be placing harsh chemicals so close to your mouth. Keep it with you throughout the day and reapply generously to keep your lips safe from the cold.