Winter skin and hair savers
Act now for nourished health before the chill strikes.
Most men think it’s not manly to take care of their skin and strands as the weather changes. But the fact is dry, cold air can wreak havoc on your smooth skin and strands. Here’s a ready reckoner on how to sail through these chilly months with a smile.
Of course you shower, you think impatiently. But those hot showers that seem so comforting can strip away natural oils that keep skin hydrated. Steer clear of antibacterial soaps and gels because they contain alcohol that can further dry out skin. Instead have a lukewarm shower and use a moisturizing cleanser designed to purge dirt and grime and repair skin. For your face use a soap-free facial cleanser not soap for the same reason. Nykaa recommends Age Lock Balance Purifying Cleansing Gel and Sebamed Cleansing Shower Oil that contains vitamins and oils to restore the skin’s lipid balance and prevents further moisture loss and irritation during showering.
Scrub yourself clean
Your body sheds skin regularly as part of the natural regeneration process, but in winter this process slows down, causing dead cell buildup that makes skin look dull and tired. To speed up the process of regeneration, you should exfoliate at least twice a week in the shower after your shower. Try and scrub from ankles up towards the heart and from palms towards the chest to boost lymphatic drainage and circulation. Nykaa suggests Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub.
Moisturize all over
Resist the temptation to pick up your wife or girlfriend’s body moisturizer because your skin is physiologically different from women’s. One smart strategy is to moisturize while skin is moist, like right after you jump out of the shower. Simply pat skin dry with a towel and slather on moisture to still-damp skin to lock in moisture. Look for a formula that contains single lipids and ceramides, two natural moisturizers found in skin. Try H2O+ Sea Moss Replenishing Body Lotion that contains a hydrating marine botanicals and red algae blend with vitamin E and Provitamin B that soothe and revitalize.
Now to your face
Your face bears the blunt of wintry days; cold, dry air and pollution. But most men can’t be bothered with a separate facial moisturizer and sunscreen so why not make a multitasking product your new best friend. Not only will it hydrate and defend against UVA/B rays but it will keep your skin soft and supple. Nykaa suggests L’Oreal Paris Men Expert White Activmoisturising Fluid SPF 20 PA+++ that contains the Active Defence System, a powerful soothing active ingredient, and MelanoBlock and Vitamin C, two ingredients proven to regulate the production of melanin that causes skin darkening.
Moisturizing shaving cream
If you can’t be bothered with a facial moisturizer at least invest in a moisturizing shaving cream that doesn’t contain alcohol. Nykaa suggests a product like Nivea Extra Moisture Shaving Foam that has an ultra-rich foam with moisturizers and Vitamin Care for an extra gentle shave and protects against cuts and irritations. For extra dry skin, use Dermalogica Soothing Shave Cream that contains soothing Aloe Vera, Allantoin, Comfrey Extract and Panthenol that aid in the skin’s post-shave recovery process.
Don’t forget lip-balm
The skin on your lips is super sensitive and contains no oil glands. Therefore cuts and chapped skin take longer to heal if left untreated. The best way to sail through winter with your smile intact is to use a lip balm with inbuilt SPF. It’s not girly to use one, and they do come in flavors other than strawberry and bubblegum! Nykaa suggests Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15, a fragrance and PABA-free lip saver. Carry it in your pocket so that you can reapply through the day.
What about your feet?
In all this skin pampering don’t forget the most hardworking part of your body, your feet. Cold weather and open footwear can leads to painful, cracked heels. And if you get calluses on heels, it can lead to infections and make walking painful. To prevent this, cover your feet in petroleum jelly like Vaseline Blue Seal Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original every night before you hop into bed. Then slip on socks to keep sheets from staining. Don’t believe it? Try this for just three nights to transform your feet.