Winter is well and truly setting in, which means temperatures are dropping and strong winds are becoming a fact of daily life. So, chances are, your skin, hair, and facial hair are already feeling the effects.
Fortunately, you can limit the damage by switching up your grooming routine and adding some heavier duty products that can help to keep you moisturised and looking your best. To help you with this, we’re going to outline how you should be updating each step of your grooming regime this season, so you can continue to look your best, whatever the weather.
Winter skincare for men
When the weather takes a turn for the worse, your skin will bear the brunt of it — unless you take some steps to protect it, that is. There are a whole host of tips we have for updating your skincare routine this winter, and we’re going to go into those here.
Exfoliate (but not too often)
You might be tempted to give up exfoliating during the colder months, out of fear that it might make your face feel drier. But, using an exfoliating product once or twice a week will help to buff away any dead skin cells, and actually help your face to look as bright and healthy as possible.
However, you can have too much of a good thing, so it’s important that you don’t over-do it. Exfoliating your face too much can actually damage the outer layers of the membrane, which might even put your skin at a higher risk of drying out because of the cold. As a result, we would recommend lightly exfoliating two times a week at most.
Moisturise twice a day
In the winter, the most common issue you’ll want to remedy with your skincare routine is dryness. And, using a high-quality moisturisers twice a day is the easiest and most effective way of doing this.
Plus, not only will keeping your skin moisturised help to replenish it when it’s been damaged, but it’s also preventative, as it can help to act as a protective barrier against the elements. So, as well as applying moisturiser both in the morning and at night, you can put on a thin layer immediately after coming in from the cold to limit the risk of damage.
Don’t forget to take care of your lips, too
Chapped lips are a very common problem during autumn and winter but using a high-quality lip balm can help you to avoid this issue. And, if you do find that your lips are getting dry, applying a thin layer as often as you feel it’s needed can help them to recover much more quickly.
Winter haircare for men
Just as the colder weather can dry out your skin, it can also have a detrimental effect on your hair and scalp. Plus, if you like to put on a woolly hat whenever you leave the house between October and February, this can put extra strain on your follicles. So, it's important that you adapt your haircare routine for the autumn and winter months.
Choose a shampoo that suit your needs
It's never enough to just pick any old shampoo off the shelf, but you should choose your weapon even more carefully in the colder months when wind, rain, and snow can wreak havoc on your hair.
The most important thing is to consider your hair's needs and pick out a shampoo accordingly. There are formulas out there made specifically for normal, dry, and oily hair, as well as those designed to keep dandruff at bay, or even thicken your mane. So, think about what kind of hair you have and what effect you would like your routine to have — there'll be a product out there that suits your needs perfectly.
Never skip conditioner
When you're short on time or feeling lazy, skipping your hair conditioner can be the easiest thing in the world. But, doing this can leave your scalp flaky, and might even make your hair more prone to breakage. So, make sure you always follow your shampoo up with a conditioner or — if you have time — a moisture-boosting hair mask. This will help to ensure your hair always looks healthy, shiny, and well-groomed.
Opt for gentle styling products
It's not just your shampoo and conditioner you need to worry about to keep your hair healthy throughout autumn and winter — you also need to ensure that your styling products aren't exacerbating the effects of the wet and cold.
Here at Daimon Barber, we formulate all of our hair styling products with the health of your hair in mind. So, everything is made using high-quality and moisture-rich ingredients that will help to prevent your hair from drying out in the cold.
Our Classic Pomade is a great choice for taming stray hairs or creating a timeless style, as it has an oil-based formula that will nourish your scalp and keep your hair strong. Similarly, our Fixing Pomade is water-based, which means it offers a strong hold while moisturising and conditioning your hair. Plus, our Remedy Wax is made from premium natural plant wax, and is great for promoting hair hydration, moisture retention, and scalp cleansing. Any of these would make a great addition to your winter haircare routine.
Winter facial hair care for men
Finally, if you have facial hair, this will need some extra TLC during the winter months, too. Just like with your skin and hair, the inevitable wind, rain, and cold temperatures can dry your beard or stubble out. So, to keep it looking its best and reduce the risk of irritation, it's wise to put some extra effort into looking after your facial hair.
Use less hot water
Hot water can strip your beard and skin of all the natural oils that help to keep your facial hair healthy. So, during the colder months, try to only wash your face with lukewarm or cool water. It's also vital that you always dry your beard thoroughly, as leaving water on your skin can also have a drying effect.
Invest in a beard oil and comb
You should be using a beard oil all year round to lock in moisture and keep your facial hair looking healthy but, if you aren't already, you should definitely invest in one for the winter months.
Our Beard & Stubble Softener is full of nutrient-rich oils that are perfect for conditioning your beard or stubble. Containing avocado oil, aloe vera, and kahai oil, it will leave your beard feeling silky soft. Plus, it's free from any parabens and nasty chemicals. We also offer a beard comb that will help to keep longer beards looking smart and feeling tangle-free — perfect for when you're trying to avoid unnecessary breakage in the colder months.
Hydrate with a beard balm
Because winter can be so harsh on your skin, it's worth adding some extra steps into your grooming routine to boost its hydration. And, if you have facial hair, it's a good idea to apply a beard balm that will help to nourish the skin underneath.
If you prefer to go clean-shaven during the winter, it's a good idea to apply a specially formulated balm afterwards, too. Our Post-Shave Balm is a lightweight lotion that will help to rejuvenate your skin and keep your face looking and feeling its best, no matter how cold it gets outside.
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