by Peter Minkoff
People with dry and sensitive skin are the ones who first experience the magic of winter – windy weather often makes their skin unbearably tight and dehydrated. If you’re one of those people – welcome to the club. Stay with us and find out about five dry skin solutions for men that’ll save you this winter!
Don’t go for long, hot showers – take short ones
We can all agree that a long, hot shower (or even a bath, if there’s time) is one of the best ways to finish off a day. However, the truth is that hot water is not nearly as beneficial as we think. In fact, it can do more harm than good by stripping your skin of its natural, protective layer of oils that stop moisture from vanishing from it. That can consequently make your skin even drier and flakier. The good news is that you can prevent that by shortening your shower time and using lukewarm water only.
Avoid using soap and fragrances
If soap is your go-to product when it comes to taking a shower, you may want to rethink using it. First of all, soap can be very aggressive towards your skin – it dries it out to the max. Even the products that contain it are highly likely to make your skin condition even worse. The same goes for added fragrances – the more pleasant the smell, the more irritants it’s likely to contain. Just make sure to find an alternative and you’ll be fine.
Pay extra attention to clothes you’re wearing
Updating your winter wardrobe is a huge must for many men, and if you’re one of them – you’re at the right place! Choosing your perfect pieces such as stylish shirts and trendy sweaters is more than just keeping up with trends – fabrics matter more than you think! People with dry and sensitive skin are the ones who realise the importance of high-quality fabrics, especially during winter. If it feels itchy the moment you put it on, your skin’s reacting to the material, so it would be the best to take it off immediately. You can never go wrong with cotton, whereas wool shouldn’t perhaps be your first choice.
Slather on moisturiser
Even though dry skin can appear almost everywhere – from abdomen, arms, and legs, to hands and feet – it’s commonly detected right on the face. A sensation of tightness is its first symptom. This can get extremely unpleasant and even painful, which is exactly why slathering on a good moisturiser is an absolute must as soon as temperatures drop. Hydrating masks are also a good choice, especially for those with extreme cases of dryness. Using Skinstitut products is highly recommended since they deeply hydrate and repair dull and irritated skin, which makes them perfect for men with extremely dry skin.
Like it or not, the fact is that smoking affects your skin in more ways than you can possibly imagine. Besides accelerating the process of ageing, it will also worsen your skin condition by making your skin drier and even more sensitive. If you’re a smoker, your face inevitably spends a lot of time surrounded by smoke. The consequences won’t be visible immediately, but rather over time. Similar to your teeth and fingers that are highly likely to go disgustingly yellow, your skin will end up with enlarged, clogged pores, with an obvious discoloration and become extremely dry. That’s not exactly what you want, right?
Dealing with dry skin can be a bit tricky, especially during winter, when low temperatures and windy weather simply don’t let you stay nourished and hydrated. However, you can actually do something about it in just a few simple steps. Carefully picking materials, slathering on moisturiser, quitting smoking, and avoiding hot baths, as well as soap and fragrances, are absolute musts – you’ll see a magical improvement if you decide to follow these steps. Good luck!
Ed: Peter is a men’s grooming writer (at High Street Gent & The Urban Manual) from Australia. Besides writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & AUS! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s grooming tips.