The essential winter grooming guide for men

Fight back against the cold this winter with expert skin, beard and hair grooming tips from The Bluebeards Revenge.

We’ve all woken up on a cold and dark winter morning, peered through our curtains at the thick frost that’s clinging to the street, run through the impending day in our heads, and decided that slinking back into our warm beds is the best option. But sooner or later you’re going to have to tackle the cold. And when you reach this defining moment, it’s important to make sure that your grooming routine is as prepared for the season as you are.

To make sure you’re well equipped to fight back against the cold this year, The Bluebeards Revenge has put together its best tips to survive the winter stretch.

Exfoliate your skin

The cold temperatures outside naturally create warmer temperatures inside, especially as you crank your heating up to 11 and every department store in the country tries to sweat you out of your jackets and hats!

The results of these temperature changes – and the dry heat that you create to comfort yourself – are like a dehumidifier – they suck all of the good moisture from your body and leave your skin feeling waterless and irritable.

The quickest and best way to get on top of this is to scrub away the dry, dead cells with regular exfoliation. Simply wet your face, grab yourself a tub of The Bluebeards Revenge Face Scrub, apply evenly in small circular motions, and then rinse clean with warm water. Finish by applying a quick splash of cold water to help close your pores, leaving you ready to tackle the next late night shopping ordeal.

Rehydrate your skin

Scrubbing away the dead stuff is only the first step to maintaining perfect winter skin. Next, it’s important to replenish any lost moisture. This can be done in a number of ways, across a number of grooming practices.

For those that are staying clean shaven this winter (you brave souls) it’s important to protect your skin after you’ve finished with your razor. You’ve just exposed your body’s largest organ to a sharp metal blade, and “baby it’s cold outside!” Without a little post-shave TLC you can guarantee your face will redden up faster than Rudolph’s nose. The Bluebeards Revenge Post-Shave Balm will help to reduce any potential redness and irritation, while also pumping in some all-important moisture.

While post-shave care is important, a carefully selected moisturising cream is what will ultimately save your skin this winter. If your face resembles an oil slick by the end of the day, stick to something lightweight. But if you seep sebum oil at a slower rate, find something a little heavier, like The Bluebeards Revenge Cooling Moisturiser. For most, the change in temperature means a thicker product is the perfect companion for the festive season. To get the most out of your chosen cream/lotion, apply thinly morning and night after rinsing your face.

Lastly, you must remember that moisture doesn’t just escape from your face. Your hands, feet, hair and every other inch of skin need to be considered. That’s why it’s worth swapping out your regular body wash for something that packs a rehydrating punch, and taking a little extra time to knead your moisturiser into every part of your body.

Wear sunscreen

Trust us, behind the thick fog, rain, darkness, and general cloud of depression that these weathers bring, the sun is still shining. Irrelevant of the weather, the sun’s UV rays are capable of penetration, and when they do break through the doom and gloom their effects are no different. To keep the sun’s negative impacts at bay, invest in a light sunscreen (SPF10-15) to keep your UV barrier topped-up.

Protect your lips

When you finally cross paths with that special someone under the mistletoe, nothing could be worse than being rejected due to the chapped state of your lips. The cold temperatures and brisk breeze will wreak havoc on your lips, so make sure you pay them the attention they deserve. Either that, or accept that they’re likely to resemble an old piece of cracked leather for the foreseeable future. There are now a plethora of chap sticks on the market with men in mind, so choose the one you like most and apply it regularly to keep your lips plump and kissable right through to New Year’s Eve.

Condition your beard

It’s not uncommon for men to grow out their facial fuzz in defence of the annual freeze. In fact, we admire those that are willing to commit to such growth! Your friends will likely take the piss for the first few weeks, but we’ll see who’s laughing when you have a Nordic beast of a beard to be proud of.

Once your masterpiece has sprouted, be sure to keep it safe from the cold by conditioning it with barber-grade beard oils from The Bluebeards Revenge. These elixirs help to replenish the essential oils that are often stripped from facial hair during excessive exposure to harsh weathers.

For best results, simply apply a few drops to your hands, ruffle in to your face scruff, and comb all the way through with a strong beard brush. What next? Sit back and enjoy the many compliments you’ll receive on the healthy shine and beddable scent your whiskers now give off.

Make sure you take the time to wash your beard too; using a shampoo and conditioner that’s specifically formulated for facial hair. This will help to soften the hair, while also treating the skin underneath. It’ll also help to keep dreaded beardruff at bay.

Men’s beard trends for winter 2018

According to Vincent Quinn – Art Director and leading barber at Hard Grind, Dundee – men should be looking to maintain a slightly shorter beard this fall. “Our clients are asking for more of a grizzled look that transitions between stubble and full beard,” he said. “Men are also asking for their neck and cheek lines to be more faded, providing a more roguish, gritty style.”

Take proper care of your hair

Nope, that’s not snow sitting on your shoulder; dandruff is just more common during winter! The colder climate tends to dry your scalp out at an alarming rate and, despite your good intentions, the excessive shampooing and conditioning you’re exposing yourself to might actually be making it worse.

Rather than lathering up your mop on a daily basis, use The Bluebeards Revenge Shampoo every other day to allow your hair to find its natural balance with regards to essential oils. This will help to protect it from the weather, while stopping your scalp from drying out quite so quickly. To fall in line with your new shampoo routine, use The Bluebeards Revenge Conditioner once a week to keep your hair healthy and soft.

Change up your hairstyling products

It’s blustery out there, so you can guarantee your delicately styled quiff isn’t going to survive. You have two choices: lock it down with a strong hold hairspray and hope for the best, or opt for a more malleable product that will allow you to restyle as the day goes on.

Clays and pastes offer the perfect flexibility, while still packing enough hold to build volume and texture. For best results this winter, apply The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste to damp hair and blow-dry into your desired style. Then take a little of The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay between your fingers and run it through the tips of your hair. The final effect will provide you with a natural finish that fits the season and can be reworked when needed.

Men’s hair trends for winter 2018

Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Walking Dead, and even outlaw video games like Red Dead Redemption 2 have created a market for longer men’s hairstyles – the rebellious rogue is back in fashion, and boy should you be excited about it!

“Loose, shoulder-length hair that’s pushed back has definitely become desirable,” says Vincent. But it’s important to remember that a lot of time and effort is required to achieve these kinds of length.

For those that aren’t looking for shoulder-grazing styles, there’s still a huge selection of medium-to-long looks to choose from, whether that’s a messier, grown out pompadour, or a classic slick-back with a modern undercut.

These new trends have also encouraged barbers to up their game, meaning they’re now more clued up in how to advise guys on the styling of longer hair. Their scissor skills have improved too, meaning you can visit them, over a salon, and leave with a more masculine-shaped cut.

This winter’s must-have men’s hairstyling product

It’s a mystery to us that men are only just coming to understand the styling benefits of sea salt. At a time when rugged, natural-looking styles are at the top of everybody’s wish list, a good sea salt spray is essential. And don’t settle for a generic supermarket spray; invest in something distinctive!

The Bluebeards Revenge Sea Salt Spray is designed to give hair a hold that’s tighter than the grip of Davey Jones’ Locker, without any of the sinking feeling. It’s packed with sea salt minerals that help to improve hold, volume, texture and natural waves. Basically, when misted into your tousled locks it’s perfect for embracing all that’s good about winter.

It also smells fantastic – a rarity for these products as some resemble that of a wet dog fresh off the beach! The fragrance is based on a classic barbershop and lasts all day. If the wind catches it, those walking behind you are in for a nasal treat!


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