How to protect your skin and hair from the elements
With freezing temperatures and biting winds descending after a surprisingly mild few months, you could suddenly find that that grooming routine you’ve got down to a tee no longer cuts the mustard. Cold weather can take a real toll on the skin and hair if you don’t take measures to counteract the effects. Chapped lips, dry, flaky skin and brittle hair are all dilemmas you may have to contend with, but your best bet is to nip them in the bud before they have the chance to become a real issue.
Here’s how to winter-proof your grooming routine and stay one step ahead of the game.
– First and foremost, it’s imperative that you step up your skincare routine – and if you haven’t already got one, then now is the time to start! You should be cleansing twice daily, morning and night, in order to remove dead skin cells and the pollutants that have built up throughout the day.
– Switch SLS-laden gel cleansers for creams or balms – foaming gels can leave skin feeling dry and tight, which is exactly the type of issue you are going all-out to avoid.
– Swap your moisturising lotion for a thicker, richer cream, and apply after your cleanse, morning and evening. If you skin is particularly oily, however, then opt for once a day to start with and see how you get on. It’s very much trial and error, and you may well find that you require a smaller amount than your normal or dry-skinned counterparts.
– For skin that is particularly dry or chapped, intensive overnight masks are a great secret weapon. Don’t panic – we’re not talking about the thick, green type that ladies often pair with cucumber slices in order to give you a nasty fright. Overnight masks are essentially thick moisturisers that are massaged into the skin, and left to work their magic while you sleep. They are pretty discreet, so no one has to know!
– Shaving can be a bit of an ordeal in winter if not approached with care. It’s important to spend time on your pre- and post-shave routine in order to minimise the stress on your skin. Before you begin, soak a towel or flannel in hot water and hold against the skin for a few minutes, and follow with a generous layer of pre-shave oil. Doing so will soften tough stubble, making for an easier and smoother shave.
– Be sure to lather up your shaving cream well before going in with the razor, and follow your shave with a calming, soothing post-shave balm and cooling moisturiser for comfortable, irritation-free skin.
While the skin on your face might be the first area to suffer, don’t neglect to look after the other bits, too. Use a body scrub once or twice a week to slough away dead skin cells, and follow up with a body moisturiser.
And don’t forget your lips! An intensive lip balm or treatment is essential for protecting against the cold wind and frosty mornings.
Stranger to conditioner? It’s time the two of you became acquainted. Hair can take a real battering in the winter weather, leaving it dry, brittle and prone to splitting. For those of you with a little extra length on the top, a small dollop massaged through the ends and left to sit for a minute or two before rinsing will provide all the moisture you need to keep hair healthy and manageable.