05:14pm Tuesday 19 September 2017

Keeping Your Skin Healthy All Winter Long

But what else can you do to keep your skin warm and healthy?

Men

During the cold winter months your skin practically begs you for a beard. A beard is a built-in scarf for your chin and cheeks! Of course, growing a beard takes time. It can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. While you’re waiting for it to grow, Men’s Health offers the following tips:

• Use baby lotion to help combat the itching that happens when you start growing a beard.

• Comb it out. As soon as you start to get some growth, take a beard or moustache comb to it. Combing the hair every day as it grows helps “train” it to grow neatly and in a manageable direction. It also helps prevent knots (yes, beards can knot up the same way that the hair on your head does).

If you aren’t thrilled with the idea of growing a beard, it’s time to step up your shaving game. During the summer you might have been able to get away with some basic shave cream and a disposable razor. That’s because the heat caused you to sweat and the sweat acted as a moisturizer for your face. This won’t happen during the winter. During the winter (and all year round, really), you want to step up your game. You want high quality shave brushes and creams and razors. Don’t go for the dollar stuff that’s on sale at the grocery store. Spring for the good, quality kits and Art of Shaving supplies. Your skin will thank you for it.

Women

During the colder months it’s tempting to let the hair grow willy nilly (you’re wearing tights or leggings, who’s going to notice?). Resist that urge!

If you aren’t someone who normally does much with her body hair, you’re probably going to be fine because your skin will have long since gotten used to having hair. If you typically prefer a mostly hairless approach to your body, that needs to be kept up during the winter! Allowing body hair to suddenly start growing dries out your skin and causes itching like you wouldn’t believe.

Like with the men, you’re going to want to invest in a good shaving kit (or hire a really great waxer). You will also want to step up your body moisture game. Vaseline makes really great and low cost body moisturizers and you’ll want to get into the habit of lathering that stuff on as soon as you get out of the shower.

Note: Yes, as soon as you get out of the shower. Pat your skin with the towel but don’t dry off completely. Applying lotion while your skin is damp helps lock in moisture better than trying to simply lather a ton of lotion into dry skin. Huffington Post recommends stocking up on moisturizing cleansers as well as on lotions and post-bathing moisturizing agents.

Basically, your skin needs more attention during the winter than it does in the summer. Use these tips to help you step up your game.


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