Why is my skin so dry during winter?
Tackling dry skin can feel like a losing battle, especially during the winter season. Before you embark on any new men’s skin care routine, you should check if your current manscaping regimen is causing any of your symptoms.
While there’s nothing wrong with buying skincare products from the women’s section, there’s actually a reason skincare is usually categorized by gender. Most people don’t realize that men and women actually have slightly different skin compositions.
According to Dr. Diana Howard of the International Dermal Institute, men have about 25% thicker skin compared to women, which means it’s more resilient to aging. It’s also oilier due to androgens (male hormones) and larger sebaceous glands, which means you’re more susceptible to blackheads and acne.
Keeping this in mind, you should go after men’s skin care products that’ll deliver soothing and hydrating results. Here are some foolproof tips on how to get rid of dry skin for good all winter long.
1. Use moisturizer in the morning and at night.
We’re assuming you’re already using the generic men’s grooming products to treat your dry skin, like face moisturizer and body cream. Since men are more prone to oily skin, look for an oil-free daily moisturizer that’ll hydrate skin without the excess greasiness.
What you’re probably missing is an effective night cream. This isn’t just a fancy skincare gimmick. Dr. Julie Tzu, professor at New York University School of Medicine, reported to Fox News, “Nighttime moisturization represents an opportunity to maximize the use of a rich moisturizer.”
In other words, if you’re experiencing dryness (especially around your face), take advantage of intensive night creams that’ll keep your face hydrated for that extra 6-8 hours. If you start breaking out, try applying a night cream every other night instead.
2. Exfoliate your skin once a week.
Most of you are probably thinking: What exfoliator?
Exactly. First, go out and buy an exfoliator, especially if you’re a guy with a beard. It’s just a swanky word for describing a face wash with tiny buffing beads. This helps to slough off dry skin cell buildup, which will relieve flakiness, unclog pores, and remove blackheads. You’ll reveal a fresh layer of smooth skin that’s ready to lock in moisture.
However, over-exfoliating can lead to even drier skin, so limit the scrubbing to only once a week. Never forget to moisturize after exfoliating to replace the oils lost from the polishing process. If you don’t rehydrate your skin, it’ll completely defeat the purpose of exfoliating in the first place.
What to do: Exfoliate with Context Micro-Derm Regenerator, and finish your face with Collagen + Control Facial Serum by GOA. If you have a beard, replenish dry facial hair areas with Hyper-Conditioning Beard Oil by GOA.
3. Face masks are your best friends, when used appropriately.
Face masks are like the new “little black dresses” of the skincare world, especially by Korean skincare brands like Lapcos. It’s another way to boost hydration for dry-skin sufferers, but keep in mind they’re not all the same.
NBC’s Today Show reported that you should look out for “water-based formulas that contain humectant ingredients…and emollient ingredients.” These include glycerin, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, and fatty acids.
Avoid masks described as detoxifying, deep cleansing or purifying because these are designed to strip out oil. Unlike pore-clearing masks, moisturizing face masks can be used more frequently for better results.
4. Apply cream around your eyes with caution.
Did you know the skin around your eyes is only 0-0.5mm thick, while the rest of your facial skin is about 0.1mm thick?
Since this area is so delicate, you should be extra mindful with what men’s skin care products you’re applying around this sensitive zone, especially for treating dryness. You should look out for fragrance-free formulas that also include hydrating ingredients (as previously mentioned), like glycerin and butylene glycol.
In addition to soothing irritation, it’s never too late to start combating signs of aging, like puffiness and crow’s feet.
What to do: Apply Context Vitamin C All Day Eye Cream on dry areas around the eyes daily.
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