Halloween and Bonfire Night have just passed and how epic they were, Halloween 2015 gave us some of the most epic Halloween costumes yet, setting the bar high for next year. But, the passing of these events can only means one thing… Winter is officially around the corner, well Winter’s official start date is December 21st but that doesn’t mean the wind, rain, cold and potentially snow are going to politely wait until then before they show us what they got!
Some of us welcome winter with big open arms, it’s a time of year that brings cosy nights in (potential Netflix and chill?), excuses not to go to the gym and eat crap food, we’re bulking right or we say to ourselves ‘no one is going to see me with my top off now until summer’.
We’ve seen first hand the consequence of harsh weather conditions on the modern man. Where his hair looks completely different compared to when he left the house. Red, inflamed, wind-chapped lips that weren’t the result of a kiss under the mistletoe with a red lipstick wearing lady and wind-chapped cheeks because he hasn’t taken the necessary steps to protect his face.
Below are some winter combating tips and products to make sure that none of the above are associated with you!
It’s important to look after your skin, even more so in the winter. The harsh weather conditions can strip your face of essential oils, leaving it dry, red, irritated and inflamed – now, we doubt that even David Beckham could pull that look off. Below are the products we recommend to keep you protected all day long.
It’s important to start and end the day correctly, that means washing your face both morning and night. We recommend starting your day with ‘Clarins Men Exfoliating Cleanser‘, it’s soap free so helps to reduce the drying effects face washes have on your skin and also leaves you with a ‘fresh-faced’ feeling. As much as we love the product, don’t go using any exfoliator more than once a day as this can irritate skin due to their powerful action.
Rid your face of the days grime and dirt using a mild face wash at night like ManCave Face Wash, it’s not too harsh on your skin but great for clearing all the gunk from your face that you’ve picked up throughout the day. By not washing your face at night, you’re more likely to get acne and blackheads due to dirt and oil’s blocking your pores.
Due to the moisture stripping action of the wind and cold on your skin, it’s even more important to moisturise your skin in the winter. Failing to moisturise could result in wind-chapped skin, where the skin becomes dry, red and irritated – like we said, not a good look!
It might seem a complicated process to preventing this but all you need is a good moisturiser. Our moistuiser of choice is Rehab London Men’s Morning Glory Moisturiser, it’s great for providing a barrier to any harsh conditions but we love the fact it contains Hawaiian water algae which revitalises the skin due to the high amount of antioxidants it contains. It also helps to prevent breakouts because of the antibacterial properties of the African pepper it contains – sounds pretty exotic too right?
Now, looking after the skin around the eyes isn’t really a must do but for those want to ‘invest in their future’, we thought we’d share with you our favourite eye creams/serums/protection. Your eyes should be a reflection of your life and not a reflection of your age or how tired you are. The winter can feel like its sucking the life out of you with it’s dark mornings, wind and rain hammering at your window.
So, keep eyes looking younger for longer with ClarinsMen Anti Fatigue Eye Serum. The eye area is the first area to show signs of ageing but the action of escin in this serum stimulates blood flow and detoxifies the skin, clearing the tired, dark circles that are all too familiar in the winter. This is our eye product of choice and we make sure we’re using it everyday to keep wrinkles a thing of the future, way into the future at that!
Lips are something that most of us, including women, don’t even consider being affected by the cold, wind and rain that is so commonly associated with winter. However, personally for us, the lips are the area of the face that get absolutely battered by the harsh weather conditions. To combat the burning sensation around the rim of your dry, cracked lips caused by the cold, we recommend 2 products. The first winter lip care product for us has to go to Vaseline, especially the cocoa butter flavour– it tastes and smells lush as well as keeping your lips moisturised all day long.
Our 2nd winter lip care product has to be Fit Skincare’s Lip Serum. It’s from the same brand as the moisturising ultra serum that we reviewed a while back, if you didn’t catch it then check it out because it’s good stuff. There are 2 key things that we loved about this product, first being the slick bottle it comes in and 2nd being its long lasting action, you can feel the moisturising benefits of the lip serum for hours – just what you need in the winter.
The Furry Stuff
For those of you that saw our review of Fish Soho, you will read as to why this is our favourite hair care brand. In the winter, having a good hair product is when it is most important. Winter can bring one big gust of wind that will instantly undo all that hard work you spent in the mirror doing your hair. Fish Soho is a brand that will hold, no matter the weather, without that greasy, wet-look!
Funnily enough, an epic beard like David Beckham’s doesn’t simply just grow from his face. David’s beard is well sculpted and groomed to perfection. Want to know how you can achieve a beard like David? Simple, put in the the work!
To help sculpt your beard and maintain it at the ultimate length we recommend Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer BT9280/33. This beard trimmer is great for keeping your beard at a length that suits you – remember a better beard doesn’t mean a longer beard! The laser action helps to shave off the random hairs at the top of your cheek or bottom of you neck, helping to form the clean cut lines associated with an epic beard. With this trimmer you can mess around with lots of different styles and looks, so think of it as a future investment.
Just like your face and hair, you need to look after your beard too. If you don’t moisturise your beard with a beard oil then the hair will look coarse and unappealing – beard oils are the way forward! Our beard oil of choice is Beard Oil By The Beard Lab Co. we’ve heard great things about this beard oil and the reviews mirror our love for the brand.
We get that beard isn’t alway best for some men out there. We don’t think someone like Daniel Craig would suit a beard, he’s killing that clean shaven look and there are probably a high number of you guys out there who are too. For the ultimate shave, we have a few selected products which we feel are a must have! The first being Men-U Barbiere Shaving Brush and Stand, an essential for applying shaving foam/cream which helps to prevent ingrowing hairs and inflammation.
A shaving foam that we rate is Clarinsmen Smooth Shave. I think you get it by now, it’s Clarins, it’s trusted and it works! The shaving foam is perfect for people with sensitive skin, most of us men suffer from sensitive skin without even realising. This could be the perfect product to say goodbye to that post shave red rash and ingrowing hairs.
Well there we have it, GroomingMail’s winter skincare products – tried and tested by us, enjoy!
Got any products you would recommend to your fellow male population? Then drop it in the comment box below.