With winter slowly taking over, we must all embrace change and allow for some daily routine steps to gently be replaced by those that are meant to help fight against the harmful effects of the super low temperatures. And if women tend to adapt to the winter routine quite easily, by enriching their diet with vitamins and minerals, and by switching their skincare routine to a more appropriate one, men are more than often too busy to notice the challenges that come along with the cold weather.

We’re talking dry skin and chapped lips that besides from looking totally unaesthetic, can eventually damage your skin for good, so there’s no time like the present for men to start preventing and to indulge in just a few easy steps that will make a world’s difference in the way they look and most importantly, in the way they feel. There comes a time when a hat and a pair of boots aren’t quite enough for winter.

After the break, a look at the four main steps that should serve as a basis of your winter skincare routine – and the products to use to get a great result.

mens skincare routine

Step 1: Cleanse

This is an absolute must complete step, as it’s extremely important to remove the surface impurities, the excess oils and dead skin cells at least twice a day. We’re talking early in the morning and right before going to bed. Forget all about the soap and instead opt for those specially conceived products that are meant to help protect your skin from drying, while also getting rid of all impurities.

While it’s crucial to stick to a skincare routine, it’s equally important to find those amazing products that are set to work magic on the skin, so remember to never settle for anything less than great. Regardless of the price tag, today’s cleansers are conceived to work great for dry, oily, normal or combination skin and to give flawless results if used accordingly. The cleansing process involves massaging the product into moist skin, rinse well with warm water and if necessary proceed again. Although finding a perfect match can take a while, the search is definitely worth it. If you don’t know just where to start yet, here are some of our face cleanser recommendations for this winter.

mens cleansers
Malin+GoetzGrapefruit Face Cleanser; Kyoku For Men SKN-WS 333: Daily Facial Cleanser; Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser

Step 2: Exfoliate

Set to remove the dead skin cells, dirt and grime off the face area, the exfoliating process is recommended to be completed around 2 or 3 times a week. The skin is able to improve tremendously if the exfoliating routine is performed periodically. Some exfoliating products leave the skin youthful looking and make for a better shaving surface. But most importantly, the greatest facial scrub products allow for the skin to breathe and eliminate toxins better.

The exfoliating process involves applying the product to the face and with wet hands, work in circular motions to gently exfoliate the skin. After that, the excess scrub needs to be rinsed off. The power of a great exfoliating product lies in its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, nourishing, anti-inflammatory, healing, and calming proprieties. Here are some of the top choices you could make this winter:

mens scrubs
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Facial Fuel Scrub for Men; TASK essential New Skin Exfoliant; VitaMan Face Scrub

Step 3: Moisture

A highly protective treatment that makes skin feel softer and smoother during the harsh days of winter is strongly recommended. That’s why the moisturizing process should never be skipped. Ideal to provide the skin with a defensive layer against the environment, the face moisturizer must be used at least once a day. You can apply a thin layer to the face, avoiding the eye area either in the morning, right before going to bed or even during both times of the day.

The products you should be looking for need to be extra concentrated specifically for men’s skin which tends to be more dehydrated, fast absorbing, non-greasy and nourishing. Here is what we have in mind for the best hydration of your skin during winter:

mens moisturisers
Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturizer; Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream; Hommage Face Moisturizer: Fortify

Step 4: Lip care

Equally important and often ignored, the sensitive lip skin deals with a lot of challenges on a daily bases, espeicially once the temperatures start to drop. To avoid the dry or chapped lips, or to soften, sooth and heal them during winter, men should really start considering using a lip balm. They’re not all flavored and they’re not exclusively feminine. The ideal lip products for men should be light, non-greasy and vitamin rich, in order to keep the lips soft and hydrated all throughout the cold days.

mens lip balms
Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm; Menscience Advanced Lip Protection SPF; Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

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