Now that we’ve entered the colder months, we can all look forward to having stiffer joints, an enfeebled immune system and some extra baggage around the midriff.
But, for the modern gent, winter can also bring a raft of skin- and hair-related predicaments, including dried-out faces and brittle locks. It makes sense then that your summer grooming cupboard will do little to protect you against the harsh chill of Blighty: it’s time to bring out the big guns. From soothing balms to invigorating scrubs, here’s everything you need to protect yourself this season…
The mercurial temperature changes that come with winter can prevent your cells from regenerating at their normal speed, leaving your skin looking raw and dry. The solution? Investing in a quality exfoliator, and few are better than the “Redemption Body Scrub” by Aussie grooming masters Aesop. Thanks to its blend of pumice, bamboo stem and aromatic pine needle oil, this product will – as its name suggests – revive your skin by polishing away any dead skin cells.
Bitter, cold air not only dries out your skin, but also sucks out the moisture from keratin, a structural protein found in your hair. To avoid both a flaky scalp and a barnet that imitates something akin to a sparrow’s nest, then try not to shampoo daily (the chemicals will strip your hair off its essentials oils) and ensure that you treat your locks at least twice a week with a product that guarantees strength and shine. This nutrient-rich conditioner by Baxter of California should do the trick.
Going from the Arctic-like freeze of the outdoors to the humid heat of public transport (not the mention a stuffy office) won’t only make your body temperature oscillate, but it can also cause an oily forehead. To prevent any unwarranted facial sheen, try a silky pore treatment gel (like the Lab Series Power Pore Anti-Shine & Pore Treatment) which uses oil-absorbing powders to mattify skin.
It may seem a tad absurd to apply anything sun-related to your body during the bleak months, but trust us, your skin will thank you for it in the long-run. Even with omnipresent grey skies in the UK, the sun can still pierce through the clouds and damage that delicate skin of yours. We suggest arming yourself with a light SP15 moisturiser, which will protect you from the rays and also nourish your skin in the process.
Cold weather often minimises the impact of a fragrance due to the fact that thick knits can prevent odour molecules diffusing from your skin. In order for your scent to be detectable this winter, it needs to pack a punch. That means buying something with earthy, heavy notes. Our pick? The L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Parfum. With an airy, woody quality and tangs of nectar and vaporised musk, this bottled beauty is an essential.
Want some more grooming inspiration? Here are the 5 winter scents that women find the most seductive