The harsh, brutal winds that come with winter weather greatly challenges the look and feel of your skin, making it appear scaly, dull, and dry.
Dry skin occurs when your skin loses too much moisture. The amount of moisture the skin holds is a key factor to overall skin health. The more moisture the skin contains, the healthier the skin is! During the winter, the loss of moisture intensifies because humidity levels are low. Low humidity causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate, leaving skin feeling dryer and rougher than normal. The good news is, you can help ease the effects of dry skin by helping to restore the lost moisture.
Dry winter skin calls for action in finding effective hydrating solutions! Below are our favorite skincare tips, curated especially for men, to combat the negative effects of winter weather so your skin looks and feels its best all season long.
TIP #1: Save Face By Moisturizing Daily
A great start to hydrate dry skin is to moisturize your face daily. Kiehl’s skincare products for men are specially formulated to address the concerns of male skin and are often created with a man’s lifestyle in mind. Try our face moisturizer for men infused with Chestnut Extract, Soy and Vitamins C and E. Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men is formulated for men’s skin, absorbs quickly and leaves no residue. Plus, it helps skin resist the effects of environmental stress for an invigorating appearance, making it a necessary addition to your winter skincare routine.
TIP #2: Moisturize Your Lips
Before going out in the cold, apply a hydrating balm on your lips to help lock in moisture. We recommend Kiehl’s moisturizing lip balm for men that leaves a no-shine finish. Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm is infused with Shea Butter and can help improve the appearance of dry lips. For an effective nighttime solution, apply an intensively hydrating overnight lip mask before going to bed to help visibly restore dry lips while you sleep.
TIP #3: Use Shaving Cream
Another way for men to add moisture when experiencing dry skin this winter is to shave with shaving cream or shaving lotion. Both can effectively help keep the beard hairs and skin underneath hydrated and soft while shaving.
After cleansing your face, apply a small amount of our lightweight shaving lotion infused with Kukui Nut Oil and aromatic essential oils. Our lightweight shaving lotion instantly softens facial hair and helps protect skin from razor irritation. Once shaving is complete, boost your shaving routine by massaging a small amount of alcohol-free after shave gel onto freshly-cleansed skin in upward, circular motions. Kiehl’s Post Shave Repair Gel is formulated with 90% Aloe Vera and replenishing Squalane to help protect skin’s moisture barrier and leave skin feeling comfortable and refreshed.
TIP #4: Dry Hands Need Hand Cream
Hands are often the first to show signs of dryness when the weather is cold. Besides winter weather, other factors that contribute to dry hands include exposure to harsh elements, and manual or industrial labor. This winter, reach for our moisturizing hand salve that provides all-day care for active, dry hands. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve draws and absorbs water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. It’s formulated with a blend of botanical oils such as Avocado Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Sesame Seed Oil that leaves hands feeling soft and smooth.
TIP #5: Wear Sunscreen
It’s common to forgo sunscreen when the weather is cold, but it’s important to wear sunscreen every time you go outdoors. We recommend the daily use of a broad-spectrum sun protection in order to help prevent premature skin aging. The risk of sunburn is high during the winter months because ultraviolet light from the sun is intensified when it reflects off snow, making exposed skin extremely vulnerable to sun damage. At Kiehl’s, we believe in the consistent use of facial sunscreen or a moisturizer with SPF as part of a daily skincare regimen for healthy-looking skin no matter the season.
TIP #6: Exfoliate Your Body
Regular exfoliation helps slough the outermost layer of your skin that has been subject to environmental aggressors such as the cold, winter winds. To exfoliate your body this winter and leave it primed for moisture, try a luxurious body polish formulated with Pure Honey and Soy Milk Protein. Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish is formulated to help exfoliate without drying, leaves skin feeling more suppler, and improve softness and smoothness. For best results, massage body polish onto moist skin and work into a lather, then rinse thoroughly after using.
TIP #7: Use A Moisturizing Eye Cream
Protecting the skin around your eyes from the harsh winter is just as important as protecting the skin on the rest of your body. Try our eye cream for men with a cooling under-eye formula that reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with continued use. Facial Fuel Eye Fuel is infused with Caffeine and Vitamin B3 to help provide hydration and a refreshing relief for tired-looking eyes. Gently pat eye cream around and under the eye area both morning and night, or as needed to revive tired-looking eyes.
TIP #8: Try A Beard Oil
Our men’s winter skincare tips would not be complete without sharing an effective way to take care of your beard this winter. Frigid temperatures combined with low humidity absorbs moisture from your beard and the skin underneath. Keep your beard smooth and the skin underneath moisturized by using Kiehl’s lightweight beard oil infused with Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus essential oils. Apply several drops of beard oil between palms and massage upward into facial hair reaching the skin underneath.