If you are expecting that you can maintain your skin texture and tone by using same products and routine carried over from other seasons like summers and monsoon, then you are absolutely wrong. You need to follow a Winter Skin care routine that will give you supple and soft skin that your desire all your life.
In country like India, especially in Mumbai where Winters are relatively mild and temperature doesn’t drop down below a certain threshold, the difference in temperature in Summers, Monsoon and winters is quite big even though we may not realize it.
So, what does happen to our skin during Winters and what are the main problems
In winters, we are travelling to our work or going to some place in extreme or mild cold depending upon the place where you live and next moment we are in a extreme warmth of a room where temperature is pleasant. This sudden changes in temperature from chilly to warm does take toll on our skin with extremely hydration from our skin is evaporated. What’s worse is that during winters to keep our body warm we intake hot drink like tea and coffee which doesn’t help hydration in our skin.
Also, we take hot showers in Winters which not only strips our skin of the much-needed moisture but also it makes our skin extremely dry in the process.
Even though men who maintain a very good skin care routine and consume a balanced diet, but not using Winter skin care products can lead to extremely dull and dry skin.
Let’s see an Ideal Winter Skin care Routine for skin types for Men in 2018
1.Drink 2 glass of water after you wake-up:
Everyone knows this but no-one follows it. Drinking water or any kind of liquid after you wake up in the morning is so essential and imperative for soft and healthy skin. Our body is dehydrated once we wake up in the morning and drinking a glass of water gives our body the much-needed water to function properly and it also improve our metabolism. Drinking water right after you wake-up and throughout the day is the best way to keep out body hydrated and subsequently it will reflect on your skin. You skin won’t look dull and dry anymore.
2.Sprinkle your face with Lukewarm water:
This is very important step before we wash our face with a Facewash. When you sprinkle a lukewarm water on your skin, it not only rejuvenates your skin but also it opens your pores.
Note: If you want, you can also wash your face with Ice cube. Make sure you take ice cubes on a clothe and then gently devours on your skin for not more than a minute as it will make your skin dry.
3.Use a gentle cleanser or a rose water to wash your face:
After all the pores of your skin are opened, it is time to clean them off from your skin. I always recommend to use gentle cleanser which is free from parabens and all the chemicals as it won’t have a harsh effect on your skin. A mild cleanser will remove all the impurity and dust from your skin.
If you want you can also use a Rose water which work like a cleanser. Keep the rose water in the refrigerator and use the same way like a cleanser or a face wash.
wash you face with normal water to close the pores.
Oily Skin: Wow Activated Charcoal Face Wash
Normal/Dry/Combination Skin: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser
4.Use a Face Towel:
I am sure 99.9% of men don’t use a face towel to wash their face. When you use same towel for your face that you use on your body, the bacteria, dirt and impurities get propagated to your skin and you skin becomes a canvas of pimples, acne and breakouts.
Always use a face towel to wash your face and the benefits are too many to mention.
- Use a Moisturizer:
Using a moisturizer is winter becomes very essential. A good moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and your skin will feel and look supple all the time. Apply a moisturizer right after you use a Facial Cleanser.
Cetaphil Moisturizing lotion
Well, many people think there is no need to use sunscreen in winters as we are not exposed to sun that much. But what about artificial lights from Mobile, laptop and computers? Yes, these the also the causes of premature aging, pimple, acne and breakout. So, always use a Sunscreen block. After applying a Sunscreen wait for at least 30 minutes before you step out of your house. Sunscreen needs time to settle on your skin and give you best results. Keep applying sunscreen every two hours to see best results.
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV screen Matte Gel, SPF 50,100g
6.Use Multani Mitti Face Pack:
Multani Mitti face pack is best for all skin types and deals with dirt, grime ,impurities and dead skin cells .It easily absorbed into your skin and nourishes the skin at the same time. You can either used a packaged Multani mitti Face pack or buy multani mitti and mix either honey, water or rose water and apply on your skin for 30 minutes. Multani mitti balances PH levels of your skin ,controls sebum(oil) and reduces Inflammation.
After washing your face use a Moisturizer to moisturize you skin to see even better results.
7.Exfoliate your skin:
Exfoliating your skin is a very essential part of a skin care routine as it removes dead cells from your skin which are root for pimples, acne and breakouts. Use a exfoliator or scrub like a Face wash. Take a dollop on you palm and gently massage in anti-clockwise direction on your skin. After using a Scrub, use Moisturizer to moisturize your skin.
8.Use a Body lotion:
We talked all about Winter Skin care routine but what about our body. The skin on our body is thicker than our face and normally we don’t do anything for it. Hence, using a Good Body lotion is a best way to make our skin on body look soft and supple.
Amway’s G & H body lotion doesn’t an amazing work for you. It is soft, absorber=d well into skin and last for at least 3 hours.
9.Use Vaseline Petroleum jelly for soft lips:
Winter comes with most common problem and that is chapped and super dry lips. Many men tend to ignore their lips and, in the process, ends up spoiling their entire appearance. Don’t know how many years I have been using Vaseline. This is the one product I have never ever changes in my life. Infact, my entire family uses same Vaseline petroleum Jelly. The thinner skin on our lips requires more attention than say skin on our face. We need to re-apply Vaseline after every two hours. No need to go for Expensive Chapstick’s that are available in the market.
Some Important points for Winter Skin care routine:
- Wash your face with Face wash or cleanser twice a day, once in the morning and once in night.
- Your Skin care routine should be in this order: Face Wash/Cleanser->Moisturizer ->Sunscreen lotion.
- Men with oily skin use a scrub twice a week and men with other types of skin use a scrub not more than thrice a week.
- After using a Face Scrub, don’t use a Face wash as it serves no purpose, just use moisturizer followed by a sunscreen.
- Men with oily and acne prone skin use can use Multani mitti on daily basis as it is completely natural and men with other types of skin can use it 3-4 types.
- Never touch your face with your hands as it will transfer bacteria from hands to you skin and it will lead to pimples, acne and breakouts.
- Always wash your hands before touching you face and doing any kind of skin care routine.
- Men who are active and play sports ,can wash their face with water or rose water to clean the face and as I said before use a moisturizer to give finishing touches.
- Don’t use facewash more than twice on your skin as it will eliminates sebum i.e. essential oils from your skin and will make your skin dry and prone to breakouts.
If you follow the Winter skin care routine I have mentioned above, your skin will get healthy gradually .