Maintaining a proper skincare routine for men is vital no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially important during the winter. Bitter cold temperatures, strong winds, and overexposure to indoor heating systems can all dry out your skin, causing itchiness, redness, blocked pores, blemishes, acne breakouts, and more. Even if you already have a great skincare routine in place, you need to take extra steps to make sure your skin is fully hydrated and moisturized during the winter season.
Keep reading to learn about different winter skincare practices that you can do at home to help counteract the harmful effects of winter.
What Are Some Common Winter Skincare Problems for Men?
Men, like women, are often burdened with a lot of skincare issues that are brought on by cold winter climates and weather conditions. Lack of sunshine and constant exposure to cold temperatures can cause dryness and a plethora of other skin problems. Here are some of the most common winter skincare problems that men face.
Mild to Severely Dry Skin
Moisturizing on a regular basis and hydration are two of the main pillars of maintaining healthy, glowing, soft, and supple skin. Unfortunately, keeping your skin moisturized in the winter is an uphill battle. You have everything working against you—lack of sunshine, below freezing temperature, temperature fluctuations (cold one day, mild the next), and elements like freezing rain, snow, and ice.
If your skin is already dry, unrelentingly cold winter climates can only make it worse. Untreated dryness can lead to cracking, bleeding, itchiness, irritation, and even inflammation.
Enlarged Pores, Blemishes, and Breakouts
On top of all of the weather-related assaults on your skin, now you have to wear a face covering or mask every time you go out somewhere. Although we’re not disparaging the importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of disease, it certainly doesn’t do any favours for your skin.
Mask-related acne, or “maskne”, is a very real phenomenon that many men with beards or acne-prone and sensitive skin are experiencing. Dry climates promote more oil production in the skin, which leads to clogged pores. Masks can trap oil and dirt on your face, which can worsen acne-prone skin.
Developing Dark Under-Eye Circles
Sleep deprivation may be the primary cause of dark under-eye circles, but a lack of sunlight in the winter months can also be to blame. The skin absorbs vitamins D and K from sunlight. Lack of sunlight in the winter deprives your skin of these important vitamins, which can leave your skin looking pale and lackluster.
Prematurely Aged-Looking Skin
Have you ever noticed that you somehow look older and more haggard in the winter, despite your best efforts to take care of your skin? It’s not necessarily all in your head. Skincare experts agree that most people look like they’ve aged at least five years during the winter season. Part of the reason is lack of sunlight which causes vitamin deficiencies. But it also has to do with the lack of humidity in the air, which dries your skin out. Skin dehydration results in more wrinkles, sagging, fine lines, flakiness, and more.
With the pandemic ongoing, not many people are spending a lot of times outdoors right now. Gyms are also closed, which means most people are probably forgoing their New Year’s resolutions to lead healthier lifestyles. Whether it’s holiday leftovers or winter comfort foods, people make unhealthy choices in the winter and this can negatively impact the quality and appearance of your skin. On top of that, lack of physical activity, which normally helps release toxins in your body, doesn’t help either.
Tips for Winter Skincare for Men
If you’re struggling with keeping up a winter skincare routine, here are some excellent tips to help you get back on track.
Use a Gentle Daily Facewash or Cleanser
A lot of mainstream daily face washes and cleansers on the market contain harmful chemicals that actually strip away nutrients and moisture from your skin. Stick to all-natural or medical-grade products that are suited for your skin type (dry, oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin). You can easily access our online store with free delivery at AlumierMD.com. Join using the code 23FD17B7.
Even though you might not be going out as much right now, it’s still important to wash your face twice a day—once in the morning when you wake up and once at night before going to bed. Your facial skin can attract a lot of dirt and oil while you sleep and during the day, so it’s important to keep it as clean as possible. Be careful not to overdo it though, as rinsing your face with too much water can also dry it out.
A good rule of thumb to prevent your skin from drying out is to moisturize it as often as you wash it. Moisturizing your skin right after a shower is ideal because that’s when your skin absorbs the most moisture. Also, make sure to use sunscreen to offer sun protection, even in the winter when sunlight exposure is scarce.
Get Microdermabrasion Treatment
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive, safe, affordable, and convenient clinical skincare treatment that promotes cell regeneration. Using a gentle exfoliating technique, microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells that clog your pores from the surface layer of the skin. This process leaves your skin feeling smoother and promotes the production of healthy new skin cells.
Get PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy is a process that uses your body’s natural growth factors to revitalize your skin; enhance skin elasticity, tone, and thickness; increase the natural production of collagen; and has little to no downtime. Since this procedure uses your own plasma, there are virtually no risks since your body cannot reject your own plasma, and the results are outstanding.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we recommend a combination of both at-home and clinical treatments to maintain healthy-looking, youthful, and soft skin. A complete skincare routine includes microdermabrasion and PRP therapy every three to four months for skin maintenance. Conveniently, both of these procedures can be done in the same appointment! Contact us today to book a free consultation.