7 skin­care tips for men this sea­son

up and up­grade As the tem­per­a­ture drops, it’s time to prep proof guide... your skin­care rou­tine. Guys, here’s your fool-

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - Abhinav Verma abhinav. verma@ hin­dus­tan­times. com In­puts by Sonali Kohli, der­ma­tol­o­gist and Meghna Gupta, der­ma­tol­o­gist

The nip in the air has al­ready started giv­ing us a whiff of win­ter. Guys, it’s time to up­grade your skin­care regime. Here’s a seven-fold key list that will help you com­bat win­ter-re­lated dry­ness and more.

The hot-wa­ter bath co­nun­drum

A hot wa­ter bath in a chilly evening is in­deed a sooth­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, it could also dam­age your skin when it’s chilly out­side. Pip­ing hot wa­ter can strip away oil from the skin, leav­ing it dry and prone to cracks, rashes and ir­ri­ta­tion. Switch to luke­warm wa­ter along with a body wash with nat­u­ral oils to pro­tect the skin from dry­ness. Keep in mind to never air dry the skin, pat the skin gen­tly with a soft towel in­stead, to dry it.

A close shave

For those who pre­fer a clean­shaven look, it’s worth spend­ing a bit of ex­tra time on your pre and post shave rou­tine, es­pe­cially with the win­ter ap­proach­ing. Go for a shave af­ter a bath with luke­warm wa­ter as it will open up skin pores and make the shave softer. Mas­sage the foam into your beard or stub­ble and make sure to rinse af­ter ev­ery stroke to pre­vent skin red­ness. For your posts have regime, opt for a cool­ing balm to re­duce sen­si­tiv­ity and ir­ri­ta­tion, balms also help to re­duce shav­ing rashes that are com­mon dur­ing win­ter.

Look af­ter your whiskers

Take care of your mous­tache and beard by us­ing sham­poo meant specif­i­cally for the beard when you shower. Af­ter sham­poo­ing, use beard oil to keep it mois­turised, es­pe­cially dur­ing dry and cold months.

Lip ser­vice

Who says guys aren’t im­mune to cracked dry lips? Few things are as an­noy­ing as dry lips in win­ter. Use a lip balm with a built-in sun pro­tec­tion when you go out­side. Be­fore sleep­ing, also ap­ply a thin layer of mois­turiser to your lips. Try not to lick your lips too many times as the saliva may con­tain en­zymes that may lead to fur­ther dry­ness.

Don’t ig­nore the hands

Hands are most ex­posed to the cold weather, but they tend to be the most ne­glected, spe­cially when it comes to men. In­vest in a de­cent hand cream as they will keep your hands soft and mois­turised. It is also a must-have if you work out and have cal­luses.

Get rid of puffi­ness

In win­ter, men are prone to dark cir­cles and puffi­ness. In­vest in an eye gel rather than eye cream, as they are lighter, cooler and they in­stantly tighten the skin around the eye. If you chill the gel in the re­frig­er­a­tor be­fore us­ing it then it is even more ef­fec­tive.

Know when to mois­turise

Pick a mois­turiser which suits your skin type and ap­ply it twice a day. The best time to ap­ply the mois­turiser is right af­ter you’ve had your bath. Do a patch-test even when you are pick­ing up your mois­turiser, be­cause ev­ery skin calls for a dif­fer­ent treat­ment.

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