Winter Skincare for Men: What You Need to Know
November 9, 2023
There are no two ways about it, winter is a hard season. It’s hard on your mental state, your energy bills, and even your skin.
Cold winter air can be incredibly irritating and harsh, leaving you looking sallow, worn out, and run down.
Fortunately, you’re not doomed to peeling, unhappy skin all winter long. With the right skincare routine, men’s facial products, and tips, you can keep your skin glowing and happy right through the cold months.
Keep reading for our top wintertime skincare tips.
Why a Winter Skincare Routine Is Important
A solid skincare routine is key all year round, but it’s especially critical when the temperatures drop. During winter, humidity levels plummet.
Dry air sucks the moisture out of the top layer of your skin. This can rob your skin of its plumpness and negatively impact your moisture barrier.
If your moisture barrier is depleted, your skin can lose some of its elasticity and become rough, irritated, dry, and flaky.
Dry skin can also cause flare-ups in skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.
If you’re past the flush of youth and are dealing with fine lines, wrinkles, and slight sagging, the drying effects of winter can make these issues even worse. With less moisture to fill out your skin, lines and wrinkles can look more apparent, and sagging skin can become more pronounced.
Winter can also affect the color of your skin. Irritation can trigger redness, which is never a suave look, and lower vitamin D levels can leave your skin looking sallow.
Hydration Is the Name of the Game
Because winter is so drying, your first line of defense is moisturizing. But to really get results, you need a good moisturizer.
The best moisturizer products not only add hydration back into the skin, but also lock it in. To make sure your moisturizer delivers on all fronts, look for a mixture of hydrating ingredients combined with a couple of ultra-rich occlusives like jojoba oil and shea butter.
Moisturizers rehydrate skin through their water content and through humectant ingredients. Humectants attract water and help draw moisture into your skin. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are two highly effective humectants to vet for in a moisturizer.
Glycerin is a powerful humectant that can make the skin smoother. Hyaluronic acid doesn’t just provide moisture to the skin; it can also help wounds heal faster, make scars fade quicker, and render the skin more elastic.
If your current moisturizer doesn’t quite cut it, and you’re trying to find a new one, take a look at the Particle Face Cream for men.
It’s hydrating and rich enough for winter, without being oily and clogging the skin.
Seek Out Soothing Ingredients
Along with hydration, you should also leverage soothing ingredients that can help counteract irritation triggered by dry, cold air.
A few to focus on include:
- Jojoba oil
- Squalene oil
These ingredients can help calm skin redness, reduce stinging sensations, and soothe your barrier. If you suffer from conditions like dermatitis, eczema, or rosacea, calming ingredients are extra important.
If you shave, soothing substances applied afterward can help you ward off the dreaded razor rash.
Here at Particle, we know you don’t have time to apply a million serums and skincare products, which is why the Particle Face Cream contains a set of soothing ingredients, including squalene oil and allantoin.
Your Facial Cleanser Could Be Exacerbating Dryness
Dry air isn’t the only thing that can strip your skin of moisture. Your cleanser could also be to blame. Harsh cleansers suck the moisture out of one’s skin, leaving it dry and tight.
If you feel like your skin is pulling on your face after you wash, your cleanser is probably too harsh. Body washes and bar soaps are even worse, and should never come near your face.
Look for a hydrating facial cleanser that will replenish moisture and feed your skin while stripping away dirt and excess oil.
Excessively Hot Showers Are Another Drying Factor
Super hot showers are another no-no if you’re suffering from dry skin in winter, as hot water can dehydrate the skin barrier.
Of course, there’s nothing like a piping hot shower when you come in from the cold, but if you have to turn the hot water tap up, don’t do it on your face. Instead, lower the water temperature for your face and head.
Your Lips Need Extra Love
Did you know that the skin on your lips doesn’t have pores? Without pores, it can’t sweat or secrete oil to protect the moisture barrier. This is why lips are so prone to dryness, cracking, and chapping.
The dryer your lips become, the more likely you are to lick them, which can exacerbate the situation and lead to what’s known as ‘lick eczema.’ To avoid this, make sure you carry chapstick and keep your lips protected.
Your Neck and Body Also Deserve Hydration
Your lips and face aren’t the only areas that can get dry in winter. The skin on your body might also become rough and flaky.
Fortunately, a good body cream is all you need to stop the shed. You can use this on your neck, or you can try a targeted product designed to address issues like sagging skin and wrinkles, such as the Particle Neck Cream.
Healthy Skin Is an Inside Job
Great skincare products and a good skincare routine are key, but healthy skin also starts on the side. If you feel like your skin is down in condition, you might be low in a few key nutrients, such as vitamin C or zinc.
To combat this, you take a multivitamin or a vitamin gummy complex specifically designed for skin health.
We Specialize in Science-Backed Men’s Facial Products
When temperatures and humidity levels drop, it’s time to up your skincare game. Focus on the best moisturizer ingredients that will deliver and lock in hydration. Evaluate your cleanser and your nutrient levels, and carry chapstick.
Here at Particle, we believe men’s skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s why we’ve developed a core range of men’s facial products that deliver hard. Backed by years of dermatological testing, our skincare line is science-driven.
Browse our line here.