It’s easy in the winter months to forget about what’s happening to your skin under that hat, scarf and big coat. There’s no reason why it has to be difficult to look and feel good at this time of year. You just need to remember a few tips to keep your body in top condition. And it starts with looking after yourself – even if you went a bit heavy on the festive celebrations!
So, where should men be focusing our efforts to keep healthy and looking sharp through the dark winter days? This year’s winter grooming trends are all about keeping an eye on the details, and remembering to take a little extra care.
1. Stay fresh and clean
The foggy, damp air is especially good at clinging on to pollutants in the air. As you go about your day, all of this clings to your face and damages the skin, increasing the signs of premature ageing. Never go to bed without cleaning off the harmful elements you’ve picked up during the day. Choose a sensitive, natural cleanser that will hydrate and care for your skin overnight.
2. Book a consultation with an expert
More and more men are realising that there are real benefits to seeing an expert for any problem skin. If you’re blessed with perfect skin, then you’re lucky: just keep doing what you’re doing! If not, book in a skin consultation in a salon (West One MYB have a whole range of options perfect for men so you’ll feel totally at ease). You’ll be able to get a treatment that waves goodbye to acne, dry skin or wrinkles. There’s a certain confidence that comes from having clear, healthy skin.
3. Look out for the finer details
It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to grooming. Bad nails are something you should definitely focus on. Nothing is more off-putting than bitten or damaged nails. Get yourself plenty of protein in your diet – fish, nuts and pulses are all good sources. Good for nail strength, and a great brain boost too. A pedicure is a good idea too – nobody wants to see long toenails when the socks do come off!
4. Tidy those eyebrows
There’s just no excuse for unruly eyebrows. A good eyebrow treatment can really change your face and it doesn’t have to be extreme or obvious – just a tidy-up. If you’ve never had an eyebrow tidy, get yourself booked in – you won’t regret it.
Whilst you’re dealing with unwanted hair, a professional back waxing treatment will get you ready for the beach if you’re lucky enough to be taking a winter break!
5. Take some time out
Schedule a sports or deep tissue massage to relieve any aches and keep the blood flowing. Massage can hugely enhance your mood, which is important when the days and nights are long, and dark. Everyone deserves a break now and then and a massage is a great boost when you’re short on time.
6. Top up on vitamin D
When the sunshine is lacking, you’ll find you are becoming vitamin D deficient. If you’re not lucky enough to be heading out for some winter sun or to the slopes, then you will definitely benefit from a supplement. It will help boost your skin, joints and immune system which will make you feel less achy and lethargic. That being said, there is still a risk to your skin that UV rays will cause damage, even in the winter months. So, get a daily moisturiser with SPF 15 and wear it all year round. For an extra boost, try a light St Tropez tan: especially if you are heading off somewhere warm and don’t want to scare the locals! Don’t worry about looking orange – a light mist will just make you look healthier, and take the paleness out of your skin tone. A subtle but very definite boost to your looks!
Taking care of your skin and body is always a priority, but there are certain pressures at this time of year that can leave you looking tired, pale and in need of some TLC. There are plenty of ways to give yourself clear, healthy skin so that you look and feel good for any occasion.