9 Winter Skincare Tips Experts Want You To Know
All you need to know to win the cold war
At BEAST. we believe in taking good care of your skin no matter what time of year it is. But unless you want dry cheeks, rough knuckles and chapped lips (spoiler: you don't), upping your grooming game in winter is not only advisable, but downright necessary. "The skin's main job is to act as a protective barrier between your body and the world around you," says men's grooming editor Luke Todd. "Winter's lower temperatures and humidity levels, combined with central heating, stop it from doing this as effectively, which can lead to all sorts of issues including dryness, sensitivity and irritation." How, then, do you win the cold war from the bathroom? We consulted the brands of BEAST. to ask for the one winter skincare tip every man should live by.
9 Expert Winter Skincare Tips
Kirstie Sherriff, Founder of Proverb Skin
"Relying on moisturiser alone isn't enough. More layers of clothes should mean more layers on your face. Ensure from the first step (cleansing) that your products are focussed on calming and protecting the skin. Then experiment with layering your serums, face oils, and moisturisers."
BEAST. Recommends: Proverb Strengthening Skin Serum.
Don't Dodge Deodorant
Andy Coxon, Co-Founder of Akt
"You may think you're not sweating as much so you can afford to skip the deodorant. Big mistake. Especially since the clothes you wear are likely to be the heavier, more expensive pieces and winter coats. Avoid aluminium to protect these garments, as it's almost impossible to wash out (especially if it's a dry clean only piece) and can trap odour in the fibres."
Know Your Skin Type
Samuel Cheney, Director of BEAST.
"The first step in taking care of your skin is to understand it. While your skin type won't necessarily change season-to-season, it will react differently to environmental factors such as weather and stress. If this happens, don't carry on using the same products as this can make things worse. Use the BEAST. Skin Match tool, which will give you personalised recommendations to deal with everything from dry skin to dark circles."
BEAST. Recommends: BEAST. x Skin Match Grooming Tool.
Keep Your Showers Short
Dion Nash, Founder of Triumph & Disaster
"Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and irritable. By saving water, you are doing the planet and your skin a favour at the same time, the perfect two for one type deal."
BEAST. Recommends: Triumph & Disaster YLF Wash.
Check The Wording
Luke Todd, Men's Grooming Editor
"Look for products that include the word balm in the name or somewhere on the bottle. This is usually a good indicator that it's a thicker, heavier formula more suited to cold weather."
BEAST. Recommends: Apothem Multi Balm.
Save Your Scalp
Lorenzo Pasquale, Product Manager of Bullfrog
"The winter months can impact our hair as well as our skin. This is not a direct consequence of the cold, but rather habits such as wearing thick hats, which increase the scalp's sebum production. Left untreated, this can lead to itching, discomfort and irritation, so arm yourself with a gentle shampoo designed for those who wash their hair several times a week."
BEAST. Recommends: Bullfrog Delicate Cleansing Fluid.
Banish Blue Light
Harry Aaronson, Founder of Heath
"It's not just the weather that makes winter public enemy number one when it comes to your skin. Spending more time indoors means you're more likely to be exposed to harmful blue light emitted from devices like TVs, laptops and phones. Repeated exposure can cause inflammation, increased wrinkles and age spots, so look for products loaded with antioxidants to protect against it."
BEAST. Recommends: Heath Moisturiser.
Check The Acid Index
Sian Jones, Product Consultant at Eurosport
"Moving between different temperatures in winter can play havoc with the moisture levels in your skin. To counteract this, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which can bind 1,000 times its weight in water to the skin. If your cleanser leaves your face feeling tight, it may also be time to swap to a more skin-friendly product that doesn't remove all your natural oils."
BEAST. Recommends: Eurosport Multi-tasking Moisturiser.
Take Your Vitamins
Ziad Halub, Head of Training at Patchology
"We typically get less vitamin D in winter, which is an integral vitamin in keeping one's skin, and overall body, healthy and protected. Supplements are a great way to top up on Vitamin D when sunlight is limited."
BEAST. Recommends: Patchology Energy Supplement Strips.