Men’s Winter Grooming Survival Guide - The Emporium Barber

Men’s Winter Grooming Survival Guide

10 Must Do Winter Grooming Tips For Men

We are now dead-set in the middle of winter where the sun glares in your face and the wind chill nibbles at your body. If you are an early riser, then the morning’s cold will hit you when you head out for that road ride and in some places, you’re using your credit card to scrape the ice off the windscreen.

But what about your face, your hands, and your skin? It was only 12 weeks ago you were exposed to 40C+ heat almost every day, now the temperatures have fallen it doesn’t mean you should forget about looking after yourself. From what you eat and drink to how your grooming regime goes – you need to keep on top. These are our essential must-do tips for ensuring you are in tip-top condition this winter.

1. Drink Water

OK, so we all fancy a hot coffee or a cup of the finest Nepalese tea in the winter, one to warm our hands the other for great little warm buzz inside. But there is no need for the forgotten nutrient to be left aside. Dehydration sets in and robs your body of water which leaves it dry, and don’t forget water hydrates us from the inside out.

If you want to look radiant with healthy looking skin, put that tea down and grab a bottle of the finest, coldest, freshest water to make sure you are staying hydrated.

Keep off the caffeinated drinks too as they can also lead to dehydration. Don’t forget: by keeping hydrated, you will be providing your skin with the essential moisture needed to look healthy.

2. Exfoliate

Sitting in your office with your heater at your feet, or in the front room watching the big game with the fire burning sucks all the moisture out of the air and guess what, that leaves your skin parched.

Ah, so you see, that’s why you’ve been scratching so much recently – all those dead cells have built up on your skin leaving you feeling like the plague has hit you.

Also, it’s good to know that if you have oily skin, yes, it’s tough in the summer to keep on top of but when it’s still not so bad in the winter, you still need to exfoliate.

We recommend Baxter Exfoliating Body Bar Cedarwood & Oakmoss to scrub those dead cells away and lose the itch for good. 

Exfoliating is fundamental, so make sure you are exfoliating a couple of times a week. Hunter Lab Cleansing Facial Scrub is another quality product that needs to become part of your face wash routine.

3. Moisturise

Righto, so you’ve removed those itchy dead cells from your skin so now it’s time to put the moisture back. Of course, you are drinking loads of water as we told you in Tip 1, but you also need to get ahead, direct to your skin. When you are moisturising daily, it’s essential that you know your skin type.

Once you find the right face moisturiser for your skin type you will start looking fresher and younger.

A proper moisturiser soap can be a good moisturiser for men's face’s or you could grab a Triumph & Disaster Gameface Moisturiser Tube which is one of the best skin care products for men and should keep your face out of trouble.

If you are off skiing this winter, then we suggest a heavy-duty moisturiser as a great face cream for men. It will fill your face with water and lock it in tight.

Triumph & Disaster

Gameface Moisturiser Tube

4. USE SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

What’s that? It’s winter so the sun isn’t shining so why should I use SPF? Have you even looked outside? Our sun is still in the sky and just because it’s cooler doesn’t mean you can’t feel the sun’s rays. UV rays is still whacking you right in the chops, so you still need to protect yourself so wear some quality sunscreen.

You can purchase a moisturiser that is formulated with sun protection, which is one of the best skin products for winter. Find one that has SPF 30 or higher for the best protection, so you don’t end up with winter skin issues while it will help with preventing ageing.

5. LIP PROTECTION

What about your lips? We’ve all grabbed that loose bit of skin with our teeth and gently tried to chew it off, only to feel with impending horror the skin in your lip tear and keep tearing like birthday wrapping paper. Then the taste of iron in your mouth and a blood stain on your crisp white Boss dress shirt.

Your skin is pretty thin on your lips so you should be investing in some decent lip protection, so they don’t end up cracked and peeling. Get yourself a good lip balm as this will help with keeping your lips nourished throughout winter. You can get hold of Lucky Tiger Organic Lip Balm or ideally hunt down lip balm that contains SPF or one that has a shea butter based lip balm formulation for best results.

6. BEARD

It’s not all about your skin you know, what about your pride and joy? You need to make sure you are caring for your facial hair. Make sure you have a trim every couple of days to keep it well-kept, you don’t want to look like the Wild Man of Borneo.

Use beard shampoo when you shower and get some beard conditioner and give it a good old clean to keep it healthy.

Another tip is to use beard oil, such as Weirdy Beardy Raven Beard Oil after washing to help reduce beard dandruff, while it also helps moisturise the beard hairs and skin below.

If you want your beard well hydrated then you can’t go past Modern Pirate Beard Serum that won’t be too oily or greasy.

7. FOOD

If you want to look good, then it goes without saying that the key to healthy looking skin is found in the food you eat. You can keep your skin hydrated by following a clean, healthy diet with nutrients and vitamins, minerals and fatty acids.

Carrots will help balance the pH of your skin’s surface and will make you six times less likely to develop skin cancer.

Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have a stack of healthy-skin benefits while salmon’s essential fatty acids act as a passageway for nutrients coming in and out of the cells while also getting rid of waste products.

Your skin can hold moisture more easily if the barrier is strong.

8. GLYCOLIC ACID

When it comes to men’s skin care products, Glycolic acid should be the one thing you look for as Glycolic acid is one that really can help fight the visible signs of ageing. It has been scientifically proven to increase the production of collagen in the skin. This goes back to your exfoliating but it is that important it deserves its own Tip.

When it comes to exfoliating by removing the dead skin cells and activating collagen production your skin will benefit from maximum hydration levels. Baxter Night Cream AHA is a perfect addition to your grooming and skincare routine as is Hunter Lab Anti-Ageing Elixir.

Hunter Lab

Anti-Ageing Elixir

9. EYES

You can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes, the gateway to the very soul of a human being and you can also tell a lot about the state of the skin around them. The skin is thin here too and requires tender care to stop the onset of wrinkles and ageing - dark circles, sagging and crow’s feet.

Smoking, alcohol and dehydration is a perfect example of how we mistreat our skin in the winter and they all take their toll, so make sure you check out eye creams to keep a weathered face at bay.

10. HANDS

Your hands are constantly exposed to the weather in winter so make sure you get some decent hand cream to keep the cracks and dry skin away. Baxter Hand & Body Moisturiser will provide relief and keep winter at bay.

Baxter Hand & Body Moisturiser


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