Consider it official, it’s pretty damn cold outside, and there is no time like the present to treat yourself to a little TLC. In addition to accumulating the general winter essentials (it’s high time for that new heat pump and those slick new skis you’ve had your eye on) and the annual winter wardrobe overhaul, spare a second to protect the skin you’re in.
That’s why we’ve scoured the city (and the web) from top to toe, sourcing the crème de la crème of man-friendly skincare — come cold snap, hell or high water, you will brave this winter with your most supple game face yet.
Nobody likes a dry, alligator handshake (a gentleman’s grip says a lot about his character) so it’s important to keep your man hands in check. Avoiding the floral, feminine scent and the greasy formula in one fatal swoop is AESOP’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, a thick, hydrating variation with a subtle shea butter scent instead. This one you can really shake on.
Cracked heels slowing you down? Not only will your feet feel winters bite, especially when trying to tackle that early morning run, but the dip in temperatures can result in some pretty painful foot cracking. Apply a foot-friendly treatment like Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry and Calloused Areas to your heels nightly to keep you on the ball.
The few visual reminders of our body — it’s usually concealed within a plethora of knitted clothing — can often mean that the self-care of it can fall by the wayside. Sans’ Bio Active Body Exfoliant is an exfoliation formula that removes dry, flaky skin and boosts hydration, pair this with a bit of Gentleman’s Brand Daily Moisturiser aftercare for a smooth and nourished winter bod.
Leaving your face bare and defenceless during the day encourages irritable dry patches, which is why finding the right moisturiser is of the utmost necessity. Be sure to opt for a moisturiser that’s in keeping with the nature of your skin though — men produce twice as much oil on their face as women, so dipping into your lady-friend’s fancy face créme may not be the wisest of ideas. Bluebeards Revenge Cooling Moisturiser will soothe sore skin and single-handedly keep you fresh-faced all winter long.
Lip balm isn’t strictly reserved for 13 year old girls, nor does it always have to smell like strawberries and cream. Chapped lips are inevitable during winter, so rather than riding it out pursed and peeling, keep a nourishing lip balm in your back pocket. SKIN by ecostore’s Manuka Lip Balm is a fuss-free saviour that will leave your smackers feeling smooth.
It may be freezing but that doesn’t minimise the chance of getting burnt. During the grazing hours of 12pm to 2pm the sun is at its harshest, so expect no mercy. Apply a sunblock like Aesop’s Protective Body Lotion with SPF underneath your daily facial moisturiser, on the tops of your ears, neck, chest and forearms. Be sure to double dose on the SPF during ski escapades too, unless of course goggle tan-lines are a look you’d confidently sport.
Bend the rules a little and experiment with woodier scents or notes of leather during the cooler months. Oaky, hot and heady fragrances like Eight & Bob Champs de Provence, with notes of bergamot, orange blossom, musk and ambroxan, or Sothys’ cedar and musk Eau de Toilette serve as the ultimate finishing touch during winter.