As the weather gets colder, our skin and beard can suffer. The temperatures drop, the heating comes on, and you start to notice yourself feeling dry and itchy. It is important to take the proper steps to ensure you look after your skin and beard in the winter months to keep it healthy, happy, and looking great. Keep reading for some of our top winter grooming tips and some information on why the cold weather dries us out.
Why Your Skin & Beard Dry Out
Dryness is especially common in the winter months as the humidity levels outside drops. The cold and dry air makes the moisture in your skin and beard evaporate quicker, which is why you get the feeling of being dry, tight, and possibly flaky. Your skin actually loses around 25% of its ability to hold moisture during winter, which is why you need to add some extra grooming into your life.
As well as the cold weather, the indoor heating we use also plays a part in drying out your skin and beard. Dry indoor air dries out your skin, beard and also your mucous membranes, which leads to chapped lips as well. Both the cold winter weather and dry indoor heating play their part in leading us to suffer from dryness.
The harsh winter weather can cause a buildup of dead skin cells, which is why exfoliating is so important. Exfoliators work by removing any dead skin cells to help create a smoother appearance, great for preventing the flaky appearance you can get during the colder months. If you already typically have dry skin all year round, this is extra important, as you are more likely to suffer than those with oily or combination skin. You should add exfoliating to your typical skin care routine 1-2 times a week to keep on top of removing dead skin. You don’t want to overdo it as this can damage your skin, which is why we recommend 1-2 times a week, as opposed to adding it into your daily routine.
Moisturising is one of the most essential skin care steps all year round, though it is extra important in winter. As explained above, our skin feels dry because the moisture evaporates quicker, so we need to ensure rehydration occurs at least once a day. Moisturiser is what will ultimately save your skin this winter. Your product choice depends on your skin type, though most people find a thicker formula works best in the colder months. Read our tips for choosing the right moisturiser for some help. You should apply a thin layer both morning and night after washing your face. On exfoliation days, make sure to apply the moisturiser after.
Beard oil is a fantastic product all year round because of its nourishing factors, though it is particularly essential and helpful in winter. Beard oil is hydrating to both the skin underneath and your beard hair, helping to soften and tame beard hair. The ideal beard should look shiny and groomed rather than dusty, flaky and shaggy. Beard oil adds in the moisture that the winter weather has taken away, preventing it from getting too dry. You should apply beard oil daily after you’ve had a shower and your beard is dry. If you find the colder weather is really drying the hair out, add a little extra during the day and comb through for a healthy looking beard.
Clean & Condition
Keeping your beard clean is important, but you don’t want to overdo it and wash every night. This can actually do the opposite of what you want in winter and dry your beard out, stripping your beard of its natural oils. Try to shampoo 1-2 times a week instead, and just use a conditioner on the other nights. This will still keep your beard clean without taking away any of those necessary oils that keep your beard moisturised. Conditioner should be massaged in for a few minutes before rinsing it off, giving it the time to truly work its magic. We have a range of beard washes, so you’ll find something perfect for you.
The cold weather is officially on its way, and you need these winter grooming tips to keep yourself looking and feeling great this season. Beards are great for helping to keep your face warm, but you want to look after them to make sure they look great too!