Okay, fellas. We need to have a chat about grooming when the weather cools down. Winter can change our skin, and the results aren’t always pretty. It’s super important to make sure we’re taking care of what’s under our skin, on top of it and everything in between. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the most common grooming mistakes that intensify the cool-weather beatdown your face is taking.
Mistake #1: The Shaggy Dog Story
We know, we know: It’s getting cold, and you want to use your hair as more or less a natural beanie. But listen up! You’ve been growing your hair out since the summer, and it doesn’t really look like, well, anything. Go see a barber or hairdresser make sure you will look sharp and put together at social events this season. The same advice goes for your beard and a couple of other places, too. (And perhaps invest in a snappy new hat to keep you warm.)
Mistake #2: The Indifferent Shave
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the best time to shave is after a warm shower. Your skin is soft, warm and less likely to sustain any nicks from your razor. You should also be using good shaving cream, too. This will help ensure the skin that you’re about to expose will be smoother after you remove the hair.
Mistake #3: Leaving Your Skin Up to Fate
Set the foundation for tight, clear skin with a monthly HydraFacial. This treatment takes only half an hour, which means you don’t need to set aside an entire day to give your skin the attention it so deserves. In the same amount of time, it takes you to watch the latest episode of your favorite show, your face will be on its way to a good and balanced start. You’ll also want to make sure you have a solid washing/exfoliating/moisturizing process for day and night.
Mistake #4: Letting the Weeds Grow
While some of us would like to believe otherwise, we all have nose and ear hair. It’s a natural occurrence, after all. However, it might not be such a bad idea to start trimming before those hairs begin to curl out of your nose and ears like a vine. Go ahead and up your grooming game by investing in a dependable trimmer. Don’t forget those eyebrows either. Pro tip: Get your brows done (either waxed or threaded) as an add-on when you go get that haircut.
Mistake #5: Being that Chapped Chap
There’s arguably nothing worse than shaking or holding hands with someone whose skin is bone dry. The cool weather will leave you exposed and reveal all your moisturizing habits—or lack thereof. If your hands get dry enough, the skin between your fingers will start to crack, and it will be very painful. Avoid all of that drama with a handy (no pun intended), moisture-enriching hand lotion.
You can fight off these grooming mistakes this winter and be the most dapper dude out there—especially important if you’re planning on some holiday hand-holding.