As we enter Autumn and winter for that matter, although great times for cozy weekend breaks and your favourite cashmere jumper, they are sadly less good news for your skin – with wintery winds, dry-airless homes, low humidity, or even a cold-weather sunburn all threatening to wreak havoc on the grooming routine that saw us through the blissful summer days.
It’s time to give your bathroom cabinet a seasonal upgrade and keep you protected. We scoured for the best we could get our hands (and face, and hair on…) so here are 5 of our top grooming products that every gentleman should be investing in this season…
Happy Feet And Fingers: A Barrier Moisturiser
This winter cream comes in a 75ml tube all the way from Monaco. It is specifically designed to be protective against the cold and humid ( lack of ) weather on your skin. This cream also boasts being an adjuvant treatment for Raynaud-Acrocyanose syndrome (skin based auto-immune conditions).
Where this cream really shines is as a preventative against chilblains and frostbite, this may sound dramatic for just a chilly day in Britain, but chilblains are especially easy to fall foul of and ridiculously uncomfortable to live with. This cream reinforces the natural hydro-lipidic barrier and helps the skin to fight the harsh effects of the cold.
AKILHIVER is no.1 for protecting your hands and feet in winter especially. It can be used on the face too however this is not a facial moisturiser and can look very greasy for day-to-day wear. It would perfectly suit use on the face should you be outdoors or skiing for example where protection comes first.
For Saving Face: A Quality Moisturiser
Your face takes the biggest blow in cold weather, thanks to the low humidity which dries out the top layer of your skin and allows moisture to escape. That being said, there’s no need to dive headfirst into the thickest face cream you can find (such as the Akilhiver Cream above), especially if your skin is combination or oily.
DermaLoch is a U.K company that specialises in natural moisturisers for those who are concerned about their cream causing more trouble than they solve. I've fallen victim to this in the past, splashing cash on a fancy moisturiser that has actually made my skin feel tight and hot.
Rejuvaderm is very different, a light and super-fast absorbing moisturiser than really perks up my skin. It is also fantastic at calming down my face post-shave and doesn't clog my pores as per my normal face cream. Add into the mix that it has anti-bacterial ingredients and you're set for a great all-in-one natural moisturiser.
The Intensive is what I'd call a "rescue product", perfect for when I've been outdoors all day and my hands are at risk of being chapped and itchy, so certainly one to keep in the bathroom cupboard as you would with after-sun cream. Great all-round natural products.
For A Great Smile: An Invisible Lip Balm
Founded back in 2014, co-founders Josh Meyer & Matt Bolduc were looking for premium men's skincare & grooming products, but couldn't find a brand that met their needs. They wanted products that were not only the best on the market, but also ones that used natural ingredients.
This all natural, organic lip balm for men has been tested in the harshest of wind and sun conditions. It provides long-lasting moisture and protection. B-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with SPF15 and uniquely a "No shine" formula, we don't want that lip-gloss look after all!
Chapped lips are an often over-looked issue in winter, so whether you are skiing, riding on a motorbike or walking on the moors, a quality lip balm is a must have pocket accessory.
Time To Deep Clean; A Facial Cleanser
We often think of autumn and winter as a "clean" season, where nature is either asleep or dormant and we spend as little time outdoors as possible. This human hibernation actually leads to an increase in dust, and aerated nasties in our homes as we light fires, turn the radiators up and relax about spring cleaning.
A deep facial cleanser is a great way to spring clean our visage in these wintery days. The Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser is your perfect partner; a non-foaming face wash that contains just the right amount of a Glycolic Acid Blend (4.9%) to deep clean delicate skin without stripping it. Many men shy away from cleansers due to having had a bad experience (such as feeling you've used white spirit on your face - been there done that) now though there is no excuse and nothing but benefits for us!