Getting and keeping skin healthy and hydrated can feel like an uphill battle at any time of the year, but it’s especially brutal during winter. You typically don’t realize you need an extra dose of moisture until it’s too late, and by then, the season’s weather is usually well on its way to wreaking havoc on your already dry, tight, flaky skin. The best way to ensure that you are hydrated in the winter is to start a regimen in the fall — and stick with it.
For a few guidelines on how to keep skin winter-ready, leading dermatologist Dr. Jared Jagdeo offers some exclusive tips on the best grooming products and practices to keep our body’s largest organ in check all year long.
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Rule 1: Sunscreen Is a Year-Round Necessity
Even when you’re not hitting the beach, you still need protection from the sun. We’re subjected to harmful UVA and UVB rays all year long, so it’s essential to remain diligent about SPF.
“It always comes down to sun protection,” Jagdeo says. “The best sunscreen is the one you’ll use on a day-to-day basis. I always say apply sunscreen three times a day: 15 minutes before you leave the house in the morning, 15 minutes before you go out for lunch, and 15 minutes before you leave for the day. I like to recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70, it performs really well for all skin types, it works for light and dark skin tones, it applies elegantly and it plays nicely with everything else we like to use to keep our skin looking healthy.”
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Rule 2: Exfoliate, But Do It Gently
Instead of relying on harsh exfoliators to slough off dry, dead skin, Dr. Jagdeo recommends a solution that’s gentler on your skin and travels well so you never have to be without it.
“I really caution men against exfoliators, but I do recommend cleansing with the Cetaphil Men’s Daily Face Cloths. They’re very gentle on the skin, they’re rugged and durable, they’re single use but they come in travel packs. Most important, for men, they’re gentle on facial hair. It’s not going to come apart when you’re using it to cleanse your face.
“A lot of men don’t know about face cloths or they think they’re not masculine enough. They’re wrong. The right ones are amazing, and the ones from Cetaphil are basically the bounty of face cloths.”