In the year of our lord 2022, basic skincare should be as much a part of your regime as going to the gym and drinking three litres of water per day. And just like that workout, the best results come from tweaking your routine to fit the needs.
While we may welcome winter for the chance to bust out a decent jacket, the colder weather is a known bastard when it comes to the condition of your skin. Hotter showers can strip the skin of its natural oils and barrier while cold air can cause it to feel dry and sensitive.
The solution to prevent from looking like a White Walker is to tailor your winter grooming routine to include products that are gentler on the skin and more nourishing in their purpose. Key ingredients to look for are things like ceramides and hyaluronic acids that help hydrate and reinforce the skin’s natural barrier while also taking advantage of the weaker sunshine to give your skin a regenerative boost with anti-ageing formulas including retinals, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
To carry you through the Netflix and literal chill season, we’ve found the best men’s skincare products to get you through the winter.
AUGUSTINUS BADER THE CLEANSING BALM $115 SHOP NOW
Augustinus Bader’s cleansing balm is a rich, wax-like substance that melts on your face and rinses easily taking with it the grub and crap from the day but leaving it feeling softer and hydrated. Perfect to use before shaving as it will also help keep your stubble softer. To exfoliate, wipe off with a facewasher rather than use a scrub. Less packaging, better for the environment and better for your skin.
If you find that a bit too greasy, or you need a deeper clean post-gym or simply prone to oily skin, try UltraCeuticals Ultra Calming Cleanser.
LA MER THE TREATMENT LOTION $225 SHOP NOW
Akin to a protein shake for your skin. As soon as you’ve cleansed and jumped out of the shower, squirt two into a cotton pad (or palms of your hands if you must) and gently wipe across your face. La Mer’s Treatment Lotion helps deliver hydration faster, and more efficiently, to your skin.
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE RETINAL+ NIACINAMIDE SERUM $104 SHOP NOW
While you’re at it, take the opportunity to give your whole mug a makeover. Summer bodies are made in winter, right? Youth To The People has just launched their new Retinal Serum in time for a spring clean of your skin. Retinal is known for its anti-ageing properties and this will help turn back the clock on some of that damage you do during the warmer months.
APOTCARE VITAMIN C SERUM $51 SHOP NOW
Vitamin C is vital to maintaining your body’s natural healing properties and it’s also a must-have for your skin. Apotcare’s Vitamin C serum will help reduce dark spots caused by sun damage and brighten your skintone overall to give you healthier looking complexion.
DR DENNIS GROSS TRIPLE CORRECTION EYE SERUM SHOP NOW
Keep the bags for the weekend, not your eyes. With ferulic acid and retinol, this will help smooth out those fine lines around the eyes and keep it hydrated rather than puffy.
AESOP HYDRATING BLEND FOR DRY SKIN $144 SHOP NOW
The solution to dry skin courtesy of Aesop with their camelia nut hydrating cream and Damascan rose treatment oil. Simply apply the cream first, then smooth two or more drops on top of that for additional protection from cold weather. Also, they smell incredible.
SISLEYUM GLOBAL REVITALIZER $345 SHOP NOW
The solution to sensitive skin, Sisley’s Global Revitalizer is a nightly treatment that helps the skin’s defences against stress, pollution and improves redness from razor burn. We don’t normally call things a wonder product, but this is close to one.
LE LABO LIP BALM $22 SHOP NOW
Put down the chapstick and invest in a product that reflects the fact you are a grown man.
ULTRACEUTICALS SPF 30 $86 SHOP NOW
Even in winter, wear sunscreen. Especially if you’re using treatments and anti-ageing products. It’s no surprise then that Australian-owned and made UltraCeuticals has the best on the market considering just how brutal our sun exposure is.
STUFF BODY WASH $12 SHOP NOW
Your body is a temple so the stuff you use to keep it spick and span should be just as special. Literally, STUFF… The new, certified B Corp, brand to hit the market STUFF is a simple, no fuss line of products that uses botanicals to smell good and get the job done. It also partners with men’s mental health advocates The Man Cave, so every product you grab from helps do some good in the world.