Guys, here’s your skincare 101 on surviving this winter weather

Regardless of your gender, skin care should be part of your daily regimen. Healthy skin is everything. Not only does it promote healthy habits, but it also boosts our confidence. Although winter’s temperamental weather makes it harder to keep the skin condition stable, there’s no reason to panic. For guys who have never practiced skincare routines before, I’ll share how I take care of my skin and why these steps matter.

First, the steps:

Cleaning: Every night after washing my face with face wash, I feel relieved. My skin appears to be clearer and brighter. Our skin absorbs so much pollution (like dust and smoke) during the day, and it can hurt our skin. Using face wash, or even a facial cleansing brush, can help get rid of this burden. Exfoliation helps our skin de-stress too, but don’t do it too often. Once a week is recommended.

My recommended products are:

Fresh Soy Cleanser ($38, 5.1 oz or $15, 1.7 oz)

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This amino acid face wash does the cleaning job without taking an excessive amount of oil out of your skin. A travel size bottle is highly recommended for a lower price and its accessibility! It’ll last you longer than you think.

St. Ives Acne Control Facial Scrub ($3.64, 6 oz)

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St. Ives will leave your skin clean and fresh. Gently rub and massage it on damp, clean skin and wash it off.

Hydrating: Your skin is now ready to absorb the “nutrients” after cleansing. The first step is to hydrate. Wet a cotton pad with your toner, and gently pad your face with it. If you experience slight pain, it’s a sign that your skin is way too dry. This is totally normal. However, if you experience acne or excessive redness, it’s a sign that the toner might not be a good fit for you.

Recommended toner:

Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with Aloe Vera ($6.99, 12 oz)

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The toner hydrates your skin and leaves a fresh floral scent.

Moisturize: Now seal the hydration with facial cream or moisturizer! On drier days, if you go outside without applying moisturizer, the toner absorbed in your skin may be carried away by the sun or the wind, leaving your skin tired and vulnerable. More hydration and a proper amount of grease in facial cream can prevent this from happening.

Here are two great moisturizers:

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ($50, 4.2 oz or $18, 0.95 oz)

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One of Kiehl’s best-selling products, the Ultra Facial Cream is infused with Glacial Glycoprotein  which is famous for protecting and locking the hydration in skin.

Clinique For Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer ($26, 3.4 oz)

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From CLINIQUE’s men’s skincare line. It prevents shine and leaves the skin soft. The SPF also saves you money from buying sunscreen.

Protect: Ultraviolet radiation is damaging to our skin. Skin will age faster and become dull without sun protection. Applying sunscreen is essential in preventing your skin from aging and reducing your risk of skin cancer. A sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher is fine for daily protection. If you’re feeling lazy like me, get a moisturizer that has an SPF.

Here’s a sunscreen that’s in demand:

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skin Care Gel SPF50+/PA++++ ($35, 3 oz)

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This sunscreen has been trending for years in Asian countries for its outstanding UV protection. The gel Anessa sunscreen is more hydrating than its traditional counterpart. It’s waterproof and perfect for going to the beach, or for everyday use.

Got acne? No problem! Follow these four steps daily, and your face will balance out the amount of oil. Here’s one product that works really well for my acne.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil ($10, 0.33 oz)

This was my remedy for acne, I’ve been using it since I was 14 years old. For me, it works like magic. My acne got so much better after applying it before sleep.

Guys, you’re smart if you’re already starting to take care of your skin. If not, this will steer you in the right direction. You’re setting yourselves up for smooth skin and a healthier lifestyle. With the right steps and products, your skin will transform into a youthful and healthy complexion.

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About Author

Jerry Yan is a senior studying public relations at the School of Media and Journalism. Born and raised in Guiyang, China, Jerry speaks Mandarin and English and is influenced by both cultures. During his free time, he likes to travel around the world, write about his life on a blog and do yoga.