Fall, the season known for its pumpkin spice lattes, beautiful autumn leaves, and cinnamon scented candles. As you prepare to fully embrace all fall has to offer, it’s also time to prepare yourself for switching up some of your grooming routines. While you don’t need to change things completely, there are some minute differences to a cold-weather grooming routine as opposed to a warm-weather one. With harsh winds and low temperatures, your hair, skin, and nails are going to need all the help they can get.
This is for those of you who do not have a routine already or are looking to switch yours up a little. Read these tips to learn more.
Create a skincare routine
Cold weather is extremely harsh on the skin and creates a lot of problems. Dry air tends to strip the skin of its natural barrier and draw out moisture, resulting in dryness and irritation. This is why now, more than ever, your skincare regimen needs to be revised. It’s imperative that you use a gentle cleanser that is not drying as your skin already has to combat environmental elements. Then, follow up with a toner of your choice to hydrate the face. Be sure to do your research as some toners like witch hazel can have a drying effect on one’s face. Next up, is your moisturizer. This is the most crucial part. Applying a thicker moisturizer is key to keeping the face well hydrated as the weather gets cold because you want something that’s going to fully penetrate your skin. Night creams are also great because while your skin regenerates at night, the cream is helping to reverse some of the damage your skin has experienced during the day.
Upkeep beard and mustache
While we understand that some men are admirably doing No-Shave November to bring awareness to men’s health, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it stylishly. Similar to that of your skin, your hair goes through a lot during the colder months as well. Since there’s little to no humidity in the air, your strands tend to get dry very quickly. To combat the effects low temperatures have on your beard and mustache, include coconut oil or olive oil into your regimen. They can help to strengthen your hair strands, stop protein loss, increase growth, and add shine. If you are applying the oils to your stache, try using a spoolie brush to make the application a little easier. For those of you who are shaving during November, you still should invest in a nourishing oil to help prevent razor bumps and irritation since the cold can make these things worse.
Tend to your hair
The upkeep for the hair on your head is a little different than what’s necessary for your beard and mustache. One of the major differences is deep conditioners. If you are the guy who’s holy grail is 1-2 shampoo and conditioner, please consider some alternatives that are more focused on your hair care needs. A deep conditioner will help to revive lifeless strands, hydrate, and protect them from drying out due to outside elements. Also, if you are someone who uses heat styling tools for your hair, consider limiting how often you do so because they can create further damage. Do not neglect your hair during the fall and winter months because it can lead to breakage, damage, and hair loss. If the damage is already done, and your strands are unhealthy and thin, don’t stress, because there are options. Talk to a professional about hair loss treatments or try trimming off the damaged strands to help promote healthy hair growth.
Prioritize Lip Care
If your hair and skin look great, it’s only right that your lips look great too. Moisturizing doesn’t just mean your cheeks, forehead, and nose. Your lips need some TLC as well since they tend to get chapped and dry as the season’s change. While your basic chapstick may have worked well enough during the summer, it may be time to invest in a heavy-duty lip balm for the fall. Check for lip balms that are supposed to hydrate the lips deeply and last long. The chapstick you choose does not have to be expensive and there are many affordable lip balms out there. You can also improve your lip regime by exfoliating with a scrub. Lips scrubs remove dead skin and reveal a softer layer of skin. This step should be done before you apply chapstick for maximum benefits.
I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to embrace fall and look good while doing it!