Men's Life Today
Taking Care of Your Face for Shaving in the Winter
By Dr. Josh Zeichner
I don't think there’s such a thing as perfect
weather for your skin: When it’s humid, skin can be too oily. When it’s cold,
skin can get too dry. Still, there are ways to prep your skin to face the challenges
of any season, particularly those related to shaving.
Here are some tips to prep your skin for a better winter shave:
1) Stay hydrated.
Drink. Drink. Drink. Filling up on eight glasses of
water per day may seem like a challenge, but you really need to quench thirsty
2) Avoid over-washing.
your face in the shower and
before shaving. Too
much soap and water can over-dry your skin.
3) Skip the toner.
Toners work well
to remove excess oil from the skin, but it can lead to skin irritation when
applied to dry winter skin that actually needs that extra oil.
4) Use soap-free cleanser.
contain surfactants that can remove skin oils that you need to maintain a
healthy skin barrier. Just like toners, soaps may be abrasive during the
winter. If your skin can’t tolerate soap, think about the non-soap cleansers that
may be milder for you.
5) Don’t forget pre- and post-shaving care.
Always shave after showering.
Moisture-softened whiskers are easier to cut than hard ones, regardless of the
season. Use shaving gel and take light razor strokes. Then, finish with a heavier
cream moisturizer (as opposed to a light lotion) to hydrate your dry skin.