Winter is a harsh season and one tends to get particularly sluggish when it comes to personal grooming in the colder months. Angel Viviers Ballard, therapist at Villa Angelic salon, offers advice on male grooming.
Skin can get considerably dry in the wintry months and it is imperative to ensure that skin is kept hydrated and nourished. Following an easy, quick skincare routine can do wonders to properly achieve this. It is important to cleanse and moisturise the face twice daily. Toning the face before moisturising is an added bonus, as it prepares the skin for more treatment. Ballard recommends using a moisturiser with built-in UV protection, as cold weather does not make the sun any less harsh.
Cleansers – Ballard explains that simply washing the face with soap is often not effective as alkaline soap can tamper with the skin's protective barrier. There is an assortment of cleansers made for different skin types that can suit particular needs. A face wash can come in a variety of emulsions such as gel, cream, foam or milk and they are all effective in removing impurities.
Moisturizer – This is possibly the most important step of all. The cold and unforgiving nature of winter weather can really dehydrate the skin. Using moisturiser supports the nurturing of the skin. Too much exposure to the harsh conditions can make the skin look tight and cause premature ageing, so it is critical to maintain the skin’s moisture.
It is a good idea to brush the skin now and then. This is often available as a spa or salon treatment, but it can be done at home if a brush is purchased. Ballard says that brushing moistened skin softly can increase blood circulation and remove toxins. This is good as it gives the skin a nice and healthy glow. The skin is very sensitive so be sure not to over-exfoliate, especially if shaving is done daily. Be sure to exfoliate only twice a week.
Hand and Foot Care
Ballard explains that driving can cause damage to your skin because the windscreen can increase UV rays and further damage the skin. Wearing sunscreen on the arms and hands is a sensible way of combating this. It is important to moisturise and protect the hands to avoid dark spots and ageing of the skin.
Feet are often neglected but they require premium care. Drying in between your feet after washing is key, as it can prevent infections. Pulling off your toenails instead of cutting them correctly can cause ingrown toenails, so it is best to cut them straight. Socks should not be worn consecutively and overly tight shoes should be avoided. Ballard suggests soaking feet in warm water with Epsom salts to relieve aches and pains. Remember to moisturise your feet afterwards to give them a clean and healthy look.
Angel Viviers Ballard – email@example.com