Now that Old Man Winter is finally and officially gone, it's time to consider how to tweak your grooming regimen for warmer temperatures. Here, two experts on the subject—New York-based dermatologist Dr. Robert Anolik and aesthetician Hillery Sklar—reveal some of their best tips to keep your complexion in tip-top shape for months to come.
Scrub a dub dub.
Winter's frigid temperatures are naturally drying, which exacerbates the appearance of rough, uneven skin. If you're not using a scrub already, now's the time to invest in one. Sklar suggests Menscience's Microfine Face Scrub because "it's chock full of all kinds of things (like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and aloe) most skin types will benefit from."
Don't neglect the rest of your body, either. Buff elbows, knees, and feet from scaly to smooth with a heavy-duty body scrub like MSC Skincare's Grapefruit and Spearmint Exfoliating Sugar Scrub. The sugar sloughs away flaky skin, the mint refreshes, and the shea butter eliminates the need for a post-shower moisturizer.
"UV exposure becomes even more of a concern" when the sun's rays get strong in spring, says Dr. Anolik. "Even though UV rays are always a concern, spring means closer proximity to the sun, not to mention less clothing for protection."
The key is selecting a broad spectrum moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher. That way, you're protected from both UVA and UVB rays. Dr. Brandt UV SPF 30 High Protection Face is a favorite of Dr. Anolik's for its high level of protection against sun's aging rays and matte finish. "Men shouldn't just protect their face," advises Dr. Anolik, "but also the ears, neck, hands, and for those with less hair, the scalp."
"Without grossing you out too much, warmer weather causes the gunk in your pores to liquefy," says Sklar. "This buildup leads to a greasier appearance." Because all skin needs moisture, even at night, the trick is finding a lotion that's lightweight or oil-free. Both Menscience's Advanced Face Lotion and Ursa Major's Face Balm absorb quickly, won't clog pores or leave a shiny finish, and make terrific bedside companions.
Consider all your bits and parts.
With spring comes sun and warmer weather, and unfortunately "too much moisture where men don't want it, like the feet, groin, and armpits," says Dr. Anolik. "This leads to athlete's foot, jock itch, and other rashes."
The trick to preventing these pesky situations is keeping the affected areas as dry as possible, so sprinkle an anti-fungal powder like Zeasorb Antifungal Powder on clean skin after showering, and for added insurance, dust a bit in your socks and underwear.
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