The ultimate guide to seasonal skincare for men
How to care for your skin in winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
Should men change their skincare each season?
In a word, yes. Each season heralds a change in lifestyle from more time spent indoors during the cooler months to enjoying the outdoors in the warmer summer months. These seasonal lifestyle shifts mean your skin needs to be cared for differently each season to keep it in healthy condition all year round.
For instance, during winter your skin is often much dryer due to increased time spent inside with a heater blasting hot air and drying out the skin. The harsh, cold weather can also play havoc with the skin’s moisture levels, drying out and irritating the skin so it’s left red, chapped, and flaky. But, with a winter-specific skincare routine your skin will adapt to the seasonal disruptors with ease and stay in tip-top condition during these typically drying months.
Similarly, in summer your skin can suffer from too much time in the sun leading to sun damage, fine lines, premature ageing, pigmentation and more. But, as with a winter-specific skincare routine, a summer-specific routine (think: upping your sunscreen) can prepare and protect your skin for a summer of fun in the sun.
Is men’s skincare different to women’s skincare?
The answer is yes. Men’s skincare differs from women’s skincare not only in the way it’s packaged and the product names, but also in the formulations. The reason? Men’s and women’s skin is different.
According to Texas-based dermatologist, Dr Ted Lain, speaking to skincare.com, the differences between men’s and women’s skin include thickness of the skin, collagen content, activeness of oil glands, and how the skin ages. “…men’s skin is 25% thicker [than women’s skin] due to higher collagen content… the oil glands in men are more active, allowing for greater moisturisation over the adult years. The aging [sic] process is more gradual from a young age in men, whereas women’s skin maintains thickness and moisture content consistently until menopause…” Dr Lain said .
Given this, Dr Lain notes that skincare products for women are formulated with moisturisation as a focus as well as to target skin concerns like adult acne which he says women are more likely to experience due to hormonal changes.
Men’s skincare products on the other hand are formulated to penetrate their thicker, oilier skins and address the accompanying skin concerns such as oily skin and ageing from a younger age. There are also men’s shaving products designed to achieve a smooth, irritation-free shave (try: Hunter Lab Cleansing Shaving Foam followed by Hunter Lab Daily Face Fuel).
Dr Lain recommends men include skincare products containing retinol from a younger age than women might “…because of the gradual decline in collagen levels starting at a young age in men.”
What is the ultimate winter skincare routine for men?
Due to the increased dryness of skin in winter, keeping skin moisturised and healthy is the top priority. However, given men’s skin is more prone to oiliness, a skincare routine which balances oil production with moisturisation is key.
A good cleanser is the backbone of every skincare routine. For men, a cleanser specifically targeted to oily or combination skin like Mukti’s Balancing Cleansing Gel will work wonders both in keeping oil production at bay while also calming and soothing any winter-related dryness thanks to the inclusion of chamomile and aloe vera.
For the body, a soap or body wash that absorbs oil, effectively cleanses and also nourishes the skin is a winter skincare must-have. Try: Wild Herbary Activated Charcoal Soap Bar with powerful cleansing ingredient activated charcoal and nourishing glycerine.
In winter, switch out your regular pre-shave cleanser for a more hydrating lotion containing ingredients like skin-loving shea butter (try: Saya Shave Lotion). This will help keep any cold weather post-shave irritation at bay.
Even with higher oil production, a heavier cream moisturiser is a winter skincare saviour for both the face and body. For face, try Grown Alchemist Regenerating Night Face Cream: Neuro-Peptide and Violet Leaf Extract, for body, try Saya Rich Body Cream which is packed with deeply moisturising ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil.
What is the ultimate spring skincare routine for men?
Variable weather is the hallmark of spring, one minute it’s warm, the next it’s freezing and rain clouds are rolling in. Dressing for this kind of trans-seasonal weather usually means layers that can accommodate a sudden change from warm to cool and back again, and your skincare routine should be similarly adaptable.
To maintain healthy spring skin, it’s important to keep checking in with your skin to ensure it’s getting what it needs. On a cooler day your skin might be craving a little extra hydration—have your heavier face and body winter moisturiser on hand.
On a warmer day when your skin’s oil production is higher, your skin might need a little less hydration. Reach for a lightweight, non-greasy, fast-absorbing moisturising lotion with an SPF in it to protect your skin from the sunnier, warmer weather (think: Mukti Daily Moisturiser with Sunscreen).
A lighter gel hand and body wash is also a good idea to have on hand for warmer days when a soap bar just feels too heavy on the skin. Try: Hunter Lab Hand and Body Wash.
Spring is also the prime season to up your exfoliation. Slough off dead skin cells and flaky winter skin in readiness for summer with a gentle yet effective exfoliator like Hunter Lab’s Cleansing Facial Scrub. This facial scrub is formulated with bladderwrack extracts to fight ageing and sugarcane which gently exfoliates.
For the body, try the award-winning Three Warriors Tasmanian Sand Scrub, which is an especially good option for anyone considering adding tanning products into their pre-summer skin line-up.
What is the ultimate summer skincare routine for men?
One word: sunscreen. The ultimate summer skincare routine must include SPF for the face and the body.
Hot, humid weather leads to increase in oil production in the skin from the sebaceous glands, so opt for a non-greasy sunscreen like We Are Feel Good Inc Signature Sunscreen SPF 50+. Ideal for any time you are outside – whether that’s surfing, swimming or just generally in the sun a - this reef-safe, broad-spectrum sunscreen has up to four hours of water-resistant coverage. Slather it on from head to toe and reapply frequently, especially after swimming.
Summer also means increased sweat, so it’s a good time to up your deodorant usage. Reach for an aluminium-free formulation that also contains soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients so it can be used as often as required. Try: Grown Alchemist Roll-On Deodorant: Icelandic Moss Extract and Sage Complex.
What is the ultimate autumn skincare routine for men?
Autumn’s skincare routine should repair any damage from the harsh UV rays of summer and prepare the skin for winter. Start adding back in richer, more moisturising creams, and if you’re not already using one, add a serum into your skincare routine. Look to products that repair and strength the skin’s barrier. Try: Mukti Hyaluronic Marine Serum.
Consider upping your eye product line-up in autumn in order to fight and repair any fine lines and sun damage sustained around the delicate eye area during summer.