The Winter Skincare Regimen

Great skin is an indicator of good health and people notice. Maintaining an attractive complexion for the rest of your life is not hard, but it requires your attention today. Develop these habits and reap the rewards of looking younger and healthier even as the years pass.

Healthy skin is sexy

In a study conducted in 2012, researchers compared the attractiveness of very masculine facial features (which are traditionally associated with being attractive to women) with men who had great skin tone and complexion.

Ian Stephen, a psychologist with the University of Nottingham in Malaysia, previously found that "golden" skin is also a natural indication of good health, and that people tend to find those with this complexion attractive...

The scientists found that facial masculinity wasn't nearly as important as skin tone to the women in either ethnic group. They did not see an association between masculinity and rated attractiveness, but they did find an association between skin tone and attractiveness.

The Regimen

Ready to start reaping the rewards of having healthy skin and fighting off the hordes of women who will complement you on your complexion? Here's what you need to know to keep your skin healthy throughout the winter months.

  1. Clean pillowcases & sheets

    The first step to having great skin starts in the bedroom. Change your pillowcases & sheets every 2 weeks. Have an extra set of bedding on hand so you can rotate between washes. This will lower the amount of oil, sweat, dead skin and other 'excretions' that builds up over time. Grossed out already? Changed those sheets.

  2. Wash face with warm water 2 times a day

    Once in the morning to open up your pores and clear out any sebum that may have accumulated over the night. And once in the evening to wash away the contaminants and dirt that has accumulated throughout the day. Use a pea sized amount of cleanser and massage it into your face until there a little bit of lather. Rinse it off immediately with warm water.

  3. Exfoliate before shaving

    The act of shaving exfoliates your skin by removing a thin layer of skin cells. Using an exfoliant like an apricot scrub before you shave, will remove dead skin cells, soften up your facial hair and make your shave much more enjoyable. Do this everytime right before you shave, or twice a week. I wouldn't recommend doing it more than that if you have sensitive skin.

  4. Clay mask twice a month.

    Clay masks may be a little too girly for a lot of guys, but it will help tighten up your skin and improve your complexion. Clay masks absorb impurities, clears your pores of residues and excess oil and will leave your skin feeling super clean, smooth and revitalized. Do it at least once a month at night before you go to bed.

    Usually you should open up your pores first by rinsing your face with warm water, or getting a hot towel and placing it on your face for about a minute beforehand. Be careful that it's not scolding hot, just a little more than warm to the touch. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face and leave it on your face for 10-15 minutes. Follow it up by a thorough rinse with some warm water.

  5. Pore strips on the nose once every 10 days, 3 times a month.

    These strips decrease the chance of a breakout on your nose and reduces the appearance of pores. Just one application and you'll see all the gunk that gets extracted. It's actually quite gross so I don't recommend looking at the applicator afterwards for too long.

  6. Sunscreen/moisturizer after washing your face every morning.

    Try to find a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 at least to protect your skin from the elements as well as the harsh UV rays. Using a moisturizer in the morning without SPF still provides benefits of keeping your skin moisturized, but it'd be best to use one that protects from the sun's rays as well.

  7. Moisturizer before bed after washing your face.

    If its you're thing you can apply some 'anti-aging' moisturizers before bed since most of the time they do not have any SPF in them to protect from UV rays. They do have a cooling effect which is a great way to relax as you head to bed.

  8. Watch what you eat and drink more water

    You can only do so much to your skin to achieve that healthy glow before you'll need to address your diet. Eating less processed and greasy foods will reduce your outbreaks and the amount of oil your skin secretes. Eating more dark green vegetables as well as vegetables rich with caretenoids will help to provide that natural glow. If you think all the talk of products and moisturizing above are way to frilly, adjusting your diet and getting a healthy amount of exercise will do more for you and your skin than any products.

  9. Shower before bed

    Instead of spending your time before bed surfing the web, go and take a nice warm shower to end the day and relax. It'll also keep your bed sheets cleaner and keep them from smelling like funk.

Products

Keihl's Facial Fuel Cleanser

Cleanser

Keihl's facial fuel cleanses great and has a little bit of caffeine in it to get you going in the morning. Neutragena has a similar product that's readily available at your local drugstore or pharmacy. Keihl's Ultra is also a great if you have somewhat sensitive skin. Getting a cleanser that cleans well without being harsh on your skin is ideal. Ask at a cosmetic's store for recommendations and know your skin type. Oily skin will be completely different than normal or mixed or sensitive skin.

Toner

Not needed really. I have found that toner usually dries skin out way too much. Even for me, it's a little overkill. But I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Clay

Anthony Logistic's clay mask is great. There's also St. Ives or Freeman's clay which are both a bit cheaper than Anthony Logistics, but offer the same benefits. You could always steal your girlfriend's but I wouldn't recommend it.

Exfoliant

St. Ive's Apricot Scrub
St. Ive's Apricot scrub is the best exfoliant out there for the cost. You can pick one up at your local drug store or supermarket.

Moisturizer

Matte Moisturizer
Ernest Supply's Matte moisturizer is a great lightweight moisturizer that comes in a very travel friendly container that looks like it should belong in a field bag instead of medicine cabinet.
It's a has a true matte finish so your face won't be shiny after applying it.
Keihl's Facial Fuel is an excellent alternative. You only really need the smallest bottle which will last you at least 3-4 months. It also comes in an SPF 15 variant for added protection. I'd recommend opting for this during the winter if you have lighter skin.
Anti Wrinkle Cream
Keihl's anti-wrinkle cream is a pricey alternative with a strong cooling effect after you apply it to your skin. The "anti-wrinkle" effects are purely subjective in my opinion and it doesn't have any SPF protection. I recommend using it before you go to bed if you want to splurge. Be careful though, your girlfriend might start using it as well .

Lip Balm aka Chapstick

Keihls' lip balm
Something is better than nothing here. Keihls offers a matte lip balm that doesn't leave a sheen. It is significantly more expensive than other options, so you better not lose it.

Soap

Duke soap
You can't really go wrong with soap, but if you're wanting to take your bathing experience to the next level you should check out the soaps from Duke Canyon. These boys are seriously huge, last about 3 weeks, and smell very masculine.

The Essentials

Think that the whole 9-step regimen is a bit too much? Then just keep these key steps in mind to get on your way towards a brighter and healthier complexion.

  1. Wash your sheets and pillowcases often.
  2. Drink more water, eat more vegetables, pass on the fries/pizza
  3. Take showers regularly
  4. Get a moisturizer with at least SPF 15.
  5. Wear sunscreen in the sun