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Winter’s near, and with the colder temps and drier air comes stressed-out skin. The seasonal toll taken by that late-night walk to the bar or early-morning run can be countered with these chilly-season skin-care essentials to help you save face—and the rest of the body.

Screen saver. It’s no time to skip sunscreen, even sans a Vallarta vacay. Sun damage can still happen in winter, and snow reflects UV rays that can cause sunburn. Plus, studies show that people who use sunscreen year-round have younger-looking skin. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, minimum SPF 30, targeting your skin concern (whether sensitive, oil-free or anti-aging). RoC Soleil Protexion+ Velvet Moisture Quenching Cream SPF 30 ($23, at drugstores) protects against UVA/UVB rays while hydrating skin. 

The brush-off. Worst winter woe? That’s a toss-up between arctic air and the scaly skin it creates. While we can’t do much about that diva Mother Nature, dry-brushing alleviates flaking. Use a dry brush (available at health-food stores) before showering so you can rinse off exfoliated skin cells. Start at your feet and brush gently upwards toward the heart. Once you get to the chest, brush downwards.

Mask it! Dry, oily or irritated? There’s a mask for that. While not part of most men’s regimens, masks perk up dull winter complexions. Paraben-free REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($66, sephora.ca) exfoliates and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as blackheads. (Avoid using immediately after shaving.) Lip service.

Even guys who eschew grooming beyond shampoo, soap and shaver likely have lip balm. Treat chapped chops by applying balm and then using a toothbrush to remove dead skin. 

 

Tracy Howard is a writer and editor specializing in lifestyle topics. She’s also the creator of beautyinthemiddle.com, a blog that takes an inside-out approach to looking good and feeling good at any age.  

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