Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Men’s Winter Skin Care and Shaving Tips With Dr. Jeffrey Benabio

This article first appeared on TME December 2016

We can all whimsically sigh that summer is officially over and days lounging poolside are now a memory. As we go into the cooler seasons, it’s time to change up our skincare regimen and that goes for the guys as well. But, the transition from “fun-in-the-sun” skincare to protective winter skincare can be challenging and not every guy knows the healthiest way to achieve and maintain amazing skin.

Here at The Makeup Examiner, we are huge advocates for encouraging men to learn how to care for their skin and to embrace a little “luxury” time for themselves. This is especially true for the harsher conditions that colder months bring. With this in mind we again turned to skincare expert, Dr. Jeffrey Benabio for his expert advice.

The Makeup Examiner: From our experience, men tend to believe in the “one-size” product theory. As women, we know that different skin types require skin type specific products. What are the various skin types and what is the easiest way for our guys to determine theirs?

Dr. Benabio: I think too much attention has been given to “skin types.” Sure, some people are more prone to having dry or oily skin, but the truth is that our skin changes. There are many factors that can alter your skin, ranging from hormonal fluctuations and medications to weather changes and skincare products. For example, most people don’t suffer from dry skin in the summertime because of the excess moisture in the air. However, when cold weather approaches, there is less humidity in the air that causes many people to suffer from dry skin. Many men (and women) have “combination” skin with some dry and some oily areas.

Once skin type is determined, what is the best avenue for our guys to approach skin care for each skin type?

Dr. Benabio: For example, if a guy has consistently dry, itchy, red skin, then he should look for skincare products that are extra moisturizing, like Dove Men+Care’s Hydrate Face Wash that replenishes lost moisture in the skin. And he should avoid using bar soaps that can strip natural oils off the skin leading to further dryness. Instead, he should look for body washes with built-in moisturizers like Dove Men+Care’s Clean Comfort Body and Face Wash that cleanses skin and helps prevents further dryness.

As we move away from summer and toward the colder weather, what tips can you offer the guys to protect their skin against the elements?

Dr. Benabio: Colder weather means less moisture in the air and more dryness in your skin, so I always suggest moisturizing more frequently. While you may have a moisturizer or skincare routine that worked well in the spring/summer, it may not cut it in the winter months. To fight wintertime dryness, I recommend using Dove Men+Care skincare products. The Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ range, which includes a face wash and face lotion, helps moisturize dry skin and absorbs quickly without feeling greasy. The Dove Men+Care Aqua Impact Body and Face Wash, is made with ultra-light micro-moisture technology that’s clinically proven to fight dry skin. Guys shouldn’t forget about their hair, which can also become dry and brittle in the colder winter months. The Dove Men+Care Aqua Impact Shampoo is specifically designed to moisturize and strengthen hair and as an added bonus, smells great too.

Do our guys need to change up their shaving routine for the colder months? If so, what’s the best approach to attain a great shave?

Dr. Benabio: Again, it’s all about moisturizing. Dry skin can become flaky which can make for a rough shave. That’s why it’s important for guys to use a moisturizing shave gel like Dove Men+Care’s Hydrate Shave Gel that lathers quickly and softens skin leading to a closer, smoother, more comfortable shave. It’s also a good idea to consider using a calming post-shave balm like Dove Men+Care’s Hydrate Post Shave Balm that absorbs into the skin quickly, soothes any skin irritation caused by shaving, and is lightweight and non-greasy.

Dr. Benabio is Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation, Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA and advised on the creation of the new Dove Men+Care Expert Shave product line. Dove Men+Care is available at retailers nationwide.

Note: A special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Benabio for again taking time from his extremely busy schedule to share tips with TME readers! Looking for amazing tips to keep looking fresh this holiday season? Checkout this video from Dr. Jeff!

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