Keeping your body in shape in summer might be a priority on your ‘to do’ list, but what about your hair and skin? Summer grooming is vital to ensure that these remain appealing and healthy all through the heat.
You might know your way around skincare and hair products, or be a ‘splash water on and go’ kind of guy. Either way, summer rules for skin and hair don’t have to take up a lot of your time.
Summer skin SOS
The problem with summer skin is that the heat can have a drying effect but at the same time it can cause you to break-out. Did you know men are more prone to break-outs during the summer than women are because they have larger pores? This can lead to oily skin.
1. Go for glow
To keep your skin grime-free, make sure you cleanse your face twice a day. Use a clarifying cleanser instead of soap because it will prepare the skin for shaving and it cleans deeply into the pores. Try GRAM clarifying cleanser that is suitable for all skin types (so it’s a fuss-free and easy product) and combats blemishes by bulldozing bacteria from pores.
2. Use a light moisturiser
Make sure it has SPF 15 or higher, especially if you’re an outdoorsy kind of guy. The sun’s rays can age skin prematurely so a good moisturiser will keep your skin’s moisture intact and prevent dryness. Sometimes you don’t want to have to use too many products, so it can be helpful to find a product that has many skincare functions. A great product is Lubriderm Men’s 3-in-1 Fragrance Lotion that can be used as a body, face and post-shave lotion. It’s light, absorbs quickly and also soothes skin.
3. Shave right
During the summer you might find yourself shaving more than in winter because a stubble or beard can start to become hot and bothersome, so you want to make sure you use a product that will keep skin in great condition in spite of your razor becoming your new best friend. Try Neutrogena Men Razor Defense Shave Gel that prevents razor bumps, contains skin soothing ingredients and boosts your skin’s resistance to irritation.
Hair to go
Be mindful of the elements that can damage your hair and stick to these tips to keep your hair looking great.
1. Before you jump into that pool
If you enjoy swimming, make sure to protect your hair. Chlorine can damage hair and it can even lead to a green hue if your hair is light in colour. Mix a bit of leave-in conditioner with water – try Paul Mitchell The Conditioner – into a spray bottle so you can give yourself a quick hose down before your swimming session.
2. Shampoo more often
Washing hair more often combats dirt and grime that can accumulate during the hotter months as a result of a more active lifestyle as well as sweat production. If you’re washing your hair every second day or even daily, you want to use a shampoo that is gentle on hair. Try Menscience daily shampoo that is free from alcohol and fragrances. It is gentle yet works well to keep hair fresh and clean.
3. Don’t compromise on conditioner
You must use a conditioner after shampooing to prevent hair from becoming brittle. It also scores points for sealing in moisture and protecting against UV damage. Try Philip B Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse that contains Shea butter to provide UV protection. It leaves a seal of pure protein on the hair to add volume and moisture to hair, while ensuring hair remains tangle-free.
4. Cut it off
Shorter hairstyles make sense in the summer because they’re easier to manage and also keep you feeling cool. Some of the trendy hairstyles for men this year include short styles that are easy to style and retro-inspired styles with flicks and quiffs. Sometimes it can feel like your hair has a mind of its own, but this summer embrace what your hair wants to do. If it curls or becomes a bit wavy, get a style that will work with your hair’s natural tendencies. For instance, in this case a short quiff style that allows for easy curls on top could be a great choice. By working with, instead of against, your hair, you spend less time in front of the mirror and more time enjoying summer activities.