Comfort, in the midst of the winter, is of the utmost importance—hence our concessions in style to the cold, whose intensity drives us out of our favorite suits and into the cocoon-like bulk of winter jackets. But while keeping warm feels, in the moment, like the most pressing challenge through the season, there remains another, less obvious problem to deal with urgently: the health of your skin. Being whipped by winter winds can wreak havoc on even the most glowing of cheeks, and, more alarmingly still, the damage may be permanent—on a long enough timeline, that cold can wear you down and age you terribly. So as you're endeavoring to make yourself comfortable this fall and winter, be sure to spare some attention for the sake of your skin. These five items will prepare you for the worst the weather has to offer.
Power Wash ($24) by Lab Series for Men, labseries.com
Cold weather has a nasty tendency to dry out the skin—you've no doubt noticed it if you've ever faced down a rush of ice-cold wind—and your first and most important line of defense comes in the shower as you wash. This 'power wash' by Lab Series is designed chiefly to clean your skin, but the result is a face that feels soft and smooth—a key step toward hydration that will endure through the cold.
This high-end face oil by Dr. Jackson is an all-natural hydrating solution for the face and body both, designed to minimize dry skin and, in the long term, to retain moisture as protection against the damage of the seasonal elements. Its alleged healing properties—nothing mystical, thankfully—will help further mitigate the effects of the cold.
The face, of course, is not the only thing that gets dried out in the cold, even as your body may be bundled against the elements. It's therefore crucial that you're using a hydrating body scrub in the shower before heading outside, greatly reducing the drying effects of the weather to keep your body feeling smooth and soft all season.
A speciality item by design, this deep crease serum by Perricone MD is intended to reverse the effects of long-term skin damage after they've already left their mark. Targeting the fine lines that develop across the face due to aging—exacerbated by the weather—this serum will keep your face looking young and rejuvenated.
Nothing will agitate your face on a winter morning than a rough shave, which tends to leave the skin red, sore, and ready for the irritation of the cold and wind. With that in mind we recommend using a shaving cream expressly designed for comfort and smoothness, like this one by Philosophy.