While November may technically still be spring, it’s the first month in which it feels like summer has finally arrived. It’s also the month in which we raise awareness of men’s health issues for Movember – and grow a few moustaches in the process.
Summer (and Movember!) calls for a change in grooming routine. You may find your skin needs an extra bit of TLC after surviving the harsh winter and you might want to change up your facial hair to better survive the heat.
Here are our top grooming tips for summer:
Ditch the soap
If you’re guilty of washing your face with the same soap you use for your body, now is the time to stop! Your skin might be a bit dry after winter, and soap is drying on the skin. Using a facial cleanser not only helps maintain your skin’s moisture levels, but it also rids the skin of bacteria and impurities which may lead to breakouts.
A great option is Zero’s Face Wash (R299), which is new to the market and uses plant-based ingredients that are as kind to your skin as they are to the Earth.
Moisturise twice a day
A good quality moisturiser should be a staple in your routine all year round. A lightweight formulation that doesn’t skimp on performance is a good choice for summer, so that your skin remains protected and moisturised, but doesn’t get oily or feel clogged.
SPF, SPF, SPF
Contrary to popular opinion, SPF is not just for beach days. The sun’s rays are more harmful than they’ve ever been, which means we have to take precautions every day, even if you are just taking a drive or running out to the shops. It’s important to select a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA rays (the rays that accelerate ageing) and UVB rays (the rays that cause the skin to burn).
Wash and go
With beach days, braais and hikes being high on the priority list during summer, you’ll probably end up washing your hair daily. With frequent washing, it’s best to select a shampoo and conditioner that are formulated for frequent use. It should cleanse effectively without leaving your hair feeling oily or heavy with product build-up.
If you spend a lot of time in the sun, the pool or in the sea, you may have to treat your hair to a masque or treatment once or twice a month to keep it soft and hydrated, and thankfully, for us guys, there are some easy ways to do this. For an all-over boost in shine, health, nutrients and protection against damage and breakage, you can use Marc Anthony’s 12 Second Miracle Daily Conditioning Treatment (R169.95).
Managing your moustache
Whether you’re shaving your beard and leaving your moustache, or growing a brand-spanking new moustache from scratch, it’s important to care for your facial hair (and skin) with some good quality products. Facial hair can be scratchy and get unmanageable if not moisturised, so we recommend applying a nourishing product like Clubman’s Beard and Tattoo Oil (R199.95) daily. This oil blend not only conditions your facial hair, but it also nourishes the skin underneath.
Red wines, curries and coffees are great winter indulgences, but they tend to stain the teeth. Regain your pearly whites this summer by investing in a couple of home whitening products, and there are some easy-to-use products, like whitening toothpastes or charcoal-based strips. The activated charcoal penetrates and draws our stubborn stains caused by coffee smoking, wine and general aging.
Grooming needn’t be a drag. These simple steps can make all the difference to health and happy skin, hair and teeth this summer.