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Men: soothe and protect your skin too

Timothy Barber
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ONCE the summer sun disappears, it’s easy for men to forget to take care of their skin. However, the winter can be just as problematic to a gent’s appearance as the sunnier months – the cold will dry out your skin and cause chapped lips, and overheating at home can make things even worse. And that’s before you even get to the wear and tear of the party season.

If you don’t want to end up by Christmas with skin like an old boot, you need to take steps, says Deborah Gayle of Mayfair grooming centre The Refinery. “Protection is the key,” she says. “You need rich moisturiser which will enrich the skin through essential oils, and balms that will protect as well as sooth.”

CLINIQUE MAXIUM HYDRATOR
This intensive moisturiser is fast-absorbing and non-greasy, with ingredients including jojoba oil, shea butter, chamomile, ale and wheat grain. £24,
www.cliniqueformen.co.uk

TOM FORD EXTREME AFTERSHAVE BALM
Apply this balm after shaving to smooth and protect the skin. It’s a rich, buttery cream that’s highly nourishing, and smells pretty fine too. £34, www.tomford.com

REFINERY EYE GEL
Whether your late nights are because of work or festive partying, use a gel like this to minimise those bags and crow’s feet and keep your eyes cool and refreshed. £25,
www.the-refinery.com

MOLTON BROWN
PROTECTING VITAMIN LIPSAVER

There’s really no excuse for chapped lips. This contains honey, beeswax and vitamin E to keep your lips conditioned. £10, www.moltonbrown.co.uk