5 men’s grooming mistakes you need to stop making in the colder months

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With fall and winter quickly approaching, it’s time to get serious about your cold-weather grooming habits.

Though most of your routine will stay unchanged – you’re still going to get haircuts every month and apply moisturizer every day – some are more important to adjust.

The dry air and harsh winds are the biggest factors you’ll have to work around.

Here are some of the biggest grooming mistakes you’re making each fall and winter, and how to avoid them.


Forgetting to moisturize.

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Dry air can suck the moisture right out of your skin, so it’s more important than ever to apply a daily moisturizer.

It stops premature skin aging, prevents wrinkles from settling in, and, with a sunscreen component, also wards away skin cancer.


Forgetting about your lips.

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Those hard, crisp winds are also giving your lips a beating. Make sure they’re properly moisturized with a lip balm or ChapStick. Exfoliation can also help t0 get rid of some of the dead skin cells to prevent that crusty look as well.


Not washing your face enough.

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Just because you’re not as sweaty as you are in the summer does not mean you can neglect washing your face.

Wash at least once a day to get rid of excess oil, dead skin cells, and dirt from your face. But don’t overdo it – more than twice is probably too much.


Wearing the wrong cologne.

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Not all cologne scents are good for every occasion.

If you have just one signature scent, it can be off-putting at times, as G. Bruce Boyer writes in his book “True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear.

“Because heat tends to intensify fragrance, it’s best to wear the lightest scents in warm weather and save the stronger ones for fall and winter,” Boyer writes.


Washing your hair too much.

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Your skin isn’t the only thing that gets dry – your hair does, too. Washing it every day can make it dry, prone to breakage, and look unhealthy.

Lessen the number of times you wash your hair a week to only 2 or 3, and your hair and scalp will look and feel healthier without the aid of conditioner or a hair mask.