Make your Autumn Skincare a Breeze

The changing season doesn’t just impact our immune system – it also does a good job of stripping the skin’s natural protective barrier, which means WINTER SKINCARE ISN’T JUST A GOOD IDEA – IT’S A NECESSITY. To make things worse, the ways in which we compensate for the cold weather – like hot showers, log fires and indoor heating – actually lead to further dehydration leaving your skin dry, cracked and damaged.

THE BEST DEFENSE IS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN AS HYDRATED AS POSSIBLE. But that doesn’t mean simply piling on more of your regular moisturiser – colder conditions demand a more comprehensive approach to your grooming routine. Skincare brands have developed a variety of products specifically designed to help protect and hydrate to get you and your skin comfortably through the winter months ahead.

When to start? Like a squirrel. Right now.


For most men the humid summer months call for an oil-reducing cleanser, however consider a far gentler approach during the cold, drier conditions of autumn and winter. Avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils and switch to a lighter, gentler cleanser – come summer you can reach for the grease-busters again.

Gentler than the Clarins Men Exfoliating Cleanser, Clarins Men Active Face Wash a gentle foaming cleanser with plant extracts, detoxifies and removes impurities without drying the skin. (125ml R340.00)

Applied to a cotton pad the non-stripping formula of Kiehl’s Herbal Micellar Water gently removes dirt and oil without rinsing, rubbing or scrubbing. (250ml R450.00)

The gentle foaming cream of Lab Series Multi Action Face Wash helps to cleanse and remove impurities while also conditioning and hydrating the skin. (100ml R410.00)

A non-drying gel cleanser Placecol Clean Start Clearing and Hydrating Facial Cleanser gently but effectively foams away dead skin cells and impurities. (150ml R295.00)

Kind to dry skin Clinique For Men Face Wash provides a thorough yet gentle cleanse leaving skin feeling comfortable and never tight or dry. (200ml R405.00)


If moisturising your face is already a part of your daily and nightly routine, kudos! But with winter here, you’re still going to have to up your game — not just any moisturiser is going to cut it against the winter elements. You need a moisturiser with extra nourishing and hydrating power. 

Protect and repair skin with Kiehl’s Centella Sensitive Cica Cream rich in the restorative and healing properties of D-Panthenol. (50ml R680.00)

By combining water-binding ingredients with antioxidants Clinique For Men Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate instantly quenches dehydrated skin (50ml R545.00)

A unique 2-in-1 oil-emulsion moisturiser Clarins Plant Gold is lightweight, non-oily, easily absorbed and laves skin intensely hydrated and healthy. (38ml R785.00)

Energising and repairing Placecol Maximum Hydro Day is a moisturiser that helps to regulate and retain moisture in the skin while increasing collagen synthesis. (50ml R420.00)

Give your winter skin and energising boost Lab Series Age Rescue Face Lotion enriched with invigorating ginseng. (50ml R755.00)


When winter really sets in, moisturisers may not suffice. Break out the heavy-duty skincare protection with a serum. The smaller molecular structure and high concentration of a serum allows it to penetrate even deeper into the skin and provide more nourishment.

With a powerful blend of naturally derived oils rich in antioxidants Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate strengthens the skin’s defense against daily aggressors. (30ml R820.00)

Clarins Double Serum is the complete anti-ageing treatment enriched with 20 plant extracts to stimulate the skin’s 5 vital functions – hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration and protection. (50ml R1335.00)

Give dull winter skin a boost with Chanel Blue Serum Revitalizing Concentrate rich in revitalising and antioxidant properties. (50ml R2385.00)

Defend against environmental stressors with Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum aiding in rebuilding the skin’s protective barrier while promoting collagen production. (50ml R670.00)


We get it – facemasks aren’t exactly high on the list of things that make one feel macho. But don’t ‘dis’ them before you’ve tried one. The right facemask can bring your skin back to its former glory after exposure to cruel, icy conditions like wind and rain.  What to look for? One’s rich in hydrating ingredients, of course.

Treat your skin with Kiehl’s Avocado Nourishing Hydration Mask with its rich and creamy texture that smooths and soothes skin. (100g R850.00)

Intensely hydrating and luxuriously creamy Clinique Even Better Brighter Moisture Mask restores vitality to dull and dehydrated winter skin. (100ml R515.00)

An ultra-refreshing gel-cream face mask with organic leaf of life extract, Clarins SOS Hydra Mask helps skin find its ideal moisture level in just 10 minutes. (75ml R575.00)

Soothe and calm dry, irritated skin with Placecol Optimum Hydro Mask rich in hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. (50ml R310.00)


Lips are one of the most exposed areas of your skin, yet they have an extremely thin outer layer and few oil-producing sebaceous glands. Cold temperatures, icy wind and indoor heating can cause painful dryness and cracking. Rehydrate your lips regularly with a balm rich in vitamins, butters, beeswax and natural oils.

With the added benefit of UV protection Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 PA++ provides your lips with all of the protection they need. (15ml R275.00)

Enriched with comforting blue lotus wax Clarins Hydra-Essential Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm protects, hydrates and nourishes lips. For intensive repair leave a thick layer on overnight. (30ml R1760.00 | 50ml R2385.00)

Providing long-term hydration Placecol Conditioning Lip Therapy helps repair and protect against dry, chapped and cracked lips. (15ml R75.00)


While winter does have its pros like hot chocolate, log fires and Netflix it also has its fair share of ‘downside’ and not the least of them is the propensity for one’s hands to be ravished by the inclement conditions. Keep unsightly dry, craggy cuticles, rough cracked hands and oft-overlooked elbows at bay with a nourishing hand cream. Stash one in your workbag, your desk, your bedside drawer. Just keep one handy.

Rich in soothing and nourishing emollients Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment reverses the onslaught of dryness and cracking. (75ml R295.00)

Nurture dry hands with Kiehl’s Richly Hydrating Hand Cream rich in Shea Butter, Vitamin E and scented with Coriander. (75ml R450.00)


Exposure to cold air, icy winds and water strip away the lipids that are responsible for keeping moisture locked into the skin. And, though very tempting during the winter months, hot baths and showers can also dry out your skin, so be sure to use a body lotion to rehydrate afterwards. 

Formulated with hydrating and revitalising ginseng and apple-seed oil Clarins Tonic Moisturising Balm is enriched with aromatic extracts of geranium, rosewood  and rosemary to refresh the senses. (200ml R550.00)

Enriched with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter Kiehl’s Intensive Treatment and Moisturiser is an extremely thick, emollient treatment for very dry or callused areas that require intensive moisturisation. (100ml R395.00)

Packed with Sea Minerals and Hydra IQ Nivea Maximum Hydration Normal to Dry Skin Body Lotion is quickly absorbed and provides intensive nourishment and moisture. (400ml R68.95)


As the seasons change and the temperature starts to drop its time to set the crisp, fresh summer scents aside and reach for a warmer, heavier cologne with woodier and spicier notes.

The freshness of neroli and bergamot tempered with cedar wood in Bvlgari Man Wood Essence NEROLI creates a clean,  autumn-friendly aroma.

(60ml EDP R1260.00 and 100ml EDP R1680.00)

With hints of piquant Sichuan pepper Terre d’ Hèrmes Eau Intense Vetiver is a sophisticated scent that can be worn with ease and confidence, day or night.

( 50ml EDP R1430.00 and 100ml EDP R1935.00)

The lingering notes of spicy pepper, heady tobacco leaf and bold coffee absolute of Kenneth Cole Intensity delivers an intriguing, seductive and long-lasting impression.

(100ml R1195.00 )

Focusing on the warm scent of soft wood, Dunhill London Signature Collection Indian Sandalwood Eau de Parfum Spray is intertwined with bergamot and uplifted with breezes of tree moss and patchouli.

(100ml R2299.00)



Editor | Neil Doveton
Photographer | Ian Engelbrecht / One League
Designer | De Wet van Rensburg / glitch.capetown

*Prices and product availability are subject to change