Ask Kirk: How to prevent windburn

Wondering how to deal with windburn? Or how to get rid of product buildup in your hair? Beauty expert Kirk Brierley is on call to offer tips and tricks of the trade when it comes to your routine.

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Q: I often get windburn from skiing in the winter. How can I prevent and treat it?

KB: In addition to your goggles and hat, a formula packed with vitamins, shea butter and glycerin will help protect your skin. Sunscreen is also important (the snow can reflect back UVA and UVB rays). One option that will take care of both concerns is Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 45. The lightweight protective formula provides moisture and has an exclusive antioxidant blend with pure Vitamin E, which helps prevent environmental damage.

Finally, if you find that your skin has had a rough day on the slopes, a product like Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream works through the night to help actively moisturize and manage sensitive skin, and it’s clinically shown to help replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier overnight and soothe irritated skin with calming feverfew.

Q: How can I use highlighting products to give my skin a glow?

KB: Using a highlighter is a great way to breathe life into your skin, especially at this time of year. It also enhances your makeup at holiday parties by catching the light and providing a lovely glow.

I like Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick for this purpose. All you have to do is smooth the stick over the top of your cheekbones, lower forehead, the bridge of your nose and chin, and blend outward with your finger tips. You only need a touch.

Another option is Hard Candy’s So Baked Trio. As a trio of highlighters, you can use these powders in creative ways to accentuate your features and create that glow. These products come in various shades so look for the right colours for your skintone.

Q: How can men avoid razor burn when shaving?

KB: The good news is that shaving with a razor gives you the benefit of daily exfoliation. The bad news is that it can be tough on skin, especially if you’re prone to irritation. First, a little pre-shave preparation goes a long way: Thoroughly wet your facial hair with warm water (wet hair is easier to cut). Avoid shaving with cold water, or on a dry face, which can cause serious razor burn.

Next, use a shaving cream that’s high in moisture. I suggest Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing Shave Cream. Rich in lubricants and moisturizers, it allows the razor to glide effortlessly across your skin. The tool that you use is also important: a good-quality, sharp razor is key. I recommend the Gillette Fusion ProShield.

How you shave also makes a difference. Shave in the direction of hair growth (going against the grain causes razor burn). Don’t use too much pressure, rinse the blade frequently and don’t go over the same area repeatedly. If you feel the need to, your blade may be getting dull, which means it’s time to change it (depending on the toughness of your beard, your blade should be changed between every three to 10 shaves).

Q: I have buildup in my hair and my regular shampoo isn’t cutting it. How can I clarify my locks?

KB: Most regular shampoos are formulated to cleanse gently and will have a lower proportion of cleansing ingredients compared to moisturizing ingredients. Clarifying shampoos are all about removing the buildup, but most need to be used just once in awhile. Your regular products will work better and your hair will look better if you use a clarifying formula now and then. (Tip: Use sparingly on colour-treated hair.)

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo is a gentle daily shampoo recommended for oily hair, but it can also be used as a weekly deep cleanser for all hair types. It’s formulated with Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to gently remove dulling residue, while chamomile and sunflower-seed extract restore moisture.

Photo: Carlyle Routh

Photo: Carlyle Routh

Kirk’s picks: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 45, $16.34; Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick, $17.46; Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream, $19.97; Hard Candy So Baked Bronzing Trio, $9.98; Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing Shave Cream, $4.26 (available only in select Supercentres); Gillette Fusion ProShield Razor, $14.97; Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo, $5.83.

Kirk is a long-time veteran of the beauty industry, working on a number of makeup and skincare brands, including his current gig on the Johnson and Johnson RoC line. He’s also a Cityline expert, appearing regularly on Makeover Madness and Fashion Fridays.

Originally published in the Walmart Live Better Holiday/New Year 2017 issue.


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