Although summer is filled with the benefits of being able to make the most of the great outdoors, increased sunlight, water pursuits and soaring temperatures inevitably take their toll on skin and hair, even for those who are well prepared. How to get yourself back to pre-summer condition? Grooming expert and founder of eponymous Norwegian brand, Alexander Sprekenhus, gives us his tips for reviving damaged skin and hair after a season in the sun.
What is your typical grooming regime, does this change during the summer months?
My personal grooming regime is quite simple. I only use products necessary to keep me fresh, the things that require little or no hassle. To stay clean I use shampoo, body wash and facial cleanser. I follow up by applying some pure Argan oil to my face and style my hair with a hair paste.
The only real difference during the summer months is how much body lotion I apply.
What’s the best way to keep flaking skin to a minimum?
I try to stay away from the long tanning sessions and if I go for a swim in the ocean I shower off sea salt. Also, I always wear sunscreen.
What’s the easiest way to rehydrate skin after a summer in the sun?
Adding body oil into your water while in the bathtub or applying some body lotion after finishing showering leaves your skin rehydrated. Either way, I never go a day without applying some 100% pure Argan oil to my face.
What’s the best way to apply moisturiser, how much is too much?
Balance the amount of lotion you apply, don’t overdo it. I’d rather gradually apply more layers over time than one thick layer.
How can hair be restored to its healthiest after being under the sun’s drying rays?
Using conditioner and Argan oil is a great way of regaining a natural and healthy look for hair. In addition a good hair mask can restore shine and strength when hair has been through a rough (but great) summer.
What’s the one grooming essential that no man should be without?
I think it’s a lot about how you make it work, but a great hair paste is a standalone essential that allows for personalization and excellent grooming. Searching for that one hair paste that has the feel and scent you want is always a bonus too.
What are your top grooming tips?
Always groom while damp, not wet or dry. To me that’s the easiest way of achieving my best look and feel.Discover Alexander's complete haircare and grooming range at Sprenkenhus.com