I am also afflicted by dry skin during the fall / winter months so what I do is this...
I wash my face with my Proactiv 4 step system
I spritz a light Bergamot Hydrosol / glycerin mix to further soften my beard
I use Taylors Rose Shave Cream
I shave with Merkur Futur with Feather blades
I spritz again, but with rose hydrosol / glycerin mix
Then I use a home-made, (I made a blend of Rose Hydrosol, Witch Hazel, Rosemary Oil, Aloe Vera Oil (actually a water not "oil"), glycerin, and arrowroot powder as a thickener.), After Shave Balm similar to Coral Skin Food. It is essentially the same, but I made 1 gallon for the cost of 100ml of the Trumper.
Anyone interested in making your own A/S milks or balms should go to this website. Organic Creations Betty will help you with formulas and everything you need to make your own stuff. It is a really great resource.
Hopefully someone will be adventurous enough to give them a try. PM me for details.
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