It’s hot, it’s humid, and you have enough hair on your face that someone thinks you have a small animal hanging out under your nose. They will ask questions like “isn’t that hot?” or “how can you have a full beard in the summer?” It isn’t easy, I’ll tell you that. For a long time, beards were definitely a seasonal thing, being grown out fully in the winter months to protect the face from the harsh cold of winter. Beards have become a year-round staple now, so what do you do when you want to keep it during the hottest months of the year?
First and foremost, you’ll want to protect your beard from the sun’s rays, especially because science is beginning to show a beard during the summer can offer some protecting for the skin underneath! Yep, you heard that right. Beards are a natural UV ray blocker! You’ll want to make sure it is as healthy as can be, and the sun can dry out your beard hair, making it weak. You may want to invest in a leave-in sunscreen spray for protection. Sunscreen for your sunscreen, ya dig?
Now, you may want to consider slimming it down for summer. No, I don’t mean your body I mean your beard! I know this tip may get some boos from the owners and lovers of beards, but sometimes it is just way too hot out to have so much fuzz on the face. Take an electric shaver with a guard, and cut it down to a desired length. You’ll feel refreshed and almost lighter, to be honest. Just don’t mess up so you don’t have to start all over again!
You’ll want to also try and keep your beard soft throughout the summer months. Your beard hair tends to be a lot rougher than the rest of the hair on your body, and this leads to it feeling uncomfortable. The dreaded beard itch, if you know what I am talking about. Your skin can sometimes flare-up underneath all that hair if it is left alone and you aren’t using the right products. This is especially bad during summer, since your skin has already been bombarded by the sun and water from either the beach or your local pool. You’ll want to get a beard conditioner and run it through before you go to bed, this will help bring back that softness and even a nice shine. You may want to also grab a skin moisturizer and use it along the beard line, skin can get irritated easily in this area. Last but not least, use a beard oil after your morning face wash, keeps your beard frizz-less throughout your day.
When you sweat, your beard hair can trap all those minerals that come out of your pores and dry out your skin rapidly. This can also happen from salt water and chlorine in pools when you do your swimming during those super hot days. You’re going to want to make sure you scrub your beard out well, basically exfoliate the skin underneath. It’s a little difficult to master, but by giving the skin underneath your beard hair a good scrub, and getting rid of all that dead skin, you will feel great, and avoid the itchy beard again. Trust me, it’s something you’ll want to do.
I keep a beard year-round, and have always looked for ways to keep my beard looking healthy during those really hot months. These are some of my favorite tips, and hopefully you can enjoy a year-long beard as well!