Your beard always needs to be cared for, especially during the hot summer months. HAIR tells you how to keep your beard looking good and feeling great under the sun.
The best way to take care of your beard in the summer is to follow a simple routine. Your beard does not require any more or less care than the hair on your head. So, if you can manage to follow a good hair care regimen, having one for your beard is no biggie!
Washing your beard at least once a day is just basic hygiene. Most guys tend to wash their beards when washing their face and that totally makes sense. During summer, however, you will have to wash your beard a bit more often. Debris, and other gunk, accumulates a lot more easily in your beard when the climate’s hot. This means you have to wash your beard more often to keep it clean. You don’t have to use a beard wash every time though; a simple rinse is sufficient.
Many guys cannot handle keeping a beard in the summer heat and opt to shave it off. This is not a great idea. Beards protect much of your face against UV rays, acting as a natural sunscreen. If the length of your beard is proving to be a problem, wear it short and trim it regularly. Shorter beards are less prone to getting dirty easily and also do not hinder ventilation.
Using products specially formulated for beards is definitely the best way to go—what is good for your hair isn’t necessarily good for your beard. However, there are some hair products that totally work wonders for the ol’ chin curtain, including sun protection creams. Work in a little sun protectant into your beard before you step out on a sunny day. If you are planning to go to the beach, using sun protection creams is a must to prevent damage to the beard follicles.
It’s not just your beard that requires TLC; so does your face. You cannot have great hair without having a healthy scalp. Similarly, how healthy the skin on your face is will dictate the awesomeness of your beard. There are three important things you must do that will greatly benefit the facial fuzz:
Moisturising is not just for the cold winter months when your skin gets very dry. During summer, your body loses a lot of moisture and this shows on your skin as well. As the skin around your beard loses moisture, it will inevitable start affecting your beard. Moisturise your face to ensure that the foundation of your beard stays strong.
The skin under your beard suffers far too much than what can be counteracted with skin care products. Skin thrives on water and a good diet, and lack of either can have serious consequences. Once your skin starts losing its suppleness, beard follicles break off more easily, and that’s definitely a bad thing. Apart from moisturising, drink plenty of water to ensure that your skin is getting the hydration it needs. Also, increase your intake of protein-rich foods for stronger facial hair.
As mentioned before, your beard will accumulate a lot more dirt and grime during the hot summer months, and they seep into the skin as well. Exfoliating is the best way to ensure that your pores are unblocked, which helps in getting a better-looking beard as well. Exfoliating once a week is more than enough.