We’ve recently enjoyed the hottest early May bank holiday on record. It was fantastic weather for BBQs, trips to the coast, and relaxing in the garden, but our skin and beards aren’t always too happy when it gets hot. The English Shaving Company have put together a guide of the best beard care tips to get you through the summer months.
Hair is known to keep you warm and so many men choose to grow out their beards for the winter season (or perhaps that’s just an excuse to stop shaving for a few months!).But come summer, that stylish beard might become a hindrance. However, we have all the best tips and tricks to help you properly care for your beard and skin during the sunny, hot months.
Beard Care & Sweat
Our heads are one of the main areas where we lose heat. The combination of warmer months and that extra layer of facial insulation means you’re going to sweat more, especially under your beard.
Sweat that can’t evaporate through your beard hair blocks your pores, leading to spots and poor skin health. It also causes beard itch as the growing hairs become irritated at the base. It results in a buildup of bacteria and germs which can affect not only the look and feel of your beard, but also your overall health.
There are some simple beard care steps to keep your beard and skin in tip-top condition despite the extra heat.
Trimming is one option. You don’t necessarily have to shave your beard entirely in order to cool down in the summer; a small trim can go a long way. These Ernest Wright scissors, for example, will help you to keep your beard trimmed down throughout the warmer weeks and ensure you don’t need to visit the barber as often to keep your beard looking fantastic. You’ll still be sweating under there, but it’ll be much less than with a really thick beard.
This is one of the most effective beard care tips for summer. Washing your beard is vital all year around, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to keep it clean and healthy during the hotter months. Choose a proper beard wash as these are formulated to clean away sweat and grime without drying out your hair and skin.
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When you’re frequently washing your beard, even the best beard shampoos will dry out your hair and make it brittle. It’s important to follow each wash by moisturising both your hair and your skin. Beard oil is perfect for this. It’s designed to rehydrate and soften your hairs, as well as taking care of the skin underneath.
Beard Care & Sunlight
We all know that the sun’s UV light is harmful to our skin and layer up with suncream whenever we’re heading out, but how does the sun affect your beard? A good place to start would be to look out how your beard actually protects your skin.
Does your beard protect your face from UV damage?
A study published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry’s July 2012 volume says yes! Your beard does protect your skin from UV damage. The scientists used bearded mannequins and measured the amount of UV each doll absorbed. Almost a third of the sun’s UV rays were blocked by the beards - and a 3.5 inch beard gave the best protection! The scientists gave beards a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) between 15-24. This means that it provides 90-95% coverage of your skin. Beards are a great way to protect your face.
However, 90% coverage is far from perfect. It’s important that you still apply suncream, especially to the facial skin that isn’t covered in hair. Damaged skin has a much higher risk of developing cancer, as well as being painful!
If you’re exposed to it frequently, the sun can also tint the colour of your beard, making it blonder or more ginger depending on your colouring.
In Summer, we tend to spend a lot more time in swimming pools, the sea, and other bodies of water to keep cool and have fun. It’s not so much having a wet beard that’s the problem here, but that the skin underneath is constantly exposed to water. This water, especially if it’s chlorinated, will cause your skin to dry out much more quickly. When your skin is dried out, it can lead to beard itch and ‘beardruff’. Just like after washing, ensure you use beard oil to keep your skin healthy. The best time to apply it is just before bed so it has plenty of time to soak into your skin and work its magic. (Read our guide to beard oil for all the best tips!)
Do you take any extra steps to care for your beard in the summer? Let us know in the comments!