How to Survive Summer with a Beard
Science has revealed that beards can make you look more attractive and masculine. But is dealing with an itchy, full beard really worth it during the hot summer months? Since we’re big fans of beards here, we’re a little bias. The answer really is up to you. If you know how to take care of your beard during the summer, it shouldn’t bother you very much. Here’s our guide to surviving summer with a beard.
Keep it Clean
It’s easy for your beard to irritate your skin when it’s dirty and sweaty. That’s why it’s especially important to keep your beard clean on warm summer days. Cleaning your beard with a mild soap twice a week seems to do the trick for most people. But if you’re spending a lot of time out in the sun every day, you may want to clean your beard once a day. Just remember: cleaning it too much can lead to dry, itchy skin.
Keep it Moisturized
Make sure to apply a beard conditioner or oil to your beard every day or every other day to keep it moisturized. Though your body creates it’s own moisture – especially on a scorching afternoon – your sweat doesn’t always reach all of your beard hairs. Using a good beard oil will keep your skin and beard hydrated and reduce itching.
Change your Mindset on Beard Warmth
One of the main reasons why men avoid growing beards in the summer is simply a myth. While the idea of having a large, thick beard on a sunny day may make you start to sweat, beards actually don’t provide much insulation. It turns out that your beard isn’t great at trapping heat. Instead, it can actually trap your sweat, keeping the skin underneath it cool.
Trick Your Mind into Thinking Your Beard is Refreshing
The effects of odor on our emotions and mood is amazing. Men who brave summer with a beard can use odor to trick their mind into feeling refreshed with scented beard oil. Pick out a juicy citrus beard oil or minty fresh variety for your beard this summer. You can even find more exotic flavors, like mango and watermelon.
Trim Your Beard
If all else fails, you can always succumb to summer and chop some of your beard off. Trimming your beard makes it easier to clean and gives your skin better access to the air. However, there is one benefit you miss out on when you trim your beard (other than looking great, of course). If you trim your beard too short, you may lose the UV protection that your beard provides you.
Yes- you read that correctly. Your beard can protect your skin from the sun. This study found that beards can reduce the number of UV rays that reach the skin underneath your beard by 50 to 95%. The thicker your beard is, the higher ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) your beard will have.
We hope this guide helps you take on summer with your beard. If you can’t quite grow the beard that you desire, contact The Limmer Hair Transplant Center. We can fill in density and patchy areas of your beard with a beard transplant for a fuller, more masculine appearance!