Summer Beards can be a drag. They can get itchy and dirty, and sometimes might even feel as though you’re wearing your winter blanket on your face! Luckily, although you might think you have to shave it off, that’s not that case at all. Beards have been shown to provide significant protection from UV rays and if properly cared for shouldn’t cause any discomfort. Just follow our advice and you too can rock your Summer Beard!
Keep it clean : Unless you’re keen to walk around scratching your beard all day; it’s essential that you keep both your skin and your beard clean. A dirty beard causes skin irritation, which will be made far worse by the heat. Of course you will use your normal daily wash on your face, but consider using a Beard Wash (try our Premium Beard Wash in Vanilla or Lemon and Lavender) a few times a week as well. You could also consider a product like our Premium Beard Soap, which can be used every day on your skin and your Beard.
Also, remember to rinse your beard with fresh water before and after going into the sea. Seawater will not only dry out your skin, but will leave your beard dryer than the Kalahari in the middle of summer!
Keep it soft : Beard hair is much coarser than the hair on the rest of your body. That means that you need to make sure you treat your beard with the right products to prevent itching and drying caused by exposure to sand, sea and sun. We recommend a good Beard Oil, and a Balm or Wax for styling. These will help your beard to keep its natural moisture, as well as repairing and softening the hair.
Avoid silicon-based products as these prevent your natural oils from escaping the skin and cause blocked pores, which leads to acne and blackheads.
Protect it : The sun is pretty damn good at drying out your beard and dulling the colour. Just as you would look to protect your skin, you should take precautions to protect your beard as well.
We suggest a good quality leave-in sun protection spray that you can top-up during the day.
Apply a moisturising treatment to your beard once a week and leave for 20 minutes. This will help to treat the drying effects of the sun.
Trim, but only if you must! Thinning your beard out a little bit will make it easier to handle, and will keep your face slightly cooler. We understand that it can be upsetting undoing months of work, but it will make your life a little easier. If you do decide to go this route, consider using a Safety Razor, a good pair of trimming scissors, and a Premium Beard Shaper. Just to be on the safe side! Taper your beard around your jaw and neck, clearing away some of the length in this area. This will allow your skin to breath and prevent your beard from becoming matted in the neck area.
If you do choose to trim, remember that the skin underneath will be exposed, which means less protection from the sun. So remember to use sunblock in this area and reapply regularly!
Stay hydrated : Just as you feed your body you’ve got to feed your beard. Aim to drink 2 litres of water and your beard will thank you for it. When the beard isn’t receiving enough water it will become hard and brittle, resulting in an itchy and irritating beard.
Try adding your favourite squash or cordial to a large bottle of water, and then freeze it overnight. The bottle will melt during the day, so you’ll have a refreshing cold drink to keep you going throughout the day!