We are getting to the time of year where most men start to ponder shaving their mane after a long winter of cultivating their beards. Indeed, the looming heat and humidity can be excellent reasons to keep things cool and clean. However, if you're not like most men, we have compiled some summer beard care tips to help you power through so that when you get asked if your beard is hot in the summer, you can give a wink and tell them that it's hot all year round.
Keep it Clean
Increase your cleaning frequency to about 3 times per week. Higher temperatures and humidity can cause sweat to linger under your chin and down your neck, so it is really important to freshen up your under beard.
With that in mind, try to keep the temperature of your water a bit cooler than usual. Excess heat can strip your beard of its natural oils and leave your beard dry and your skin irritated. Use gentle cleansing products that are pH balanced to keep the hair cuticles closed. This will help your beard maintain a sleek and healthy appearance. It will also help to keep your beard soft and moisturized.
Apply Beard Oil
Using a daily beard conditioner, like beard oil, will help maintain your beard's moisture and combat beard itch. It will also give your beard a healthy shine. A lighter citrus fragrance, such as our Charisma scent, will help you feel refreshed and energized every morning.
If you're concerned about the humidity causing your beard to do strange and uncontrolled things, then we recommend using a beard balm as part of your routine. Beard balm will help keep your beard moisturized, but it will also help maintain it's shape for a well put together appearance.
Healthy bodies promote healthy beards. Keeping enough water in you will help maintain your skin and beard's moisture from the inside out. If your dehydrated, your beard can become brittle and be prone to breakage, split ends, and other such damage.
Keep it Under Control
Though the topic is a bit controversial, the oft-cited article, "Seasonal changes in human hair growth," published in the British Journal of Dermatology (1991), has led to the layman's convention that beard growth is at its peak during the summer months.
This means that you are going to need to be diligent about your beard grooming habits. Keep a small maintenance kit around equipped with beard and mustache scissors and maybe a trimmer to keep you're beard's shape in check. Something like a Wahl lithium ion all in one trimmer works great.
You may even decide to trim some of your length off altogether as things heat up for you personally this summer, since recent research has shown that women tend to prefer men with "heavy stubble" of about 9-10 days beard growth anyway.
Whichever way you decide to go, follow these tips and you won't be able to help but look good and feel confident whether your on the beach or in the boardroom this summer.