The Facts Behind Beards and Warm Weather
Warmer months are fast approaching. With Valentines Day in the bag, the end of February is on the horizon. As March roles in, the cool weather begins to recede, and the temperatures gradually start rising.
Spring and Summer months are typically considered the "dead" season for mens grooming companies. Many of the 'seasonal' beardsmen decide to show their chins to the world when the sun comes out. This trend is rooted in the false impression that having a beard in the Spring and Summer will retain heat and lead to discomfort. This is simply not the case.
The secret is out that most men decide to start growing a beard during the cold-weather months. The truth is your beard doesn't act as an insulator for your face. This means it doesn't keep you warm in the Winter, or warmer in the Spring/Summer.
Beards do, however, protect your skin from the elements all year around. During the dry cold winters, beards help protect your skin from drying out after being exposed to crisp winds and snow. During the sunny parts of the year, your beard acts as a shield for your skin to protect against the suns dangerous UV rays.
Some seasoned beardsmen claim that facial hair actually helps keep them cool in the hot weather. They say that sweat caught in the beard dissipates some of the heat and gives a cooling effect to the face while it evaporates.
So in a nutshell, having a beard year around is the healthiest thing you can do for your skin.
Change in Weather = Change in Grooming
With that being said, grooming habits tend to change as the temperatures rise and fall throughout the year. Counterintuitively, if you plan on keeping the face forest you've so patiently worked for through the upcoming warmer months, you will actually need to up your grooming schedule.
Why you ask? As the snow melts and the flowers begin to bloom, you're probably going to want to get your a** outside as soon as possible. This is great! The more time you spend outside, the dirtier your beard gets. This is especially true in the Springtime when those occasional breezy days like to throw airborne earth directly at your face.
If you like to partake in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, etc. chances are you are probably going to be sweating. The combination of sweat and dirt can lead to a grimy beard in no time.
To conclude, you can enjoy all there is to enjoy about the warmer months AND keep your silky, soft, luscious beard all at the same time.
How is This Possible?
First and foremost, stock up on plenty of beard wash and softener. This is vital. We're always preaching about less is more when it comes to washing your beard. While this is still relevant information, if you're spending your time outside partaking in activities that might make you sweat or get your beard dirty, you need to wash your beard.
If you don't wash it often enough and the beard begins to collect residue, your beard will start to feel weighed down. This is when you might experience collected body heat in and around your beard. With a dirty beard, your body heat can not be released efficiently. Residue in a dirty beard might also lead to inflammation.
If you're exceptionally active in the Spring and need to wash your beard every day, try the "co-wash" method of using beard softener in place of a wash. It is still best if you can get away with only using the beard wash 2-3X per week.
Next on the to-do list is switch up your beard oil to a nice light, warm-weather fragrance.
As said in my oil review for 2017, "Urban Garden is a popular choice during the this time of the year. The light, refreshing fragrance was formulated with blooming flowers in mind. Urban garden will leave you feeling clean and crisp, and won't weigh your beard down. Temple Smoke is another popular Spring time beard oil fragrance. Hints of vanilla make going out for a mid afternoon outing more enjoyable than ever. Similar to Urban Garden, Temple Smoke is a light formula that won't feel too heavy on your face."
Another pro tip is to keep your beard well combed. Keeping the hairs on your face separated and detangled will promote airflow. this will also make it easier to manage and just give it an all around better appearance. If you haven't done so already, check out our new beard combs that that will glide through even the burliest of beards.
If you practice all of these tips and still feel discomfort from your beard during the warmer months, maybe it's time to take the beard a bit shorter. This doesn't mean get flustered and take a razor to your face. Rather, do a little research on shorter beard styles that catch your interest.
You can take your research to a trusted barber and have them trim and shape your beard to the perfect Spring style.
When you start getting an itch to shave, remember all the awkward phases you fought through during the Winter to get the awesome beard you have now. Your beard will look just as awesome with your Spring attire as it did with your Winter clothing. You'll look cool, and have permanent sun protection for your face and neck.
So let's all set down our razors, embrace the upcoming warm weather, and most importantly, keep on growing.