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Summer Beard Care: Keeping Your Skin And Hair Healthy

Jacob Stoecken Posted on

When it comes to skincare, guys tend to fall into one of two camps: skincare obsession or skincare negligence. Neither extreme is good.

Future you will be so thankful you found that happy medium where you are focusing just enough on skincare to get all the positive benefits, but not so much focus that it starts to consume your life or add unnecessary stress.

At the same time, nobody likes a scraggly, damaged beard either. Luckily, guys have started to at least put more focus on keeping their beard hair healthy.

If you are not one of those guys, or if you just need a quick refresher, we’ve put together a complete guide for men’s beard and skincare this summer.

Keep reading to learn how to take care of your beard, hair, and skin as we approach the dog days of summer.

 

Caring For Your Summer Stubble

Let’s start by getting one thing out of the way: you don’t need to shave your beard off just because summer has started.

It makes sense to believe that a beard will make your face feel hotter, but that isn’t always the case.

Sweating cools your body because, as the sweat evaporates, some of the heat is absorbed and escapes from the surface of your skin.

Your beard works in the same way, causing you to feel cooler as the sweat and moisture evaporate from the hair on your chin.

With that out of the way, let’s get on to practical tips for taking care of your beard this summer.

 

Products You Might Need

  1. Beard Wash and Conditioner
  2. Beard Balm or Oil
  3. Beard Sunscreen
  4. Memorism BLIZZ GS5 Grooming Kit

 

  • Clean

You must regularly clean your beard to remove all of the sweat and dirt that will inevitably accumulate there.

You must be careful not to overdo it, though. Cleaning 2-3x per week should be enough to keep your beard clean without stripping out the natural oils with excess shampoo.

Speaking of shampoo, don’t use the normal stuff that you would use on your head. Make sure to use a sulfate-free beard wash to preserve as much of the natural oil as possible and a lightweight conditioner afterward to keep your beard hair smooth and healthy.

 

  • Moisturize

It’s important to remember that beard hair is usually more coarse than other hair on your body, so you should take extra care to keep your beard moisturized.

Beard balms and oils are a great way to keep your beard hair from drying out.

Beard balms are especially helpful during winter months but can also be applied in warmer weather. Beard oils are not as great during the winter as they can freeze, but they are great during the summer.

It’s mostly a matter of personal preference, but if you only wanted to buy one product that you could use year-round, a beard balm will be your best bet.

 

  • Hydration

This should be a given, but speaking of applying moisture from the outside, you should also be staying moisturized from the inside out. The best way to do this is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

You lose plenty of water throughout the day by sweating. Being dehydrated can cause your beard hairs to become brittle and break off, so it’s important to drink water during the summer.

Air for at least half your body weight (in ounces) of water per day, or at least enough so that you are producing a few clear urinations throughout the day.

 

  • Protect

Now that your beard is clean and moisturized, it’s time to keep it protected.

Just like your skin, excessive sunlight can dry out your beard hair making it more brittle and lightening the color.

To prevent this, consider purchasing a specialty-made SPF sunblock that is designed for use on hair -- don’t use the same stuff you are using on your skin!

If you want to go all out for beard protection, and don’t care what other people think about how you look, you could go so far as wearing a “beard bonnet” or shower cap around your beard to protect it from sunlight.

It’s a little extreme, yes, but so is your beard, so you better protect it.

 

  • Trim

You don’t have to go clean-shaven for summer, but a fresh trim now and then can do wonders for keeping your beard looking neat and tidy.

Not only that, if your beard has some split ends or has been dried out by the sun (or lack of moisturizer) thena trim can get your hair back on track to growing healthily once more.

Just make sure that you moisturize after trimming to keep the newly-exposed ends from drying out and repeating the same process over again!

 

Skin Care = Self-Care

Men taking care of their skin was a weird cultural taboo for the longest time, but we are (finally) starting to notice a shift away from that with the explosion of the skincare market targeted specifically towards men.

You don’t need to assemble a small drug store's worth of skincare products, but by following a few basic steps you can have bright, youthful-looking skin for years to come. While your other male friends look 10+ years older than they truly are, you will maintain healthy, youthful skin that allows you to age without looking like a wrinkled old piece of leather.

 

Products You Might Need

  1. Cleanser (aka soap)
  2. Exfoliant (aka scrubber)
  3. Toner (improves pH level of skin)
  4. Moisturizer (aka lotion)
  5. Sunscreen (protect from burns and premature aging)

 

  • Cleanse

You should be familiar with this step, a cleanser is a fancy way to say that you are using soap to scrub away dirt and sweat.

This isn’t done with a typical bar of soap though. You should look into a specialty cleanser than will be a little easier on your skin than the 24-pack of bar soap that your grandma used to buy.

A cleanser also prepares your skin so it is ready to absorb other products.

 

  • Exfoliate

Think of it this way: if a cleanser is like a garden hose, an exfoliator is like a pressure washer.

An exfoliator will help to scrub away dead skin cells from the outer layers of your skin so that other products can protect the living skin cells underneath.

Because it is more powerful, you want to be careful how often you are exfoliating. We recommend that you do it no more than 2-3 times per week, or every other day at most.

 

  • Tone

This step is often skipped for me, but we think it is an important step in keeping your skin hydrated.

A toner works to balance the pH level of your skin.

More specifically, toner removes oil and impurities in your pores that your cleanser may have missed while also improving the effectiveness of the moisturizer that you will apply later.

 

  • Moisturize

This is a step that you might be more familiar with. Keeping your skin moisturized means that you need to apply some lotion.

Moisturizing your skin will keep it hydrated and prevent the effects of aging such as wrinkles.

There are different lotions for different body parts, but if you just want to get one lotion, choose one that is a bit lighter so you can use it on your face.

Lotions that are designed for the body, hands, or feet are generally thicker than lotions designed for use on your face, so if possible try to test a sampler or a smaller bottle size until you find a lotion that works for your skin.

 

  • Protect

Now that you have your skin cleaner and moisturized, it is time to protect it. Similar to your beard, you want to apply sunscreen to prevent burning and UV damage to your skin and to keep your skin from drying out.

A sunblock with natural ingredients and an SPF rating of at least 15 or higher is recommended for your face.

 

Memorism’s Recommended Beard and Skin Care Routine

Morning Routine

  1. Use cleanser to clean your skin
  2. Apply toner to skin
  3. Apply moisturizer to skin
  4. Apply balm/oil to beard
  5. Apply sunscreen to skin/beard

Afternoon/After-Activity Routine

  1. Use toner to remove excess oil and sweat
  2. Reapply moisturizer
  3. Reapply sunscreen as needed

Evening Routine

  1. Use cleanser to clean your skin
  2. Use exfoliant to remove dead skin cells (3x per week maximum)
  3. Apply toner to skin
  4. Apply moisturizer to skin
  5. Apply balm/oil to beard

 

If you have any skincare questions or tips we may have missed, let us know in the comments below!


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