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Summer is here and with it an important question: to shave or not to shave your beard? For some people, it’s a rite of passage to shear themselves clean and start fresh for the sunny days ahead (don’t forget that skin hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. Wear sunscreen!). For many others, it took a lot of time and effort to snip and prune this glorious facial hair and it’s not going anywhere. If you have decided to rock your beard into the summer and beyond, it is important to remember you’ll have to manage your whiskers a bit differently. You may want to clip down your length to relieve a bit of weight for the summer heat. Using a clipper on one setting up than your usual maintenance will allow you to slowly hedge your line without removing too much length at once. It’s also an excellent idea to see your local barber and have them give you a summer shaping that you can follow into the coming months. Once you have your summer style set, you are ready to keep it looking its best.
First, let’s talk about sweat. Whether you live in dry or humid weather, increased heat brings increased sweat. That sweat will then get stuck in your beard hair and leave it feeling less than fresh. Use a refreshing beard wash and conditioner removing dirt and sweat to keep you spick-and-span and smelling great. Wash your beard anytime you are in the heat and need a refresher. Why not try The Art of Shaving's Beard Wash and Conditioner; an invigorating blend of Peppermint, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils to refresh your senses.
Next, don’t under estimate summer exfoliation. The constant temperature changes from the hot and humid outdoors to the frigid ice cold air-conditioned indoors can wreak havoc on the skin. Exfoliate the skin underneath your beard to not only remove dry skin, but to help the moisture you do apply to the beard soak in quicker. If you are having trouble getting your facial scrub through your beard, try combining it with a facial wash to slightly thin it’s consistency. We recommend combining The Art of Shaving’s Facial Wash with our Facial Scrub.
Lastly, don’t chuck the oil. The dry heat and constant change of indoor and outdoor temperatures can leave your hair feeling dry. Make sure you use beard oil one time per day. If you are worried about too much oil on a hot summer day, apply oil at night to allow the benefits to soften beard hair. You can also take down the amount you usually apply for a light summer coating during the day.