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As the days get longer and cool weather begins to subside, your beard doesn’t have go away with it. Here’s what you need to know to keep your beard in check during the summer.

Beards are typically associated with winter; most men think beards help keep you warm.  Well, they do, but not for the reason you may think. You see, the hair acts as a windshield, which helps you feel warmer in cold weather. However, it’s not a good insulator, That means it won’t retain body heat during the dog days of summer. In fact, some bearded gents claim that their beards keep them cool by dissipating heat as it wicks away and evaporates sweat.  To date, I don’t believe there have been any studies to confirm or deny or this claim, but it makes sense to me.

Keep it Clean:
While your beard may not trap heat, it may cause a bit of irritation when your skin is damp and hot...all the more reason to keep things clean.  This will remove dust and dirt that tends to get trapped in damp, sticky beards.  Poor beard hygiene is the main cause of inflammation and itch during the summer.  So, if you want to sport a beard and stay comfortable this summer, you have to keep it clean.

Freshen Up Your Beard Oil:
A warm or spiced oil may be perfect for cold winter days, but if you're applying beard oil during a mid summer heat wave, you might as well use something refreshing...Something like the fresh Alpine Cedar scent of High Sierra.

Stay Hydrated:
It’s well known that healthy beard starts with a healthy body. Dehydration is a common problem in the warm Summer months.

Beard itch is caused by dry skin, not your beard hair...and, your skin is primarily hydrated from the inside. So, the better hydrated your body, the more moisture your skin retains, and the less likely you are to experience an itchy beard. What’s more, a well hydrated body produces, stronger, healthier hair. Ensuring that you drink enough water will actually help condition your beard as it grows.

If All Else Fails:

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, or how well you care for your beard, it can get downright annoying in the summer heat. (I have to admit, I’ve been tempted to give myself the ol’ summer shave on more than one occasion.) If you reach the point when you just can’t take it anymore, trimming is always an option. I recommend trimming to a length of 1-2 inches. This length should help improve airflow and reduce irritation.  Of course, you can always shave if things get too unbearable.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being comfortable...besides, re-growing your beard is half the fun.

Enjoy your Summer!

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