Why are beards perfect for summer? For one, they can bringout that rough-and-ready, alpha male hiding inside you and coax him into having a little summer fun. For another, more practical sense, they can protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. The bottomline is, they’re cool in more ways than one. Here’s our take on the subject of growing or keeping a beard for the summer.
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If beards can keep us warm for the winter, what good are they during the summer? You’ll be surprised to know that beards can shield your face from the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, one study found that beards block between 50-95% of UV rays, depending on the thickness of your beard. The thicker, the better!
Beards should stay for the summer. Pretty bold statement, isn’t it? Well, only if you believe the misconception that beards trap heat and make body feel hotter. If it were winter, that would have been a fact in a snap.
Beards can act like natural air-coolers during the summer. When sweat evaporates, air flows out of the beard, hence the cooling effect. Spray a little amount of water on your scruff when the temp goes up, and you got yourself a personal cooling system.
So, beard as an air-cooler, huh? It sounds pretty awesome but too much sweating can irritate your skin, causing dryness, itchiness, and brittleness. And in worse cases, facial hair loss.
Now, on the subject of summertime beard maintenance. Beards’ number one enemy during the summer is dryness. Keep your beard’s vitality with thiscooling mint beard elixir with powerful carrier essential oils and vitamins.
Since you’ll most likely be out for the summer—to travel, host barbecue parties, go to the beach—your beard will be exposed to elements. Don’t let smoke, dirt, sand, and debris ruin your mane.Wash your beard to keep it fresh and handsome. But don’t overwash at it can destroy valuable beard oils. Finish off your summertime routine, by moisturizing your beard with this hydratingmint-scented beard butter.
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Yes, you can look hot with a beard for the hot season. Provided that you groom it right, going for the scruffy look is the way to go. Man, you can have it all—the style, the sun-shield, the natural air-cooler!
Now that you know why beards are perfect for summer, how long do you plan to grow a beard? We’d like to know in the comments section!
Editor’s Note - This post was originally published in April 2012 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.