There’s no getting away from the beard trend at the moment, and we love it. But it’s not just an excuse for your partner to never shave again – if he’s to avoid looking unkempt, a good beard can actually take some real maintenance.
And never more so than in summer, when the heat, sweat and dry atmosphere can play havoc with the condition, as well as making him itchy and, at its worst, a little bit smelly.
Here are five steps to help him stay groomed all summer long.
Step 1: get a quick trim
While it’s a myth that a full beard is inevitably hotter (apparently, sweat sitting in them helps keep guys’ faces cool. Um, okay), it’s definitely easier to keep them looking groomed if they’re a bit shorter and neater at the edges. It also looks a bit less ‘heavy’ on a sunny day.
It might just be a question of thinning out a full beard and making the shape a bit more sculpted, or he could take it down to stubble level with sharp edges on the face, for something a bit more suave.
Whatever he chooses, the right tools are essential. The Braun Beard Trimmer BT5050 has 25 trim settings, including 20 length settings, for a precise finish, and a battery that lasts up to 50 minutes.
Step 2: cleanse thoroughly
It’s worth investing in a special beard cleanser, but even a normal face cleanser twice a day will work to reach the skin beneath the beard. It needs extra cleansing in summer because any extra sweat will not only irritate the skin, causing itching and dandruff, but could also leave his scruff smelling a little bit… off. No one wants that.
Step 3: exfoliate
Once a week, get him to use a gentle exfoliator to slough away any dry skin, irritation or general grime that might have been left behind. He may think it’s a step too far, but once he tries it he’ll appreciate it. Just don’t let him use it more than weekly, as it can be too abrasive on the skin.
Step 4: oil it up
As well as a facial moisturiser, adding a beard oil not only provides a lovely fragrance (he could go for a fresh citrus one in the summer) but also takes care of the hairs, hydrating and helping to keep them under control. This means they’ll hold the beard shape better, as well as looking glossy. Making sure he drinks enough water will also keep his skin and beard hydrated from within.
Step 5: add sun protection
Like your hair and scalp, his beard will benefit from extra protection against UV rays, especially if you’re on holiday and he’s in and out of the pool or sea. He should wet his beard before going in the pool and wash it when he comes out, plus offer him some sun protection oil to help avoid discolouration and dryness.
How does your partner look after his beard? We’d love to hear your tips in the comments below…