One of the main responses you’ll get from a proper beardsman should you ask them if their face forest has any other purpose aside from looking magnificent as f*** is that, yes, it does: beards, ever since man started to learn to walk on two feet and bonk wooly mammoths’ heads for dinner, has served as an effective and natural form of insulation from harsh weather conditions. Mainly, they can keep a guy’s face warm throughout those cold winters hundreds of thousands of years ago.
But, we have to be fair and say we’re not living in that age anymore. Humanity has gone past walking and now evolved enough to twerk or plank or whatever stupid trend the internet comes up with in any given week; and we’ve effectively committed genocides on various species (along with the unfortunate wooly mammoth) since then. So, surely we’ve no more need to rely on beards to keep away from the cold, right? That means beards don’t have practical value anymore, right? RIGHT?
Absolutely not! And to put it in just a few words, just because we got the marvels of modern technology on our hands does not always mean that the good ol’ ways are now obsolete. After all, it always helps to have a bit of fur on you in the winter for the extra protection you need. The question is, what should you do after? And with that in mind, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about why beards are not seasonal!
One of the most common misconceptions is that beards become a problem by the time spring or summer rolls around due to the fact that it just makes your face perspire more, which could then lead to other sorts of pesky problems. However, a true beardsman knows that the relationship between him and his face bush can’t simply be thrown away once the last snow thaws; there’s a better way to go about this.
Now, we’re not saying that you’re any less of a man if you chose to do away with your beard once hot weather rolls in. When you look at it, even companies that produce products specifically aimed at beardsmen consider these as “slow seasons” because of the number of men who choose to shed their once glorious face forests around this time. And we don’t hold it against any of them. However, all we ask is for you to reconsider. Believe us, there is a way to keep that face cool in the summer without losing all the hard work and grooming you put into your already precious beard.
Now, we’ve mentioned earlier that beards protect men from the cold during winters and that it just makes your face warmer during springs or summers. However, that’s a bit too dismissive. You see, beards do indeed protect guys even during these seasons, no matter how uncomfortable it can get. What from, you ask? Well, whereas beards help keep you warm in the winter by protecting you from chills and frostbite, these wonderful face forests act as a protective barrier from the sun’s potentially harmful UV (ultraviolet rays) in the summer. The question here that you should ask is: what kind of beard is perfect during these seasons?
The thing is, it’s not a matter of having a beard or none at all; it’s all about knowing what kind of beard will help keep you protected and comfortable at any given season. Now, it goes without saying that the thicker the beard, the more insulation you get from cold weather. So, thick, full beards are best during the fall or winter.
Summers and springs, on the other hand, require that you tweak your beard regiment just a bit. A simple change of beard style would do, with no need for a complete shave. So, without further ado, here are the things you’re going to need. It isn’t much, and that’s all the more reason for you to make sure that you have them! Read on, beard brother!
Warm weather means you’re going to sweat more, and with it comes all the dirt and residue from you pores that could get stuck on your cherished face forest. That is not to mention all the other specks of dirt, bacteria, and unwanted bits of what-have-you that you could get from your environment. As such, washing your beard more than you did during the winter is a must.
Since you’re going to be washing more, make sure that you always – we repeat, ALWAYS – have a bottle of beard shampoo and beard conditioner handy. You know, the ones that are actually specific to beards. Also, going with the kind that has a cooling effect will help you a lot, so try looking for a shampoo and conditioner that have mint or eucalyptus in it.
Beard oil or essential oils are an essential weapon in any respectable beardsman’s arsenal. And since you’ll be taking my advice to wash your beard more in the summer, you’ll need to replace the natural oils you strip from your face more often, too. If not, you could end up with dry skin or even the dreaded beardruff.
We do understand how difficult it could be to keep a full Viking beard or a glorious Razor on you during warm weather, and there are two ways with which you can keep yourself comfortable without sacrificing these. First, you can always go for regular trims, which would require you to spend more time in the bathroom or at the barbershop. On the other hand, you could also crop it as short as you’re comfortable with, which takes less effort but alters your style more. Whichever you choose, just remember that it’s all about feeling comfortable throughout the whole season. Keep ’em luscious!
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