And while most people will find the urge to engage in spring cleaning their homes the likes of KonMari would approve, you can also do the same for your grooming routine this season.
If you’ve been rocking a beard all winter, you should take the opportunity of shaking up your grooming this spring. All that hair was pretty much convenient during the cold, wintry months because it helped ward off the chill but with the sun coming out and temperatures begin to rise, all that thick facial hair is going to make you feel stuffy if left untouched.
Besides which, there are also aesthetic and hygienic reasons why one should engage in some heavy duty spring time grooming. Unkempt beards will make you look like you’ve been cooped up in a dank, dark cavern all season. You also want to make sure that there are no remnants of food crumbs from last season’s feasts trapped in that massive tangle of a beard. Because that would be such a turn-off and we don’t want that.
Here at Naked Armor, we’ve rounded up all the tips and tricks that we could find in order to show you how to do your own spring cleaning on your beard. Short of shaving it off, these tips will make sure that your beard game is up and about for springtime and beyond.
So here are five tips to spring cleaning that beard:
TIP 1: Exfoliate
The winter months can be harsh on your skin. Ice cold temperatures and the lack of humidity can sap your facial skin of moisture, leaving it dry and flaky. In extreme cases, it can give rise to beard dandruff which causes beard itching and white flakes to appear on your beard. Not a good look for you, especially when you’re greeting spring time.
To prevent this, you need to exfoliate. Exfoliating simply means scrubbing the skin beneath your beard to get rid of the dead skin cells and skin bacteria that has accumulated over the winter season. It also unclogs skin pores so that it will release natural skin oils that moisturize the skin.
Here’s our trick to exfoliating: exfoliate first before even cleaning it or getting in a shower. It makes more sense to scrub the dead layer of skin first so that when you start cleaning your beard, the water will easily rinse the flakes and dead skin away. Our best bet for exfoliating is a bamboo beard brush. Bamboo has therapeutic qualities which make it ideal for a beard brush; it has less static so it doesn’t tug the facial hairs, and it distributes the natural oils more efficiently than the average plastic brush. Check out our Naked Armor Bamboo Brush and Comb that comes in our Grizzly Bear’d Grooming Kit.
TIP 2: Use Less Beard Oil
Spring time brings out the sun and when that happens, expect temperatures to go up. While that sounds wonderful, especially after months of being cooped up by the cold, the warm temperature also causes your skin to increase its sebum production. An increase in the production of natural skin oils can lead to your skin becoming more oily than usual. Oily skin attracts skin bacteria that can cause acne as well as funky odors on your beard. It’s definitely not something you would want to have come spring time.
That’s why you need to cut back on using beard oil. During winter, the beard oil was your best friend because it helped maintain the natural moisture of the skin beneath your beard. But now that winter is over, you need to use less beard oil when maintaining your beard. One or two drops a day is enough.
Here’s an easy trick to prevent oily skin. If you need to tame your beard, instead of using beard oil, use a beard balm, like the Bomb Balm Butter. Beard balms and oils generally have similar uses; they keep the hair soft and nourished because of the natural essential oils that are found in them. The only difference is that beard balm contains wax, which allows you to shape and tame your beard more efficiently than oil.
Another trick is to take less hot showers. Frequent hot showers dehydrate the skin. Hot water strips the skin oils from your skin, and without these, the moisture in your skin will easily dry out. When you take a cold shower you can be assured that your skin will not dry out as easily as it would with hot water.
TIP 3: Trim Your Beard
Yup, we know how much you love your beard. So much so that the thought of shaving makes it seem like a blasphemous act against your person.
By now you know that there are many advantages to wearing a beard. It defines your personality; makes you more mature and presentable. It’s also protection against ultraviolet rays which can easily target the delicate facial skin. It’s also a chick magnet; ladies dig beards.
But dude, all of this is true only if the beard is groomed and clean. If you’ve got an unkempt beard you’ll drive away the ladies. Unruly beards are also ripe habitats for skin bacteria; with that thick hair growth, no sunlight will be able to reach the bottom of your beard and kill off the skin bacteria.
That’s why you gotta trim your beard. A beard is only as good as its trim. If it’s not groomed and managed well, it won’t do you any good.
One trick is to groom it into a stubble instead of a full beard. A full beard may be too warm for spring and, most definitely, summer. But a stubble would just be the perfect style to catch the ladies’ eye. It has all the sexiness and maturity, without the tough machismo of a full beard. The stubble’s thickness is also enough for giving the skin underneath the facial hair the much needed sun exposure to get rid of some nasty skin germs.
TIP 4: Soothe Your New Skin
After trimming your facial hair with a straight razor, some of the newly-exposed areas may feel a bit dry than usual. That’s normal, since they’ve been under the beard for so long that they are often undernourished for nutrients and moisture. Soothe these spots with an aftershave as a post-shave treatment.
Aftershaves are great at lowering the risk for irritation after shaving. They also have antiseptic properties which are great for dealing with the last remnants of acne-causing skin bacteria.
TIP 5: Switch Scents
It’s springtime so you gotta discard that musky scent you were using over the holidays in favor of something new and refreshing. Scents have a major impact on our moods, so changing your usual scent in favor for something that evokes the happy springtime mood will do wonders for your mental health.
It also helps to note that our sense of smell is affected by the seasons. During winter, our sense of smell is muted that is why we prefer musky thick colognes. But as spring arrives, our sense of smell returns in full force so it helps to switch to lighter scents that don’t assault our noses.
Our trick to choosing scent: pick something citrusy for your aftershave or cologne, or even beard oils. Citrus makes you feel alive and light. It’s a booster for your emotions and can help you start your day right.
Straight Razor Shaving
However, if you want to KonMari that beard away for springtime, that’s fine with us. We won’t judge. We even have a tip for you: use a high quality straight razor.
A straight razor is the only razor that you need in order to get a close shave. It cuts hair easily and doesn’t cause skin irritation. This makes the shaving experience a comfortable one.
Here at Naked Armor, we’ve leveled up our razors in term of quality and design so that it give you more than just a comfortable and easy shaving experience; you also get a luxurious shave.
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