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How to Avoid the Typical Winter Beard Pitfalls

How to Avoid the Typical Winter Beard Pitfalls

 Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Whether you’re growing a beard or experimenting with new beard styles, one thing remains constant—you need to switch up your routine for winter.  I get it; most guys are low maintenance, and a personal care routine doesn’t register as a good time.  But if you like the way your beard looks, and you don’t want it become dry, brittle, or covered with dandruff flakes, you need to do some preventive maintenance. 

Moisturize

I’ll say it one more time for the people in the back—moisturize!  The key to maintaining an iconic beard is hydration.  Beard oil is your best bet.  It’s formulated from a mixture of essential oils and natural ingredients.  Think of it as Gatorade for your beard.  Beard oil not only moisturizes your facial hair but soothes the skin underneath.  It also encourages healthy growth, and helps reduce or avoid irritation, redness, and the awful beard dandruff.  All you need is a dime-sized dab in the morning.  On those colder, dryer days, you might need to reapply in the evenings, for good measure.

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

You probably got a head start during Movember.  Instead of trying to rock some A-list Hollywood stubble, let your beard grow.  In winter, you need coverage.  It’s cold out there, and you need to protect your skin against the dry air.  Your beard is the perfect, natural shield.  If ever there was a time to rock a Paul Bunyan beard, it’s winter.

Deep clean less often

Occasionally, you need to use beard shampoo to clean out all the gunk you miss in the shower.  In the warm months, you might do this every other day.  In winter, once a week should suffice; maybe less.  You’re sweating less, and your sebaceous glands are producing less oil.  Thus, there’s less buildup in your beard.  Deep cleaning it too often could dry out your follicles and leave you with brittle hair.

Try to avoid hot water

 I know it’s winter.  Hot water is a necessity to warm up your bones after spending time in frigid temperatures.  But try not to get that hot water on your beard.  Hot water sucks the moisture right out of your hair (and your skin, too).  By no means am I suggesting a cold shower on a 10-degree day.  However, a little lukewarm water on your face won’t be so bad.

Educate Yourself

Sure, this article is a great place to start if you’re a beard novice.  But this isn’t a personal care blog.  Thus, this is as deep as the Uptown Bourgeois information reservoir goes.  However, fear not, I’ll leave you in good hands. The gents over at Grooming Adepts offer loads of helpful resources to ensure you keep your beard in great shape for every season.  And, you can even get tips on other grooming topics, hair loss, and men’s fashion.  The kicker is that the Grooming Adepts team gives you info you can actually use.  So, slap on some beard oil and head over to their site.

Now that you know, there’s no excuse to rock a bad beard this Christmas

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