It's January... Old Man Winter has finally settled in and gentlemen all around are growing their beards in an effort to fight the chill. While having a beard can assist in protecting your face and neck, the long-term effects of winter can still be a struggle for many men. Exposure to cold weather can literally suck the life out of a beard, this article presents you with a few tips to help you bring your beard back to life this winter!
Effects of the Cold on Facial Hair
If you have ever spent more than 15-30 minutes out in below freezing temps, you've probably noticed your facial hair may dry out quickly. The cold weather is the number one culprit for drying out the natural oils and moisture from your hair and skin. This can leave your beard dry, itchy, with dead or split ends which all can lead to poor growth.
If you are noticing any of the above issues, then you can take preventative measures to keep your beard looking and feeling healthy throughout this cold, dry time of year.
How to Protect the Beard from the Cold
If you spend only short stents out in the cold each day then we recommend utilizing quality beard oils to both soften and protect the beard. Quality natural oils such as the ones we carry at Vintage Grooming should not contain any harmful chemicals or leave your beard greasy. If you are using oils that are leaving your beard greasy, then your facial hair will be more prone to icing over more quickly in the cold elements.
Do you work or spend extended time outdoors in the cold? Or maybe you just live in an extremely frigged mountain or arctic climate? You should seek extra protection that beard oils cannot provide in extreme or prolonged cold exposure situations.
In these cases, we'd recommend a quality beard balm to help battle the cold and protect the hair and skin. Like beard oil, our balm does help condition and soften the beard with it's natural ingredients, but it also contains "bees wax" in the mixture. This particular ingredient can help the hair retain moisture for longer periods (which is much needed for extended exposure to freezing temps).
Rejuvenating Damaged Facial Hair from the Cold
If you have already ventured out into the freezing temps this year without protecting your beard, you may be wondering how to bring it back to life. Those natural oils in your hair and skin getting sucked out by the cold air and can leave you with rough and damaged facial hair.
It only should take a small amount of oil or balm applied over a few days to quickly hydrate your facial hair. But you shouldn't forget the skin and follicles underneath, as they can also get damaged out in the cold. Many guys make the mistake of washing with cheap detergent based soaps that counter the effects of quality beard products. So always use an all-natural soap to wash your face to assist with the rejuvenation process.
It's up to you to fight the cold from damaging those whiskers this year! No matter how big or small the beard, you will find that utilizing quality natural products will not only assist with the cold, but also be very beneficial in keeping it soft, fresh, and stop itchiness while helping promote healthier growth in general. Go out and have some fun this winter, and don't forget to keep those whiskers safe!
The above article was originally published on 2017-01-15 on our old website at VintageBeards.com
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