Whether you’re abandoning the winter beard to beat the heat or simply maintaining your classic clean-faced appearance, summer comes with unique challenges for shaving. Use these tips to get the most out of summertime shaving while keeping your skin fresh and healthy.
Guard Against Sun Damage
Sun damage is a major risk in the summer months, especially if you’ve recently shaved off a winter beard. However, even skin that’s smooth year-round is vulnerable to being damaged by the sun’s harsh summertime UV rays, and you need to pump up your skincare habits accordingly.
The best way to keep your skin safe while the sun’s beating down is to make liberal use of sunscreen throughout the day. For the best protection, look for shaving cream or aftershave that contains sunscreen, ideally with an SPF rating of at least 30, though higher is always better. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to apply face moisturiser that contains sunscreen several times per day.
Remember that SPF ratings don’t stack, so using an SPF 15 shaving cream and an SPF 15 moisturiser doesn’t mean that you’ve got 30 SPF worth of protection!
Don’t Slack on moisturising
When your face is constantly sweaty, it’s easy to assume that means it’s very moisturised. However, in this case appearances are definitely deceiving. Sweaty skin often turns oily throughout the day, and oily skin can look supple and moisturised even when it’s actually severely dry. Sun damage and hot air also stresses your skin, and damaged skin layers lose moisture more quickly, so you’re more prone to drying out.
It’s best to moisturise immediately after shaving (or within an hour of applying aftershave) and then “touch up” with additional moisturiser throughout the day. It’s always a good idea to give your face a quick rinse before applying more moisturiser in order to prevent breakouts. However, if your daily schedule doesn’t leave room for washing your face regularly, then you should simply choose a lighter moisturiser rather than ditching it altogether.
Use Beard or Mustache Oil to Tame Humidity
If you plan on keeping a sculpted beard or mustache on deck throughout the summer, high humidity levels can give your facial hair an unkempt appearance. Fortunately, using a high-quality beard or mustache oil will prevent the hair strands from swelling in the humidity and can lock in moisture to keep your scruff looking healthy and neat all summer long.
Switch Your Aftershave
During the summer your face is likely to react differently to skincare products than it did during the winter months, so you probably want to switch to a different aftershave. moisturising aftershave gels are a good choice, since they’ll do double duty and keep your face hydrated and healthy. Cooling aftershaves that contain menthol or similar agents are a great way to get some relief from the heat and can encourage your pores to close back up after a warm morning shower.
Treat Sun Damaged Skin Gently
If the inevitable happens and you end up with a sunburn or irritated skin, treat it gently while shaving. Use plenty of moisturising shaving lotion and be sure your razor blade is sharp and new. Shave using short, gentle strokes with no extra pressure — simply glide the blades over your skin. Stick to only shaving with the grain until your skin heals, even if you normally go against the grain.
Always use also a high quality razor. Whether you’ve got baby-soft sensitive skin or a hide that could give leather some competition, choosing the right razor will ensure your face is always in top condition.
With a bit of diligence and a lot of moisturiser, you can ensure your skin stays happy and healthy all season long.