The Beards of Summer

June 21, 2017

The Beards of Summer

Summer... the time for beaches, pools, and ice-cold beverages.  It's also a great time for a beard.

"Doesn't your beard make you hot in the Summer?"  Well, my beard makes me hot all year long... but that's beside the point.  Temperature wise, my beard actually helps to keep me cooler.  How does it do that?  Well, let's talk about that.

1. Insulation Effect - Your beard, in all of its glorious majesty, is like the insulation in your home.  In the cold months, it retains more of your body heat.  In the hot months, it shields the excess heat from your face and neck.  Remember, there are major blood vessels, and lots and lots of smaller blood vessels in your head and neck area.  If you can keep that area from heating up, you stay cooler.

2. Beards Block UV Rays - One study in the Oxford Journal found that beards can block 50-95% of harmful (and hot) UV rays.  This not only helps to keep you cooler, it also has the added benefit of protecting your skin from sun damage.

3. It's a Natural Heat Exchanger - When it's hot, we sweat.  The sweat around our beards collects in the hair.  When it evaporates, it creates an exo-thermal effect.  It also makes any small breeze feel like a winter blast.

One thing to keep in mind during the Summer months while you're on vacation, or lounging at the pool, is you've got to make sure you still take care of it.  Pool chemicals, dryer climates, the sweat we talked about earlier, all can have damaging effects on your beard.  You should continue (or even step up) your beard care regimen.  Keep it conditioned with your favorite oil or balm.  You may find yourself using it 2 or 3 times a day, depending on your activity level.  It's your pride and joy... take care of it.

So, just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you need to get rid of your facial fur.  Keep it, it's your friend that will help you beat the heat!

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