This subject has been coming up many times in our household as of late, at least in my brain. My poobear is extending the military’s ‘Mustache March’ celebration well into April, which means I have another month of looking at his God awful mustache… and I mean that in the nicest way possible. So while it’s not the most attractive thing on this planet, he is doing it to raise money by going above and beyond his call of duty! 😉 So I will say I’m proud of him there. BUT! Each and every early evening, I watch him comb his mustache, trim it and pat it down with grooming products to get it just right. But when he’s doing that, I am secretly wondering how the hell he is getting any of his products, like his lotion and sunscreen onto the skin underneath. He is a very busy dude who is either at the gym, running outside or on his trail bike, so he definitely gets his fair share of dryness, heat & sun onto that poor face of his. And speaking of heat, it’s 96 degrees today! What a beautiful spring day! 😉
But if you’ve thought the same thing about your skin, it is truly a good question and legitimate concern if any of you beard or mustache growers have had the lovely opportunity to grow out your facial hair all while trying to take care of your skin. Don’t get me wrong, I love a strong beard, but the military mustache is just a little too …. I can’t think of a proper word…. Regimented I guess I would say, in shape. It can’t extend beyond the mouth, so it reminds me of a terribly bad person over in Germany back in the day and it’s just something else. But ANYWAYSSSSS… Caring about your skin underneath your facial hair is something you fellas need to be thinking about.
Though it’s not too likely you’ll get a sunburn under a full-fledged dense beard, you still are getting those strong UVA rays which are the bad rays that cause aging and skin cancer. And if you happen to have a more maintained, shorter beard, you’re even more at risk for getting UVA rays, but also UVB rays which can cause your skin to burn which is a whole other dilemma.
So if this sounds like you and you’re concerned about the best ways to help your skincare sink (specifically sunscreen) into your skin under your beard, we’ve got a few tips & tricks –
- A light sunscreen is key
- Consider a sunscreen spray that’s specifically designed for your face
- Try massaging the product into your face the best you can – avoid those super ‘white’ sunscreens or any with pigment
- It’s best to stay out of the sun in general, but especially midday
- Consider wearing a hat whenever you’re outside
If you’ve got a beard or a mustache, it’s not only important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, but you’ll also want to take really great care of the skin underneath. If you’re wanting to develop a new regiment for your skin underneath, consider these routine habits –
- Exfoliate your skin on a regular basis – consider a liquid exfoliant like a BHA to do the best job!
- Massage your daily moisturizer to really help it sink into your skin – your beard can actually dry out your skin if you’re not careful
- Wash your face with cold water
- Consider using a quality cleansing brush to really get down and dirty with the skin undeneath
- Consider a beard oil that can help maintain the correct moisture levels of those hairs and also benefit the skin
- Consider conditioning and shampooing your hair on a routine basis
- Maintain your beard or mustache – when it’s dry