Winter is the perfect time to grow a beard, mainly because it gives you a few extra minutes in bed every morning as you don’t need to shave before leaving for work.
Just like one’s skin, beards also suffer the wrath of winter. The cold can leave them dry and damaged and, in some cases, unmanageable. South Africans living in areas like Gauteng are particularly vulnerable, as the combination of intense cold and dry air can be very unkind to beards. Here are a few things you can do to look after your beard during the colder months:
Avoid hot water
As tempting as it is to have a boiling hot shower, opt for a lukewarm one instead. The skin produces natural oils that help moisturise your beard, but each time you wash your face and beard with hot water, these oils are stripped. Hot water also causes the skin to become flaky and dry, and can even result in beard dandruff. It’s also recommended to dry your beard as soon as you get out of the shower, as harbouring water can lower your beard’s moisture content.
Keep it trimmed
If you’re not able to trim your beard yourself, visit a barber regularly to shape it for you. Beard hair can split very easily during winter, and once it starts to split, there is very little, if anything, that can be done to save it.
Give it a wash
Shampoo has the tendency to be quite drying, so opt for conditioner when washing your beard, instead. Massage it in gently, leave for a minute or two and rinse out with lukewarm water. FINO Gel Face Wash for Face and Beard is an ideal option.
Treat it with a good quality beard oil
A beard oil does wonders in nourishing the beard, as well as the skin underneath the beard. It is easily absorbed and is quick and convenient to use, as it can be left on and does not require rinsing. Not only will you experience a softer and more manageable beard with the frequent use of beard oil, but your skin will be softer and more hydrated too.
For a soft and healthy beard, FINO Beard and Shave Oil (R135) is an ideal option. This multifunctional product is a blend of non-greasy natural carrier oils and healing essential oils that can be used, either to nourish and moisturise the beard, or as a shave oil. In addition, FINO Soothe MAN (R69.95) minimises ingrown hair, gently exfoliates and soothes the skin after hair removal. FINO MAN Bump Control (R70.00) is designed to alleviate and prevent painful and uncomfortable razor burn and bumps. Available at Dis-Chem, Clicks and selected Pick n Pay stores.