5 Essential Tips for Winter Beard Grooming

5 Essential Tips for Winter Beard Grooming
Winter is finally here, which means that we will have to adapt to very low temperatures. The time has come to layer up, and not just when it comes to clothes. Cold days can leave your face with dry skin, which is exactly why a good shaving and skincare routine are crucial. Modern men love the trend of growing a beard, and it certainly needs special care during winter. Here are five essential tips for winter beard grooming.

1. Good Shaving Routine
As the temperatures drop, our skin immediately becomes dry, flaky and very tight, which is why a good shaving routine becomes much more important. You can start off with some products that will soften your stubble and protect your skin at the same time. After that, you should apply a high-quality crème. Depending on your skin type, you can use different types of soap, too. For example, the one that contains coconut is great for guys with dry skin, since it has an amazing oil base. On the other hand, sensitive skin requires more delicate ingredients, such as rose. Afterwards, you can use an astringent lotion or cologne, because this whole process can dry out your skin.

2. Exfoliate
Since the temperature changes that we experience in winter can disrupt skin’s balance, you should know that your overall skincare routine has to change. That means that you should pay more attention to exfoliation, because skin cells cannot regenerate fast enough during winter. They pile up on the surface, which makes your skin look dull and flaky. Besides that, clogged pores, excess oil and acne are other related problems. A proper scrub removes these dead cells and uncovers the new ones below, which will make your skin look healthy and beautiful. You should repeat the process two to three times per week, which will allow other products penetrate deep into your skin and be absorbed faster.

3. Keep the Skin Below Your Beard Moisturized
Facial hair collects all the moisture and keeps it away from the surface of your skin, leading to its dryness and beard dandruff. This is exactly why you should make sure that the skin beneath it is appropriately hydrated. You can do that by massaging in a beard balm or conditioning oil. This will keep blood flowing and make your skin very soft and supple. Besides that, there are many organic face moisturizers which are very important for your winter skincare routine. These will keep your skin healthy and hydrated during the cold days.

4. Let Your Beard Grow
Let you beard grow out over the holidays – even just a couple of millimeters are fine. The extra coverage will keep your face from freezing whilst bicycling or jogging. Besides that, it will look awesome. Take care of it by using specifically designed shampoos that are designed for such a purpose. These won’t eliminate the natural oils from it. Leave the shampoo in for a few minutes before rinsing, and then run a comb through it in order to make it smooth. After these two steps, you can apply leave-in conditioning oil.

5. Keep It Under Control
Keep your beard under control by giving it a weekly trim with a trimmer that will make it even – just make sure that one wrong move doesn’t leave you with a big bald patch. If you don’t feel like doing it yourself, you can take a trim at a local barbershop. This will help you get rid of split ends and make shaping much easier.

These five steps will certainly take your winter skincare routine to the next level. Taking care of your skin and beard during the cold days can be very demanding, but you can surely keep it simple as soon as you find the appropriate products and techniques. So, what are your favourites when it comes to winter beard grooming?

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This is a guest post by Peter Minkoff, a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a trend forecaster and a stylist for few fashion events in Brisbane. Beside fashion, he loves reading, cooking exotic meals and travelling around tropical destinations. He’s future plans are in creating his personal fashion business for style advising.

featured photo: marlon teixeira by bruce weber