All you need to know about summer shaving

In this article, we will be revealing all the secrets to a flawless summer beard: from the unsuspected benefits of beards to tips for keeping them soft and moisturised, not forgetting the most fashionable cuts of the moment. So, whether you are a confirmed bearded man or a hesitant novice, let us guide you and discover that summer is not your beard's sworn enemy, but rather an ally in making it sublime.

Beard and summer: a winning combination?

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes sun, heat and… existential questions for bearded men! Wear a beard or shave it off? That is the question on every man's mind when the summer weather arrives.

There is no universal answer to this hair dilemma. Beards and summer can go well together, as long as you know how to look after them and choose the right cut.

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Wearing a beard in summer: good or bad idea?

Goodbye preconceived ideas: beards are not the enemy of summer

When we think of summer, we often imagine hot days, deckchairs and… a desire for maximum freshness. So the beard, with its mass of hair, doesn't really seem practical in this summer period. 

It is true that beards can be hot, especially if they are thick and dense. But regular trimming is enough to avoid this discomfort. And let us not forget that the hair on your head protects you from the sun, so why shouldn't the hair on your face?

An unexpected ally against summer aggression

In summer, our skin is put to the test: sun, salt from the sea, chlorine from swimming pools… so many aggressions that can make it fragile and dry. The beard acts as a protective shield, limiting the impact of these harmful elements.

The sun, in particular, is an enemy for our skin. UV rays can cause sunburn, premature wrinkling and even skin cancer. By creating a physical barrier, the beard blocks some of these rays, protecting the skin on the face.

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What beard style should you go for in summer?

The 3-day beard: the ideal compromise for summer

If you want to enjoy the benefits of a beard in summer without the inconvenience of too much facial hair, a 3-day beard is the ideal choice. Its moderate length offers sufficient protection against the summer's aggressors without making you feel too hot.

What is more, the 3-day beard is easy to maintain and doesn't require weekly visits to the barber. A simple daily brushing and regular trimming with a razor are all it takes to keep it looking impeccable.

Full shave: for fresh skin and total freedom

If you prefer a feeling of maximum freshness and complete freedom of movement, a full shave may be a good option for summer.

However, it is important to protect your skin from the sun, as it will be more exposed than with a beard. So apply a high UV index sun cream regularly and avoid prolonged exposure during the hottest part of the day.

Choosing the right, long-lasting haircut

Whether you opt for a 3-day beard or a full shave, it is important to choose a cut that suits your shape and style. Don't hesitate to ask friends and family for advice on finding the cut that suits you best.

Don't forget to think about beard regrowth if you want to keep it until autumn. Opt for a cut that won't require you to touch it up too often, especially if you're going on holiday.

Don't forget that maintenance is essential for a perfect beard, whatever its length. Follow our advice in the next section to keep your beard healthy all summer long.

Taking care of your beard in summer

Sun, salt, sand… the sworn enemies of summer beards

Summer puts our hair and beard to the test. Sun, sea salt, fine sand, chlorine from swimming pools… all these factors can dry out, damage and weaken facial hair.

So if you want to keep your beard looking healthy and beautiful all summer long, it's important to take special care of it.

Daily rinsing and regular cleaning: the basis of maintenance

The least you can do to look after your beard in summer is to rinse it daily with clean water. This will remove the salt, sand and other impurities that have accumulated during the day.

As well as rinsing daily, it's also important to thoroughly clean your beard once or twice a week with our 3-in-1 shower gel. It is formulated to gently remove dirt without damaging the skin or hair. Combined with the beard brush, discover a shiny beard thanks to its exfoliating and cleansing benefits. 

Beard oil: your ally for a moisturised, protected and fragrant beard

Beard oil is an essential product for summer beard care. It deeply moisturises the hair and skin, protecting them from external aggressions and giving them a pleasant scent.

When choosing a beard oil, it's important to select a quality oil made from natural ingredients.

Professional advice for a successful summer shave

Avoid shaving on tanned skin or after sunburn

Tanned skin is more fragile and sensitive than fair skin. So it's important to avoid shaving if you've recently tanned, as you risk irritating your skin or causing razor burn.

Similarly, if you have a sunburn, it is imperative not to shave until the skin has completely healed. Shaving could aggravate the lesions and slow healing.

Watch out for suntan marks

If you decide to wear a beard in summer, it's important to bear in mind that the area under your beard won't be tanned. This means that, at the end of the summer, when you shave your beard, you risk having a two-tone face, with a light area under the beard and a tanned area on the rest of the face.

To avoid these tanning marks, you can opt for a short, well-trimmed beard, which will let the sun's rays through. You can also apply a natural self-tanning lotion to the area of the face not exposed to the sun.

Look after your beard more regularly in summer

In summer, hair generally grows faster than in winter. What's more, beards are exposed to more external aggressors (sun, salt, sand, etc.). So it is important to look after your beard more regularly in summer than in winter.

This means trimming more often (once or twice a week), rinsing daily and moisturising with beard oil. Deep cleansing with a 3-in-1 shower gel once or twice a week is also recommended.

Don't forget: a successful shave starts with good preparation. Take the time to moisturise your skin with a moisturising fluid before shaving, and use a quality razor with sharp blades.

Finally, after shaving, apply a soothing aftershave balm to moisturise your skin and prevent irritation.

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Tips for a perfect shave on holiday

A travel shaving kit: the must-have for the bearded man on holiday

  • A travel razor: There are different types of travel razor, from traditional to single-blade. Choose the model that suits you best, depending on your preferences and budget.

  • Razor blades : Don't forget to pack enough razor blades to last the duration of your holiday.

  • A shaving brush: If you use a shaving brush to lather your soap, don't forget to take it with you. Use an ergonomic model that's easy to store.

  • Aftershave care: Aftershave balm is essential for moisturising your skin after shaving and preventing irritation.

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FAQ - Shaving in summer

Does shaving make my tan disappear?

No, shaving does not make your tan disappear. It simply removes dead skin cells, which can give the impression that the tan is less intense.

How can I keep my skin soft after shaving?

To keep your skin soft after shaving, it's important to moisturise with an aftershave balm. You can also apply a moisturising face fluid.

Can I shave after applying sun cream?

It's best to wait a few hours after applying sun cream before shaving. Sun cream can create a barrier on the skin that makes shaving more difficult and more likely to cause irritation.

How can I avoid ingrown hairs in summer?

Ingrown hairs are a common problem in summer, as heat and perspiration can clog pores. It's important to exfoliate your skin regularly to remove dead cells and unclog pores, as well as moisturising your skin daily. Also, avoid shaving against the direction of hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs.

By following the advice given in this article, you'll be able to make the most of your beard in summer.

Here are a few key points to remember:

  • Moisturise your beard regularly with beard oil.
  • Deep clean your beard once or twice a week with a 3-in-1 shower gel.
  • Rinse your beard daily with clean water.
  • Avoid shaving on tanned skin or after sunburn.
  • Apply sun cream to your beard to protect it from the sun.
  • Use a quality razor with sharp blades for a close shave.
  • Apply an aftershave balm to moisturise your skin after shaving.