Whether you're aware of it or not, winter is the time for dry skin and even drier beards. The colder weather invites more outdoors time for skiing, playing in the snow with your family, and all manner of outdoor sports-- but thanks to lowered humidity levels and the ensuing time in front of a heater, all that outdoor time can really take a toll on your skin, and therefore your beard.
When the skin on your face is healthy, it provides an optimal growth environment for healthy and full beard growth. When it dries out, however, it can spell disaster for your carefully maintained facial topiary.
The good news, however, is this: there are things you can do to keep your skin and beard as healthy as possible!
Increase Your Water Intake
Help your skin and beard by upping your hydration levels and locking in the goodness that keeps your skin (and hair) happy. When we're talking hydration, we always, always, always talk water. Fun fact: water is the only way to truly hydrate your skin. Many beard products can boast hydrating effects, but they don't actually impart hydration - only water can do that. And the best way to get your water, is "DRINK!"
According to the Mayo Clinic, an adult man should drink about 3.7 liters (or 15.5 cups) of water each day, if he lives in a temperate climate. Add to that the dryness that comes with winter air plus more dryness from heat sources, and the total should go up. Of course, this also is dependent on your weight, age, and activity level, but the general baseline to hit is half of your body weight in ounces of water every day - your skin and beard will thank you.
Increase Use Of Beard Oil & Beard Butter Against Your Skin
Products like beard oils and beard butters are not only great for styling your beard, but for maintaining the health of your skin as well. Natural oils and butters soak into the pores of your face to lock in that precious moisture and protect your skin from the harsher winter air.
Reduce Your Shower Length
Especially in the winter, a looong, hot shower can sound like just the thing your body needs. However, each extra minute spent under that water stream is another minute of washed away oils that keep your skin healthy and moisturized. The longer you stay in the shower, the dryer your skin will feel when you get out. And who needs to deal with Beardruff!? To keep as much of that needed natural oil, consider shortening your shower length to only what is essential.
Use A Well Formulated Beard Wash & Conditioner
Speaking of showers, a large culprit of dry skin and hair is harsh cleansers and conditioners. Typically, a shampoo is designed to strip hair (and skin) of its natural moisture, and your conditioner replaces it. Not only is that shampooing process very drying for your beard hair and skin, but the conditioner also contains things like sulfates and other stripping agents that can actually harm your beard as well.
Here at Whiskey 'N Hardtack, we work hard to create products that are not only fair trade and cruelty-free, but ones that best benefit your beard! Our Beard Washes and Conditioners have been carefully formulated to gently cleanse your beard hair, and the skin underneath, without stripping them of their natural oils. And without coating them with a layer of silicone!
Use A Quality Collagen Supplement
Collagen is something touted as a "magic supplement" in the skincare world, and we have to agree with them. Collagen is essential to many parts of bodily development and growth, including beard hair, nails, and skin. Adding a quality collagen supplement to your diet will help give your skin and beard hair what it needs to help repair itself during these dry winter months.
Bonus: Collagen is also essential for joint health! A collagen supplement will not only have your skin & hair looking better, but it will have your joints feeling better as well.
Stay warm this winter, and remember to take care of your natural scarf! Your skin will thank you.