Is your Man’s (Partner’s) Beard getting you irritated ?

by Lisa Young – Salon Director


man with beardOnce again fashion history repeats itself. The current male facial hair fashion has gone full circle and returned to the 1970’s full beard look !

There are some amazing modern versions of beards. Some reminiscent of the Edwardian Era, some the 1970’s and even some from many other eras. So whether it’s a full beard, long or even longer, there’s plenty of choice of how it can be grown. There is even some rather eccentric waxed and twirled moustaches making an appearance on the faces of men of all ages.

Today’s fashion look is commonly teamed with tattoos and short perfectly groomed hair. Whether suited and booted or casual in jeans and t-shirt, it still looks great and it’s much better than a regular morning shave I’m sure!

But have these men thought what this new facial hair fashion means to their Partners ? So calling all you Partners (whether it’s ladies or gents) are any of you suffering as a result of close embraces with your partners ? Yes I mean kissing and I bet there are quite a few of you out there !

Whether you have naturally sensitive skin or your skin is more vulnerable to irritation because of a recent skincare exfoliation treatment, such as skin scrubs, facial peels, microdermabrasion or other products, a brush with your bearded partner can often be quite irritating to the skin !

If you are one of those unfortunate individuals that is feeling sensitive around the gills and left a bit red and irritated after kissing, then this could be the reason why. So before you move your usual embrace to a peck on the cheek, here are Studio 8 Beauty’s tips to survive your brush with the beard and still show you care !


  1. Step up the protection

Abrasive Facial hair is comparable to a form of physical exfoliation and is like the equivalent of using an exfoliating brush on the skin. The purpose of exfoliation is to remove the dead skin cells and brighten your skin whilst encouraging newer skin cells to move towards the surface or epidermis of the skin. If exfoliation leaves the skin red and irritated, then more than the dead skin cells have been removed and the skin has become irritated from over exfoliation.

So imagine exfoliating your skin several times a day when you kiss your loved one. Your skin would be red raw from over exfoliation. When this happens the barrier function of the skin is compromised, which means moisture can escape and allow irritants to get in more easily.

To rebuild your skin’s natural barrier function, try Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair. This fantastic product helps to build and renew the lipid layer of the skin, which helps prevent irritation. Applied twice daily, this silicon based cream is a life saver and will help to rebuild the barrier function of the skin.


2. Calm the skin

The Dermalogica UltraCalming range is perfect for providing calming anti-inflammatory relief for red, irritated and sensitive skin.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser – a gentle, soap-free cleanser that is gel like in consistency and glides across the skin. Raspberry fruit extract promotes healing and soothes the skin whilst lavender has an antiseptic effect on the skin. Cucumber cools and soothes irritated skin.

For emergency relief of redness and instant hydration, try Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist. Dermalogica trade marked UltraCalming Complex alongside Oat active and Aloe Leaf provide instant calming of the skin and can help reduce redness by up to 70% within 10 minutes of application.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate – a super charged antidote for skin sensitivity that helps to calm, restore and defend sensitised skin. Containing Dermalogica’s trade mark UltraCalming Complex and rich in fatty acids such as Evening Primrose, Sunflower and Avocado to fortify the skins barrier lipid layer. This product is perfect for all sensitised skin types and can be used after non-invasive cosmetic procedures to calm and soothe the skin.


So care for your skin and give it the love that it needs.  Survive the current beard fashion without missing out on those passionate embraces!

For other products in the Dermalogica UltraCalming range or to receive expert advice from a Dermalogica Skincare Expert contact Studio 8 Beauty to book your consultation.


Quote of the Day

“ Kissing a man with a beard is a bit like going to a picnic. You don’t mind going through a little bush to get there ! ”

Minnie Pearl

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