The Ins and Outs of Beard Dye and Your Skin
January 30, 2021
It seems that one of the biggest current trends is beard dye. We’re not talking about dyeing your beard with vibrant colors (though that is another beard dye trend that has been on the rise). We’re actually talking about dyeing your beard to cover up those graying strands. Sure, beard dye has been around for quite some time, but since people have been spending an increasing amount of time at home, this little grooming trend is only growing.
But in our constant battle to fight the signs of age, could you possibly be harming your skin? What are the risks of dyeing that sexy salt and pepper? And more importantly, could the dye be actually working against you? Here’s an overview of all the benefits and disadvantages of beard bye.
A Beard to Dye For
Nowadays, beard dyes come in a variety of forms. You can choose from permanent to semi-permanent dyes, henna- or charcoal-based dyes, and of course, your matching shade. All these are wonderful as they can help you in concealing your graying beard. They also have a substantial contribution to creating a more youthful look. But perhaps more importantly, they can help you boost your confidence if you’re self-conscious about aging.
There’s no denying that feeling confident in your own skin (or beard) is important, but is the aesthetic advantage enough? We’ll all for trying to look younger, but certain habits can take a heavy toll. They could potentially harm your skin in the long run. And that of course, is a much more serious concern.
Do or Dye
So here’s the thing – we’re not telling you to stop dyeing your beard. We’re telling you that you should be aware of the risks and take the right measures to prevent them. Beard dye is one of those products that you should think twice before applying to your face. Especially if you’ve decided to use regular hair dye for your beard. But what are the exact risks that you’re facing?
Let’s start with a concern rather than a risk: it might look unnatural. If you haven’t made sure the beard matches the drapes, you’re in for a blotchy and odd look. But perhaps looks aren’t your biggest problem here. According to the National Capital Poison Center, there are about 25 hair dye ingredients that could harm your skin. They could cause anything from a rash, through itchy patches, and all the way to actual burns and scars. In fact, there are actual studies that link hair dye with cancer. So, what’s the solution?
To Dye or Not to Dye
There are several things that you can do to ensure that your beard dye doesn’t lead to any health damages. The first, of course, is choosing a beard dye that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals. Nowadays, with green and ecological solutions flooding the market, it’s pretty easy finding beard dyes based on natural ingredients. While these are usually safer, it’s always best to test how your skin reacts to them. Start with a one-time application and then decide if this is the right product for you.
Your next step would be to make sure that your skin is soothed and nourished. Even if you have found the right beard dye for you, it’s likely that it won’t nourish your skin. Quite the opposite actually. These substances usually suffocate the skin and hair follicle and can rob your skin of its natural moisture. This is why, if you haven’t had a good reason to moisturize before, this is the perfect opportunity to begin. A good moisturizer could be the difference between dry and irritated skin and one that actually complements your new young look. Just imagine having the whole package AND being wrinkle-free!
Whether you’ve suffered from dry skin your entire life, or recently developed a condition that made your skin drier – you shouldn’t