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Should you put sun cream on your beard?

Is your beard summer-ready? In this guide to men’s SPF, we explore why it is so important that men apply sun cream to their beards and share advice for choosing a beard-friendly sunscreen.

Von Hannah Mepham

5 Minute read

Having a thick, healthy beard is not an effective swap for sun protection. Discover why SPF is your beard's best friend as we explain why it is so important to apply sunscreen to your beard and moustache.

Should I put sunscreen on my beard?

Your beard is a massive part of your identity, but have you noticed that it can take up almost half your face? By under-applying sun cream to your beard, you risk exposing a huge part of your complexion to irreversible sun damage.

Here are just some of the reasons why SPF is your beard's best friend:

Sun protection: Skipping sunscreen exposes the skin under your beard to harmful UV rays, which can cause wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and even skin cancer.

Healthy beard hydration: A good facial sun cream doesn’t just shield; it also softens and nourishes. Great keeping your beard handsomely healthy and free of flaky dry skin!

The bottom line is that beards don't block UV rays. No matter how strong your beard is, it is just not up to the job of safeguarding your skin from those rays, which can squeeze through the smallest gap.

Explore our men’s facial SPFs (all suitable for beards) or keep scrolling for tips on applying SPF over your facial hair.

Best sun creams for beards

Looking for a beard-friendly sunscreen? We can help. Green People for Men No.4 Sports+ SPF30 is a great choice for men with beards.

Water repellent and made with high-factor Zinc Oxide mineral filters, it is a natural and organic cream to protect your face and neck from the sun. Shea Butter keeps the skin under your beard soft while a cooling core of Aloe Vera works with Peppermint & Eucalyptus essential oils to keep you feeling fresh.

Did we mention that it contains Argan Oil too? Ideal for keeping the skin under your beard feeling soft and hydrated, this ingredient is rich in beard-conditioning Vitamin E. Great for when the summer sun has left your beard feeling coarse, dry and frizzy. 

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How to apply sun cream to your beard

Always apply sunscreen as the last step of your grooming routine, taking your time to ensure that you cover your entire face. That includes commonly missed areas such as your beard, moustache, ears and neck.

The best way to apply sun cream to your beard area is not to massage it into the face, but to tap it instead.

As you tap, you’ll work the protective sun filters into the skin. As a bonus, the tapping motion will help to stimulate healthy circulation for stronger beard growth.

Your sun cream will absorb much more easily if your pores are not congested, so wash your beard regularly.

For a deep beard cleanse, first use our Green People for Men No.1 Exfoliating Face Scrub which uses Bamboo and Cranberry to gently buff away dead, pore congesting skin cells.

Next, work our Green People for Men No 2 Soothing Wash & Shave Gel into your skin. A 2-in-1 face wash that can also be used as a natural shaving gel, this skin-friendly wash quickly creates a lather to lift out pore-clogging impurities so that they can be rinsed away.

3 more ways to protect your beard from the sun

Worried that sun exposure could lighten your beard or leave it dry and frizzy? Here three tips for keeping your beard healthy during the summer months.

  • Shade with a sun hat

In addition to applying plenty of sun cream, pop on a cap whenever you’re out and about to help shade your face from fierce sunlight.

  • Drink-up

Just like the rest of your body, your beard relies on hydration. Drink plenty of water to help stop dry flaky skin and to prevent beard dryness and frizz.

  • Nourish with a beard oil

Fight back at frizzy beard follicles by nourishing your beard with a conditioning beard oil. Look for an oil formulated with natural ingredients such as Argan Oil as this will help to soften beard hairs so that they are less prone to frizz.


We hope that you have found this guide to sunscreen for beards helpful. For more help finding the perfect SPF for you, why not take our SPF quiz?

Alternatively, our UK customer care team are experts in our natural and organic sun creams for men and can be contacted at @GreenPeopleUk or by telephoning 01403 740350.

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