Best Software To Make Gaming Videos For YouTube 2019

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For this article we’re going to give a rundown of the best software found online that can be used to record gaming videos for YouTube.

So you’ve finally decided to record your awesome plays on PC and share it with the world. Congratulations! You’re now only one step away from building a great channel on YouTube where millions of people watch gaming videos every single day.

All that remains now is for you to find and install screen recording software and start uploading your videos to YouTube!

Paid Vs Free Game Recording Software

Not having paid screen-recording software shouldn’t dampen your enthusiasm. Usually the difference between premium/paid and free is this: there are limits in free software (such as having a watermark if it’s trial software) or you wouldn’t have access to certain features that are offered only when you get the paid version.

With that out of the way, let’s proceed with our rundown of the best software for game recording.

1. OBS Studio

We know that not every enthusiastic gamer is ready to spend bucks on premium software. Hey, he we get that completely. Our first recommendation is 100% free and is considered legendary software in the open source community.

Open source usually means software is free to download and can be modified at will.

OBS Studio is one such open source software that you can download and use any time. Use it to record HD video of your games or stream videos directly to YouTube, Twitch or any other platform that it can connect to.

The only downside to OBS Studio is it doesn’t offer tutorials (probably because it’s open source and designed to be tweaked by super users/advanced users).

However, once you’re done with setup and OBS Studio has detected your hardware and Internet connection, you’re all set.

Our advice would be to take your time in tweaking the settings so you can get the exact output that you want.

The context menus are reminiscent of VLC that also doesn’t come with tutorials. You learn as you use it and that’s not a bad deal considering that OBS Studio is at par with paid, commercial software that performs the exact same tasks that it does.

Get it here.

2. Plays.tv 

Plays.tv isn’t just screen recording software! The software connects to a website where players can upload videos and watch vids from fellow gamers. It’s like Snapchat for gamers as the videos are really short but there’s a community alongside so it’s fun to interact with the community while sharing new content.

Use the Plays.tv software if you’re only interested in shooting short video clips. Use the previous software we recommended if you want to record an entire game or if you’re interested in recording hours of gameplay for cutting/editing later on.

The Plays.tv software has three sections when you open the program. The “Explore” section will show you popular videos from the main Plays.tv website. When you click on any of the thumbnails, the selected video will load within the application and you just watch from within the screen-recorded app.

“Feed” is a list of your uploads, available interactions and the uploads of people that you have made friends with on the Plays.tv plaform. This would be the equivalent of the Facebook newsfeed. And finally, the “Dashboard” section features statistics about the videos you’ve already downloaded.

The main benefit of using this software is that it’s easy to use. The downside is the interface is focused on compression and video trimming because it encourages users to post only short videos to the Web.

3. Nvidia’s GeForce ShadowPlay

Are you presently using an Nvidia GeForce graphics card? If so, did you know that your graphic card’s bundled software includes screen-capture software called ShadowPlay? Neat!

If for some reason you don’t have the Experience software bundle yet, you can download it here.

However, bear in mind that this software will only be usable by folks who have Nvidia GeForce cards so if your computer has another brand of graphics card, you won’t be able to install and use ShadowPlay.

What’s neat about ShadowPlay is the interface is so simple – with a push of a button you can start recording and you can also tweak the recording quality easily from low to high, depending on the kind of video that you want to produce.

4. AMD Relive

AMD users need not despair as AMD provides its own screen-capture facility through the Radeon Software Crimson.

Now, you may not have noticed ReLive (the screen-recording software bundled with Radeon Software Crimson) immediately because it is disabled by default. Simply go to Settings and press ReLive to activate it. Once the interface is ready, you can start recording videos and creating screenshots while you are in-game.

Pres Ctrl + Shift + R to activate ReLive while in-game. No Alt + Tabs needed!

Recent updates to ReLive have increased the bitrate of videos and improved the audio quality of records, too. Sweet!

5. Flashback Express

If you are relatively new to recording your games on PC and are easily intimidated by high-end software then we recommend Flashback Express.

Flashback Express is really easy to use, has an intuitive interface and can be used by anyone who knows how to read onscreen prompts.

The downsides to this software is that you can’t use it to stream videos directly to YouTube (this should be alright if you’re just starting out as streaming is often done when you have a big channel already and you can announce to your viewers when you’ll be playing a game) and the second downside is it only exports videos in one format – WMV.

As you may know, WMV isn’t a very loss video format but it’s not the most streamlined either. Formats like AVI or MKV are out of the question. The upside here is that there is a built-in video editor for making minimal changes to your video before submitting it.

In case the WMV format creates files that are too huge to be uploaded easily, what we suggest is that you either trim the video or download a video converter software to convert the WMV file to a more portable format ike MPEG-4.

How To Make Money With G2A Goldmine Tips 2019

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Let’s go over how to make money with G2A Goldmine, an affiliate program for G2A.com.

This is a commercial gaming platform where people can buy digital games more cheaply than they would if they purchased from other sales platforms like Steam, directly.

What is an affiliate program?

If you want to make money from G2A Goldmine, you have to understand the basics of affiliate marketing, first.

Affiliate marketing is promoting another person (or company’s) goods and services so that when a purchase is made, a portion of the money is paid out to you.

Affiliate marketing systems usually give marketers a limited period to gain a sale and subsequently, profit, from a referral. This period is usually just 24 hours.

So if your website refers a potential customer to another website that is offering affiliate profit, then that referral would have to purchase something within 24 hours in order for you to qualify for a percentage of the sale.

This has been the usual system for a decade on the Internet.

But as always, there are innovators and those who change the dynamic of the market.. The G2A Goldmine falls into the latter.

We’ll talk about why the G2A Goldmine is different from all the other affiliate marketing systems available for the gaming community.

Just so there is no confusion with the terms, let’s study them quickly:

G2A is the commercial games distributor where people can buy games more cheaply.

G2A Goldmine is the affiliate program of G2A. If you refer someone to the G2A website as an affiliate and that person buys something, you qualify for a commission.

Commission is the percentage of a sale offered to an affiliate who succeed in referring customers to the G2A website who actually buy stuff there.

When you refer someone directly to G2A with your reflink or the affiliate link that is unique only to you, then you earn 100% of the stated amount for affiliates for the product that your direct referral purchases.

But wait – what if your referral creates his own reflink and succeeds in convincing someone to buy from G2A, too?

You still earn cash from that transaction!

To simplify, your direct referral will enter a Level One relation with you and therefore you get the full commission.

Your referral’s referral on the other hand, will enter a Level Two relation and you are entitled to 60% of the commission indicated on the game’s sales page.

The money doesn’t stop there, either! If your Level 2 referral creates his own reflink and manages to generate a sale, you are still eligible to receive 40% of the stated commission.

It’s easy to imagine how you can easily amplify your network of sales using the G2A Goldmine system if you think about your referrals a ‘teams.’

Your direct referrals (Level One relation) will be your Team A while your Level Two relations will be your Team B. Both levels will generate cash for you by simply encouraging more people to buy games from the GTA website.

All of this is possible because of the wondrous technology of cookies! Wait, these are not what you think they are if you imagined something crunchy.

Cookies are actually bits of data that websites store on people’s computers. This is how the G2A Goldmine system keeps track of all your earnings by tracing the cookie found in people’s systems when they visit the G2A website.

It’s really easy to sign up for the G2A Goldmine system – click here to go to their website.

Once you’re inside, all that is left to do is to register so you can get your unique reflink and you’re ready to start promoting games and game bundle from G2A!

Think euros

Earning commissions in US dollars is great, right? But you know what’s slightly better? Earning EUROS! That’s right! The G2A Goldmine pays out its affiliates with euros.

As of this writing one euro is equal to $1.5 dollars. It’s not much if you’re only looking at a handful of successful referrals but hey – that’s why we encourage everyone to create bigger teams.

Earning profits on autopilot is the dream business on the Internet. There are so many weird, ‘get rich quick’ schemes out there that it’s easy to get disheartened.

This is not the case with the G2A Goldmine. It’s a very straightforward system and everything’s transparent.

There are no fixed commissions because every game/game package (collection of games) has its own commission rate.

On the bright side, if you garner enough sales per day, you will have monthly earnings totaling hundreds or even thousands of euros – for doing virtually nothing!

Virtually nothing – yes you read that right. We say this because once your teams are in place and they flourish, you get a cut of the commissions further down the line.

There is a huge chance that there will be an exponential increase in your earnings over time, as long as you mind your teams and you keep promoting G2A (using your reflink, of course) to avid gamers who like buying new titles frequently and also regularly interact with the gamers.

The Best Practices in Earning with the G2A Goldmine System

So you have a G2A Goldmine account up and running and you can’t wait to start earning commissions. We get you! We totally understand your excitement.

However, if you want to really start earning as an affiliate marketers, you need to start building your audience first. Not everyone that you will interact with will buy something from G2A.

Not everyone is interested. That’s why you have to fan out, increase your exposure in the community to increase your chances of convincing others to buy at G2A using your reflink.

Here are some of the best ways to do it:

1. Be an Expert – Say you’ve been playing a certain game for a long time and your passion for it is just above the horizon. Why not create your own website and start publishing game reviews and tips?

You can write the material on your own, take screenshots of your game while you’re playing and provide solutions to problems or challengers that your fellow gamers face in-game.

We’ve personally seen a ton of successful gaming ‘microsites’ with growing followings and people genuinely love well-made content that provides solutions.

On the Web, you don’t have to be a big shot gamer to start gaining an audience. That’s not how the market works. People are going to listen to you if you have something of value to offer them.

Keep this firmly in mind when you are starting your own gaming website and your commissions will soar because once you’ve established that you are a credible source, people will want to reciprocate that by helping monetize your website.

2. Start Your Network NOW – Every vast network on this planet began with just two individuals connecting to each other however way.

This is why we highly encourage you to reach out to the people closest to you and to fellow gamers that you already know. Tell them about the G2A Goldmine; how it works and tell them, you’d like them to be part of your team.

A team of five people is better than none – it is that simple. Start small and just focus on interacting with others with a similar interests and your profit-making network will grow steadily.

3. Publish Videos Online – We all know that the gaming community is also an avid video-watching community.

The YouTube and Twitch platforms have become synonymous with gaming because there are now so many videos tackling a nearly innumerable number of games. Should you throw your own 2 cents into this simmering cauldron of gaming excitement? YES.

While it’s true that there are established gaming channels with lots of subscribers, remember that these channels also started out small with only a handful of subs per channel.

If you are serious about earning money with the G2A Goldmine system then posting a video with interesting content will definitely get people’s attention. If you continue giving relevant videos to a niche or slice of the market

4. Hit Those Forums Hard – Everyone’s been to a gaming forum one time or another. And we’re not just talking about gaming forums on Steam or Blizzard. The Internet is a vast place for gamers.

Gamers will find smaller forums where they would be comfortable in. Find these forums and start talking to people. Make new friends! Research and answer people’s questions. Add people as contacts. Place your reflink on your bio and recommend games to people. It’s really that simple.

But beware – people do not like being SPAMMED. Spamming is sending people messages or posting overly commercial stuff on forums where people are talking about other things in general.

So you have to be careful with how you promote your reflink to other people.

If they sense that you’re just there to promote, you will likely be ignored. Worse, they even report you for spamming!

Just remember our basic formula: content + value = referrals!

How To Get Better At Playing Overwatch Tips 2019

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For this post we’ll be covering our tips for how to get better at playing Overwatch for 2018.

So if you’re playing Overwatch, today’s blog post will definitely be a boon as we’re running and gunning some good strategies to help you get good at Overwatch.

Note: Strategies in Overwatch will always revolve around the characters themselves, because that’s the point – balancing your gameplay and maximizing the unique skills of each one.

Using a single character for a long, long time isn’t recommended anyway, so our tips are going to jump from one character to the other, in order to give you a good feel of the Overwatch character landscape. Ready? Fire!

  1. HIGH OFFENSE/POOR HEALTH – Characters from the Offense class are the brutes of the game – they deal plenty of damage of damage up close and from afar, but that comes at a hefty price.

They have poor health and can easily be picked off or disabled by other characters with high damage.

Using offense class characters means you have to watch your backside more often and advanced maneuvering will definitely prolong your life.

Frontal assaults with offense class characters taking the lead will almost always result in unnecessary fatalities. Don’t fall for this beginner’s mistake!

  1. BEEFY DOOMFIST – Doomfist is the ultimate frontal assault machine in Overwatch. His attacks are designed to weaken clusters and destroy opponents face to face. His hand cannon is best used up close and personal; however, it does run out fairly quickly.

The Seismic Slam on the other hand, is used to disorient other players while knocking down their health significantly.

Doomfist’s killing move, the Meteor Strike, is best used for clusters of opponents, with the crosshairs aimed at the most vulnerable, high damage character. The assault will greatly deplete the high damage character while dealing significant splash damage to support.

  1. SHIELDS UP, ZARYA! – Zarya can take a lot of damage, obviously. And it has nothing to do with this character’s health. What makes Zarya a great choice for breaching the first wall of defense is the fact that Zarya has a lot of shield power. Drive through the offense with Zarya in front and let those shots bounce off.

Afterward the second line (health and armor) can absorb the rest of the damage. It’s common sense to use the shield function more strategically because it does recharge over a period of time, like ammo.

However, health and armor will not recharge unless you use health packs. Another secret: Zarya’s armor is assigned 200 HP by the game itself. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to die if you get blasted by an attack with a higher HP.

So if you’re going up against an explosion that is about 300 HP, your armor and health will remain the same after the explosion before the shield disappears. This is a tasty exploit that everyone should remember when going up against opponents with raw blasting power.

  1. HEAR THEM OUT. – Sight is your best friend when playing Overwatch, right? Wrong. The game environment is actually tweaked to make sure that you hear your opponents first and more loudly than your teammates.

So if you hear a lot of clunking footsteps nearby, chances are you aren’t hearing your teammates. And if you hear non-English banter, you’re in trouble. So wear your headphones, orient your character well and plan ahead. No one likes being taken by surprise!

  1. SAY NO TO BULLET MODESTY – Games like Halflife 2 (bless its Valve-y soul) taught us that bullets are a gold resource, one that shouldn’t be wasted unless you’re modding or using cheat codes or a command prompt (or all of the above).

However, you should have none of these things when you’re playing Overwatch. Why? Because Overwatch DOESN’T depend on picking up Ammo. Overwatch is not Half Life 2, Quake Multiplayer (retro!) or Counterstrike. It is Overwatch.

And Overwatch’s universe says: let everyone eat bullets. Ammo regenerates over time. Don’t be modest with firing. Fire at anything and everything that moves that you think is the enemy. This is a good practice when dealing with characters with shields.

Remember: you need to down the shield before piercing the armor and that should go down significantly before you can take a bite out of someone oh-so-finite health bar. FIRE WITH GUSTO.

  1. BRINGING DOWN BASTION – This maniacal killing machine is by far the biggest problem of newbie players. But as with everything in the game, he’s not invincible at all. You just have to change your perspective.

What perspective are we talking about? Well, if you’re like me, I grew up with shooters like Doom 2 and Quake. This was in the late nineties and even in the mid-2000s I still enjoyed these DOS games.

The problem with the old shooter games is that they taught everyone to go for the body shots, which means running headlong into someone’s crosshairs (from the front). Obviously if you do that in a game like Overwatch, against an enemy in turret mode you’re going to be sliced in half pretty quickly. Stop doing this.

The trick to disabling a character like Bastion is to watch where his shield ends. Yes, that shield has a limit – boundaries. The next time you see Bastion, pick him off from the safety of a wall corner.

Watch the edge of his shield and try to plant lead from the sides. When the shield goes down, you may need some support to bring him down completely – but at least, you didn’t expire trying to kill him!

  1. GO DEFLECTION-CRAZY – We consider Genji one of the most badass and strategic characters in Overwatch. Why? Because this dude can deflect almost anything? And deflection by itself doesn’t just preserve shield, armor and health, it also causes an equivalent damage to the enemy when done correctly!

There is but one thing you need to master when using Genji’s ability and that’s timing. Deflection is a timed ability, something that you need to perform within a fixed timeframe. So your reaction ability will be put to the test severely.

Say for example you’re going up against Soldier 76. This brute uses tracking headshots that will chase you around the vicinity like crazy. Without deflection you need to seek cover or pray hard that your head’s going to be intact before those missiles hit. Not with Genji.

Genji can send those tracking headshots back to Soldier 76 with ease, as long as the ability is activated on time and the missiled are picked off accurately. Using this ability against Bastion’s crazy turret shots is also a no-brainer, but don’t let this stop you from experimenting with other opponents. Oh and one final tip: Soldier 76 drops healing projectiles. Grab them!

  1. SYNCHRONIZE FOR ULTIMATES – Ultimates are obviously the most important type of attack in the game, because they deal the most damage. The common problem that we see with how people use ultimates is either the timing is off or they don’t combine ultimates to create the best impact on the battle field.

When you’re dealing with rugged characters, ultimates are best combined by two or more characters. So the solution to this problem is synchronization. To do this, simply check the tick marks of your teammates and try to ascertain how many are ready to render their ultimates.

If you have a good number of characters that are just about ready, message them and inform them that you’re about to use yours. By not using ultimates at the wrong time during a mission, you’re going to get much better results.

  1. USE BETTER HARDWARE – Your controller is the lifeline to your game. We’re going to recommend three controllers for three consoles so you’re covered whatever platform you’re on. If you’re using a PC, use the Razer Naga Hex V2 as it has seven programmable buttons that are placed away from the index finger so there are no misclicks.

It also has this nice, ergonomic contour that won’t strain your hand during extended play. This gaming mouse’s built-in lighting can also be customized to whatever color you want.

If you are playing on Xbox One, you definitely need the “Soft Touch Blue” Xbox One ELITE Rapid Fire Custom Modded Controller.This modded controller will not be detected by the Xbox network (no frills, no technical issues) and comes with a 1-year guarantee so you won’t worry about throwing your cash on something that won’t work on your Xbox One.

The “Soft Touch Blue” will increase your power and speed in all shooting games including COD Infinite Warfare and Black Ops 3. And finally, if you’re on the PS4 network, our best pick would be the Blue Splatter PS4 Modded Rapid Fire Controller.

Like the “Soft Touch Blue,” the Blue Splatter is undetectable on the PS4 network, you will not be penalized or banned and the chip that takes care of the new configurations has a one-year warranty as well.

The manufacturer only uses brand new PS4 controllers for modding purposes. Use the Blue Splatter if you want the fastest “quick scope,” firing and reload, ever.

  1. DEALING WITH THE REAPER – Reaper is one of those characters that are not only annoying but scary as hell because of their ghosting ability. The Reaper when in ghost mode is invulnerable and this makes things a lot messier if it’s going to go into ghost mode in front of a hapless team to unleash an ultimate attack.

But never fear. Like Bastion, the Reaper also has a big defect that you can use to your advantage. When you finally see a Reaper that’s going to land an ultimate, have all your teammates fire like crazy at it.

The ghosting ability switches off before an ultimate is commenced so you have a clear shot of the Reaper in vulnerable form and up close, too! Again, timing is of the essence.

  1. HOOKING PHARAH – Pharah is a problematic opponent because she’s almost always airborne. And when she’s up in the sky, she can just pick off characters on the ground that can’t fire at her accurately. The solution here is to use Roadhog to bring her closer to the ground.

Activate the hook, snag Pharah and reel her in. When you reel her in make sure you’re ready to spray to make a quick job of her. Solution number two would be to use McCree’s long range ballistic abilities to pick her out of the sky or at least deal enough damage so she doesn’t come near anymore.

But your best bet will still be Roadhog’s hook as we don’t want any threat hovering anywhere near us during a mission. Snag her and fry Pharah!

  1. PHARAH VS. ROADHOG – The only character that can deal with Roadhog’s long range hooking combo is Pharah. But you have to be careful.

Roadhog is slow but his hook is pretty accurate. Circle around Roadhog and fire until his shield’s down. Don’t let Roadhog snag you as you won’t be able to survive a combo if you’re already low on health.

The only character that can survive a direct combo would be the Reaper, but this is only if Roadhog doesn’t tail the Reaper after a failed combo.

Your best bet is to distance yourself, outsmart the slow-moving Roadhog and bring him down without being exposed to his combo even once.

Final Thoughts

It’s not every day that we see a remarkably well-crafted and balanced shooter come out of the woodwork – but then again, Overwatch is by Blizzard, the legendary dev that’s been pumping out great games since the nineties.

We expected no less from Blizzard after they’ve mastered the Diablo franchise and nailed the perfect balance between online interaction and old school gameplay.

Overwatch has definitely caught on in recent months, spawning its own devoted online community of global players, cosplay events and yes – fan fiction.

It’s always a good sign when a subculture is growing around a game; that means the game itself isn’t being worn out and people are finding more and more ways to make the gameplay experience more interesting.

How To Handle Having A Beard In The Summer Heat

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Having lots of facial hair in the summer can be challenging if you don’t know how to care for your beard.

Let our list of tips guide you in the hottest months of the year so you can look your best while keeping yourself comfortable with your beloved beard.

1. Keep your beard

Having a beard doesn’t necessarily mean your neck area will be warmer than it already is because of the weather.

Generally speaking, beards are poor insulators so they don’t lock in heat, despite their appearance.

You can trim your beard to make it look tidier, but there’s no need to perform a clean shave just because it’s summer.

Think of all the time you spent growing it!

2. Keep It Clean

Hair in general catches dirt and other types of grime easily. Use a beard cleansing agent to keep your beard free of dirt, excess oils and other nasty pollutants.

The best time for beard cleansing is in the morning, right after your shower.

If you don’t keep your beard clean, you’re going to experience itching and irritation.

A clean beard gets along with associated skin just fine.

3. Drink Lots of Water

Skin and hair require lots of moisture to remain healthy and shiny.

During the hottest months of the year, natural moisture in the skin dissipates more quickly, making hair more brittle and prone to damage.

Drinking water solves this problem by allowing the body to naturally replenish moisture in the skin lost to the heat of the sun.

Make sure you gulp cool water when you’re at the beach, as sun exposure is constant and seawater doesn’t exactly promote moisturized skin (i.e. salt draws away moisture from the skin).

4. Watch Your Beard Oil

Not all beard oils are appropriate for the summer heat. Check any fragrances or additional oils formulated in your beard oil.

Opt for cooler oils such as lavender and peppermint to keep your skin hydrated and cool.

Wood fragrance oils are better suited for cooler months of the year, so swap them for beard oils that will help keep your skin cool and free of irritation.

5. Grab Your Scissors

If despite all your preparations you feel uncomfortable having a beard, we still do not recommend shaving it all off.

Try trimming, first. Removing two inches of beard usually does the trick, if you feel itchy and irritated from the length of your beard.

If you’re up for it, you may want to try shaping your beard, too.

6. Get A Mini-Spray

Empty fragrance bottles made of plastic can be reused as mini-beard conditioners.

Simply spray your beard with a little water when you feel that it is already drying out.

If you’re able to spray your bead consistently, you won’t have to reapply beard oil and cleansing your facial hair will be easier, too.

7. Don’t Forget To Soften It

Due to the incessant heat, you may notice your beard becoming stiffer and stragglier than usual.

While water helps moisturize facial hair, it does nothing to keep in moisture. For effective locking-in of moisture, you need a beard softener.

Beard softeners introduce a variety of compounds to the hair and skin, including beeswax, which prevents moisture from escaping quickly into the environment.

8. Remember To Exfoliate

Exfoliating the skin, either with dedicated tonics or even basic salt scrubs is essential for beard care during the summer months.

Here’s why: when you’re dealing with summer, you’re dealing with heat and humidity. The skin sweats more and catches more dirt than usual.

Skin underneath your beard is hidden, so it doesn’t get as much attention as we would want when you’re washing your face.

Exfoliation takes care of this detail: by gently exfoliating the skin under your beard, you’re taking away not just dead skin cells but dirt and grime as well.

If you keep your skin pristine, your beard will look shiny and healthy, too.

9. Protect It From The Sun

The sun can be so harsh on our beards that they actually crack under the intense heat.

You can either hide from the sun or just apply hair sunscreen, instead.

Any sunscreen product designed for hair will do.

A small quantity of sunscreen is sufficient, as long as you remember to apply it evenly on your beard so the entire facial net is protected.

10. Don’t Scratch It!

Scratching doesn’t give you a single known benefit.

If you scratch your beard, you’re going to develop sore spots and terminally itchy points on your facial net. Just avoid scratching as much as possible.

If your beard is itchy, then it’s probably sweat or grime. Wash your beard and dry it out completely and see if your beard cooperates.

If not, a trim is in order. A trimmed beard is better than skin damaged from scratching.

11. Keep The Chlorine Off

This applies to hair on the top of your head, too.

If you’re constantly in the pool in the summer, your beard is going to take damage from the chlorine in the water. But don’t worry: you can still save your facial hair.

The trick is to keep your beard cleanser nearby. After swimming, simply wash your beard thoroughly and reapply sunscreen before swimming again.

Make sure that you apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before swimming as this is the average time needed for sunscreen to set effectively.

Take care of your beard so you won’t have to perform intensive conditioning after summer.

You can maintain your springtime beard appearance by shielding your beard from summer injury.

12. Avoid Experimenting With Your Beard

Beard oil, softeners and cleansers are all you will ever need to keep your beard in top condition.

If you’re not sure with a new product, there’s no need to ‘mix up’ your beard grooming routine.

Some products can actually more harm than good by drying out facial hair, especially products that promise “instant shine and fragrance.”

Check the active ingredients of any new beard care product and watch out for any alcohol content.

Alcohol draws out moisture, which is a no-no when you’re sporting any length of beard in the summer.