As a bearded man, your facial hair will get dirty from time to time. If left untreated, the daily buildup of sand and natural skin oil (sebum) could wreak havoc on the skin under the beard, which could lead to skin irritation or the appearance of blemishes. That is why the first and most important tip for a healthy beard is to wash it!
, it is important to wash it with water. But be selective about the water temperature. Cold water may not be the best option, as it tends to reduce the effectiveness of your beard wash. And very hot water dries out the hair follicles. Like Goldilocks, the perfect temperature is in between. Warm water improves blood circulation and opens pores, ensuring that each wash is effective.
Pro Tip: Avoid washing your beard with body soaps, face soaps, or regular soap. These cleansers are too harsh and tend to strip your beard of its natural oils and beauty. Instead, try using a mild soap, cleanser, or beard cleanser. They are designed to gently cleanse and keep lint in, while energizing the skin under the beard.
- Hydrate it
Adverse weather conditions tend to drain natural oils from the face, causing beard hair to dry out and split. To keep your beard soft and healthy, consider using a moisturizer or beard oil (beard oils have been used for centuries to help mimic natural skin oil). Of course, you could also use natural oils. For example, coconut oil is widely known for its ability to hydrate and nourish hair and skin.
Pro Tip: Did you know that beard balm is also a great way to hydrate and nourish your beard? The high-quality balms contain some of the best natural ingredients, including coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. These ingredients are included not only to nourish the facial follicles and nourish the skin, but also to tame loose hairs and give shape the beard.
- Cut it out
Another way to keep your beard healthy is to brush it regularly. Grooming and maintenance may not be your thing, but it helps tame those split ends … and women love it.