How to care for your beard
No matter where you live, if you have a beard, you need to take care of it. The elements can destroy your beard in Victoria in no time at all. Sun, rain and wind all take their toll on those fragile whiskers you’re trying to grow. So how do you care for your beard?
Step 1: Beard Cleanser
What? You mean soap…don’t you Steve?
I say nope to soap. Soap can be very drying and can remove all those lovely oils from your beard. When you do that, you leave your beard exposed to negative ions, which cause it to become frayed, broken and crack. So the first step to maintain a good beard is to wash it properly. Ideally you would use a gentle cleanser without sulfates…that’s right no Head and Sh—-ders. The perfect beard cleanser would have an antibacterial element to it as well. Something mild like tea tree will do the trick. Tea tree oil in a cleanser will help to prevent pimples and itchiness caused by bacteria. By the way, beard cleansing should be done at least once a day. Our faces have way more sweat glands than other parts of our body, so they need to be cleaned regularly. The best time to do this is before you go to bed, so that you are not sleeping on your dirty beard all night long.
Step 2: Beard Repair
After you’ve gently removed the grit and dust of the day, now is the time to smooth the cuticle of the beard. Beards are hair…just like on your head, but they need extra special attention because they are pulled and tugged and scratched way more than your head hair. All these daily activities causes the hair shafts to flare up, and get puffy. A good beard repairer will fill in the little holes in your beard with positive ions, make it smoother and less puffy. Usually it is applied after your wash your beard, and is rinsed with water. Hot water can aggravate hair, so it is best to use lukewarm water…or even cold water if you can handle it.
Step 3: Beard Protection
After you wake up the next day, and you’ve had a good nights sleep with a nice clean beard, you will need to protect your lovely facial foliage with a beard protector of some kind. A decent beard oil will do the trick. It should not be over thick as this will gunk up your beard, and it shouldn’t be too thin, as this will leave it exposed. Something made with grapeseed oil and olive oil are really good as they will reduce static build-up and puffiness. Meadowfoam seed oil is also good as this has an anti-inflammatory effect on hair, making it less puffy.
In the end, if you want a beautiful, lustrous beard that would make any man question his masculinity, then follow the above three steps and use really good beard products. Good luck!