Winter likes to make its presence known, depending on where you live. If you’re in a climate where you know exactly where I’m talking about, you probably also know that when it gets colder, your beard and facial hair can take a major hit. Not only that, but when it comes to routines, you could use direction on taking care of your skin. And beard tips wouldn’t hurt, either.
Trying to avoid that dry beard and even drier skin? Here’s some tips that you can use if you’re ready to start the cold months off with more protection for your beard and skin.
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Have a regular skincare routine
The best foundation to a good beard is a good skincare routine. While that phrase does sound a little scary, or something reserved for the women in your life, both are untrue.
Skincare is important for anyone with skin, and especially so if you want a healthy base for your beard to grow. So, let’s talk about the basics of a quick, easy skincare regimen. For more, be sure to check out our full list of trends, but for now, here’s what you need to know:
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Cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen. And if you really want to get spicy, pick a concern, like redness, dull appearance, or blemishes, that can be treated with a serum. But to begin, this is all you need. These products will ensure your skin is clean, healthy, and protected, a perfect canvas for your beard.
In the next section, let’s talk a little more about how to choose the right products.
Make sure the routine caters to your skin type
Essentially, if you want to see a difference in your skin and beard, seek out the products that’ll get you there. We go in depth with skin types in other posts, so check them out for more explanation. For this post, let’s talk about how skin type matters for your beard.
First, know your skin type so you’ll know about the nuances that might influence your beard. For instance, oily skin could influence an oily skin, but treating both makes that less of an issue. If you notice your skin tends to get really dry, does your beard tend to follow suit?
Second, you don’t want to waste money on products that don’t work for you, or damage your skin. This can be a tough landscape to grow a beard on. For instance, if your moisture barrier is damaged because of a harsh cleanser, your bear might not be able to create the moisture it needs to thrive.
So, when it comes to picking the best products for your routine, find your skin type and the ingredients that’ll work for your skin. For instance, dry and combination skin love glycerin, a humectant that moisturizes skin. You’ll find glycerin in most skin products.
Use beard shampoo
Now, we’re going to talk about beard-specific products that’ll bring your grooming routine up a couple of notches.
What have you been using to wash your beard? If the answer is a bar of soap or shampoo for your head, or nothing at all, put beard shampoo on your shopping list.
Shampoo isn’t universal. Your beard hair grows and behaves differently than what’s going on under your baseball hats. That said, treat your beard with its own set of products, like shampoo. The good news is that the directions won’t change, but your beard will.
Include beard oil or balm
This product is probably the biggest “must” for your routine. Beard oil nourishes your beard. After washing and moisturizing your face, give your facial hair the same treatment! Especially after beard shampoo.
Also available in balm form, beard oil gives that hair nourishment and protection. Without it, your beard will become coarse and scraggly. Massage this product into your beard for its full effect.
Regularly trim beard hair
This tip isn’t just for those who want a huge, Santa-like beard. This should be true for facial hair of all shapes and sizes, and here’s the most basic reason why: Your beard can get kinda gross.
Even if you regularly groom your beard, there’s no stopping outside factors, like crumbs from food or exhaust from cars and trains, from finding their way into your facial hair. While that’s normal, it’s still not favorable.
Combing and trimming your beard will combat that, of course. It also makes sure your beard growth is even. Additionally, if you want your beard to stay in line, this is how you do it. Plus, if you don’t know how to trim your beard, head to your barber. They might offer beard services that make it so you don’t have to lift a finger.
Seek an esthetician
Let’s say you’re really lost when it comes to skincare and don’t want to waste money on a routine that might not work for you. But you are interested in better and healthier skin, so what do you do?
The answer: Book time with an esthetician. An esthetician is a licensed skincare professional, and they’re trained to treat your skin for its concerns in a way that won’t damage your skin, but reverse previous damage. So, if you have pre-existing concerns about your skin, or just want to get off on the right foot with grooming, estheticians have your back.