Maintaining a healthy beard can make or break how good your facial hair looks day to day. Not only will caring for your beard soften and straighten unruly hairs but it will lessen its well-known facade of being wiry and itchy for the ladies. It can even make a difference in your own comfort!
Tending to your beard really doesn’t need to be complicated, it’s hair after all. Similar in practice to caring for your scalp, maintaining your beard mirrors how we care for the tresses growing from the crown of our head. It all begins with what’s under your luscious beard: your skin. Gently massaging your facial hair and the skin underneath stimulates blood flow, helping nutrients reach your hair follicles and nourishing your skin to create a healthy beard.
There are a few things you want to make sure you’re not doing:
- Choosing to use a random body wash in your shower to cleanse and moisturize your beard
- Borrowing your girl’s beauty products… especially without her consent (we promise this will save you from an unwanted argument!)
- Purchasing the first thing your eyes land on without researching what your beard really needs
You’ll need to acquire a few products designed to feed your skin and hair with nutrient-rich botanicals to help your beard flourish. Whether you’re in the market for a wash, oil or exfoliating treatments, look for these botanical ingredients to develop an enviable, lush beard.
Tea Tree Oil
One of the best essential oils to look for, tea tree oil helps with a myriad of skin issues that impact the wellbeing of your beard. Tea tree oil helps prevent dry and bothersome skin, purifies your complexion and remedies breakouts underneath your hair, balances skin oiliness, and can even help reduce dandruff. It does all of this while softening your beard and creating a healthy environment for it to look its best.
A potent antioxidant and skin and hair food, vitamin E is a staple for soft, fast growing hair. Using vitamin E regularly makes your hair easier to groom and shave, lessening irritation and dryness. It can even help resolve split ends within your beard hair, which prevents your beard from growing healthy and strong.
Technically a waxy substance that mimics our own skin’s natural oils, jojoba oil is balancing for all skin and hair types, making it a great moisturizer to condition your beard. For skin that’s oily, jojoba oil will balance your pH and balance sebum production while dry skin will feel more hydrated, comfortable and less parched.
Aloe vera is a natural hydrator that can help remedy dryness within your beard and skin. But it benefits don’t stop there! Aloe vera is known for its ability to soothe a number of skin irritations, helping alleviate itching and dryness, a common complaint among beardsmen. It can also minimize inflammation under your hair, condition and soften, further remedy dandruff, and promote healthy beard growth with its jam-packed, vital vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.
Vitamin B Complex
Known for its ability to increase hair growth, a complex of Vitamin B works deep within to promote the development of new skin cells and hair while preventing hair loss. If your goal is to grow a full, voluminous beard, vitamins B6, B12 and Biotin will help you achieve the beard you’ve been dreaming of.
All good beard oils are blended with essential oils to turn your beard into a living masterpiece. There are a number of essential oils you can use to create products at home, customizing to your specific beard goals and needs. From bergamot’s antibacterial and antiseptic abilities to cinnamon providing astringent and antibacterial benefits, the options are endless and will smell amazing! Straight essential oils can be irritating when used alone on your skin, so make sure you mix them with a carrier like jojoba oil to avoid sensitivity.