How To Mantain And Care For Your Beard
There's no doubt about it- a beard is a commitment. Growing and maintaining a good looking beard takes time, money, and effort. If you have the time and resources, and you've always wanted your own beard, here are some tips and tricks to help you get started.
If you're growing a beard from scratch, start with a clean shaven face. Make sure your skin is clean and you don't have any ingrown hairs or irritation. While you're beginning to grow your beard, the first several weeks may be seriously itchy. Beards are new, and your body has to adapt to the way they feel. This irritation should go away after the first few weeks, but it's important to remember that keeping your beard clean can help alleviate some of the discomfort.
No matter what stage of growth your beard is at, you need to keep it clean. Wash your beard with shampoo specifically made for beards several times a week. Sulfate free shampoo is best. This will keep your beard smelling good, and can help you avoid food, sweat, dead skin cell, and dirt buildup, which can make your beard unsightly and uncomfortable. You don't want bacteria in your beard, especially because it's so close to your mouth. Keeping your beard clean can help you avoid this.
Keeping your beard moisturized is also very important. Your beard will be scratchy and rough if not well cared for. If you want a soft, silky beard, make sure to condition your beard and consider using beard oil. Beard oil is specifically made to keep your beard healthy and touchable.
A tangled beard is more likely to be hard to take care of, and will be more prone to getting food stuck in it. To deal with this, gently comb or brush your beard out every day. If your beard is usually has many tangles, the best time to do this is directly after applying conditioner. Make sure not to brush or comb too hard, though, as you don't want to damage the skin underneath your beard.
Although you may think that your beard protects your face from the sun, make sure to protect your skin with sunscreen. It is very possible to get a sunburn beneath your beard, which can be a very painful, irritating experience. To avoid getting a below beard sunburn, apply sunscreen on days when you'll be exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
Many men with beards go to barbers to have their beards trimmed, but you can also do it yourself. Decide whether you want your beard professionally trimmed, or if you'd rather fly solo. If you're going to trim your own beard, get the right tools. Decide if you want a beard trimmer or just a pair of scissors. Be careful not to over trim your beard, as it can look patchy and uneven.
Overall, if you're looking for the best-looking, healthiest beard out there, you have to be healthy, too. Drink lots of water, eat healthier, and exercise. Avoid drinking excessively, too. The bottom line is, the healthier you are, the better your beard will look.