1. Wash it
As a beardsman your facial hair is going to get grimy from time to time. If left unaddressed, the build up of daily grit and naturally occurring skin oil (sebum) could wreak havoc on the skin beneath your beard, potentially leading to skin irritation or a break out of spots. That’s why the first and most important tip for a healthy beard is to wash it!
To begin your beard cleanse, it’s important to wash it with water. But be selective with your water temperature. Cold water might not be the best choice, as tends to reduce the effectiveness of your beard wash. And very hot water dries out hair follicles. Like Goldilocks, the perfect temperature is in the middle. Lukewarm water enhances blood circulation and opens pores, ensuring that every wash is effective.
Pro tip: Avoid washing your beard with body washes, face washes or regular soap. These cleansers are too strong and tend to strip your beard of its natural oils and awesomeness. Try using a mild soap, cleanser or beard wash instead. They’re designed to gently clean and maintain your fuzz, while energizing the skin beneath your beard.
2. Moisturise it
Harsh weather conditions tend to drain natural oils from your face, leading to dry and split ended beard hairs. 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 use natural oils too. For instance coconut oil is known widely for its ability to moisturise and nourish hair and skin.
Pro tip: Did you know beard balm is also an excellent way to moisturise and nourish your beard. High quality balms contain some of the best natural ingredients around including coconut oil, Shea butter and vitamin E. These ingredients are included to not only feed those facial follicles and nourish the skin but also tame stray hairs and shape your beard.
3. Trim it
Another way to keep your beard healthy is to groom it regularly. Grooming and maintenance might not be your thing but it helps tame those split ends..and women dig it.
Pro tip: Trim your beard while it’s dry. This will help you get a better length estimate. Also brush or comb your beard daily to help distribute any beard oils evenly, untangle and get rid of any unexpected crumbs.