As a bearded man, you should want to keep your beard in the very best shape possible. For most men, this means one thing and one thing only – beard oil. Lots and lots of beard oil.
But we’ll let you in on a very important secret: no amount of beard oil can give you the perfect, healthy beard you’re looking for if you don’t follow the goldren rules of basic beard hygiene. Cleanliness is the foundation of a good beard, so slacking on the proper hygiene routine can mean trouble for your beard goals. To ensure that your beard reaches its full potential, here’s what you need to know when it comes to beard hygiene.
Daily cleansing is a must
Going a day without washing your beard at least once is like going a day without showering. Germs and bacteria begin to build up on the surface of your beard, putting you at risk for acne and infection. Because your beard is so close to your mouth and nose, this is something you definitely want to avoid. It’s super easy for these germs to make their way into your body through these passages. You might become sick and write it off as just another flu spread by someone at the office or at home, not realizing that your very own beard houses the germs that got you sick in the first place! Bacteria also cause that dreaded ‘beard-itch’ that every bearded man knows all too well.
When you shower, which should be everyday, take the extra time and wash your beard thoroughly as well. Good old soap and water will do the trick just fine, but if you prefer to use something that won’t strip your beard’s oils away too much, use a gentle, specially formulated beard wash. A clean beard is a happy beard, and you’ll see and feel a noticeable difference.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Don’t be mistaken – contrary to what you might think, an entire palmful of beard oil three times a day isn’t the answer to keeping your beard healthy. Instead, a few drops after every beard wash is enough to keep your coarse hairs shiny and soft. This also moisturizes the skin beneath, keeping it supple and nourished. Of course, healthy skin is the basis of healthy hair, and your beard will never have looked better.
Tangle-free is key
You might be surprised at what you might find when you comb or brush out a full grown beard. Dirt, lint and even food particles often become trapped in the hairs of your beard, possibly staying there for weeks if you don’t find the time or will to comb your beard out. Detangling can be a bore, but it’s surely a small sacrifice to make for a healthy, hygienic beard. Keeping your beard free of junk is much easier when you detangle regularly.
Just by adhering to the three golden rules of beard hygiene, you can get into the habit of keeping your beard as sanitary as possible. Cleanse daily, moisturize and detangle to keep your beard in tip-top shape. Good hygiene is at the forefront of any attractive man’s traits.