We hear you, you like to keep your morning routine fast and easy! But if you have a beard or facial hair, you’ll need to add a few extra steps to your morning routine. The first step is using a beard wash at least every morning and evening. Here’s why it’s a must to keep your beard healthy.
Why Should I Wash My Beard?
It’s easy to think of your beard hair as you do the hair on your head, but the hair on your face is exposed to dirt, grime, and food particles throughout the day. Also, the skin on your face needs to be cleansed, so if you don’t wash your beard it can lead to a variety of skincare problems. So, washing your beard isn’t just about washing away product buildup, but an essential part of your daily hygiene and grooming routine.
How Often Should You Use Beard Wash?
The hair on your head only needs to be shampooed 1 to 3 times per week, and maybe after you workout or swim. However, your beard hair must be shampooed every morning, evening, after swimming, a sweaty workout, and always after you eat something greasy or messy that leaves food particles in your beard. In other words, the longer the hair around your mouth, the more frequently you will need to wash your beard. Otherwise, the food particles, sweat, dirt, and grime can lead to bacteria growth and a variety of skin and beard concerns.
Can You Use Bar Soap Or Shampoo On Your Beard?
While bar soap and shampoo will cleanse, they do a lot of damage. Both will strip your beard hair and face of its natural moisture and protective layer. This may come as a surprise, as you use shampoo to wash the hair on your head. However, the skin on your scalp varies greatly from the skin on your face. The skin on your face is far more sensitive and comes in contact with far more external toxins than your scalp. Even if you are rocking a beautiful bald style, your head isn’t exposed to food particles.
Also, a surprising number of shampoos are formulated with ingredients that aren’t particularly hair-healthy. Over time, washing with bar soap or shampoo will leave your beard dry, dull, and brittle. In a pinch, if you only have bar soap or shampoo available, use a tiny bit to cleanse. However, this should be the exception not the rule.
What Is Beard Wash?
Beard wash is specially formulated with natural ingredients to be both beard-hair and face-safe. It cleanses without stripping away moisture. To simplify your daily grooming routine, Uncle Jimmy’s created a Hair, Beard, and Body Wash that is formulated with black seed oil and honey. Lather up and gently cleanse from head to toe while softening and conditioning your hair, beard, and body. Keep a bottle in your fitness bag so that you aren’t tempted to use the generic products at the gym.
What If I Have Acne, Beard Itch, Or A Flaky Beard?
If you are currently using bar soap or shampoo on your beard and face, it may be the primary or contributing factor to your skin issues. Switching to a beard wash can help to soothe and heal your symptoms. This is especially true if you never struggled with these issues before you grew your beard. However, you may need to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to heal your skin.
Acne—acne can be caused by the buildup of bacteria that grows from the food particles that get trapped in your beard. If you struggled with acne before you grew a beard, beard hygiene is even more essential.
Itchy Beard—if your beard is less than 3 weeks old the itch is just part of the growing process. Hang in there, it will subside. If your beard is itchy past this timeframe, it’s likely a skincare or hygiene issue. Begin by washing and applying balm or oil as we discuss in the next section. If symptoms are severe, worsen, or persist head to a dermatologist.
Flakes—it might look kind of like scalp dandruff, but it may just be ultra-dry facial skin. If so, your skin will likely feel dry. You’ll need to switch to a beard wash and a layered skincare routine to heal and nourish your skin.
Beard Dandruff—the longer your beard is the more prone you are to developing beard dandruff. You are also more prone to dandruff when the weather is cold, dry, hot, or humid. When it comes to dandruff on your beard, you’ll need to gently exfoliate your skin 1 to 2 times a week as well as follow the skincare routine below. You may also need to work with a dermatologist.
What Do I Do After I Wash My Beard?
After you wash your beard, pat it dry with a towel. Then apply your preferred beard oil or beard balm. Oil is ideal for goatees and short to mid-length beards. Balm is ideal for long beards, curly or unruly beards, dry skin, or for an added layer of protection in extreme weather. Massage it in all the way to your skin and use a brush or comb to evenly distribute it from root to tip. Also, be sure to condition your beard at least 3 times a week.
What Is Beard Conditioner?
Beard conditioner is just like conditioner you use on your head, but it’s face-safe too. To keep things simple, Uncle Jimmy’s has a Leave-In Hair And Beard Conditioner that saves you the extra step of having to rinse it out. To apply to your beard, spray it into your hands, rub your hands together, and apply it to your beard. A little bit goes a long way, especially on facial hair. Apply your oil or balm after your conditioner.
Now you know why you need a beard wash and how to maintain a daily beard grooming routine!
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