The results are in – there’s nothing more manly than a man with a beard. But if you have or are thinking of growing a beard, good grooming is essential to keeping your good looks.
We’ve put together our top tips to help you keep your beard (and your skin underneath) looking it’s best:
- Just as you wash the hair on top of your head, you should be washing your beard too. The good news is that you can use your normal face wash but if you’ve only ever washed your face with a bar of soap, then perhaps it’s time to get a good cleanser. To remove impurities while maintaining the barrier function of the skin, try the Optiphi Facial Cleanser (R650.00). It’s a pH balanced cleanser that offers light exfoliation while actively combatting clogged pores.
- Rinse and towel-dry your beard by patting it gently (be sure not too rub it or you may cause irritation!). Then blow-dry it on a cool setting, as hot air may cause dry and irritated skin too.
- Hair actually moves moisture away from the skin, so it’s essential you moisturise every single day – just be sure to massage it in underneath the hair.
- To combat ingrown hairs as you grow in your beard, be sure to exfoliate! You can exfoliate as often as once a day, but once you’ve overcome the initial problem, you should be able to get away with 2-3 times a week. After washing your face (and beard), use a mild facial scrub in small circular motions to slough off any dead or dry skin.
- Avoid long, hot showers, as hot water and excessive steam strip our skin of its natural oils, which is used to maintain a healthy skin barrier.
- Even though you’ve got a beard, never leave home without applying sunscreen. Try Optiphi Solar Shield (R325.00) for a fluid texture with a high sun protection factor. Light as water, it has a dry touch finish and is completely transparent!
- And finally, book yourself a facial. Even though you may have a beard, there’s absolutely no reason why you still can’t enjoy a facial. In fact, it’s probably even more reason to do so, as the skin underneath a beard may sometimes need that extra bit of TLC.
At the end of the day, men’s skin is no different to women’s skin – it still needs to be treated and looked after. So if you’re not sure how to look after your beard or you’re struggling with skin irritations, be sure to book an appointment with one of our consultants – we’re here to help!