As you might already know, your beard is not just a close companion but also quite a reminder. Whether you had a bagel and cheese for breakfast, or simply took the train to work, your beard will make sure you won’t easily forget about it. This is why, along with obvious hygienic reasons, is why washing your beard is such an essential part of your beard maintenance. Washing your beard properly also keeps your pores clean and clear, which promotes hair growth. Here are some things you to know, if you want to do it right.
As men, we have naturally oily skin, so washing your face every day is a good idea. But as for your beard, unless you work outdoors, or exercise often, 2-3 times a week is enough. You shouldn't wash your beard on a daily basis, since it will strip the natural oils that keep your hair shiny and happy. At the rest of the week, wash your beard with plain water.
Don't use hot water. It will dry your hair follicles and may interrupt hair growth. Lukewarm water is the best option. It opens up the pores and stimulates blood circulation, without drying your hair. Cold water will close your pores, so you can use it only as a final step.
Soap or shampoo
Both your beard and facial skin need care. A simple bar soap is too aggressive and will strip the oils from your beard, and a store brand shampoo might be good for your hair but not for your facial skin, which is much more delicate than your sculp. The best option is a wash that is designed both for beard and skin.
Make sure you clean more than beard hair edges. Use your fingertips and deeply massage the soap into your beard. If you are still growing your beard, better scrub harder. It stimulates the hair follicles and encourages hair growth.
Dry your beard gently by dabbing it with a towel. Leaving water on your skin and hair can dry it out, because most tap water contains hard minerals. If you want to use a dryer, avoid damaging your beard and skin by keeping the heat on a cold-medium setting and the fan at a low or medium strength.