Whether you’re a bushy Peak Beard denier or just into a bit of designer stubble, if there’s hair on your face, it will affect the skin underneath. Facial hair wicks moisture away from your skin, which can leave it dry and flaky. That often leads to unwanted issues such as beard dandruff, which is a) a real thing, and b) a real thing that nobody wants anything to do with.
So what should you do about it? How should you adapt your skincare regime around that hirsute jawline? Start by following these steps. They will keep your skin young and healthy, so that if a day comes when you have say goodbye to your wiry face hedge, the skin it’s sprouting out of will look as good as you remember.
For God’s Sake Exfoliate
Use a facial wash or scrub to remove the dead skin cells from underneath your beard. Your girlfriend’s won’t cut it because chances are it will be too greasy. Take your time doing this. If you have a longer beard you’ll need to spend more time because your face is essentially a well-trodden carpet in dire need of a clean. Really focus on the skin underneath and use a product that doesn’t leave you dry. The Glycolic Cleanser from Skin Script Rx is infused with Charcoal to absorb environmental toxins, while Kaolin clay absorbs sebum, removes impurities and helps prevent clogged pores.
Wetter is Better
As we said, your beard can dry your skin out, so a moisturizer is essential. You can use your regular moisturizer, just massage it in, underneath the hair, also making sure any unsightly white residue on the beard is gone. You can also add a beard oil for fragrance and a glossy, more conditioned appearance.
You Need to Shampoo It
Most guys shampoo the hair sprouting from the top of their skull. The same should go for any coming out of your chin – don’t pretend you’ve never had food stuck in there. As well as general cleanliness, beard shampoo is good for fragrance. Look for an anti-bacterial shampoo. You need to get moisture down to the skin and keep it there while also conditioning the beard. As a bonus, this will also ensure the beard itself has a Crufts-worthy sheen. The good news is you don’t need a separate bottle – your regular shampoo will do. Look for a soap and detergent free formulas that won't rob your skin of it's precious oils.
Keep it Short
Think of a trimmed and tidy Jamie Dornan over a wild Tom Hardy. A shorter beard is easier to maintain (even though you have to trim more often). It's also simpler to get your products rubbed into your skin if you don’t have to rummage through thick facial undergrowth. You can comb or brush your beard if you want it to look neater and this can help to exfoliate, too. But don’t overdo it or you’ll damage the hair.
Our trusty sources stress that everyone, even men, should use sunscreen daily, and usually moisturizer, too. And sun is still a concern whether you realize it or not. Although its uncommon to get a sunburn (due to UVB rays) under a long haired dense beard, UVA rays, the long wavelength rays that cause aging & skin cancer may penetrate the beard and cause long term skin issues under the beard. If you have a short beard, it’s best to apply sunscreen anyway — just pretend that the beard isn’t there, and work in the sunscreen as best you can. A light sunscreen like Skin Script's Sheer Moisture SPF 30 that's made for the face will probably be easiest to apply.
For longer beards, you may not be able to get total protection from sunscreen. A few things you can try:
Do you have questions about skincare? Our talented Estheticians at Circle of Light Massage & Spa are here to help! Each of our customized Gentlemen's Facials include a complimentary skin consultation that includes education and recommendations to cater to your individual skin needs! We are here for you!