10272556_1Whether your want to grow a finely sculpted & perfectly manicured beard, or a messy mug mop with no rhyme nor reason to it, there are certain things you’ll need to do to maintain the health of both your facial fur as well as the skin underneath it. The following post contains a few such suggestions for keeping your face looking and feeling fine. Read on!

Tip 1. When it comes to sporting a beard, the actual growth part is relatively easy—after all, the whiskers are going to grow whether you want them to or not. But what about taking care of your beard once it’s underway? For instance, with the many different beard styles that are available for men to choose from, you may need a product such as moustache wax to help you achieve the perfect effect. By applying a bit of moustache wax to certain parts of your beard or moustache, you can pretty much achieve and maintain whatever sculpted look you like.

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Tip 2. You’ll also need to regularly clean and condition your beard. I suspect that for most men, the same schedule they use for washing their head hair should work just fine. The point here is simply that you must treat your beard with the same care you use for any of your valued hair. If you keep your beard clean and conditioned, the skin underneath, as with the whiskers themselves, will always be their healthiest!

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Tip 3. Make sure you have the right tools available to help you to maintain your beard once it starts coming in. One such item might be the Philips Style Xpert Beard Trimmer – In Chrome / Black (shown at right) or any other quality beard trimmer, because most beards require their fair share of trimming. Many of the bearded shave their neck and/or sculpt their beard along the jawline. For this type of work you’ll need a good trimming tool. You can learn more about this particular one by clicking on its link and visiting its page at Best Buy.

Tip 4. Also of importance to many beard enthusiasts is the occasional use of beard oil. Treating your beard with specialized oil is a great way to promote the overall health and vitality of your cherished chin companion. Not only does beard oil provide your beard with a nice, healthy sheen, but it also makes your whiskers soft to the touch (which may be important to your partner!). Many beard oils are even pleasantly scented, which could help to keep your whiskers from crossing the infamous beard barrier—that natural point in beard cultivation where one’s facial growth transitions from being manly & attractive garden to being a wild & chaotic disaster that’s perfect for scaring small children!
Tip 5. Another thing to watch out for when growing a beard is the dreaded ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs are bound to happen, both to those that shave too often (and too closely) and those who grow a beard. When an ingrown hair does occur, it’s certainly good to be ready for it. Being prepared and proactive may mean the difference between freeing an ingrown hair early on (perhaps gently with a sharp pair of tweezers) or ending up with a nasty infected mess. If you naturally tend to get a lot of ingrown hairs, it may even become necessary to abandon your bearded dreams and opt instead for a shaving pattern that helps to reduce their incidence.

The bottom line: The bottom line here is that beards require care. It’s not simply a matter of letting your facial hair grow wildly out of control. While you are free to choose to go that route if you like, your beard certainly won’t thank you for it. Also, there are other aspects to growing a healthy beard that go well beyond the basic tips discussed here. For instance, when growing a beard, considerable patience is required!! If you expect a massive beard to appear in just a couple of weeks, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Beards take time and effort to grow properly (meaning healthfully), so don’t give up too soon. Moreover, some beard maintenance methods may not apply to every cultivator. If you suffer from certain conditions such as acne, highly sensitive skin, or are highly susceptible to ingrown hairs, you may need to take additional steps and precautions when growing your beard. Good luck to all!

Leonard Bond
Leo enjoys writing about everything from secret agents to tech toys and gadgets to professional hockey. Find his reviews and other product related commentary right here on the Best Buy Blog and his latest hockey rants at www.hockeycontroversial.com.