Think of all the ways your beard is there for you. It catches your crumbs. It holds your beer. It revolutionised your style, and it asks for nothing in return – but doesn’t your beard deserve better? Despite appearing to be grown from pure confidence, your beard needs a little TLC to stay full, fresh, and full of life. Join us as we run down the top tips for daily beard maintenance.
Cleanliness is Close to Godliness
A scurrilous rumour – presumably started by men who can’t grow beards – suggested that the average beard contains more faecal matter than the average toilet seat. We can’t speak for Crazy Joe from the bus station, but for most men, that just isn’t true. Your beard does act as an air filter though, helping you combat germs by filtering bacteria out of the air you breathe. Why else do you think God grew a beard?
The downside of this is that your beard will get dirty. All beards collect dead skin cells and tiny amounts of food waste, so be sure to scrub your facial hair daily. Treat your beard with a smile and wash it thoroughly twice a day.
Beard Trimming Tips
You don’t need to trim your beard every day, and you don’t need a Lamborghini either. However, trimming your beard once every morning makes sure it’ll keep its shape for every occasion. Be sure to dry your beard before you shave it. Wet hair is heavier than dry hair, so your beard will appear longer when it’s still damp. Towel dry your face before taking a razor to it.
If you’re keeping it short and crisp, use your Remington Lithium Barba Beard Trimmer first thing in the morning to tidy up those unruly edges. For something thicker and edgier, use the Remington Vacuum Beard & Stubble Trimmer for an overall trim to get rid of any stray hairs.
Does Beard Oil Work?
Beard oil is no gimmick. It cleans and conditions your facial hair while gelling stray hairs into alignment with your overall beard shape. The length of your facial hair determines how much oil you should apply, but even Darwinian whiskers won’t need more than 3-4 drops to stay shiny and smooth. Apply beard oil after you’ve washed and groomed in the morning. Its natural fragrance will keep your beard smelling fresh as a brand-new bedsheet, all day long.
Butter Up Your Beard
Some men’s skin is greasier or moister than others. If you’ve ever suffered from spots and acne, beard oil could exacerbate the build-up of dry skin, giving your Kingly locks a flaky foundation – but there’s no need to fret. There’re plenty of gentle alternatives to beard oil for the sensitive-skinned man. Try beard butter or beard balm. They’re made with natural ingredients like beeswax and almond oil, with a touch of fragrance oil to make your beard smell tastier than your partner’s pumpkin-spiced latte.
Scrape out a small amount of beard butter with your fingernail and smooth it onto your fingertips, then massage it into your beard following the growth of the hair.