The course hair in beards, mustaches and stubble can lead to some itchy, scratchy and generally uncomfortable moments. Softer facial hair promotes healthier hair growth and also makes hair easier to shave when the time comes, and only requires a couple extra steps in the facial care department. Keep those facial hairs soft and touchable for you and your significant other.
Invest in a soft bristle toothbrush and gently exfoliate the skin underneath your beard when you are in the shower to keep your beard, and the facial skin underneath, free of dead skin cells and buildup. Amp up the cleaning power with some gentle shampoo or facial cleanser to remove scratchy buildup , leaving your facial hair clean and prepped for moisturizers.
Invest in a lightweight beard conditioner with vitamin E. Apply after washing your face to give those strands a boost of moisture while you shower. Rinse thoroughly. For healthy strands, condition your beard every few days.
If you are planning on shaving your facial hair, soak your skin in some warm water or leave a warm, moist towel over your face for about 5 minutes. The warm water softens facial hair for an easier and smoother shave.
Facial hair -- such as beards and mustaches -- are coarser than the hair sprouting from the scalp and need a different care regimen. beard oils are designed to soften facial hair and tame unruly strands. These oils also moisturize the skin underneath a beard and help eliminate stubble stiffness.
Invest in an oil that contains a natural astringent, such as rose seed oil, and a deep conditioner that lasts the entire day, such as almond or jojoba oil. Avoid store-bought beard oils with castor oil or alcohol bases. These can produce an oily beard or over-dry facial skin.
Make Your Own
If you want to ensure you are applying a natural moisture-boosting product to your skin, make your own beard oil. This option also means you can experiment with different essential oil combinations to create a signature scent.
Mix together one tablespoon of argan oil, one tablespoon of jojoba oil and one tablespoon of sweet almond oil. These three ingredients are carrier oils, which helps the product sink into the hairs more effectively.
Add about five drops of vitamin E oil for added softening and strengthening power, along with three drops of your choice of essential oil, such as vanilla, lavender, orange or eucalyptus oil. The final essential oils you add into your beard oil make the signature scent, so add any soothing scents such as sandalwood or patchouli.
Apply a few drops of the oil after showering or when you get up in the morning. Work the moisturizer throughout your beard or mustache, covering every hair. A little bit goes a long way, so keep the application light. This oil also moisturizes the skin underneath your facial hair. Because softer hairs are easier to groom, apply this oil before you trim facial hair.
Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.