Sunday, September 6th was World Beard Day and the official start of the NFL season. If you've been contemplating growing a beard or if yours never seems to look quite right, check out our beard-growing tips to get your facial hair on point this football season.
What you'll need:
- Exfoliating product
- Shaving product of choice
- A solid razor
- A quality trimmer
In order to get your facial hair to grow properly, I suggest taking a few weeks to get your skin in shape first. Exfoliating your face will help remove dry, flaky skin and stimulate healthy hair growth. Jack Black's Face Buff Energizing Scrub exfoliates gently to remove dead skin and clear pores to allow for a close shave. Ingredients like Vitamin C and Licorice help brighten and keep skin youthful while Menthol cools and eliminates bacteria. If you tend to be prone to ingrown hairs, using a scrub will really help prevent painful bumps and congestion. If you have acne prone skin in general, treat your skin to a cleanser with Salicylic Acid. Making sure your skin is smooth will ease discomfort that comes with growing a beard.
On that same note, keeping your skin moisturized is really important in the process of growing any facial hair. Yonka-Men Nutri-Creme is great as an everyday moisturizer, since it's packed with antioxidants and moisturizing, anti-aging oils like Pumpkin Seed and Virgin Olive. It also helps soothe skin with Yonka's essential oils which include Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme. If you experience severe discomfort and itchiness while you're in the beginning stages of growing a beard, consider using Jack Black's Beard Lube. It acts as a treatment with Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Menthol to soothe itchy, uncomfortable skin.
Once you've prepped your skin well for growing a beard, make sure you get a decent, close shave. You can always visit a barber, but you can get pretty solid results at home, as well. Planet Beauty has a great selection of men's shaving products to find the perfect fit for you. Whether you choose a cream, lotion or oil to shave with, remember to use a sharp, high-performance razor to get an even and close shave. The Art of Shaving's Fusion Chrome Collection Manual Razor has a sleek handle design that allows you to shave with complete ease. Its handcrafted in polished chrome and offers total control when shaving. The sharp blades give you a smooth shave for barber-quality results.
As your beard starts to grow in, you'll find the need to trim slightly. Remember, you want to have a considerable amount of facial hair before you start this process. Otherwise, you may take off more than you'd like, leaving your beard looking patchy. Consider looking into a trimmer if you like to clean up a haircut or beard from the comfort of your home. For under $20, the Wahl Half Pint will get the job done. If you want a clipper/trimmer combo, take a look at the Wahl Peanut. It's one of Planet Beauty's top sellers for men. To keep your manly beard looking groomed and professional, make sure to use a light pomade or beard balm to tame stray hairs. Jao's Beardscent Balm works like a charm and can be used for cuticles and hair, as well.
Beard up, guys!
Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest.