Listen up all of you bearded fellows! I know you’re proud of that scruff, and I’ll admit, it can be very attractive on a guy. What you don’t know is that not properly caring for your beard may be creating a “look, don’t touch” situation. What I’m saying is it may be (literally) hurting your love life. But before you go shaving off that prized facial hair, here are a few tips to put an end to the burn and keep the beard too.
So what exactly is beard burn? Facial hair is thicker and coarser than the hair on your head, and the wiry texture combined with friction from canoodling can cause rashes, redness and irritation to your partner’s delicate skin. If you’re not sure if your beard is painful, try rubbing the inside of your wrist against your beard. Ok now you know how we feel.
- Keep it trim. You definitely want to keep lips clear of stray hairs. Trim above and below the lips to keep food and saliva from getting trapped in your hair because, let’s be real, that’s just gross. There’s a fine line between dapper and disheveled when it comes to facial hair, and keeping your beard trimmed will ensure you stay on the preferred side.
- Wash thoroughly. Beards can develop a — let’s say — rather unpleasant smell if not cleaned regularly and well. Work a gentle cleanser like Billy Jealousy Beard Wash all the way to the skin underneath and rinse thoroughly. The conditioners will leave your facial hair softer, smoother and tangle free.
- Oil up daily. Beard oil isn’t just about smelling nice (although that’s a plus for sure!) One like Port Products Conditioning Beard Absolute is loaded with natural skin and hair nourishing oils that soften your beard, hydrate the skin beneath and eliminate the scratch factor.
Now tell your significant other I said “You’re welcome.”