“I’m trying to grow a beard. At first, it seemed like it was happening but now it’s basically stopped. How can I speed things along?”
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How Can I Make My Beard Grow Faster?
Around the age of 14, when we boys have enough testosterone to power a small country, it’s almost inconceivable that we’d grow up to have anything other than a beard to rival Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.
However, mother nature can be cruel, and it’s during these formative years when natural production of the hormone peaks, which can cut the road to an impressive thatch of facial hair short.
Of course, a few years later whiskers (OK, wispy bum fluff, then whiskers) start to sprout out of chins and top lips, and some are able to join the ranks of the bearded. Yet others (like Sam) suffer slow, patchy growth – or no growth at all.
The short answer to ‘how can I turn into a caveman overnight?’ is you can’t. It’s just genetics. But there are a few hacks that can help make the most of what facial furniture you have.
The most important component is the same as what affects the quality of your sex life: what you put in your mouth (no, not like that). Water, along with a diet rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, iron and omega-3 gives hair the nourishment it needs to grow.
Also, as we know with the hair on top of our head, high amounts of stress can stunt hair growth and even trigger conditions that lead to hair loss. The fix is getting plenty of sleep, working out to release stress (which helpfully boosts testosterone) and making time to relax.
And just like the scruff on our scalp, in order to grow long and strong, a beard needs to be shown some love. Washing it with a dedicated shampoo once or twice a week and brushing it to even areas out helps stimulate the skin underneath, aiding growth and producing a thicker, fuller appearance.
Lastly, if the only thing standing between you and this final manhood milestone is a few patches, there is the, albeit pricey, option of a beard transplant (which have trebled in the last two years), or you could learn to work with it. Consult a barber when next in the chair to discuss which style and length they think would help conceal the crop circles.
How and why you should moisturize your face and beard daily?
Why moisturize your face and beard?
Imagine a pair of leather boots worn day in and day out, exposed to the blistering sun and the dry, whipping wind. What happens if you don’t properly care for and condition those boots? The tanned cowhide becomes dry and cracks. Deep crevasses form and the leather begins to look tired and worn. The same thing happens to your skin. If you have a beard, that too dries and deteriorates. Split ends form and a once luscious man mane can deteriorate into a living Brillo pad.
Not to worry —introducing a daily facial moisturizer into your grooming routine can quickly turn the tide back in your favor.
But to reap the full benefits of your moisturizer, you must start fresh.
Start with a clean canvas
In order for your moisturizer to fully work its magic, it needs to be able to penetrate your skin, so it’s important that you wash your face once or twice per day. Throughout the day your body’s natural oils, dead skin cells, pollutants, debris, and other environmental toxins build up on your skin. Applying a moisturizer on top of these layers will diminish the effectiveness and can lead to clogged pores and outbreaks. Visit the first post in our series to learn more about how to properly wash your face and beard.
Know your skin type
Every man is different. Using the proper moisturizer for your skin type will improve your results. How can you determine your skin type? At the end of the day, look at your T-zone. You can visualize your T-zone by imagining a straight line running horizontally across your forehead and another straight line running vertically down the center of your face to your chin. This is your T-zone.
The T-zone | stubble and stache
If your T-zone looks matte at the end of the day, your skin is on the drier side.
Men naturally have thicker, oilier skin than women so most men will notices a light shine in their T-zone at day’s end. This means you have normal/combination skin.
If your skin looks greasy, then you likely have oily skin.
Dry skin - Characterized by little natural oil production. Use a hydrating cleanser followed by a rich moisturizer.
Sensitive skin - Characterized by skin that reddens easily and stinging or burning sensation when most products are applied. Avoid irritating ingredients like fragrances, alcohol, dyes, and harsh preservatives like parabens. Look for soothing ingredients like aloe, chamomile, and green tea.
Normal/combination - Characterized by normal oil production. Look for a medium-weight moisturizer that provides hydration but won’t add excessive oil to already shiny areas.
Oily - Characterized by skin that looks greasy at day’s end. Avoid heavy moisturizers. Opt for a non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly.
The facial hair X Factor
When it comes to daily moisturizers, men with facial hair are in an interesting position. Whiskers are some of the thickest hair the body produces. There are a number of beard creams/butters on the market loaded with overly-heavy ingredients. These greasy products prioritize softening thick whiskers at your skin’s detriment. Cheap products use low-grade ingredients and most rely heavily on synthetic ingredients derived from petroleum, so they have a tendency to clog your pores and cause breakouts.
Hydrate: This Daily Facial + Beard Moisturizer was designed from the beginning for men with facial hair (from stubble to full wizard). Suitable for all skin types and ethnicities, the fast absorbing formula provides the hydration your skin and beard needs without clogging your pores.
Is aging a concern?
If aging and wrinkles are a concern, look for products containing ingredients that are shown to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid – or its more effective form Sodium Hyaluronate – is naturally occurring in young skin and can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. These molecules penetrate deep into the skin, delivering much-needed moisture that improves the skin’s condition and appearance. While most skin savvy women know about the great benefits of Hyaluronic Acid/Sodium Hyaluronate, men are now beginning to appreciate and leverage this skincare powerhouse. The same applies for retinol (Vitamin A) and its derivatives like Retinyl Palmitate. Incorporate products containing these superheroes and watch your tired skin transform.
Work smarter, not harder
The renewing power of sleep is amazing. You wake up refreshed both in mind and body. Take advantage of your body’s natural rejuvenating process and apply a moisturizer before bed for better looking skin the next day. You’ll wake with softer, more hydrated skin and beard...especially if your product incorporates the age fighting ingredients listed above.
It’s not all fun in the sun
We all know too much sun is a bad thing. The leading cause of skin damage is not wearing sunscreen. Dermatologists universally agree that if you are truly concerned about premature aging and reducing skin damage, you must limit your sun exposure. Incorporating a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above into your grooming routine will help limit this solar damage.