There is a wealth of advice available when it comes to male grooming; however, this advice is often heavily-branded content or spread thin across many sites. Below we take a look at four essential techniques.
Most people with a beard or looking to grow one will want to keep it clean and free of tangles. To this end, combing implements are essential. As facial hair is of varying strength and thickness, it can help to have a range of these.
A fine-toothed comb is good for moustache and finer upper-facial hair, whereas a wide-toothed comb − perhaps even a small brush if necessary − is better suited to coarser hair. Extensive information about beard care can be found online, including numerous instructions on how to shave, maintain and clean facial hair.
Oiling and waxing
The last few years have seen a boom in men’s shaving products such as beard oils, wax and shampoos, all varying hugely in quality and effectiveness. A good oil or formula is one that can help to impart the moisture that is stripped away in the process of washing and drying without causing greasiness.
If you are buying beard oil through Henry Tibbs or another supplier, you should also be able to find shampoos specifically formulated for facial hair.
Dry irritated facial skin is a problem for both bearded and non-bearded men alike; however, this can be alleviated with a good moisturiser. Although the main signs of quality in a moisturiser − such as popularity, ingredients and simplicity of formula − are objective, everyone’s skin is different and finding the most effective product may take some experimenting.
Additionally, it is important to take into account the effects of washing on your grooming/moisturising regimen. Excessive moisturising can lead to blocked pores, whereas excessive face washing can cause loss of moisture and irritation.
According to the Gentleman’s Gazette, there are a number of aftershave options ranging from low to high alcohol content. Those with sensitive skin or skin that is prone to drying out may want to experiment with balms or gels as a low-alcohol solution to lotions.
Finally, even those with normal skin may want to consider a lower alcohol aftershave in the winter months or if they live in a place with high aridity.