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How to Care for Beards on Black Men

How to Care for Beards on Black Men

How to Care for Beards on Black Men

How to Care for Beards on Black Men

Black Men and beards … got to luv’em. There is no one-style-fits-all approach when it comes to the way black men prefer to wear and groom their facial hair. There are some who like to shave it all off while others prefer a scruffy look. It doesn't matter if you want to have a thick beard or a baby face with very smooth skin and no hair. It is very important to care for your skin to look its best.

For great looking skin with facial hair, it's necessary not to irritate it by shaving habits that promote acne or bumps from ingrown hairs. Yet, these are all issues faced by many black men.

Preparing your skin for shaving is about proper care and prepping with products right before and after the shave. It's also about making sure that your daily routine keeps your face ready for shaving and able to fight off some of the inconveniences that come along with it.

Here are the Five Questions to ask to Gain a Better Understanding of How to Care for Black Men's Skin and Their Beards

Are you shaving properly?

Using the proper shaving technique is an important step in the process of protecting your skin. It may seem like shaving the hair in the opposite direction gives you a closer and longer-lasting shave. The truth is that shaving against the direction that the hair grows can cause more irritation and ingrown hairs. Always shave in the direction that the hair is growing. This alone can prevent irritation for some men.

Are you shaving with the right razors?

The quality of your razors matter because good razors are so much easier to use and less harsh on the skin. An electric razor is known to be a wise choice, but if that isn't your preference, opt for a double blade.

Are your razors hygienic?

Hygienic razors keep you from introducing your skin to germs and bacteria that lead to breakouts. It's not uncommon to try to cut the cost of shaving products by using the same razors for long periods of time. Even if the razors are still functional, this doesn't mean that they are clean. Over time, bacteria will build up in these sorts of products. So investing in new razors and keeping them clean will benefit your appearance in the long run.

How thorough is your skin care routine?

In order to have fewer break outs and shaving irritation, you have to practice daily habits that could prevent this. First, you have to know the right way to clean and moisturize your skin based on your skin type. Some consider washing their face with only water. For some, it actually works.

However, for the majority of men, the best approach is to cleanse with something that is natural and unlikely to cause irritation. A great cleansing product combines organic ingredients that can exfoliate your skin as well as get deep down into pores.

Adding to your cleansing routine with the right moisturizer will protect the skin from discomfort and aging. It can give your skin a more supple look and feel. Let's not forget the importance of sunscreen to protect the skin from the harsh elements of nature and sunlight. Too much sun can damage your skin in the long run.

Are you taking advantage of the ingredients that are best for shaving?

Now that you've considered the proper shaving tools and daily skin care habits to prevent imperfections stemming from facial hair maintenance, it's important to know the ingredients that are available. They can guard you immediately before a shave and keep your face from becoming inflamed and irritated after shaving.

Natural vegetable glycerin and hyaluronic acid, are two of the top ingredients to know about because it is a powerful attractant of moisture. Another moisture powerhouse is Vitamin E, which is known to help fade imperfections and hyperpigmentation. If ingrown hairs are a common problem, then salicylic acid is known to be helpful.

What About the Beard Itself?

You've gotten your skin care in order, now it's time for the hair itself. Your beard should be moist. By that I mean soft to touch and feel. Soothing oil blends will help with the health of your beard. Base oils of jojoba, argan or coconut oil are good for your skin and hair. Add to them essential oils such as tea tree to ward off ingrown hairs, cedarwood as an anti-inflammatory oil and rosemary to possibly prevent dandruff.

Massage your blend into your beard and chin skin. Enjoy the scent and remember you can always change the essential oils out to meet your needs.

Quite a lot to consider ...

When caring for the skin of black men, especially those with beards, it takes focus and dedication. As you can see, properly addressing these issues can do a world of good to help black men. I understand that you want to look and feel better without dealing with the unsightly mess and irritation of razor bumps. It can often minimize the size of bumps. If you often deal with skin that is inflamed and sensitive after shaving, then an aftershave product with aloe and or rose water will lessen the inflammation.

For many, a close shave is more of a requirement than a personal choice and this is often due to work requirements and environmental factors. While a man's skin is able to better withstand many of the elements, that doesn't mean that black male skin does not face its own special problems. This is especially true when it comes to shaving.

That's it for this week guy’s.

Dedicated to Your Skin and The Care of Your Beards

Juliette Samuel

Esthetician/Author/Publisher

Nyraju Skin Care


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