Beard Care: 5 Steps to Make Your Beard Look Its Best

Are you the proud owner of a glorious beard? If theres one thing we can agree on, well maintained beards can be incredibly sexy. But a messy beard, not so much. So, how do you keep your beard looking its best? The key is to have a good skincare routine and use the best products available to keep yourself properly groomed.

1. Wash your face

DMC Deep Clean Face Scrub

Face scrub | Dove

Having healthy skin is the foundation to growing your beard. Even on days you aren’t shaving or trimming your beard, you should pay extra special attention to cleansing. It is highly recommended you use a cleanser that also exfoliates because it’s always easier to buy one product that does both. Dr. Terrence Keaney, a Dove Men+Care Expert, explains the importance of this: “In terms of beard care, it’s important to still cleanse the skin and I recommend men use a more exfoliating wash to release trapped hairs and minimize ingrown hairs. A great exfoliating face wash is the Dove Men+Care Deep Clean Face Scrub, but men should remember to apply it to the bearded area in a gentle motion, let the scrub do the work, not their hands.”

2. Use pre-shave oil

Pre-shave oil

Pre-shave oil | Drunk Elephant

Using oil on your skin before you shave provides an extra layer of protection between your skin and the razor, which extra insurance against irritation. It also moisturizes the skin and softens the hair.

One of the best products to use is Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil because it’s designed to work on both skin and hair. It is also anti-microbial, which is important if you accidentally nick yourself. Even if you have oily skin, it’s still a good idea to use this product because it’s non-greasy, 100% pure, and formulated for all skin types. Even better, Drunk Elephant’s facial oil also absorbs in seconds (because waiting for products to absorb is annoying), doesn’t have a scent and leaves your skin feeling almost unbelievably soft.

3. Apply shaving cream

man shaving with razor and shave cream

Man shaving | iStock.com

Espa Men’s Dual Action Shave Mud is shaving cream 2.0. This product doubles as a deep cleansing mask, drawing out impurities from the skin with ingredients that include Kaolin and Bentonite Clay. It also contains Shea butter and sweet almond oil, which moisturize and soften your face and beard. No matter what skin type you have, this mud’s for you.

4. Shave

close up of man shaving

Close-up of man shaving | iStock.com/loooby

One of life’s biggest questions is whether you should shave with or against the grain. The definitive answer is that you should have in the direction of the hair growth. Although shaving against the grain can get you a little closer, according to Dr. Terrance Keaney, it’s still not a good idea: “A closer shave is not always a better shave, especially for those who are prone to irritation and pseudofolliculitis, or what are also known as ‘in-grown hairs.’ Due to that, it’s important men shave with the grain of their hair.”

It’s also really important to buy a good quality razor, but perhaps even more important to use fresh blades. It doesn’t matter how high quality a blade is, if it’s dull, it’s useless and will ultimately irritate your skin. I really like Dollar Shave Club because they have two, four, and six blade options and ship you several cartridges a month (or every other month depending on your plan), so you always have a new blade when you need one.

5. Moisturize

young man applying cream on his face

Man applying facial moisturizer | iStock.com

A lot of men fear moisturizing, but it’s absolutely necessary. After all, you need to heal your skin because you just put a razor blade to it. But traditional aftershaves like the kind your dad used aren’t actually good for your skin. Remember that burning sensation? Exactly. After shaving, you should apply a light moisturizer such as Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum. You can use this product every day and it absorbs quickly, feeling weightless on your face. Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, it’s formulated to firm and brighten the skin, so the rest of your face will look just as awesome as your beard does.