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.
Not to worry —introducing a daily facial moisturizer into your grooming routine can quickly turn the tide back in your favor. For added softness, layer a premium beard oil on top. The moisturizer is the foundation and the beard oil adds additional beard benefits.
But to reap the full benefits of your moisturizer, you must start fresh.
Start with a clean canvas. Wash your beard.
In order for your facial + beard moisturizer and beard oil to fully work their 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 or beard oil 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.
If your T-zone looks matte at the end of the day, your skin is on the drier side.