5 Tips for Banishing Dry Skin Under Your Beard
Growing out your facial hair and becoming the proud owner of a beard may seem simpler than the alternative—constantly staying on top of stubble and dealing with much-dreaded razor burn—but it isn’t quite as easy as you might think. Once you manage to obtain a beard, you may not have to deal with shave-related issues, but that doesn’t mean grooming will always go totally smooth. One of the most common problems that can be brought about by a beard is dry, itchy skin underneath. And the solution isn’t as basic as slapping moisturizer on your skin. After all, there’s hair in the mix too. If you’re a bearded person with skin that’s prone to dryness, you’ll be happy to hear the solution doesn’t require parting ways with your facial hair. We’re sharing our best tips for tackling dry skin under your beard, ahead.
Tip #1: Wash with Lukewarm Water
Do you shower or wash your face in steaming hot water? Well, that could be part of the problem. No matter how relaxing it may feel in the moment, it isn’t doing your skin—or your beard, for that matter—any favors. When the temperature gets turned up too high, you run the risk of drying out your skin and hair. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix. Switch to cleansing your skin with lukewarm water. To up the ante, you can also limit how much time you spend in the shower to just 5 or 10 minutes, as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.
Tip #2: Use a Hydrating Cleanser
There’s a common skin care misconception that often contributes to complexion concerns, and that is the idea that all cleansers are created equal. In reality that’s far from the truth. Different liquid cleansers and bar soaps serve different purposes, and they don’t necessarily make good multi-taskers. One mistake that’s all too frequently committed is washing your beard with the same soap you use on your face or body. A cleanser that’s perfectly suited to one part of your body may be overly harsh and drying for your beard, resulting in dry skin beneath it. Rather than going the more convenient route and washing your beard (which yes, you should be doing regularly) with any cleanser you can get your hands on, opt for one that’s meant to be used on beards. The Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner is a prime pick, as the formula gently removes build-up for a thoroughly cleansed beard with a soft feel and healthy look. In the end, skin is left feeling hydrated and refreshed.
Tip #3: Follow with Conditioner
After loading your scalp up with shampoo and rinsing out, there’s an obvious next step—conditioner. Conditioner is a must for keeping your locks soft and tangle-free, and the same logic can be applied to your beard. If you don’t want your skin to be dry and your beard to be scratchy, it’s always a good idea to follow cleansing with conditioning, just like you would with the other hair on your head. Even better, if you stick with the product named in tip number 2, the two-in-one formula allows you skip tacking an extra step onto your routine.
Tip #4: Moisturize While Skin Is Damp
When you finish in the shower or at the sink, your natural inclination is likely to reach for a towel and dry off, but that isn’t the best choice for your skin. According to the AAD, the best time to moisturize is actually immediately after washing while your skin is still damp. That way, you’ll trap more moisture in your skin. Next time you get your face and beard wet, resist drying off right away and apply the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert 3-Day Beard Moisturizer. After using, you’ll notice your beard feels softer and smoother, while your face is hydrated and nourished.
Tip #5: Apply Oil, Too
There’s no rule claiming you can only moisturize the skin under your beard with a single product. Just as a skin care routine for dry skin typically involves layering face serums, moisturizers, and facial oils—the more moisture the merrier—you can layer beard moisturizers and oils for better results. After letting the moisturizer sink into your skin, try applying a beard oil, like the Kiehl’s Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil.