Dreaming of growing a luxuriously full, rugged face of facial hair? Not all of us are blessed with the genetic ability to look like a lumberjack after a couple of days sans razor, unfortunately. And while there are many different factors that go into your ability to grow a beard, with genetics being one of the most prominent, there are definitely ways that you can take your beard growth into your own hands. Here’s how.
Tips for growing your beard faster
Keep that handsome face clean.
Like all good things, growing a good beard starts at the very roots, so now is the perfect time to perfect your skincare routine if you aren’t already on it. Washing your face first thing in the morning and last thing at night clears out all of the trapped oil, dandruff, and dirt that accumulates throughout the day and blocks your hair follicles. For the best results, use warm water and a gentle cleanser -- and no, that grimy old bar of soap in your shower probably isn’t going to cut it! If you have any specific skincare concerns, look out for cleansers that can help alleviate the issues. For example:
- If your face tends to be dry, look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and/or glycerin
- If you’re prone to breakouts, choose cleaners with acne-fighting salicylic acid
- If you have oily skin, use neutralizing ingredients like glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide
When you’re done cleansing, don’t forget to moisturize with a good high-quality Beard Oil!
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
Exfoliating is another major step you should be adding to your skincare routine if you aren’t already. While cleansing twice a day can help keep your skin clean, exfoliating regularly can go one step further in clearing out those dead skin cells and allowing your hair follicles to do what they do best: growing hair! Exfoliation can also encourage blood flow to your beard hair follicles, which is also good news for growing out that beard.
You can either use a beard brush to massage the skin beneath your facial hair or, even better, use a face scrub. To avoid drying out your facial hair, limit your exfoliating sessions to once a week or so.
Prioritize your sleep.
It might sometimes feel like the very last thing you need to be worrying about when you’re dealing with everything else on your to-do list, but don’t underestimate the importance of sleep for your hair growth. A regular sleep cycle actually dictates your body’s release of important hormones like growth hormones, and there’s evidence that sleep deprivation can impact your beard growth for the worse. If you have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, try incorporating some good “sleep hygiene” habits like establishing a regular bedtime, taking a warm bath an hour or so before sleep, and limiting your blue light exposure at night (that means less time watching TV or scrolling on your phone).
Incorporate some testosterone-boosting foods and lifestyle changes, if necessary.
Testosterone plays a whole bunch of roles in your body, one of which is spurring on your facial hair growth! So if you’re dealing with low testosterone levels, it can lead to less-than-ideal beard-growing conditions. It’s really best to check in with your doctor and take a hormone test to figure out if this is actually the root cause of your slow hair growth since genetics also play a big role here -- some guys are just genetically predisposed to slower facial hair growth even if their testosterone levels are at optimum levels!
However, if you are able to confirm that you’re dealing with low testosterone, you might be able to boost them by changing up your diet. Eating a balanced diet rich in whole foods and nutrients like omega-3s, magnesium, and lean protein might help bring your beard-growing hormones back up. Laying off the heavy drinking can also make a difference.
Similarly, you might also want to increase your physical activity if it’s not where it should be yet. Exercising regularly is good for more than just building muscles -- it’s also a good way to boost your testosterone levels!
Use high-quality beard products.
Staying well-groomed throughout your beard-growing journey is key for looking good and treating your facial hair right, but your choice of beard products can make or break your progress. Using low-quality, harsh products on your beard can strip your hair’s natural oils and dry them out, canceling out all the hard work you’re putting in. Additionally, it’s important to think about the sustainability of the beard care companies you’re buying from: for example, unnecessary ingredients like sulfates and parabens can have a long-term impact on the environment that goes far beyond your grooming routine.
Step away from the razor.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but we’ve all been there: you’ve gone a couple of days without shaving in an effort to grow that big, beautiful beard. But then, it starts getting itchy, scraggly, and not exactly the magnificent beacon of manhood that you’re aiming for. So you just give up and shave it all off, only to regret it later.
The simplest solution: let it be! Growing a beard is definitely a commitment, but resist the urge to shave it off so that it has a chance to reach its full potential. And on a similar note, there isn’t very good evidence that supports the old myth that trimming your hair helps it grow faster.
In this hectic day and age, chronic stress can very often feel like a given. But not managing your stress levels can have huge impacts on a variety of different systems in your body, hair growth included. In fact, chronic stress has even been linked to hair loss! If you suspect that your stress levels are getting in the way of your beard growth, make it a point to incorporate some lifestyle changes to manage it -- for example, regular gentle exercise, meditation, and adaptogenic herbs can all help manage your stress hormones.
A little more effort in your daily grooming routine, a bit of patience, and a ton of commitment can do wonders for your beard growth! Trust the process and use good beard products, and you’ll be rocking that magnificent facial hair in no time.
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