“Quite a strong statement?”, you say? Well then, why did so many influential men throughout history sport this style. You can start googling generals of war and emperors of nations and find everyone from Abraham Lincoln, to Sean Connery, even how we remember Jesus (although those blue eyes and highlights still crack me up!).
If you’re all about joining this legendary league but don’t think you can make it, try these steps to growing your facial follicles faster. The biggest illusion out there is the belief that you can’t grow a beard at all, which is pretty improbable.
Care for that Face!
1- Keep your skin clean. Wash it with warm water and a mild cleanser every morning and evening. Clean skin for hair growth. When I asked Beth Morrell, Paramedical Aesthetician and Laser Technician, she suggested I use Revision Skincare’s Brightening Facial Wash. It’s a glycolic and salicylic acid combo that cleans nicely.
Exfoliate! Try a scrub at least once a week. Removing dead skin cells can stimulate new hair growth but will definitely help whiskers grow without skin getting in the way. (Who needs those red bumps anyway?!)
I like to both cleanse and exfoliate at the same time, so Beth has me using SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. It’s a two-in-one deep cleanser with gentle exfoliating beads. It’s mild enough for daily use so I don’t need to carry the extra product.
2- After every cleansing, I moisturize with SkinMedica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer because it’s light weight and not sticky. Keeping the skin moisturized is useful in helping hair grow more easily. And while you’re there, check your face and neck for ingrown hairs. Beards will not grow in evenly if there are ingrown hairs on your face. Keep a tweezer on hand and gently pull the hair to straighten, *not plucking it out*.
Take Care of Yo’self!
1- Get plenty of rest and exercise. Sleep will help your damaged skin repair and promote beard growth. Exercise improves blood flow, and good circulation rushes all those nutrients to where they belong!
2- Take your pills! Yeah, mom was right. Incorporating vitamins and biotin into your diet helps you all around! Specifically, vitamins B1, B6, B12 and E are useful in helping hair grow quickly. And about 2.5 mg of biotin every day can help your beard grow in more. You can get those supplements from any vitamin shop or health food store.
(Buyer beware! Vitamins that stimulate hair growth work on ALL hair, so get ready for some manscaping.)
3- Watch that mouth! Or at least what goes in it. Increase the amount of protein in your diet. The proteins found in meat, fish, eggs and nuts will grow facial hair faster. But don't forget your fruits and veggies. Hair cannot grow without the proper nutrients in the body, and fruits and veggies provide several of the vitamins and minerals hair needs to grow quickly.
Defy the urge to trim or shape your beard. If you want the hair to come in quickly, leave it alone! You will have the chance to groom the beard after about 4 to 6 weeks when it’s fuller. And no, shaving does not make hair grow quicker or thicker. Otherwise, we’d never go bald! The old wives’ tale is just that. Shaving your beard will only reduce the amount of hair on your face, not bring it in more rapidly.
Something to remember:
New hair can be a pain in the neck! Those new hairs growing in might be coarser than other hair you’re use to. And because your beard may not all grow at the same speed, your face might get itchy or irritated.
One solution I use and recommend is beard oil. These usually contain essential oils that can help soothe skin while softening whiskers. This would make it better for the grower… and the kisser!
(All products mentioned specifically are available at Elan Skin & Laser Center.)