Facial hair may grow naturally, but that doesn’t mean you can just ignore it. If you want your facial hair to look sharp, you need some beard care in your life. Beard care will help keep you looking clean and handsome.

If you’re searching for the best ways to groom and maintain your beard, then the experts at SiO have you covered. In this ultimate guide to beard care, we’ll provide 10 easy tips for taking superb care of your facial hair.

To Beard Or Not To Beard?

close-up of man with hand on his beard

That is the question. While growing facial hair means having to worry about beard care, there are a few reasons why you’ll want to keep some fuzz on your face.

Attractiveness

First, women generally view men with facial hair as more attractive, more masculine, healthier, and better-qualified for parenting.

Researchers from the University of South Queensland in Australia surveyed over 8,500 women, showing them photos of men clean-shaven, at five days of beard growth, at ten days of beard growth, and with a full beard.

The results were surprising. The researchers found that “women judged faces with heavy stubble as most attractive” and “rated full beards highest for parenting ability and healthiness.” The study also found that “masculinity ratings increased linearly as facial hair increased.”

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Protection

The second benefit to bearding is that it protects your face from the sun’s harmful UV rays. This makes sense when you take a moment to think about it. If your face is covered with hair, of course it’s somewhat shielded from the sun’s UV rays.

Researchers have actually confirmed this factwith science, writing that “facial hair reduced the exposure ratios (ERs) to approximately one-third of those to the sites with no hair.”

Cleanliness

Finally, growing a beard may help keep your face clean. One study found that male hospital workers “with facial hair were less likely to be colonized” with two different strands of bacteria.

So there you have it. Three outstanding reasons to let your beard grow.

If you’re a little concerned that beard care will be a huge chore, worry not. It’s way easier than you think. Keep reading for all the beard care info you need.

10 Easy Beard Care Tips

reflection of man examining his beard in a mirror

1) Pick The Right Beard For Your Style

First things first: make sure to choose the right beard for your style. If you’re a business professional or, say, a dentist, the ZZ Top thing probably isn’t going to work for you.

If you’re a creative type, you might have a bit more flexibility with what kind of beard you keep, but you’ll still want to choose something that complements your style and wardrobe.

Two more things to consider are the way your beard grows in and the shape of your face. If you naturally grow a really strong goatee, for example, you may want to take the path of least resistance and sport a goatee.

profile of man with beard in barber's chair

2) Shampoo Your Beard

You shampoo the hair on your head, so why wouldn’t you shampoo the hair on your face? It’s essential to wash your beard at least as often as you wash your head.

This step doesn’t require any special tips. Just lather in some shampoo and rinse it. Easy enough.

3) Condition Your Beard

Not all guys condition their hair. Some fellas like to use the 2-in-1 products that contain both shampoo and conditioner, while other men might have really short hair that doesn’t need conditioning.

Whether or not you condition your hair, you should condition your beard. This will help keep your facial hair soft.

And, yes, you want a soft beard. It’s way better than having a beard that feels like a ball of steel wool.

4) Comb Or Brush Your Beard

Even if you’re going for the unkempt lumberjack look, you should comb or brush your beard regularly. This is also true if you keep your beard trimmed short.

Brushing and combing will help keep your facial hair soft, remove any unwanted dust or crumbs, and make your beard look well-groomed.

5) Trim Your Beard

close-up of man grooming his facial hair

Regardless of your preferred beard length, it’s essential to give it a regular trim. This is just to cut any rogue hairs that have far outgrown their peers and to keep your beard at an even length.

6) Use Beard Oil

An essential beard care step is keeping your beard oiled. This might seem a little weird, considering that guys don’t normally think of “well-oiled” as a good thing — unless it’s referring to an engine or some other machine with moving parts.

Truth is, you want your beard to be a little oily. This keeps your facial hair healthy. If your beard gets too dry, the hair will become brittle and somewhat prickly, like a wire brush.

And nobody wants their beard to feel like a wire brush.

A little beard oil will keep your beard healthy. To keep other areas of your face — like the skin underneath your eyes and on your brow — equally hydrated and healthy, start wearing SiO’s ultra-hydrating power patches while you sleep. They’re clinically proven to boost moisture and reduce wrinkle depth in as little as one night.

7) Shave Your Neck And Upper Cheeks

It’s crucial to keep your neck and upper cheek areas clean shaven. This will accentuate the rest of your beard and help your facial hair stand out.

Think of this like edging your lawn. A little weed-whacking around the sides of your yard makes the whole thing look a lot nicer. Likewise, a well-groomed beard will always look sharper than one that’s left to grow on its own.

reflection of man smiling while shaving neck hair

8) Train Your Beard

Training your beard is just a fancy way of saying that if you consistently style your beard how you want it to look, it will begin to look that way with less and less effort on your part.

Several of the tips above play a role in this — combing and trimming, in particular. Styling and training your beard today will make beard care far easier in the future.

9) Disinfect Your Beard

Sometimes, shampooing alone will not clean your beard as sufficiently as you might like. This is especially true if you have a cold or seasonal allergies that cause a runny nose and frequent sneezing.

Beard disinfectants will kill any germs or bacteria nesting in your facial hair. As an added bonus, they’ll also make your beard smell nice.

10) Make Time For Beard Care

Beard care doesn’t take a ton of time, but it’s important to make it part of your routine. An extra five or 10 minutes per day on beard care will be well worth the handsome-looking beard you’ll have to show for your efforts.

man trimming his neck hair in mirror

Keep Your Skin Looking Good With SiO Power Patches

What’s a sharp-looking beard without smooth, healthy skin to go with it? Beard care should be just one aspect of your self-care.

If you struggle with things like crow’s feet wrinkles or bags under your eyes, then the SiO SuperEyeLift patches are precisely the treatment you need.

Made from the highest-quality medical-grade silicone, SiO patches will boost moisture in your skin cells and reduce the visibility of wrinkles in as little as one night. All you need to do is slap them on before you go to bed, get a good night’s rest, and take them off in the morning to see smoother, younger-looking skin. It’s literally that simple.

Pro tip: you can also wear your patches during the day for a quick boost of hydration. Playing video games or watching football? Throw on some hydrating patches while you relax.

SiO For Him patches are available for the edges of your eyes and mouth, as well as for your brow — all of the places you’ll want to treat to best complement your striking facial hair.

With SiO’s awesome patches and the beard care tips above, you’ll have your whole self-care routine nailed down in no time. Here’s to looking sharp and handsome at any age!