Having a beard is a great experience, but it leaves some people with questions on how to take care of the rest of their face. For example, when you’re using your daily face moisturizer, you end up wondering how to moisturize the skin under your beard. There are a few ways to go about this, and The Gentleman’s Playbook is here to show you just how to moisturize the skin under your beard!
Moisturize Everything, Except Your Beard to Start
First of all, you’ll want to do your normal face moisturizing routine, but exclude your beard and the skin under your beard from now.
Put an appropriate amount of moisturizer on your fingertips, and rub it gently into your face using upward, circular motions. Avoid getting too close to your eyes.
Once you are nearing your beard, make sure to stop right at the beard line – you don’t want any of your face moisturizer getting into your beard or its follicles.
Normal face lotions are too harsh for your facial hair and aren’t formulated with hair in mind. You’ll want to take a different approach when it comes to figuring out how to moisturize your face with a beard.
There are a few ways you can go about keeping your skin hydrated while not compromising the integrity of your beard.
Try a Beard Moisturizer Creme
Once you’ve moisturized your face appropriately, you’ll want to move on to moisturizing your beard. There are a few options you have and one of them is to use a beard softener.
Sometimes known as a beard creme or beard moisturizer creme, this is a product that’s similar to face lotion, but formulated specifically with your beard in mind!
That means there are no harsh chemicals that will strip your beard of its natural oils. It’s a gentle moisturizing creme that will moisturize the skin under your beard, as well as the beard itself.
One of our favorite beard cremes for when you are looking for how to moisturize a face with a beard is one from WAHL:
This kit comes loaded with some of the essentials you need to take care of your beard: a beard wash, beard creme, and beard oil. It meets many of the criteria The Gentleman’s Playbook has for beard products:
- Uses Essential Oils Instead of Artificial Fragrances
- Uses Beneficial Carrier Oils
- Smells Fantastic
The WAHL beard moisturizing kit includes the following oils with accompanying benefits:
- Manuka Oil – Anti-Dandruff/Relaxant
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil – Skin Softening, Protectant, Moisturizing
- Clove Oil – Anti-Acne, Prevents Hair Loss, Conditioning
- Moringa Oil – Anti-Aging, Skin Moisturizing, Hair Strengthening
If you want an easy to use done-for-you kit to moisturize your face and your beard, this is the one for you.
Use Beard Oil Daily to Moisturize the Skin Under Your Beard
If you read The Gentleman’s Playbook with any level of consistency, you’re probably already rolling your eyes – we push beard oil as the catch-all solution for beard trouble.
Beard oil is a great way to moisturize the skin under your beard without damaging your facial hair. Now, for those who need a beard oil that’s designed to moisturize the skin under your beard, you’ll want to look for ones that have Jojoba Oil as the primary carrier oil.
Jojoba Oil is fantastic for moisturizing your skin – it doesn’t clog your pores and is absorbed quickly and efficiently into your face. It’s also incredibly gentle and hydrating on your beard.
Use Regular Carrier Oils for a Cheap Beard Moisturizer
Scented beard oil may not be your thing and that’s okay. You can go the simple, minimalist route and just use plain carrier oils when you want to know how to moisturize the skin under your beard!
As we mentioned already, Jojoba Oil is one of the gold standard carrier oils for skin moisturization. It blends well with the existing oils your skin produces and doesn’t clog your pores.
Here are some other carrier oils you can use to moisturize the skin under your beard:
- Castor Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Almond Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Jojoba Oil
Some are cheaper than others – feel free to click any of the oils listed above to see how much they cost and which ones you’d prefer!
Things to Avoid
While all of the above are great methods to utilize when learning how to moisturize skin under beards, we think it’s pertinent to mention some things you should avoid when trying to moisturize this part of your face.
Things you DON’T want to do when trying to keep the skin under your beard moisturized:
- Use face lotion
- Use hair/scalp conditioner or shampoo
- Overwashing beard
- Using regular body lotion, hand lotion, etc.
- Blow drying beard
- Neglecting beard hygiene
All of these can lead to drying out the skin under your beard. When you have dry skin in this area, it can lead to other issues such as beard dandruff or sores under your beard.
How to Moisturize Skin Under Beard
Now you should know perfectly well how to moisturize your face under your beard! To recap, you want to do the following:
- Moisturize your face like normal, but stop when you approach your beard-line
- Use a beard softening or moisturizer cream
- Start using beard oil every day after your shower
- You can also try using regular carrier oils such as jojoba or almond oil to moisturize the skin under your beard cheaply
- Avoid using harsh washes or conditioners, don’t use regular face or body lotions on your beard, and don’t neglect beard hygiene.
In The Beard Playbook, you’ll learn about what to prepare for when growing a beard for the first time, how to grow a thicker and fuller beard, what great beard hygiene routines look like, and how to maintain your beard once you reach your ideal length! We also go over the products we have tried and love when it comes to beard care.