1. CLEANSE - Regularly cleanse and exfoliate your face to avoid any dirt getting stuck in the hair - read more about face cleansing here. As facial hair is different from the hair on top of your head, regular shampoo may not be the best option for your beard as it can strip the natural oils from your hair and make it dry. Instead, opt for a quality beard-specific shampoo or cleanser as they are more suitable for the facial hair and sensitive facial skin.
2. CONDITION - If you’ve got a longer beard, use a special beard conditioner to detangle and soften the hair. Once you’ve cleansed your beard, apply conditioner and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing. When choosing a conditioner, look for products with natural ingredients such as argan oil or jojoba oil - these are great for softening and strengthening your beard.
3. DRY YOUR BEARD - even though this step is often overlooked, it’s quite an important one - make sure to properly dry your beard. Leaving the water in can dry your skin and beard out, causing an itchy beard rash. Gently towel dry your beard after cleansing to soak up the excess water.