How to Grow a Beard

Long before the razor was invented, the caveman rocked the beard in a show of brute force and strength. Modern civilization, culture and fads have taught us to soften our look, have a "clean cut" appearance, that it's more professional and sexy. On the contrary, beards are HOT right now and they have been for quite some time. If you're looking to grow or spruce up your manly mane, here are some tips. 

1. Maintain healthy skin. Beard growth starts at the root down inside your hair follicles. Keep your skin healthy by keeping it clean. I know, men don't like to use facial washes but if you have acne or inflamed pores, treat it. Inflammation blocks circulation which can decrease hair growth. 

2. Know your skin. Avoid clogging your pores by knowing your skin type and which oils are best for you. Do you have oily, dry, or combination skin? If you have super oily skin then you need to use a product that is low on the comedogenic scale. This scale can aid in helping determine which oils will likely clog your pores. Oils are not all alike - some are heavier than others, some oils can be "dry", and their absorption rate is also different. For example, coconut oil is very heavy and is more likely to clog your pores. Use a lighter oil for oily or combination skin like argan or grapeseed oil. Bottom line, know your skin and know what's in the products your putting on your face. 

3. Increase circulation. There are a couple of different ways to increase circulation of your skin. Try gentle massage. Using a circular motion, massage your skin while cleansing. This can exfoliate and remove dry, dead skin cells and allow increased oxygenation of your follicles. Try a product with a natural pore opening essential oil like eucalyptus, peppermint, or tea tree. 

4. Essential oils. Try a natural hair growth essential oil. Lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, and clary sage are among some of the oils that have been shown to increase hair growth in studies. Some essential oils are also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. 

5. Water, water, water. Yeah, yeah I know you've heard that a million times but it's true. When you're hydrated, you sweat. This increases circulation, keeps pores clean and unclogged, and prevents build up of bacteria which causes acne, dry flaky skin, and patches.