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Every beard is unique but they all grow in response to the same thing; androgenic hormones, aka. testosterone and DHT.
What a healthy beard also needs is the building blocks, which are the macronutrients that you consume as energy (protein, carbohydrate, and fatty acids) and the micronutrients (beard vitamins and minerals) that work as enzymatic co-factors in collagen production, keratin production, etc.
Aside from working as the “building blocks” of beard hairs, macronutrients and micronutrients can also be used to increase the levels of your beard growing hormones. Some foods do this so effectively that they can be straight-up labeled as “beard growth-promoting foods“.
Then there’s water. You want to be drinking enough fluids to keep your beard and body well hydrated and moisturized from the inside. Aim for roughly eight glasses per day.
So how to piece this all together in an easy to understand nutrition plan for beard maintenance and care?
Easy, here are some key points:
On top of all this, you want to make sure that you are actually eating enough calories (energy). Facial hair growth is an energy-expensive process and eating like a fitness-bunny on a low-calorie diet will limit your beard health potential and even growth rate."
You may have read some of the misleading news articles about beards being as dirty as toilet seats.
Well, as to be expected, those were clickbait headlines that were proven inaccurate and just plain wrong right after most of the major news outlets published them.
In short, some reporters (not actual scientists) swabbed a couple of beards on the street and found that they had some of the same bacteria in them as do most toilet seats.
Immediately articles were published about beards being as dirty like toilets, but what they cleverly left out was that these bacteria can be found practically everywhere because they were some of the most common bacteria were exposed to.
After hearing news like this, it’s understandable why some men scrub their facial hair and clean their beards, washing them daily. Sadly, this is one of the worst things you can do to your facial hair, as frequently shampooing the beard will strip away the natural oils needed for moisturizing the beard.
And yes, you should definitely be using beard soaps and shampoos specifically to get the job done, as those will preserve the important natural sebum oils to some extent, compared to normal shampoos which are simply too powerful for the beard.
Bottom line: Think of washing the mane as a two-bladed sword. When done too often and with basic supermarket scalp hair shampoo, it can destroy your beard care routine, but when dones occasionally with nourishing beard wash and beard conditioner, it turns into a powerful hydrating beard treatment instead."
Beard oil is easily the most popular product used for beard care and maintenance.
In fact, if you ask pretty much anyone the question of “How to take care of a beard?” nine times out of ten you’d hear “use beard oil” as the answer.
And that would be correct, as beard oil is truly one of the most important beard care essentials a hirsute man needs to be using.
Quality beard oil replenishes the oils that you lose in the shower, it hydrates and nourishes the skin underneath the beard, and it gives some volume and shine to the beard hairs, making your beard look and feel healthier all around.
Of course, there are big differences to beard oils, and many of the most popular brands are actually pretty bad for the beard health.
What you want to avoid are beard oils that use polyunsaturated vegetable oils as their main ingredient, as these types of oils are prone to lipid-peroxidation5, so they quickly become rancid when exposed to oxygen, heat, and light (your face has all three).
Not only that, but polyunsaturated oils have also been studied for their DHT and testosterone lowering effects6, which isn’t good since those two are the androgenic hormones that make your beard grow and flourish in the first place.
From the perspective of optimal beard care & maintenance, you want to look for beard oils with mainly saturated and monounsaturated oils as ingredients, such as coconut oil, castor oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil.
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