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Natural Ways to Promote Beard Growth

You don’t need to be a statistician to know that full beards have become increasingly popular in the UK over the course of the last decade, especially among younger and balding males.As of 2017, for example, 42% of British men had some form of facial hair, with 18% sporting full beards. This figure was up seven points when compared with data from 2011, while the number of men sporting stubble declined slightly from 19% to 17% during the same period. 

Clearly, men are eschewing the clean shaven look and light stubble in favour of thick and more fulsome beards. However, the latter can be a particularly challenging look to strike (especially if you have newly shorn locks), so we’ve created some natural ways through which you can promote beard growth!

#1. Exfoliate Your Skin

Let’s start with the basics, as you’ll need to ensure that the skin that sits beneath your beard is healthy if you’re to optimise facial hair growth over time.

One of the key steps here is to regularly exfoliate your skin as part of a broader and consistent skincare regime. This helps to remove all the dead skin cells on your face and stimulate the growth of new hair, prompting more consistent beard growth and minimising the risk of bald patches appearing on your face. 

Frequent exfoliation also helps to unclog blocked pores and draw out impurities, optimising skin health while ensuring that you don’t produce an excess of natural oils.

This practice can also help cleansers and moisturisers to work more effectively, creating a much more effective regime that delivers better results in terms of the growth of your facial hair and its sheen.

In terms of frequency, you should strive to exfoliate your skin at least once a week, using a dedicated (and preferably natural) scrub or exfoliant. Prioritising products with natural ingredients will make the process of exfoliation less abrasive and easier to sustain over an extended period of time.

#2. Keep Your Skin Clean, Moisturised and Well Hydrated

We’ve already talked about how exfoliating should be part of a wider skincare regime, but there’s no doubt that cleaning and washing your face will form the bedrock of this process.

Certainly, you’ll need to keep your facial skin clean and commit to washing it with warm water and a mild cleanser every day, with MANTL providing a viable product that has been specifically designed for balding or bald men.

As a result, they’re formulated and PH-balanced cleanser can be applied to both the face and scalp, with a view to gently removing dirt without increasing the risk of drying your skin or over-stripping it of essential oils.

In combination with warm water, this will open your skin’s pore and effectively remove all of the accumulated oil and dirt that has accumulated during the day, once again unblocking pores and aiding facial hair growth over time.

Moisturising is the third core element of your daily skincare regime, and arguably the single most important.

After all, skin that isn’t frequently moisturised (especially in sensitive areas such as the face) is prone to become dry and dehydrated, making it more prone to cracking during the winter months. Moisturising can also enhance your skin’s appearance by removing dry and flaky skin, while selecting products that incorporate eucalyptus actively promotes consistent and fulsome facial hair growth.

In this respect, MANTL also offers a viable option with its own ‘Age Defense Moisturizer’, which once again has been formulated for the face and scalp and dermatologist-tested to boost hydration and allow for regular use. Its formula also includes willow herb extract and Vitamin B3, which combine to balance the skin and tackle the gradual appearance of fine lines.

You should look to moisturise every day after cleaning as part of your regime, as you commit to looking after your skin and promoting extensive beard growth.

#3. Try Derma Rolling

Outside of this regime, derma rolling is another technique that can be used to stimulate increased facial hair growth.

But what is derma rolling and how does it work? In simple terms, it utilises a process called ‘microneedling’, as derma rollers are covered in variably sized stainless steel or titanium needles that have been designed to gently piece the outer layer of the skin.

This triggers several different reactions. Firstly, it stimulates the production of small amounts of collagen within the facial skin, with this central to the growth and regeneration of targeted cells. Collagen also features amino acids, which are leveraged by hair follicle cells to produce keratin proteins which actively empower hair growth and strengthening existing strands.

According to some studies, the process of derma rolling also aids the flow of nutrient-rich blood to targeted areas of the body, including the skin on your face. This translates into optimal circulation, which drives sustainable and increased hair growth over an extended period of time.

As if this wasn’t enough, regular use of a derma roller may also activate stem-cell growth factors. These are known to potentially slow and potentially reverse the shrinking of hair follicles that typically occur with age.

Overall, the use of derma rollers is supported by multiple studies, while it may also help to stimulate increased hair growth on the scalp as well as the face.

#4. Manage Your Stress

Outside of these physical steps, you’ll also need to manage stress and optimise your mental wellbeing if you’re to effectively promote consistent beard growth.

The main reason for this is simple; as stress has a tremendous physical impact on the human form, as the production of cortisol in the body increases markedly and your hormone levels become imbalanced.

This can hinder the growth of your beard and the speed with which the damaged skin cells which sit beneath your facial hair can repair themselves over time, promoting much slower and uneven growth in the process.

Of course, long-term or chronic stress can also restrict the flow of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to your hair follicles, negatively impacting the growth of your beard and undermining your attempts to grow thick and lush facial hair.

So, using positive time management techniques (for those of you with busy work schedules) and relaxation techniques such as meditation can play an indirect role in aiding consistent beard growth, by actively reducing daily stress and creating a much more relaxed mindset.

#5. Create a Healthy Eating and Exercise Regime

We’ve already spoke about the importance of creating one type of regime when promoting consistent beard growth, but the same principle can be applied to your lifestyle and approach to healthy living.

More specifically, you’ll have to create a daily diet and exercise regime that combines to boost your daily nutrient intake and circulation, while simultaneously optimising your mental wellbeing and alleviating any stresses that you encounter each day.

From a dietary perspective, you’ll need to eat a healthy and balanced selection of foods, which comprises a selection of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and wholegrains. The primary goal here is to leverage the key nutrients and minerals that actively stimulate hair growth, including zinc, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D,  Vitamin E and the aforementioned vitamin B3.

In fact, the so-called ‘B’ vitamins are particularly important from the perspective of nail and hair growth, including B1, B6 and B12. Increasing your intake of such vitamins alongside high levels of protein and fresh vegetables  will certainly aid facial hair growth, while also helping you to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

However, we’d also recommend taking additional dietary supplements to help maintain a positive balance in your body. This is particularly important in the case of Vitamin D (which is synthesized in the skin when exposed to sunlight and hard to obtain during the winter and through diet alone) and Vitamin B12 (which has restricted dietary sources and particularly hard for vegetarians to source.

When it comes to exercise, you’ll need to identify the best activities for your lifestyle and physical capacity, ensuring that you can enjoy regular exercise and create a regime that can be sustained over time.

In general terms, the average adult will need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity and two days of muscle strengthening activity to maintain a viable level of fitness, while the nature of your exercise should also correlate to your diet and calorie consumption.

Remember, exercise will also help to optimise circulation and the flow of blood to your face, while minimising inflammation in the body and maintaining a healthy balance that stimulates hair and beard growth.

#6. Increase the Quality of Your Sleep

When it comes to promoting healthy and optimal beard growth over time, having regular and high quality sleep is one of the most effective measures that you can take.

The main reason for this is the role that testosterone plays in optimising hair growth on the face and scalp. Interestingly, the testosterone within your system is primarily released during sleep, so failing to get enough shuteye or having constantly disrupted and poor quality sleep adversely affects this process over time.

Even adding as little as 30 minutes to your sleep schedule will trigger significant improvements in the appearance and healthy of your beard, but making more marked changes will deliver even better results.

Overall, you should aim to get a minimum of six hours’ sleep each night in order to achieve optimal facial hair growth, as this aids physical recovery and rejuvenates your facial skin and hair more effectively. 

Make no mistake; if you only get four or five hours’ sleep each night, your beard growth will become stunted and inconsistent in a way that’s clearly noticeable.

#7. Try to Resist Trimming Your Beard

Last, but not least, you should resist trimming your beard excessively if you want to ultimately cultivate thick and fulsome facial hair.

Of course, the challenge here is that your facial hair can become a little messy and unkempt as you grow it out, creating the urge to trim and shape this on a relatively frequent basis.

However, this ignores the various stages of hair growth, which create different challenges when developing a beard. Certainly, the period of growth between two and eight weeks will often see beards look untidy, while the skin beneath may flake and the facial hair itself becomes unbearably itchy.

Good skincare can help to negate these issues, of course, but it’s also wise to avoid overly grooming your beard until it’s had around six weeks of continued growth. This also minimises the risk of developing in-growing hairs, so patience and discipline is key if you want to create a thick and full beard as a newly bald man.

After eight weeks, your ‘baby’ beard is born, and you can start to trim and shape your facial hair to help maintain a neat and desirable aesthetic. 

The Last Word

Full beards are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, but maintaining their growth and appearance is far easier said than done.

Fortunately, following these natural steps can help to aid the speed and consistency of your facial hair growth, while avoiding issues such as dry, flaking skin and negating any bald or thinner patches of beard.

This way, you can cultivate a thick and fulsome beard that’s also shiny and aesthetically pleasing, which is the Holy Grail for many bald men who want to use facial hair as a way of reinventing their look!