Greetings my fellow Distinguished Beards-men! There is a stark difference between beard wash and face wash. It caught me by surprise when I realized it! There are hundreds of questions regarding the best products for cleanliness and properly washing your beard. Over time, I have researched this topic and have been a "lab rat" trying different products in effort to broaden my understanding of each. Hopefully by the conclusion of this discussion what I've learned can be passed on and clarity of the difference between face wash and beard wash will be understood. So, without further ado, let's dig in!
Washing your beard is simple, however if not done properly your beard may become abrasive and dry. It is best to wash your face daily, however, not your beard. Depending on your skin type (dry/oily), the frequency that you wash your beard will vary. For oily skin, one may wash at least two to three times a week. For dryer skin, not so much. If you spend a great amount of your time doing yard work or playing sports, then you may want to wash your beard more often.
Choosing the Right Beard Wash
What is the best beard wash, you ask? Well, in my humble opinion, I strongly recommend a mild beard wash. Regular soap and body washes have very strong ingredients that may strip the natural oils from your face. Basic face washes are not made with beard hair in mind thus they can strip the beard of natural oils and dry your beard out.
Beard wash is formulated to gently clean your face and beard without stripping your beard's natural oils. In addition, the application of a mild conditioner or beard hydrator helps soften your beard while leaving your face refreshed and clean.
It may appear that facial wash is not an option for those that are on a journey to grow a full and healthy beard. That may be the case, however, facial wash still serves a purpose! Specifically, for those that don’t desire to wear a beard. To that point, let’s discuss what you look out for when selecting a face wash-
Choosing the Right Face Wash
When selecting a face wash it's important to keep in mind that every man's face is different. Skins types will vary from oily, dry, sensitive, non-sensitive or perhaps a combination of. In its simplest state, a face wash should rinse away sweat, sebum, dead cells, and dirt from the surface of your face. When selecting a face wash be careful to pick a wash that is sulfate-free and doesn’t irritate the skin. As a rule, NEVER use body soap or your face.
For dry skin, it's best to use a gentle cleanser with moisturizing and fatty acids as part of the ingredients. You should use cleansers that are free of radical chemicals, and alcohol. It is also important to avoid antibacterial soaps with exfoliators (salicylic/glycolic acid) that can dry out your skin. Globally, exfoliators are not bad! Exfoliating soaps cleanse away dead skin and debris; but to people with dry skin an exfoliator may do more harm than good.
For oily skin, cleansers should include aloe vera or tea tree oil. Both are mild ingredients that balance oil production and provide clarity of the skin.
For those that have sensitive or combination skin, choose a cleanser that is hypoallergenic, paraben-free and soap free so you don’t irritate your skin.
A Final Note on Beard Wash VS Face Wash
So, both face wash and beard wash serve a purpose. If you're growing a beard it's in your best interest to avoid applying face wash to your beard. Likewise, if you don’t have a beard, face wash is the best option. Personally I use face wash and beard wash by The Grooming Co. Their face wash has no synthetics or harsh chemicals in its ingredients. I simply apply it to my face (not beard) and I'm good to go. However, for my beard, I use the Grooming Co. beard wash. It's also a gentle exfoliator that not only cleanses the beard, BUT also gently exfoliates leaving your beard clean and feeling fresh. To achieve a healthy and clean beard, I normally apply a beard wash twice a week. And I always wash the areas around my beard. This keeps my face completely clean. For more information regarding The Grooming Co and their beard/face wash please see links: Beard Wash, Face Wash. For all other products see the following link. As always I wish you the best on your beard journey!
This is One Distinguished Beards-man signing off!