I mustache you a question: do you know what’s lurking inside your beard? The answer will surprise you, and it most definitely will concern your significant other.
Whether you prefer a full beard, a goatee or a simple mustache, you need to keep it clean and trimmed. Why? A recent report found varying levels of bacteria in the beards of volunteer reporters who were tested. While some contained normal levels, others were “comparable to toilet seats” according to the microbiologist who conducted the testing.
But don’t jump to conclusions; the typical beard isn’t full of poop. It does, however, include loads of bacteria, including E. coli. Courser facial hairs work as a trap for grease, dirt and food particles. Ick!
This doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to your beloved beard. Facial hair has defined men’s appearances for hundreds of years, after all. The best approach is to clean and groom regularly, and there’s a few tools and tricks that can make the job simple.
1. Beard trimmer
Keeping your beard the desired length and style is infinitely easier with a beard trimmer. It saves time by helping you create a well-groomed look with less effort.
A slip of the hand in the early morning hours can turn into instant beard trimmer’s regret. Avoid this mistake with great mirrors. For trimming in the shower, a Fog-Free Bathroom Shower Mirror is indispensable. Outside the shower, a Magnifying Double-Sided Vanity Mirror gives you Superman-type vision to see every hair from virtually every angle for an easy trim.
3. Suds and condition
Get rid of that bacteria and grime by washing your beard regularly. Skip the bar of soap and instead use the same shampoo and conditioner you use for your hair. Do this every time you bathe and be sure to rinse well.
4. Beard balm
Finally, to condition your facial hair, reach for beard balm. This is a leave-in conditioner that not only helps the hairs stay healthy, but it can make styling much easier. Now don’t you look dapper?!