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Common Mistakes You May Be Doing When Washing Your Beard

  • By - Sphinx Beard

To wash your beard, you'll need soap and water. Lather up your beard, rinse it out, and you're good to go! Although this process is simple, there are a few ways you can tweak your routine to make a noticeable positive difference in the health of your skin and beard.

Common Mistakes You May Be Doing When Washing Your Beard

1 - Using the Wrong Beard Wash

Beard wash will help you to maintain your beard's softness, shine, and volume. It will also help to kill off bacteria and yeast that can make your beard feel itchy and uncomfortable.

However, not all beard washes are designed to treat your specific skin types or beard concerns. Some washes may be too strong and make your skin feel dehydrated, while others may not be strong enough to remove stubborn food particles or product residue.

2 - Using the Wrong Water Temperature

The optimal water temperature for washing your beard depends on your skin type. If your skin is on the sensitive side, you will benefit from washing your beard with lukewarm water. Cold water may make your skin feel tight and uncomfortable. If your skin is on the oily side, you will have better luck with cold water. Many men with oily skin have found that washing their beards with cold water helps to control excess oil throughout the day.

3 - Not Washing Your Beard Thoroughly Enough

When you wash your beard, it's important to thoroughly lather up each area. This will help to remove dirt, saliva, and excess oils that can make your beard feel dirty. It will also help to keep your skin clean and nourished. If you think you're doing a good job, you can test your beard by rinsing off your hands and feeling the beard to make sure it's completely clean.

4 - Not Conditioning Your Beard

If you're only washing your beard, it might be time to start conditioning it. Conditioner helps to soften your beard hair, adds moisture, and helps to lock in the natural oils that keep your beard healthy.

5 - Not Using a Beard Brush

Beard brushes are a great way to remove food particles and loose hair from your beard. If your beard is especially bushy, you may want to brush your beard before you wash it. This will reduce the amount of dirt and grease that you need to remove.

6 - Not Massaging Your Beard While You Condition It

While you're conditioning your beard, it's important to massage it thoroughly. This will help hydrate your beard and also help to prevent ingrown hairs.

7 - Rinsing Your Beard Off with Water, but Not Washing It Off with Soap

This is a common mistake. To ensure that you are cleaning all of the conditioner out of your beard, it's important to wash it out with a little bit of beard soap.


To get the best results from washing your beard, you need to make sure you're using the right product and doing a thorough job. If you're having trouble with your beard, you might benefit from switching to a beard wash that is designed for your specific skin type or beard concerns. Be sure to follow up your wash with a beard conditioner to keep your beard hydrated and healthy.

Using the highest quality ingredients like Egyptian Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil from Morocco, and Indian Castor Oil, Sphinx strives to provide the utmost complete beard care products that nourish a man's skin and beard like no other.

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