Day 8-13: Exfoliate and Eat Right
Day 8: Exfoliate
When you shave, not only do you remove unwanted stubble, you also scrape off the dead layer of top skin cells, allowing the new, healthy skin underneath to breathe, which encourages hair growth. Swap the razor for an actual exfoliant to achieve the same effect, which will also relieve any lingering itchiness. “Exfoliating underneath the beard will give your skin some comfort,” says Rivera, who recommends using an exfoliant with a facial wash for a two-in-one scrub and cleanse. Try The Art of Shaving’s Peppermint Facial Scrub, $25, mixed with Peppermint Facial Wash, $25, twice a week. (theartofshaving.com)
Day 12: Consider your diet
Adding OJ to your order of bacon, egg, and cheese, or pairing your slab with a side of tomato-and-spinach salad can do as much for your beard as your waist. “Certain vitamins and minerals can help increase the speed at which facial hair grows,” Pirrotta says. “Vitamins A, B, C and E are known to improve the hair growth process.” You’ll find those nutrients in apples, mangoes, oranges, spinach, and tomatoes, among others.
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