Just in case you haven’t noticed, beards are back in a big way!  And if you just happen to be 50-plus, suffice it to say adjectives like dapper, sophisticated, scholarly are just a few of the words you’ll probably hear about yourself but only if your beard grooming is on point. If you’re living a bearded lifestyle and have been neglectful in the grooming department of your facial hair then we are here to help.

Since you’ve decided to ditch the razor to sport that ultimate stamp of total masculinity, do understand that it needs tender loving care, and general maintenance so that it looks appealing and not scraggly.  There are only a mere handful of men who can grow a beard and not do anything to it.  So unless you’re one of the chosen few, you’ll need some help!

Here are a few products for your beard that will help you give good bearded face:

Jack Black Beard Oil–the Kalahari melon oil and Vitamin E conditions and softens the beard hair while moisturizing the skin underneath to get rid of itchiness and dryness, $25, getjackblack.com 

Beardbrand’s Tea Tree Beard Wash–great for penetrating coarse hair to make it tangle-free; leaves hair soft, manageable with a hint of fragrance, $17,  www.beardbrand.com


Seven Potions Beard Balm–if you don’t like oils, try a balm on for size; all-natural, organic and contains no chemicals, parabens, preservatives, artificial fragrances, or colorants. It’s cruelty-free and vegan-friendly and stops beard itch and dandruff.  The balm moisturizes skin, provides control and has a wonderful scent. $22, www.sevenpotions.com

Kent’s Handmade Beard Combs–If you’re serious about maintaining your beard the right way, then you’ll need a comb and not the cheap one you use to comb the hair on your head!  In business since 1777, Kent’s beard combs help to shape facial hair sans the pulling and irritation to help stimulate oil production that makes your facial hair shiny and more manageable.  $21 for a set of three combs, www.Amazon.com

Professional Mustache & Beard Trimming Scissors–handcrafted in England and just what you need to keep your beard from looking a sight; precise, supported grip for easy handling, $25, www.Amazon.com

ZilberHaar’s Pure Boar Bristle Beard Brush–made from 100% boar bristles that offer the right amount of stiffness to untangle stubborn hairs and soften the beard by evenly distributing the natural oils of your skin.   The company also offers a lifetime guarantee with a full refund if you’re ever displeased with the product.  $18, www.Amazon.com