This is my first installment of a post geared towards wellness and health. I believe health and fashion are synonymous – if you look good on the outside, then you’ll feel good on the inside. (Could I sound any more cliché..?)
Let me set the stage for you. For all my life, and I do mean all, I used bar soap to wash my face. Dove, Ivory, African black soap – the list goes on. I’ve washed my face with a wide array of brands. When I didn’t have facial hair (so before my freshman year of high school), it truly didn’t matter what soap I used on my face because my skin wouldn’t be affected. Once facial hair started growing, my oh my did that change.
For any man with a curly grade of hair, this equation may be familiar: in-grown hair bumps + dread going to the barber shop because of that post-alcohol dab + what’s the right soap for me = facial hair situation. Recalling trips to the barber shop, Witch Hazel product applied, and amount of home remedies is baffling to me. There are times I recall purposely growing my facial hair just so the in-grown hairs underneath my neck were given a chance to grow outward and NOT inward.
Sure there are plenty of alternatives to solving this issue. Bevel, a self-care company focused on improving the wellness and health of men with curly hair (generally men of color), offers a single blade razor that’s proven to be successful for some men. But some men is not all men. Plus, I am not a fan of razors and would much rather use hair clippers to shave underneath my neck.
Moment of Truth
About a year ago, my girlfriend figured out I was using bar soap to “wash” my face, and coconut oil to “moisturize” my face. I thought I knew what I was doing all along, even though I still experienced every man’s dream – in-grown hair bumps . *Buzzer sounds.* Wrong. Mr Price, you are not always right.
She introduced me to face wash and face moisturizer. Face wash? Face moisturizer? What the what?
As soon as I started using face wash and moisturizer day and night, I noticed a difference. There were little to no in-grown hair bumps underneath my neck. Pre-face wash and moisturizer, my neck would feel rough a week after going to barber shop. Post-face wash and moisturizer, my skin felt softer and I did not feel that roughness a week after going to the barber shop. Soft as a baby’s bottom.
How was this even possible? My guess is the face wash was no longer drying out my skin and the face moisturizer started to moisturize my skin. I also believe religiously washing my face day and night helped me clean out my pores more than I thought it would. Good God.
To this day I use the same face wash and moisturizer. To think this stuff was only for females was pure ignorance. Boy was I wrong. You don’t know what you don’t know..until you do know. You can check out the face wash I use here and the moisturizer here. Below I’ve outlined my routine.
Trust the Process (routine)
Rinse face and beard with warm water (opens up pores)
Apply face wash generously
Rinse face and beard with cold water (closes pores)
Dry your face and apply moisturizer
Same exact process stated above
I must caution you that everyone’s skin reacts differently to products, but the point still stands. Face wash and moisturizer are the new bar soap.
Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’m free at last.
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