Growing a beard can be a daunting prospect for teenagers. It often seems like it takes a very long time for a beard to reach the fullness and thickness desired. Fortunately, there are some home remedies that can help a teen quicken the growth of their beard. These natural treatments are cost-effective, safe and easy to use. In this article, we’ll take a look at what those home remedies are and how to use them.
A balanced diet
A healthy diet is the foundation for all body processes, including beard growth. The main types of nutrients the body needs to function, grow and repair itself are proteins, vitamins and minerals. All of these nutrients can be found in sufficient amounts in a balanced diet with all food groups represented – such as, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and fruits and vegetables. Be sure to stay away from processed foods, as they typically have little nutritional value.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Adequate hydration is also important for healthy beard growth. Water helps transport nutrients and oxygen around the body, encouraging cell reproduction and thus, beard growth. Aim for around two liters per day, more if the weather is hot or you’re particularly active. Studies have also shown that drinking coffee and green tea can stimulate hair growth, so aim for around two to three cups of each per day.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle also contributes to balanced hormones which are important for healthy beard growth. Regular exercise and stress management are key – try and get some outdoor exercise for at least 30 minutes five times a week, especially during the morning and day. A balanced sleep routine should also be a priority, aiming for 8 – 10 hours per night, as growth hormones are impacted by a lack of rest.
Certain herbs have been linked to encouraging facial hair growth, including various ayurvedic herbs. Fenugreek, hibiscus, shatavari and amla remain some of the most popular herbs used in traditional ayurvedic remedies. These herbs can be taken as herbal teas, supplements or applied as a paste to the beard area.
Essential oils are known for their nourishing properties and can also be used to help encourage facial hair growth. Some of the most popular oils include cedarwood and lavender, which are thought to encourage the body’s natural production of testosterone, and later, facial hair. Other oils to consider are rosemary, peppermint and sage. All of these oils should be applied directly on the facial area.
Healthy Beard Care
The last step to getting a healthy beard is ensuring that proper beard care is taken. It is important to keep the beard area clean and gently exfoliated so that this area can absorb all the natural treatments listed above. Additionally, the use of a moisturizing beard balm or beard oil can help hydrate the beard, ultimately encouraging the facial hair to be softer, shinier and less prone to breakage.
Kick-Start with Vitamins
Many vitamins can help in the growth and health of facial hair. Biotin, zinc, and Vitamin B6 are some of the most important vitamins as they help improve circulation and the healthy production of keratin (the protein which makes up hair and nails). These vitamins are essential to the growth of a healthy beard and can be taken as an oral supplement, or applied directly in topical form.
Finally, stimulating the scalp can be a helpful way to increase blood circulation, ultimately encouraging healthy beard growth. Regular scalp massages can increase the blood flow to the facial area, aiding the growth of facial hair. Additionally, it can help to take a warm shower or use a dry brush on the scalp before beginning a massage.
Stress is often an overlooked factor in beard growth. When we are stressed, our bodies produce higher amounts of cortisol, which can lead to a decrease in testosterone and beard growth. To counter this, any stress management techniques can be very helpful in encouraging beard growth. Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises are great for reducing stress and anxiety, thus improving one’s overall mental and physical wellbeing.
It is important to be aware of any underlying health conditions that could be interfering with beard growth, including hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies and illnesses that can affect the growth of facial hair. If you are concerned, consult with a medical professional before trying any home remedies.