The rate of growth of facial hair, like the hair on your head, is basically determined by your genetics and age, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help it along.

Monique Fleming, owner of Bonafide Beards, says an important aspect of growing your beard is a good skincare regime.

“It’s important to cleanse the skin well to unblock pores and eliminate dead cells. It’s better to use natural products, which won’t strip the beard of its natural oils,” she says.

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“Use a good beard oil, which can also be used on the rest of your face and helps eliminate that scraggly look. It deeply penetrates hair follicles, moisturises and conditions the skin and beard, and can also be used as a pre- and post-shaving oil.”

Watch the food you eat

Foods high in protein, spinach, potatoes and raisons are very good conduits for growing a healthy beard. You can help the process along by taking multi-vitamins, particularly those high in Vitamins A, B6, B12, B3, B5, C, E and F aid faster cell production and hair growth.

Get more sleep

Believe it or not, your bad sleeping patterns could have something to do with your beard growing slowly.

Your hair grows faster when you’re sleeping and research shows that hair cell production is at its peak in the early hours of the morning, roughly around 2am.

So the earlier you get bed and the longer you sleep can impact your beard growth.

Don’t trim or shape your beard too soon

Growing a beard requires a great deal of patience so resist the urge to trim it too soon.

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Experts say you should let your beard grow out for between four to six weeks before you trim or shape it.

Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliating the skin around your beard will help stimulate circulation to your face, which in turn delivers the oxygen and vitamin-rich blood that’s needed for cell reproduction. Exfoliating also gets rid of dead skin cells that block hair follicles.