3 STEPS TO BEING HAPPY, HEALTHY, HANDSOME, AND HAIRY
Whether you’re the proud owner of a goatee or are shopping for a bearded loved one, it’s important to know the ins and outs of proper facial-hair care. With a few simple steps, you can turn a “no shave November” experiment into a glorious, shining mane.
Beard oil is quickly absorbed, making it a tonic for itchy new beards. Individuals with extra-dry skin or Civil War-general-length beards should consider switching over to balms. Applying either of these products will keep your beard smooth, shiny, and dandruff-free. What makes a beard comb so special? While metal or plastic prongs are fine to use on your scalp, faces tend to be more prone to irritation. Wooden beard combs are gentler and absorb facial oils, redistributing them throughout your beard from root to tip. Plus, the lumberjack aesthetic is a nice touch. Remember that beards don’t grow on trees. Regardless of your fashion goals, your facial hair is an important part of your body and needs to be treated with respect! These tips won’t just have you looking dapper; they’ll have your face feeling better than ever. GET A BEARD COMB
WASH AND SCRUB
your beard as you shower will keep your face happy, hairy, and healthy. Don’t worry about investing in specialty beard soap unless you have particularly sensitive skin. For most folks, regular shampoo or facial wash works fine. Just be sure to get all the suds out or things will get crusty. Use a gentle patting technique to dry your face afterward. Scrubbing with a towel is a recipe for face frizz. Just like the hair on your head, your beard and the skin underneath need to stay moisturized. The use of beard oil and utility balm (commonly known as beard balm) will keep your hair and face hydrated and add a little extra shine and fragrance to your facial ensemble. Deciding which product to use depends on your beard length. OIL OR BALM?
From tangled knots to last night’s dinner, you don’t want anything hanging out in your whiskers longer than it has to. Scrubbing
WHICH IS THE RIGHT PATH FOR YOU? PHYSICAL THERAPY OR SURGERY
When it comes to injuries, it seems like doctors and physical therapists are playing a game of tug of war. One side tells you that surgery is required, and the other side informs you that therapy is the answer. Each party will provide empirical data to back up their assertions and attempt to convince you that their path back to full health is the right way to go. Yet, amid this battle for custody, there’s one unconsidered factor: you. As an owner of a physical therapy practice and a practitioner, I believe in how our methods can help patients achieve their recovery goals. But there are instances when surgery is the right path.
sometimes that means therapy. Whichever you choose, it’s important to hear both sides.
Even if you’re convinced surgery is the right path for you, it’s still crucial to get the opinion of a physical therapist. In many instances, going under the knife doesn’t have to be the first line of defense. For example, if you are hoping to run a 5K for Valentine’s Day as a way of proposing to your loved one but you sustained ligament damage in your knee, physical therapy can defer an operation to a more convenient time. Sometimes, getting a second opinion from a therapist can provide a path that better suits your rehab. If you’re concerned about the best path for you, reach out to us. We have a network of doctors that we refer for surgery all the time. You’re the only one who can choose the route to recovery that’s right for you. Let us give you your options today.
Torn ligaments, severely broken bones, and trauma stemming from collisions, such as falls or car accidents, frequently require surgery. In cases that are more on the fringes, such as partial tears or arthritis, how the patient feels mentally is often forgotten. As a patient, it’s your body, your livelihood, and your future, so having confidence in the right path for you is imperative. Sometimes that means surgery, and
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