Growing and maintaining a beard is just as important, especially if you love a longer beard compared to a skin trimmed one. Beard oil is among the products that can give you an easy time managing your beard. The skin will absorb the oil and provide numerous benefits to the beard including growing it. But just like any other product, the ingredients that your oil contains are basically the determinants of what the oil will do to your beard and how effective it actually is in achieving the results that you desire. In essence, beard growth oils are made up of carrier oils and essential oils that are blended perfectly for amazing benefits.
In this detailed article, we will explain to you how can you make sure you are getting the best beard oil for your money? After reading this article you will be able to make educated and informed choices about which beard oil is right for you.
WHAT IS BEARD OIL?
Beard oil is a blend of carrier oils and essential oils. It’s used to condition and moisturize both the beard and the skin underneath. This liquid is applied in small doses, most often in the morning after a shower. Some men find that they need to apply beard oil on a daily basis, while others use it less frequently. How often you need to use beard oil depends on your skin and how much moisture it naturally creates.
WHAT’S IN YOUR BEARD OIL?
Beard oil products are a blend of one or more ingredients, and here are some of the most common beard oil ingredients that are used today:
GRAPESEED OIL – This a lightweight, easily absorbed oil that is excellent for both skin and beard and doesn’t feel greasy. High in minerals, proteins, linoleic acid, and Vitamin E, it helps to soften facial hair by moisturizing and conditioning. Grapeseed oil is cheaper and easier to obtain than Argan or Jojoba, so many beard care companies use it as their main ingredient. On the positive side, grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid which helps prevent moisture loss.
COCONUT OIL – It’s a nutrient rich oil that can soften and provide shine to facial hair. Unfortunately, most of the nutrients of coconut oil are lost during the refining process. If you choose to use a beard oil containing coconut oil, make sure it is unrefined coconut oil. Unlike jojoba, coconut oil’s molecular structure is not similar to the sebum your body naturally creates. Coconut oil can react negatively with some people’s body chemistry, producing a musty, unpleasant odor after a few minutes of applying it. It is also a very greasy oil that can be hard to wash out.
JOJOBA OIL – Growing a beard can be difficult when there is too much itching and jojoba oil saves the situation by eliminating the itching from the source. It also moisturizes and gets rid of dandruff and flakes. Jojoba is unique because its molecular structure is similar to sebum; the oil your body naturally produces to keep your beard and the skin underneath it moisturized.
ARGAN OIL – Extracted from the kernels of Moroccan argan trees, Moroccan men have known of the benefits of argan oil for centuries. It is an oil found in many skin moisturizers because of its Vitamin E which works in hydrating and softening the skin. As for your beard, the fat content of this oil will boost the skin and at the same time reduce the discomfort that comes with hair follicles sprouting. It is also non-greasy and non-irritating which makes it a popular ingredient in beard oils. The oils absorb quickly into the skin without leaving an oily greasy feel.
TEA TREE OIL– It promotes beard growth by reducing redness, dandruff, and itching. This oil also moisturizes, heals and repairs damaged beards leaving them smooth and shiny. Considering that it is quickly absorbed into the skin, it does not leave greasy oily residues on the beard.
CASTOR OIL – This is a heavier oil but used in moderation it adds so many amazing benefits. It increases blood flow in the skin, therefore, helping your beard grow faster. It also contains a lot of omega’s, specifically Omega-9’s which are well known as a must for healthy hair. Castor Oil also locks in moisture which makes the strands of hair look darker and fuller.
OLIVE OIL – Olive oil is rich in fatty acids that coat the shaft of your facial hair, which can help hide the damage done by synthetic beard washes and beard conditioners that contain Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and other chemicals that are harmful to facial hair. Unfortunately, the fatty acids in olive oil make it very greasy and unpleasant to wash out. Olive oil can work in a pinch, but it is probably not something you want to put in your beard on a regular basis.
SHEA BUTTER – This is a very popular ingredient in a majority of beauty products. As a beard oil, Shea butter transforms wild and frizzy beards into tangle free and smooth lovable beards. It has moisturizing properties, making it a great ingredient for facial hair growth and management.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEARD OIL?
Before and After Using Beard Oil
If you have ever heard of beard oil, you might wonder exactly what it does. Why would any bearded man want to put oil in their beard? For some reason, this trend of using oil in beard hair has become very trendy in the last few years. There are entire websites dedicated to not only selling these products but teaching people how to make this oil on their own. There are many reasons why this is important for the conditioning of beards. Here are some benefits of using beard oil on a regular basis:
- The primary benefit of beard oil is the nourishment it gives the skin and hair. The carrier and essential oils moisturize and condition the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. These same moisturizers soften the beard hair, which makes it easier to manage. The benefits of the moisturizer don’t stop there. Dry skin tends to flake, and when it is scratched it comes off in the form of dandruff.
- Also, the skin underneath the hair can get very itchy. This is due in part to dryness, but also because rough beard hairs can be prickly. Keeping your skin soft eliminates the dryness and reduce Itchiness (Dry Skin causes itch, Beard Oil will help moisturize not only your beard but also your face underneath), Softening the hair solves this problem.
- Keeping the skin conditioned and the hair soft also means you are less likely to have ingrown hairs. The softer the skin is the easier it is for the hair to break through the surface.
- Reduce Beard Dandruff (As mentioned above, dry skin itches and when you scratch it causes the skin the flake off and gather on your shirt front).
- Smell Great (Essential Oils smell awesome. Put them on your beard to act as a subtle cologne).
- Makes your Facial Hair more manageable (When your beard is softer and conditioned it is easier to comb and shape).
- Better beard growth. If everything is healthy and happy, you should see much faster growth.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE BEARD OIL?
The best time to apply beard oil is right after you get out of the shower. Your beard will be clean and the pores of your skin will have opened up nicely. With a towel, gently dry your beard before applying oil but leave it slightly damp. You don’t want to apply oil when your beard is too wet.
HOW TO APPLY BEARD OIL?
The process of applying oil is pretty straightforward. After you get out of the shower, grab your towel and get rid of the leftover moisture still hanging out in your beard. At this point, your facial hair should just be slightly damp which is what we want. Now put a few drops in the palm of your hand and start massaging it into your beard. Starting at your skin and the base of your beard toward the ends. Depending on the size of your growth you might need a little more but start with a little and work your way up if you need it.
Now, After you have all the information you need to pick the right beard oil for you. Remember to read your ingredients label, avoid fragrance oils and most importantly, enjoy your new beard life.