Beard Oil: Why It’s Important & What to Look For
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A beard takes an average of six weeks to grow to a sensible length, a process which could be made more pleasant and manageable with the proper maintenance and care. Problems such as ingrown hairs along with trapped dirt and sebum can lead to an odorous, spotty, and unshaped facial hair.
Beard oil can not only help prevent these problems, but provide nourishment throughout the growing process and help cleanse and condition the beard once it’s become fully grown. When selecting a beard oil, the following factors should be taken into consideration:
1) Functionality – Skin and Beard vs. Beard Only
Beard Oil serves two primary purposes – to heal damaged and dry skin along with helping throughout the growth process, and to continue to supply nourishment to a fully grown beard. This requires the use of oils equipped with the necessary therapeutic components to nourish not only the hair, but the skin underneath the beard as well.
Don’t waste your time with a beard oil which is only marketed towards a fully grown beard – a good beard oil will help heal damaged and dry skin along with releasing trapped dirt and sebum.
2) Versatility – More is Better
A suitable facial oil ought to contain more than one or two ingredients – because solubility is not an issue in an all-natural blend, synergizing an abundance of therapeutic oils can produce enhanced effects. Look for products which maximize the natural capacities of a variety of different oils to get the most out of each application.
3) Formulation – Balanced, Synergized, Effective
With beard oil becoming an increasingly popular trend in an under-regulated market, one must be meticulous in selecting a reputable brand which offers beard oil formulated by experienced aromatherapists who understand the synergistic properties of therapeutic oils and blend with appropriated quantities for a well-balanced and effective beard oil.
Best Essential Oils To Use As Beard Oil
When it comes to treating your facial hair with essential oils or other natural products, it’s imperative that you know why you’re using each specific oil. Some may simply follow their noses here, and while that may be helpful in terms of selecting appropriate scents or odors for your mixture, it may not be the most beneficial for encouraging healthy hair growth or maintaining a healthy beard.
So, in order to make sure that you give your facial hair everything it needs to become strong, long and healthy, I’ve compiled a short-list of some of the best essential oils and carrier oils for treating a beard. These will generally work well together in combination, but can just as easily be used on their own to ensure a similar effect.
Sandalwood is one of the oldest essential oils used in facial hair treatment and is still widely regarded as one of the best until today. The oil is particularly good for encouraging hair growth and soothing both itching and acne. I think this oils ability to encourage hair growth really helps to set it apart from most essential oils and this is why I’d put it at the top of my list. Lemon
Lemon essential oil is an incredibly potent natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and is incredibly helpful when it comes to growing a beard. Over the course of the day, our facial hair is likely to gather germs and dirt through sweating and exposure to pollutants. By applying a light coat of lemon oil to your face, you can keep it clean, smelling fresh and remove germs/bacteria that may lead to skin irritation or inflammation without removing the natural oils that keep your hair feeling moist. Cedarwood
This oil is simply a must-have for anyone growing a serious beard and its use as a beard oil dates back to before the bible times – so it’s clearly a favorite.
Along with it’s properties as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, Cedarwood also has astringent properties and anti-fungal qualities that make it ideal for preventing the formation of skin infections or the formation of acne.
It also has a really great, ‘timeless’ woodsy smell which is both refined and masculine, but not too overstated. It works great as an addition to a beard oil blend because it adds a nice musk scent and some body to the mixture, which is great if you’re going for more of a neutral odor.
Argan oil is an incredibly helpful carrier oil because it dilutes essential oils really well and has a list of benefits for your facial hair on it’s own. It helps to soften and condition your hair, giving your face an overall smoother feeling and helping to alleviate any signs of flaky skin that may occur with drier skin types. Sweet Almond Oil
This is one of my personal favorites in terms of carrier oils because it has an amazing texture and a very light odor which doesn’t detract from the scent of the essential oil blend you may be using. It’s also tremendously beneficial for use on drier skin types as it helps to relieve itchiness and flaky skin whilst moisturizing the skin and hair follicles at the same time. Olive Oil
that it’s cheap and readily available, many prefer using it as a carrier oil in DIY recipes because it’s quite effective at moisturizing the skin and locking moisture in your hair.
However, if you have a oilier skin type, I’d stay away from olive oil as it can worsen your complexion by trapping sebum oil in the pores of the skin. However, if you apply a small amount after washing your face and beard, you’ll reduce the negative effects of the oil on your skin and the rich antioxidants contained in the oil help to flush toxins out of the skin, ultimately creating the conditions for a healthy complexion.