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. It can help cleanse and condition the beard once it’s become fully grown.
What is beard oil?
The name may be a straight giveaway of what beard oil is; nonetheless, it is an oil that helps moisturize and shines your beard. Beard oil is packed with oils that are beneficial for the beard and skin follicles. It acts as a conditioner. It not only improves in cleanliness, it helps with ‘beardruff’ and makes your beard a bit more manageable. You can easily pair beard oil with beard wax when it comes to shaping your beard. Also choosing the right comb or brush is important when it comes to maintaining and styling your beard.
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.Not only does beard oil help with healing damaged skin beneath, it helps get rid of any dandruff, or “beardruff”.
It works best when applying beard oil after taking a shower. This is because your pores will be open and the oil can penetrate the skin better. It is recommended to use three times a week and is especially useful during the first six weeks of the growth process. It can help ease the itchiness of growing a beard along with the other benefits mentioned before. Also know that beard oil helps with maintain a healthy looking beard, but will most likely not give your beard a thicker look.
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.
Most beard oils contain two main ingredients: a carrier oil and an essential oil. Some higher end oils may even include vitamin E, which is great for the hair and skin underneath. Also, oils on the higher end usually are composed of many essential oils to help dilute the carrier oil. This gives the oil more benefits, thus more is better.
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.e Experienced aromatherapists who understand the synergistic properties of therapeutic oils and blend with appropriated quantities for a well-balanced and effective beard oil formulate such beard oils. You want to steer clear of oils that contains chemicals or doesn’t list the ingredients. These oils may contain silicone and do more harm than good.
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 critical 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 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. The oil is particularly good for encouraging hair growth and soothing both itching and acne. I think this oil’s ability to encourage hair growth really helps to set it apart from most essential oils which is why I’d put it at the top of the list.
Lemon essential oil is an incredibly potent natural antiseptic, 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 that may lead to skin irritation without removing the natural oils that keep your hair feeling moist.
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.
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.
DIY Beard Oil Recipe
As mentioned before, majority of beard oils consist of two ingredients: a carrier oil and an essential oil. Making your own beard oil is easy, cheap, and quick to do.
What you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of your choice of carrier oil (jojoba, argan, or hempseed)
- 5-10 drops of one or a blend of essential oils of your choice (sandalwood, cedarwood, lavender, vanilla, rosemary, etc)
- an ounce glass with dropper
In a glass jar, put in two table spoons of your choice of carrier oil. Then, put in 5-10 drops of your choice of essential oil(s). If using more than one essential oil, use a different dropper for each oil. Place a lid on the jar, and swirl it. Let the oil sit for a day for it to properly blend. And there you have it! These steps are easy to make and there are so many concoctions to come up with.
For more DIY beard oil recipes, check out this list of 51 recipes on Tools of Men.