Beard oil is one of the essential products that all distinguished beards-men should own. In general, beard oil is composed of carrier and essential oils and when used can make your beard look unbelievably good. From beard dandruff, beard itch, to the texture of how your beard feels, the benefits of applying beard oil are infinite. To better understand the purpose of beard oil, let’s discuss the composition of beard oil and what the ingredients do when applied to your beard.
High-quality beard oil is usually a mixture of two ingredients: a carrier oil and an essential oil. Higher end beard oils may include added ingredients, like Vitamin E, to facilitate the delivery of vitamins essential to hair and skincare.
Generally, carrier oils deliver core benefits of any given beard oil accounting for about 90% of the actual oil. Carrier oils are all-natural as the most popular ones are composed of jojoba, argan, sweet almond, and grapeseed oil. As an aside, these oils are often found in different beauty products besides beard oil. Higher-end beauty or all-natural products use ingredients such as jojoba in shampoos, soaps, creams, lotions, etc. The reason why these oils are so vastly used in beauty products is because they are all-natural and have terrific hydrating/moisturizing abilities for your skin and hair follicles. Instead of using a mixture of chemicals to achieve the same hydrating effects for your skin, a decent carrier oil will deliver the same if not better moisturizing and nourishing abilities. In addition, several essential oils may be mixed with a carrier oil. These oils are extremely volatile and require dilution via a carrier oil before application.
Just about every man that grows a beard will start to experience itchiness. Through the use of beard oil, this discomfort can be completely alleviated.
To understand why your beard is getting itchy, it’s important to look at what is going on with the skin beneath your beard and how beard oil plays a role. At the root of every one of your beard follicles, you have a pair of glands called sebaceous glands. These glands are key to making sure that your beard stays well-nourished. Sebaceous glands create an oil called sebum oil. As your beard follicle gets longer, it simply requires more and more sebum oil to coat the follicle while also keeping your skin well-nourished and moisturized. Always remember no matter the length of your beard, your sebaceous glands stay the same size. Finite in size, sebum oil production can’t effectively keep up with the demand of your beard follicle. No matter the length of your beard, sebum oil remains constant. Therefore, when your beard gets to a certain length, sebum oil simply isn’t enough. As a result, your beard and your skin become dried out and itchy. Applying beard oil supplements sebum oil, relieving the itchy beard, providing proper nourishment.
Beard oil also maintains your beard making it less tangled. So, when your beard is feeling scraggly, straw-like or dry, regular application of beard oil will help in making it feel much better. Regular use of beard oil also aids with the reduction of split-ends occurring.
If you're taking your beard-growing seriously, the reduction of split-ends will be good news as you won’t have to trim your beard nearly as often. In addition to the feel of your beard, the general appearance of it will also improve with the introduction of beard oil. Follicles of your beard will look a bit shinier and healthier.
Applying Beard Oil
Beard oil application is straightforward. To apply, put about a dime-sized amount into the palm of your hand and rub it in starting from the base of your beard working to the ends. Once applied thoroughly, use either a comb or brush (personal preference) to styling. VOLA!
Now let’s talk beard balm! Are they necessary? Are they different than beard oil? Any benefits? Let’s dig in!
First off if you have a beard, you should definitely be maintaining it properly. Beard balm contains these 4 core ingredients to facilitate that effort:
- Carrier Oil
- Essential Oil
In order to understand all the benefits, let's discuss what each ingredient does.
Beeswax holds the beard, providing styling properties. Beeswax also helps to lock in the moisture given off by the other ingredients in the balm.
Butter is for spread-ability, period! The butter used in beard balm is usually along the lines of a shea or cocoa butter. Shea and cocoa add a couple layers of benefits. It’s extremely rich in moisture and provides ample amount for your beard. This is critical for those of use living in colder/harsher dry climates or during the winter season. Butter in beard balm ensures your beard remains healthy throughout the day.
Carrier oils provide the benefits of any decent beard balm. Complimenting butters used, carrier oils make your beard soft and healthy looking.
Essential oils provide nearly all of the aroma to any quality beard balm. Ranging from typical woodsy scents, to scents like peppermint or citrus, essential oils make beard balm smell fresh. The single most benefit of beard balm is treating beard dandruff!
So, are there any beard balm benefits? The answer is an emphatic YES! When you use beard balm, your beard will look and present much better. Instead of looking dry and frizzled out, beard balm ensures your beard looks great. Beard balm also prevents split ends from occurring.
Applying Beard Balm
Application of beard balm is similar to application of bear oil. The steps are as followed
- First scoop out about a dime sized amount
- Rub into palms until it is fully melted
- Once melted, massage into your beard starting at the root of the hair follicle first and then gradually make your way to the end of your beard
From there I ALWAYS run a comb or brush through the beard?
Beard balm and beard oil are essential to your beard growing and meeting its fullest potential. I hope this article was helpful in the education/discussion of these products! Selfish plug; for more information on beard oil, beard balm and other products we suggest, please see, LINK HERE. As always good luck on your beard journey!
This is one Distinguished Beards-man signing off!