Have you ever grown out your beard before? What made you stop growing it? If you’re like most men, you threw in the towel because the itch and discomfort were too much to bear.
What if I told you that there was a single product that could not only dispatch the itching and discomfort but also keep you looking and smelling better in the process? My friends, that product is beard oil.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the many benefits of beard oil, and how adding beard oil to your grooming routine can help keep you and your beard looking great.
Top Benefits of Beard Oil
So, why do guys use beard oil? What’s inside that bottle that scores of bearded men swear by the stuff to keep their beard looking clean, fresh, and well-groomed? Let’s take a closer look at the top benefits of beard oil.
Stops Beard Itch in its Tracks
If you’ve ever grown a beard before, you’re already familiar with the dreaded itchiness that sinks in after about two weeks to a month of growth. Besides death and taxes, your beard getting severely itchy is about the only other guarantee in life.
But why? To understand why your beard gets itchy, we must first understand the sebaceous glands. Each hair follicle in your beard has a pair of sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum oil, and it helps to keep your face and beard well moisturized and nourished. The problem is, these glands don’t create extra sebum oil as your beard gets longer.
So, since the sebum oil you have is all the sebum oil you’ll get, after a few weeks of growth, your sebaceous glands can no longer keep up. What happens when our skin and hair aren’t well moisturized? You guessed it: the dreaded itch.
Beard oil’s primary purpose is to mitigate this unpleasantness. Beard oil helps to supplement the sebum oil your body produces naturally as your beard gets longer. So, using beard oil is the easiest and most effective way to combat the itchiness and discomfort that affects every guy as they grow a beard.
Combats Beard Dandruff
Beard dandruff, or “beardruff,” as we like to call it, goes hand and hand with the lack of moisture that we described above. Not only does this make you itch, but the flaky and dead skin beneath your beard can quickly turn to dandruff.
Unsightly dandruff flakes are a surefire way to ruin an otherwise great looking beard. By using beard oil, you’ll be nourishing your beard hair and the skin below. In doing so, you’ll be able to stop beardruff dead in its tracks.
Conditions and Softens Your Beard
Another significant benefit of beard oil is that it conditions your hair. The oil itself has conditioning properties, and most beard oils employ other conditioners and moisturizers to make your hair even softer and more manageable.
A well-conditioned beard is easier to comb and style, and it feels better too.
Helps Fight Acne & Irritation
If you don’t keep your beard properly moisturized, you’re likely to deal with some breakouts underneath your beard. These breakouts occur when your follicles become clogged, with causes acne and inflammation.
Many people think the idea of beard oil fighting acne is counterintuitive. After all, how is adding a greasy oil to your face going to result in fewer pimples? Beard oil acts as a fantastic cleanser and moisturizer. The oil works its way into your pores and helps to cleanse impurities, and it won’t clog pores, which is the main reason breakouts occur, to begin with.
Beyond helping to cleanse your skin, most beard oils have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help to reduce inflammation and redness in addition to helping to cleanse your skin. In fact, beard oil may be an effective acne treatment for people who don’t even have beards.
Even if you don’t have acne, the properties of beard oil are also helpful for reducing redness, inflammation, and the appearance of skin blemishes. Depending on the essential oils that are in the beard oil, your oil may even have anti-aging properties.
Keeps Your Skin Healthy and Moisturized
Believe it or not, people who have beards are usually hiding incredibly healthy skin beneath their beard. The oils and moisturizers in beard oil penetrate your beard follicles and the surface below, helping to keep your skin healthy and beautiful looking. Not only can beard oil help to fight acne, but it also helps to keep your skin looking its best at all times. Some beard oils can also keep your skin tight, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Makes it Easier to Comb and Style Your Beard
At first, styling your beard is usually an afterthought. But, as your beard gets longer, and presumably more unruly, styling your beard becomes incredibly important.
If you have a longer beard, you already know that styling your beard dry is virtually impossible. When dry, it’s challenging to run a comb through your beard, and it seems to have a mind of its own.
But, add some beard oil to the mix, and the hair is suddenly soft and manageable. It’s much easier to comb or brush, and style and your beard hair tend to “behave” much better when it’s been adequately nourished with beard oil.
Lightweight and Non-Greasy
For some people, the idea of adding oil to their beard is something they aren’t interested in doing. These people figure that beard oil will leave their beard looking wet, greasy, and unbecoming. But, with a quality beard oil, that isn’t the case.
Beard oils are lightweight, non-greasy, and practically invisible because they absorb into the skin and hair quickly.
You’ll be able to see and feel the difference beard oil makes in the sense that your beard will look healthier and style easier. But, you won’t be able to see and feel the difference in the sense that it makes your beard look wet or greasy.
May Help With Beard Growth
A thin or patchy beard is the last thing that any guy wants. For a small percentage of guys, this is just a genetic fact, and there’s nothing that can be done about it. But, for many more men who grow a thin or patchy beard, this is something that they can eliminate with the right beard oil and grooming routine.
Often, bald or patchy spots are the result of an underlying skin condition. Acne, dry skin, and other skin conditions can all contribute to a patchy beard. Just as the grass won’t grow well if the soil below is bad, the same holds true for beards.
Today, therapeutic-grade beard oils are available for this very reason. These oils possess healing properties and are designed to alleviate the underlying issues that are keeping you from achieving a great looking beard.
If you have a thin or patchy beard, consider adding therapeutic-grade beard oil to your routine, and see if that doesn’t help to kickstart growth in the uneven areas.
It Smells Great
Beyond all the great benefits we’ve discussed above, beard oil smells great, too! You’ll find beard oils available in a myriad of different scents from woodsy to floral to everything in between. These scents help to keep your beard smelling as good as it looks, and they can even eliminate the need for cologne or aftershave.
Of course, if you’d prefer for your beard oil to have no smell at all, there are tons of unscented varieties available that are perfect for those with sensitive skin and those who are sensitive to fragrances.
What’s In Beard Oil?
Now that we’ve covered the benefits of beard oil, let’s take a closer look at what this nectar of the gods is made out of. After all, if you’re going to be putting it in your beard, you better know what it is.
Beard oil is usually simple to make and contains only a few ingredients. While some beard oils use only a single ingredient, most brands feature at least two components. Therapeutic beard oils will often include other components to enhance the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of the oil.
Carrier oils are the primary ingredient in beard oil. In fact, this is the only thing you truly need in beard oil. These oils help to add shine, moisturize, smooth and soften your beard, and they’re responsible for the most tangible benefits beard oil provides.
Carrier oils are almost always all-natural, and they’re derived from seeds, fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Some carrier oils work better than others as beard oil, and each carrier oil brings with it some unique benefits.
For use in beard oil, the best carrier oils tend to be those which absorb into the skin quickly, but not too fast. These oils include argan oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and hemp seed oil. Beyond these popular choices, several other carrier oils work great for beards. This crash course in carrier oils is perfect for learning about which are best for your skin and beard.
If carrier oil is the body of beard oil, essential oils are the heart and soul. Essential oil is responsible for the rich scent of beard oil. Beyond their scent, different essential oils offer their own benefits, some of which lend themselves quite well for use as a beard oil.
Essential oils are incredibly concentrated, and most of them are skin irritants. For this reason, essential oils must be heavily diluted in carrier oil so that the body tolerates them well.
Not only do essential oils add a scent to your beard oil, but they also possess an entire range of benefits, depending on the type of essential oil you’re using. For example, tea tree essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which are great for the health of your skin. Here are some of the benefits associated with popular essential oils.
- Lavender – helps relieve stress and has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
- Sandalwood – calms the nerves and helps with focus
- Bergamot – reduces stress and helps with skin conditions, like eczema
- Chamomile – improves mood and aids in relaxation
- Tea Tree – antibacterial properties fight infection, also boosts immunity
- Cedarwood – calms the nerves and aids in relaxation
- Frankincense – aids in meditation, excellent for dry skin and older skin
While these represent some of the most popular essential oils to add to beard oil, there’s a genuinely exhaustive number of essential oils you can use. Depending on your skin and hair type, some essential oils may be better than others for your beard.
People who are very sensitive to essential oils may want to steer clear of them altogether. Usually, unscented beard oils don’t include any essential oils, so they shouldn’t irritate your skin. When properly diluted in carrier oils, most people don’t have any adverse reactions at all. In fact, most people benefit from the inclusion of essential oils in their beard oil.
Most beard oils stick to a recipe that includes only carrier oils and essential oils. But, therapeutic beard oils also include other ingredients that can bring a variety of different benefits to your beard and skincare routine.
Making Your Own Beard Oil
If you’re a DIY guy, or if you’re looking to save some money on your grooming products, it’s easy and fun to make your own beard oil. Plus, with a little refinement and ingenuity, you can end up making some pretty amazing blends. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up starting your own beard oil company!
Making beard oil at home is incredibly easy. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1-2 oz. containers
- Small funnel
- Carrier oil(s)
- Essential oil (optional)
To make your own beard oil, you’ll start by adding a carrier oil to your container with a small funnel. You can create your own blend of different carrier oils, or you could use a single oil for your entire mixture. Next, add a few drops of essential oils to your carrier oil, mix it, and test it for scent and consistency. If necessary, make changes until you’ve arrived at a solid blend.
You’ll quickly realize that making your own beard oil involves some hefty start-up costs. While each bottle of beard oil you create will only cost you a couple of dollars, buying larger bottles of carrier oils and essential oils gets costly. You may want to start with one or two carrier oils and a single essential oil to keep your costs low.
How to Apply Beard Oil
Once you’ve found your perfect beard oil, you’ll need to apply it properly, so you get maximum benefits.
First, you’ll want to take a shower. This will ensure that your beard is clean and ready to go, and it will also help to train your beard, assuming you shower at the same time each day. Since oil and water mix like, well, oil and water, you’ll want to remove almost all the water from your beard before applying.
Next, put several drops of beard oil into your hand, massage your hands to spread it evenly, and then distribute it throughout your beard. The right amount of oil for your beard is going to depend entirely on the length and thickness of your beard. At first, just a few drops should do, but as your beard gets longer, you’ll need to apply more oil to ensure you coat each follicle.
Finally, use a comb or beard brush to style your beard to your liking.
Beard Oil vs. Beard Balm vs. Beard Wax
Beard oil is great, but it’s far from the only store on the block when it comes to beard care. You’ll find other beard care and styling products, such as beard balm or wax. How do you know what is best for you? Read on, and we’ll fill you in.
Beard oil is the ideal product if you’re looking to keep your beard healthy and moisturized. We’ve discussed the benefits of beard oil at length above, so you already know that you should have it in your medicine cabinet at all times.
Compared to other beard products, beard oil is the lightest and least noticeable. Unlike balms and waxes, beard oil is primarily designed to moisturize your beard and the skin beneath it; this makes beard oil ideal for anyone who likes to keep their look as natural as possible since it doesn’t add too much shine or greasiness to your beard.
Since beard oil also softens your beard and makes it easier to comb and style, it’s often used in conjunction with a balm or wax for styling longer beards.
Beard balms combine the benefits of beard oil with the control of a styling product. A beard balm often includes moisturizers and essential oils, as well as ingredients with some degree of hold, which helps you to style your beard and tame flyaways. For people with longer beards, a beard balm is practically a necessity.
Most people choose either beard oil or a beard balm, but you can also use the two products together to add even more shine and life to your beard. If you have a longer beard, you may want to consider applying beard oil, combing your beard, then adding a balm to help control and define your beard’s style and shape.
Lastly, there is beard wax. You can think of beard wax as a heavy-duty beard balm. Unlike balms, which focus mostly on moisturizing your beard and skin and provide slight hold, a beard wax contains multiple ingredients for hold, and it has more in common with pomade or hair wax than it does with beard balm.
These products are usually used by people with long beards who need help shaping and styling their beards. Typically, beard wax is used sparingly in strategic areas where you need extra hold and shaping. Most people avoid using beard wax since the product is often heavy, difficult to wash out, and greasy.
The benefits of beard oil are many, and it’s practically a magic potion for maintaining your beard. If you’re looking to stop beard itch, dandruff, and keep your skin adequately moisturized, adding beard oil to your morning routine is the perfect way to do it.
Depending on your skin and hair type, you should have no problem finding a beard oil that’s in line with what your personal needs are. Of course, if you can’t find anything that fits the bill on the market currently, you can make your own beard oil blends with just a few ingredients.
Whether you’re working on your first beard, or you’re sporting a multi-year masterpiece on your face, beard oil will help keep your beard looking its best.