We offer a bunch and sell a bunch, but even though I have a beard, I wasn’t really sure exactly what is was until we put in some research. Read on if you have a beard or know someone who is OK with you offering suggestions for theirs.
WHY DO I NEED BEARD OIL?
Facial hair differs drastically from the hair on your dome. The products that care for each are the same way. With beards being so much coarser than the mop on top, an extra level of care is necessary to keep facial foliage happy, soft and well-nourished. Hence the creation of beard washes, beard conditioners and specifically beard oils.
Using Beard Oil is the best way to improve the feel and appearance of beards while keeping them itch, flake and split-end free. To better understand why you should be using beard oil, check out the breakdown below which covers what they are, what they do and how to apply them.
WHAT IS BEARD OIL AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The main purpose for using beard oil is to help moisturize and nourish the skin under the beard while simultaneously improving the look, feel and health of the beard itself. Generally, Beard Oils are broken down into two main ingredient groups, Carrrier Oils and Essential Oils.
Carrier oils are all-natural oils derived from seeds and nuts that usually make up a large majority of the product. These oils deliver the main benefits (moisture, softness & nutrients) to beards and the most common examples include Jojoba, Sunflower, Argan & Grapeseed oils. Any of these oils can be used standalone as beard oil.
Essential Oils make up the last bit of most beard oils and consist of highly potent ingredients with added benefits to carrier oils. Some added benefits include antiseptic properties to fight off flaky skin and any potential acne hiding beneath the chin-curtain. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender & Sandalwood oils are essential oils and are too strong to use in a beard standalone so they need carrier oils to dilute them.
HOW OFTEN DO I APPLY BEARD OIL?
Ideally, you can apply Beard Oil however often you like. Typically, they should only be used once per day however, climate can be a factor. If you are in an extremely dry area, you may need to apply twice in a day. Alternatively, in a very humid climate, you may only need to apply every couple days.
The amount of beard oil you apply depends on how much ‘beard-estate’ you have. The longer your beard is the more product you’ll need to use to penetrate down to the follicles. Reference the image and chart for an explanation of how to treat stubble, budding growth, mid-range and longer beards.
HOW DO I APPLY BEARD OIL?
A best practice is to apply beard oil after a hot shower while the pores are still open and the face is extra clean. Start by dispensing a few drops into your palms (reference image above for amount) and working your hands vigorously together. This will warm the beard oil and ensure an even distribution. Then work the beard oil in from root to tip making sure that the oil penetrates all the way down to the skin. This should take at least 30 seconds, but for gents with some serious growth, can take a bit longer.
You’ll want to consider picking up a quality beard comb or beard brush like the Grooming Lounge Beard and Mustache Comb or the BlueBeards Beard Brush. These tools help distribute beard oil throughout facial hair after working it in with hands.
WHERE DO I START?
Now that you’ve done some research, it’s time to start growing that beard again, but this time, with beard oil. There are a ton of different beard oils out there and it may take some time to find the right one — so don’t be discouraged if the first one you try isn’t your favorite.
All in all, using beard oil is one of the easiest ways to make sure that beards are kept in tip-top shape and well-nourished. Trust that growing a beard will be a much softer and pleasurable experience with a beard oil in play.