Many men value their beards and are proud to groom them. Beards are an identifying feature for some of these men. Some men take time to groom their beards using different beard products. However, some men are generally not interested in long beard care routines. If you are one of them, beard oil is the easy way out. Beard oil is a facial hair conditioner used to soften and moisturize hair. It also proves to be effective in smoothening the jawline beneath facial hair.
Using beard oil improves the quality of facial hair by enhancing its visual appeal and texture. It is a mixture of essential oils, carrier oils, and other ingredients used to ensure that users can deal with their beards with an assured level of ease.
Benefits of Using Beard Oil
Regardless of how much regard you have for your facial hair, always take care of it with good beard oil. It comes with many benefits.
Easy to Groom
Facial hair is relatively rougher than the hair on the head, which means it is more difficult to cope with shaggy hair than dealing with a ragged beard. Beard oil tends to make beards soft and shiny. Beard oil makes it easy to tame a beard; it also makes it neat and stylish.
Moisturizes Skin on the Jawline
An unkempt beard causes the skin underneath to be dry and prone to dandruff. The tingly feeling of such facial hair increases the chances of scratching, which leads to beard acne. Beard oil promotes smooth and clear skin underneath the beard by moisturizing the skin.
Makes the Beard Look Fuller
Beard oil transforms scraggly facial hair and makes it look lusher and fuller. Although there is no scientific evidence that beard oil increases the growth rate of hair, it makes it healthier. Beard oil has vital ingredients that promote the healthy growth of facial hair, which simultaneously improves the beard look.
Essential Ingredients in Beard Oil
Beard oil has several essential ingredients that include the following:
- Grape Seed Oil
Grapeseed oil, a byproduct of viniculture, is extracted from excess grape seeds after winemaking. Malaysia is the leading exporter of grape seeds worldwide. Grape seeds contain vitamin E that acts as an antioxidant; it could slow down the prevalence of gray hair. Vitamin E battles the free radicals in the air; these free radicals tend to dry the skin, hence increasing the signs of aging.
The omega-3 fatty acids present in grape seed oil are crucial for the healthy development of skin cells thus reducing the probability of skin inflammation. Besides moisturizing the skin, beard oil also heals beard acne and alleviates the appearance of scars in the skin below your facial hair.
- Sweet Almond Oil
California in the United States is the highest exporter of almonds and almond oil in the world. The demand for almond oil is increasing at a high rate as people learn more about its benefits. Almond oil is extracted from almonds through a rigorous heating process. Like grape seed oil, almond oil is rich in vitamin E, which fights against free radicals, reducing the signs of aging on beards. It also has omega-3 fatty acid that rejuvenates beard and skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Almond oil can smoothen the skin by treating minor wounds and cuts. Besides soothing dry and pale skin, almond oil can improve one's complexion. It helps the skin to balance how it absorbs and loses water. Almond oil increases the strength of hair but still makes it soft. It also keeps hair moisturized, which prevents the emergence of dandruff. It is advisable to ascertain whether you are allergic to nuts before using beard oil made with almond oil as an ingredient.
- Jojoba Oil
The jojoba seed oil has long been considered a valuable plant because of its medicinal properties. Jojoba seeds are primarily found in Mexico, the United States, India, and the Republic of China. Jojoba seeds are easy to harvest. After all, they are collected from the ground because they drop when ready to be harvested.
Jojoba oil is an effective remedy for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. The jojoba seed oil has moisturizing effects on the beard and the skin underneath. The chemical composition of the jojoba seed oil is similar to sebum oil.
The human skin produces sebum, which means that the body cannot distinguish between natural sebum and this carrier oil. Jojoba oil promotes the healthy growth of facial hair follicles. It helps fight against bacteria as it contains antifungal and antimicrobial properties. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of jojoba oil improve hair quality and avoid the emergence of a thin and weak beard.
- Argan Oil
Argan oil is extracted from a native tree common in the southwestern parts of Morocco, the largest producer of argan oil in the world. Argan oil plays a significant role in moisturizing the skin and beard. It is also highly concentrated with vitamin E. The antioxidants present in this carrier oil helps to eradicate the signs of aging, such as graying facial hair.
This carrier oil improves the quality of the skin by increasing collagen fiber that helps alleviate the presence of wrinkles around the facial hair area. Collagen fibers are responsible for the skin's elasticity, and as one becomes old, collagen fibers in the skin reduce, and wrinkles appear as a result. Therefore, argan oil would prove effective in making the skin around the beard youthful.
- Rosemary Extract
The Rosemary plant is commonly cultivated in the People's Republic of China. It improves the circulation of blood in the surfaces where it is applied. Applying it to your facial hair will ensure that your hair follicles grow with sufficient blood circulation, helping your beard to grow strong and lush. Extracts of the Rose Mary plant prevent the emergence of premature gray hair. Rosemary extract gives beard oil a sweet, manly scent.
Similar to Rosemary extract, cedarwood is a naturally occurring essential oil that gives beard oil a sweet scent. This essential oil reduces hair loss and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Cedarwood controls the secretion of the oil gland, which keeps the skin hydrous and free of dandruff. The United States is the largest producer of Cedarwood oil.
How Do You Make Beard Oil?
Making beard oil is an easy process, and one can comfortably make different types of beard oil by systematically mixing the ingredients mentioned above. It is only a matter of substituting your ingredient preference, depending on whether it is an essential or carrier oil.
The substitutions that you make should generally align with the recipe outlined below.
To make beard oil yourself, you will require;
- A jar or glass with a dropper top
- Extra dropper bottles to use for each essential oil to be used (it is optional to use additional droppers)
- Two tablespoons of carrier oil (choose between the oils mentioned above)
- 5-10 drops of essential oil.
The ratio of ten drops of essential oil per one liquid ounce of carrier oil is considered the safe dilution. A liquid ounce is equivalent to two tablespoons. It is advisable not to exceed the drops of essential oil because some essential oil can cause irritations.
Step One: Pour two tablespoons of your preferred carrier oil into the jar.
Step Two: Use a clean dropper to add between five and ten drops of essential oil into the glass jar. If you want to use a mixture of oils, it is advisable to use different droppers for each oil to avoid the contamination of your ingredients.
Step Three: Place a lid on the glass jar, shake carefully, and leave it to mix well for around 24 to 48 hours.
How Do You Apply Beard Oil?
- Apply around three drops of your beard oil in your palm, rub your hands against each other to smear the oil around your fingers and palm. You may need to apply more oil, but it is more appropriate to use it a little at a time to avoid making the beard excessively greasy.
- Rub your oily hands against the beard on the sides of your face
- Spread your hands at the lower front of your face to apply oil on your chin and mustache.
- Comb your beard thoroughly along and against the growth of your beard.
- Apply more oil if you feel it wasn’t sufficient
- Use a comb to groom your beard as you like.
What Not To Do When Applying Beard Oil
Do not apply beard oil if your beard is not clean. One should use it after a hot shower and after cleaning your face. Ensure that your use a towel to dry your beard to ensure that it is not wet but rather damp. You should not pour beard oil directly on the face.
Refrain from using an excessive amount of beard oil to avoid making your beard feel greasy. Do not use beard oil if it causes discomfort or any form of irritation; it could signify that you are allergic to one of the ingredients. Now you are ready to make and apply beard oil at your convenience while your beard thanks you!