Your beard needs to withstand heat and icy cold weather. It is spotted with food leftovers at every meal and constantly threatened with sharp, pointy objects to keep it in shape. Your beard has a hard life – so be good to it. Actually, it only takes two things for a satisfied beard: some love and beard oil.
For your beard, beard oil is like a full-day stay in the spa and helps you with both beard care and beard styling. However, many beard bearers don’t know enough about beard oil – they do not know what a good beard oil is all about, how to use it properly and what benefits it brings. At the same time, beard oil can really eliminate just about all problems related to beards.
Every beard bearer knows the joys, but also the problems of wearing a beard: itching, dry skin and thus also beard dandruff, as well as a man mane that is indomitable on some days.
Your beard ensures that less UV light penetrates the underlying skin. In addition, the natural oil of the skin spreads more in the whiskers, as to build a healthy protective coat on the skin, so that the skin under your beard tends to dry, itch and build up dandruff. Your beard itself does not have a good source of nutrients anymore and it also dries out. The whiskers become rough and scratchy.
If you are not a happy exception, you have at least one of the problems mentioned, if not all. This is where beard oil comes into play. It consists of carrier oils, also known as base oils. These include, for example, from jojoba oil, argan oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, hemp oil or avocado oil. These oils help keep your skin and beard moist and provide you with essential nutrients. The oils also soften your beard – it will scratch you and your girlfriend much less and make it easier to tame.
Furthermore, beard oils usually also contain essential oils such as cedar oil, tea tree oil or peppermint oil. These oils also have their own beneficial properties, but most beards like them for their unique scents.
How To Recognize Good Beard Oil
So you buy a bottle of beard oil and all your worries are a thing of the past … too good to be true? Exactly. Beard oil is of course not the same as beard oil and there are good and less good products. And as always everything is somehow a matter of taste.
First of all, you have to try out which scents you like the most. It’s not enough to just sniff the bottle. Try a few drops in your beard, because only then do all the fragrances of the beard oil unfold. The oil should not stick too much and leave no visible residue in your beard.
Also make sure that the oils are “all natural” – that is, from organic farming and cold pressed. These oils are not contaminated with chemicals such as pesticides and give your beard only the best – without negative long-term effects. A good beard oil is also free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, silicones, mineral oils and phosphates.
Mix Beard Oil Yourself
Most beard oils you find online or in stores are made by inspired beard bearers themselves. You can do that too. It’s actually not that difficult to mix your own beard oil. The hardest part is the successful combination of carrier oils and essential oils. That means: Trial and Error.
Apply Beard Oil Properly
Let’s say you have a really annoying beard itch and want to do something about it. So just put a few drops on the beard and you’re done, right? No! A common misconception is that beard oil is only taken for the beard. This may help short term, but is not a long term solution. Do you remember how I wrote that your skin has dried up? That’s where you should start.
First, make sure that your skin pores are clean, so that the folic acid can really benefit from the beard oil. Take a shower or wash your beard with lukewarm water. Then dry your beard with a towel, because water and oil do not mix. Make sure the beard is not bone-dry, but a bit damp.
Now put a few drops of beard oil on your palm. If your oil has a pipette, use it, otherwise just pour it carefully out of the bottle. Personally, I prefer bottles with a pump mechanism – this is the fastest and easiest way to dose the beard oil. How much oil you need, of course, depends on the extent of your beard. For an “average” full beard, you’ll need about 6 drops of oil. If you are unsure, take a little less first. Nothing is worse than a beard dripping with oil!
Now you rub the oil between your fingers and with your fingers into your face. Remember to start with the skin under your beard and then work your way through the beard so you can spread the oil on all whiskers.
The use of beard oil will help significantly against itching and beard dandruff. Your beard also gets enough oil during this process to keep it from drying out. It makes it softer, shinier and looks better.
Use beard oil daily (or twice a day if you have severe problems) and your beard will thank you.