With its recent rise in popularity many people are asking; is Beard Oil worth it? The short answer is yes, it is worth it. Using beard oil will make your beard softer, less ragged looking and in general will make your beard a lot healthier and better groomed. Those who try to tell you beard oil is not worth it have either never tried it or have tried a cheap brand made from inferior ingredients. So read on for an in depth look at why beard oil is worth it.
Beard Oil, What’s In It?
There is a wide range of beard oil recipes available on the market but the majority of them follow the same basic principles and use one or two carrier oils along with an essential oil for scent. There is a huge range of carrier oils available from Jojoba Oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba), Argan oil, Avocado oil and Coconut oil and different beard oils will rely on their own unique recipe and combination of carrier oils.
The carrier oils make up approximately 95-99% of the actual beard oil and have many benefits attributed to them. Those commonly used for beard oil are selected due to their properties in repairing or enhancing hair, benefiting skin and vitamin content, all of which promote healthy skin and hair.
One of the most commonly used carrier oils in beard oil is Jojoba oil and for good reason. Jojoba Oil is derived from the Jojoba bean, a plant native to Southwestern North America. Jojoba Oil is similar in composition to the protective wax produced by human skin that helps keep it smooth and supple. It naturally contains a balance of vitamins including A, D and E which are known to be beneficial and healing to the skin. Jojoba oil is suitable for all skin types and contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic properties which soothes a wide range of skin conditions.
Another common carrier oil is Argan Oil which is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Argan Oil is extremely rich in nutrients beneficial to hair and skin including fatty acids and vitamin E. It absorbs into the skin easily which makes it a great natural moisturizer and has also been shown to benefit hair making it softer, silkier, shiny and easier to manage. Similar to Jojoba oil, Argan oil is used to treat a variety of skin conditions and is particularly good for repairing dry and damaged skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil is used in some beard oils as it possesses many therapeutic properties including being an excellent skin moisturizer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is non-irritating and soothing to the skin when used frequently and it’s able to be absorbed quickly by the skin. When applied to hair, Apricot Kernel oil promotes growth, reduces dry scalp and helps achieve strong and shiny hair. It is also known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Sunflower Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid which helps the skin maintain a protective barrier and prevent dry skin and inflammation and is excellent for reducing beard dandruff. Extremely high in vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil is also essential for preventing damage to the skin cells through UV light. It is light and non-greasy meaning it can be absorbed into the skin pores quickly without clogging or blocking them. Sunflower Seed Oil is also beneficial to hair helping to soften it and add sheen.
What Does Beard Oil Do To My Beard?
The effects that beard oil have on your beard and underlying skin depend on the ingredients used. Typically though the result of using beard oil will be noticeably softer and healthier hair. The effects are generally noticed a short time after first application and will continue as long as the beard oil is applied regularly. Most men will notice almost instantly that their beard hairs are much softer and easier to control, with their beard looking less straggly as the hairs fall into place and align easier. Most partners will also notice the same effects.
Other benefits of beard oil include a reduction in beard irritation which comes from having several thousand small hairs all jostling for space on your cheeks and chin. As beard oil helps soften and tame your beard you will find that the beard hairs align better and fall naturally into place. This will result in a reduction of beard irrigation as your beard generally behalves itself better. Many of the carrier oils used in beard oil also promote skin health resulting in a decrease of beard dandruff. The less beard dandruff there is then the less opportunity to cause itching, so again the benefits to skin from beard oil will help reduce general beard itch.
Finally, as many beard oils have added essential oils to them then your beard will end up with that scent after use. As many men with beards don’t tend to use cologne or aftershave then using a scented beard oil gives you that extra option for smelling good.
Beard Oil Application
Beard Oil application is easy, you just apply to oil to the beard and underlying skin straight out of the bottle, it does not have to be prepared in any way. Simply place a small volume of Beard Oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to evenly distribute and then begin to massage into your beard. Excess oil can be used on surrounding skin such as neck and checks as beard oil is also beneficial to skin health.
When Is The Best Time To Apply Beard Oil?
The best time to apply beard oil is straight out of the shower once you have patted your beard dry. A small bit of moisture in the beard will help the beard oil work its way into your hairs and underlying skin. You can off course apply beard oil at any time of the day however we find that straight after a shower is usually the easiest.
What Is A Beard Oil Alternative?
There are other beard grooming products out there that can act as an alternative to Beard Oil. These include Beard Waxes and Beard Balms. Beard Oil and Beard Wax/Balm have slightly different purposes, where an oil is designed to nourish your beard with minimal hold a wax or balm is intended to hold the beard and allow you to shape it, similar to hair wax. Both beard wax and beard oil include carrier oils that are beneficial to your hair or skin. If you are looking for a straight replacement for beard oil then any carrier oil will do, such as Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil or Apricot Kernel Oil which can all be applied to your beard and skin. By using a single carrier oil however you may be missing out on some benefits other oils can provide.
Can I Use Beard Oil For Stubble?
Yes you can use Beard Oil for stubble, you may not notice an immediate effect as the hair is too short to fully appreciate the softening Beard Oil provides. However by applying Beard Oil to stubble regularly you will enhance and nourish the hair so that when it grows longer you will reap the benefits. Beard Oil is also beneficial to your skin so applying to your stubble is fine.
Cheap Beard Oils, A Word of Warning
A typical bottle of quality beard oil made using natural ingredients will set you back anywhere from $25 up. Anything less than this and you are likely looking at a mass produced product with cheap chemicals in it to simulate true carrier oils. Cheap beard oils make your beard feel softer than normal but as they are typically made from synthetic compounds the effects are not true. If you are looking at getting into beard oil then avoid cheap brands. You can easily pick up a bottle of high quality natural beard oil for $25 or more that will offer true benefits to your beard and skin. A typical bottle of beard oil will be approx. 30ml and even with daily application will last you several weeks to months of use. Do yourself a favour and stay away from cheap beard oil.