Nearly all bearded men know the benefits of using beard oil and what impact beard oil can have on your beard. What about beard balm though? In this article I will be talking about the beard balm benefits that will take your beard to the next level.
But the truth is, it shouldn't be left behind. You'll be surprised to hear that there are times where that 2 ounce tin of all natural beard balm can be more beneficial to you than beard oil.
I know some bearded men who only use beard balm when they run out of beard oil, a kind of substitute if you will, until they re-stock on their beard oil, which breaks our hearts at Beard Beasts.
In this article, we will be fighting beard balms corner. We will teach you about all the beard balm benefits your beard will gain from this awesome product and how you can utilize these benefits.
What Is Beard Balm? What's Inside Of It?
If you are wondering what is beard balm, it is a beard product made from all natural ingredients. There are some companies who add synthetic ingredients to their beard balms. But we advise that you only use an all natural beard balm that contains no fillers or synthetic ingredients.
If we breakdown what is inside of a 2 ounce tin of beard balm, we will most likely find the following ingredients:
- Carrier Oils - Jojoba oil, Argan Oil, Castor Oil and so on.
- Essential Oils - Sandalwood, Cedarwood etc, usually for scent.
- Good Fats - Shea butter, Cocoa Butter and so on.
- A little Wax - Usually Beeswax.
One of the biggest differences between beard balm and beard oil physically is, at room temperature, beard balm is solid, whereas, beard oil is a liquid.
Before you apply beard balm to your beard, it is recommended that you rub the balm into the palms of your hands for a few seconds until the balm melts.
Once you have applied the melted beard balm to your beard, it will begin to cool down, this will make the balm harden and form a very thin protective layer over your facial hairs.
Now I know what is beard balm...What Beard Balm Do You Recommend?
We always recommend and stand behind our own premium all natural beard balm. It made from high quality ingredients known to make your beard much healthier as well as making your beard look and feel great.
The Awesome Beard Balm Benefits For Your Beard
1. Prevents Beard Itch
Every bearded man knows that from time to time, beard itch will occur.
If you are wondering why does my beard itch, it is most likely a lack of moisture.
Beard itch is probably worse during weeks 2 and 4, when you start growing a beard. Many people call this particular phase "the itchy beard stage".
When suffering from beard itch, beard oil is usually the first product men use in order to reduce and combat it.
But many men don't know that beard balm can also be just as good at reducing the itch because it supplies better conditioning properties to your facial hair and provides deep hydration to the skin beneath your beard also.
Beard balm also contains beewax which helps form a very thin protective layer on your facial hair which locks the moisture in.
Not bad for a 2 ounce tin of beard balm that sits at the back of your cupboard.
You could use either beard oil or a beard balm for combating beard itch.
Personally, I like to use both. Beard oil for treating dryness beneath my beard and beard balm for conditioning and softening my facial hairs.
2. Prevents Beard Dandruff
One of the biggest problems when rocking facial hair is known as beard dandruff, also known as beardruff.
It is the same dandruff that many people suffer with on their scalp. It is caused by dry skin that turns into dead skin cells and flakes off.
While Head & Shoulders is effective for your scalp, I wouldn't suggest you run off to the shops and apply it to your beard just yet.
If you suffer from dandruff in your beard, you will probably be wondering how to get rid of beard dandruff right?
The best way to deal with dandruff is to not let the dry, flaky skin happen in the first place.
The way we do this is by making sure the skin beneath the beard is well hydrated at all times. Now of course, you'll still suffer from dandruff from time to time, but by keeping the skin hydrated, you will increase the lifespan of the skin cells.
Drinking plenty of water everyday can certainly help keep you and your skin hydrated, but one product you can use to apply direct moisture is an all natural beard balm.
As I have mentioned prior, beard balm will form a very thin protective layer on your facial hairs which will also help keep the moisture inside the skin and facial hairs.
3. Creates A Healthier Beard
Our beards are a reflection of what we fuel it with.
This means if we use poor quality beard care products on our beard, then we should expect an unhealthy beard.
If on the other hand, we fuel it with all natural ingredients that have proven benefits for skin and facial hair, we should expect a beard that is vibrant and healthy.
Fatty Acids, Carrier Oils and Essential Oils all contain super amazing nutrients that help the skin beneath our beards become more healthy and well hydrated, which in return, makes our facial hair healthy.
Good fats such as Shea butter, Cocoa butter & Mango butter are all super rich in nutrients and contain awesome conditioning/softening properties that help enrich facial hair.
So if you are wondering how to make your beard soft, beard balm will certainly help.
So by choosing a high quality beard balm which contains only natural ingredients will make your beard healthy as well as making it look and feel great.
Now because of the ingredients used in a beard balm, they can always be used as a leave-in conditioner. So when you are looking for the best beard conditioners to use on your facial hair, don't be put off by a beard balm.
Our own Beard Balm range only contains premium natural ingredients. The butters we use are Cocoa butter, Shea butter and Mango butter.
We also used some of the best softening and moisturizing carrier oils such as Sweet Almond oil, Avocado oil and Argan oil just to name a few, plus we have added Vitamin E in our beard balm blend for added nutrients.
4. Helps Tame The Beast & Helps With Styling
If you are looking for a product for styling purposes, you will never beat beard wax, beard wax contains much more wax, than beard balms do.
That being said, a high quality beard balm will always contain a decent amount of a wax (in our case beeswax) which can certainly help you in styling your beard.
If you are someone who doesn't use beard wax, then you will most likely enjoy the style qualities beard balms can provide. If you have naturally messy facial hair, simply apply a small amount of beard balm to your beard, then using either a beard comb or a boar's brush, comb/brush your beard and make it neat and tidy.
If you are someone who doesn't necessarily have a messy beard, but you do suffer from stray-facial hairs (like most of us do). A beard balm is thick enough in consistency to help you deal with them and stop them from sticking out.
I believe many bearded men would be surprised just how effective beard balm can be in terms of styling and hold. But again, if you want a product purely for styling, then I would recommend a beard wax.
5. Protects Your Beard
It's no secret that our hair and skin are vulnerable to daily elements, the hair on our heads, the skin on our faces and even the hair on our faces, are all exposed to these elements.
And by elements, I am referring to sun exposure, coldness, humidity, dryness. All of these elements can affect the health of our hair and skin.
If you live in a country where you experience cold air regularly, it will most likely lead to dry skin and hair.
Beard balm can really help protect your facial hair from this type of cold weather, which makes it a great beard care product for the winter months.
It can also help protect your beard from sun exposure, wind, humidity and so on.
You may be wondering how beard balm can help you here...
Well the carrier oils in beard balm supply a lot of moisture to the skin beneath your beard as well as the facial hairs themselves and because of the protective thin layer that beard balm creates over your facial hairs, it keeps all of these elements from damaging your beard.
Again, not bad for a 2 ounce tin that sits at the back of your cupboard in the bathroom.
Beard oils are not able to protect your beard from these elements, which makes beard balm a good beard care product to have and use if you are serious about your beards health.
6. Makes Your Beard Fuller
We know first hand, it is super hard for most bearded men to grow a thick beard and what's worse, all the best beard styles generally have thick facial hair. We also know it is embarrassing when your facial hair gets compared to public hair (I still haven't forgiven my aunt for that comment!).
So what can we do about this problem? A thin beard...
Once again, purchase an all-natural beard balm!
Firstly, a disclaimer! I am not saying that beard balm will thicken your beard like a Greek god.
But...and this is a big but...
Beard balms that contain good amounts of fatty butters such as shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter (like our premium beard balm) and so on, absorb into the facial hairs, which creates a beard that looks fuller.
In order to create a fuller looking beard using beard balm, we suggest that you apply beard balm, shortly after you take a shower. You want your facial hair to be slightly damp, this makes the butters absorb better into the facial hair and it also helps lock in more moisture, which should help create a fuller looking beard.
There is no doubt about it, beard balm is a great beard care product and it is a shame many bearded men don't fully understand the product.
If bearded men saw the awesome and useful benefits of using beard balm, then I honestly believe beard oils would take a back step.
In my opinion and it may be an unpopular opinion, the beard balm benefits out-weigh the benefits of beard oil if you know how to use beard balm correctly.
There...you heard it here first at Beard Beasts.