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Beard oil is the answer for many problems one may encounter during the growing and maintenance phase of a beard. Whether you have or are growing a short beard or a long beard, regardless of the style, beard oil will help towards keeping your beard healthy.
When choosing a beard oil it is extremely important to look for one, which promotes a healthy beard, with great beard conditioning properties. It is fair to say, that once you find a great beard oil that promotes a soft and healthy beard, you will never go back. The benefits of a beard oil are endless, if you are currently growing a beard that is dry and coarse, applying a good quality beard oil will help your beard become more soft and hydrated, making your man mane easier to style. Another important benefit of a high quality beard oil, is that the skin beneath your beard will love the benefits of the quality ingredients, and if you suffering from beardruff, say your goodbyes to that.
It is important that we cover as much valuable information as possible, as it will give you a far better understanding of the importance and benefits of a beard oil.
What Is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a product that has been specifically formulated to promote a healthy beard. Whether you rock stubble or a long beard, beard oil is created to help make your beard soft, hydrated and healthy. Many people think of a beard oil as a conditioner for their man mane. While that may be true, it offers far more benefits than just a beard conditioner and the fact your facial hair is different to the hair on your head or body, it needs a little more attention.
Beard oils are known to be scented, this is quite an important factor when choosing a beard oil as you do not want a scent that is over-whelming and mixes with your own cologne, if you are someone like me, who has their own signature cologne.
Why Use Beard Oil?
If you have a beard that is coarse and by coarse i mean, rough and spiky, then you will want to tame that beast down. If you have a partner, then taming your coarse beard down will also benefit them, as i am sure, they don't want to get beard rash every time they come for a kiss. Many people shave their beard also due to the dreaded beard itch, so we also want to avoid that.
Thankfully, a good quality beard oil will help soften a coarse beard and hydrate it, making it easier to manage. Also, the health of skin beneath your beard will need TLC, which a beard oil can deliver. If you keep the skin beneath your beard, healthy and hydrated, it will stop not only your beard itching but also help combat beardruff and other dry skin problems. A beard oil can also help towards keeping your beard smelling nice, as long as the scent is not overwhelming. The above reasons are certainly good enough for any bearded brother to use a good quality beard oil.
When To Start Using Beard Oil?
So you have made the decision to leave to clean shaven or stubble club and you are heading to the beard brothers club. Congratulations and Welcome! We personally recommend that you start using beard oil around a 5 - 7 days after you get stubble come through. Don't use beard oil on a clean shaven face, as all you will do is clogged your pores and it will not help the growth in anyway and you could end up delaying the growth. A great indicator as to when you should start using beard oil is when you are asked, whether or not you are going to shave, a phrase we all have heard at least once, or a thousand times, if you have a partner like myself, who isn't crazy about the beard look.
How Much Beard Oil To Use?
Just with any grooming product, you will get the recommended usage on the product itself. However, the usage of a beard oil is really down to yourself and what suits your needs. If you have a shorter beard, you will not need to use as much as someone with a long beard. Also, another factor which will affect your usage will be down to, how long the beard oil lasts. Some beard oils will generally last longer in your beard than others.
How To Use Beard Oil
Cleanse Your Beard First.
First things first, your beard has to be clean, towel-dried, and just barely damp from water or after a shower (but not excessively wet, since this will prevent the beard oil from sticking). Apply a few drops to the palm of your hand to get started. Depending on the length of your beard, we advise using 3 to 6 drops. Less is more for beginners, and as you become more comfortable with the procedure, you'll eventually develop a decent sense of how much you actually need.
Apply Beard Oil To The Skin Beneath Your Beard First.
After spreading the product evenly with your hands, massage your beard with your fingers. To guarantee that the beard oil moisturizes the skin beneath your beard and the roots of your beard, you should first massage the oil into the skin.
Apply The Oil To Your Facial Hair.
Start applying straight to the beard once you've covered the skin and roots. By swiping your hands downward, begin with the sides of the beard and work your way down. In the same downward sweeping motion, brush your hands along the front. Next, use your hands to gently brush up from the neck.
To Finish Up, Comb Your Beard.
Use your pointer fingers to repeatedly swipe the front of your moustache if you have one. To complete, use a comb to comb the product evenly across the beard until it is soft and conditioned.
What Does Beard Oil Do
Hydration: Who likes a dry coarse beard that feels like sand paper? Not your partner that's for sure. No one wants to cuddle up with sand paper and suffer beard burns after a kiss or two. Good news, beard oil will sort that straight out. Just apply a few drops daily to your facial hair, more if you rock a long, thick beard and the beard oil will help keep your beard hydrated and you will notice your beard starting to become softer.
Healthy Skin: The skin beneath your beard is very important to the overall health of your beard. If the skin is unhealthy, you can bet your beard is also. Therefore, it is important that we supply that skin with enough minerals and vitamins. Keeping the skin beneath your skin healthy and hydrated will help with beardruff and helps towards suffering from it all-together.
Upkeep: Beards do not just grow perfectly, they need upkeep. A beard that isn't kept clean or tamed, is not going to be attractive, quite the opposite in fact. By practicing general upkeep on your beard, will make you not only look dapper but it lets the world know, you take pride in your beard and appearance. Beard oil will definitely help you towards that goal.
Cleanliness Of Your Beard: Let's be honest, beards can get pretty dirty. If you have a long beard, you will know what I mean. Splashing some water on your beard won't help get rid of the debris and built-up grease and grime. Now of course, the best product for washing your beard is a beard shampoo, hands down. However, a beard oil can also help you keep it clean and stop your beard from getting tangled, which is usually caused by a dry or dirty beard.
2 Important Tips Of Using Beard Oil
Tip 1: Apply Gently: Not only do we hear about it, we also see it done countless times. Some bearded men think it is a good idea to slap some beard oil on and rub so hard, they take half their beard off.
Not only is it painful but it also damages your facial hair. When using beard oil, it is essential to gentle massage the oil into your beard, making sure you cover the whole bearded area. We recommend using a beard comb to help distribute the beard oil evenly.
Tip 2: Don't Over-Use: If a greasy beard and clogged pores is your aim, then please continue to keep using far more oil than actually needed. The average beard length only needs two - three drops at one time, providing you are using a good quality beard oil.
Does Beard Oil Help Your Beard Grow?
This is a complex question to answer, beard oil does help grow your beard. However, if you are looking for a product that's sole purpose is formulated to grow a beard, then look for another product. Beard oils are usually formulated to promote a healthy beard by supplying not only your facial hair but also the skin beneath your beard with important minerals and vitamins. These minerals and vitamins soak into the hair follicles and the skin beneath your beard, which helps to keep both hair and skin hydrated and healthy. Having a healthy and hydrated beard will promote new growth, be bit in length and thickness. However, the results will not be quick or really noticeable. Therefore, we recommend you look at another product if beard growth is purely only your desire.
Beard Oil For Stubble?
The first thing I will say, is that you do not want to use more than a drop or two. The last thing you want to do is coat the skin beneath the stubble with a thick layer of oil. This will only clog the pores like any other oil.
When making the leap from stubble to the awkward growth stage, you will notice irritation which is called beard itch. Beard oil will definitely help with that by softening the facial hair, which leads to less or no irritation. Therefore, stopping the urge to shave it off.
As i have previously mentioned, beard oil will help with promoting a healthier beard as it grows out providing you are using a good quality product, which in turn will promote growth. As long as the facial hair and skin beneath is supplied with good vitamins and mineral, then you can expect growth and an overall nice soft, hydrated beard.
I Heard Beard Oil Can Be Used As A Face Moisturizer
No way. Unless you want to clogged your pores with oil, which can lead to a pimple break-out, we suggest you buy a product that is actually formulated as a face moisturizer. The oils that are used in beard oils are not the same oils your facial skin needs or wants, therefore, you will do more harm to your skin than good.
How Often Should You Use Beard Oil?
We recommend you apply the beard oil to your facial hair daily. If you are after a product for style though, we don't recommend beard oil as the oils are light and hold no hold elements needed to style a beard. Beard oil is used daily purely for general beard maintenance and beard health.
We do recommend using beard oil daily. However, if you miss a day or two, don't sweat it. You are not going to undo any work you have put into your beard. However, if you do miss a day, be sure to get back to your routine the next day. Beard oil keeps your beard hair and the skin beneath hydrated, when the skin beneath is dry, it will begin to cause beardruff. So although missing a day isn't the end of the world as we know, try to keep to a daily routine. Beard oils are small, so you will be able to travel with it.
Most bearded brothers usually tend to apply their beard oil in the morning. This way you keep your beard hydrated throughout the working day and it also helps you get in the habit of having a beard care morning routine. A routine is essential if you are planning to rock a beard. A beard is like a master-piece on your face, therefore, a good routine will help to make sure the master-piece gets its daily maintenance.
Keep the beard oil in cool conditions. You might have heard that heating oil before applying it to your hair is key in helping the oil soak in. While that may be correct for some treatments on the hair on your head, it isn't true for beard oils. Heat could end up removing the good properties from the beard oil, which you beard will need. So our advice, don't heat your beard oil up.
Apply the beard oil last. When you wake up and you are getting ready to take on the day, your beard oil should be the last thing you do. You do not want to apply beard oil and then get dressed, as you will only end up getting oil on your shirt and removing oil from your beard. So do your morning routine, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush your teeth, do your hair etc and then apply the beard oil.
Apply Beard Oil To A Wet Or Dry Beard?
This a question that is asked a lot. We recommend that you should apply your beard oil when your beard is still damp after a shower, so dry yourself quick, get dressed and then apply the beard oil. The reason we recommend to apply it while your beard is still damp is due to the fact, while your beard is wet, it contains moisture. So it is best to lock in that moisture while it's there, which beard oil will do. When you get out of a shower and allow your beard to dry, you will find your beard becomes very dry which is what we want to avoid.
Now let's say you rock a thick, long beard, it would be best to get as much of the excess water out of your beard first before applying the beard oil. Although, we are sure, if you have grown an epic beard then you know what you are doing.
Does Beard Oil Prevent And Stop Beardruff (Dandruff In The Beard)?
They most certainly do! The skin where the beard is, requires natural oils and air, just like the rest of our skin on our bodies. Beardruff can be caused because your facial hair is absorbing the skin oils, instead of your skin, which therefore means your skin beneath your beard is dry and will start to become flaky. So how we prevent and treat it is simple, hydration. Beard oil will provide your beard hair and the skin beneath with some much needed hydration, which will reduce the dryness and flakiness of the skin.
How To Store Beard Oil
As with all grooming products, be it beard care products, skin care products and so on, you are usually informed on the label of the product to store the product in a cool, dark place and with good reason also.
You want to avoid direct sunlight shining on your beard oil as the sunlight will sure enough penetrate the bottle and cause harm to the oil, such as warming the oil up or destroying the good elements inside of the oil. Meaning your beard oils goodness will be removed, meaning you have wasted your money and the beard oil will not be as effective.
We recommend finding a nice spot in your bathroom cupboard, where humidity doesn't build up and the area is cool and darkened. If you don't have space for it there, then we suggest you find a place, that doesn't get a lot of sunlight and doesn't get to hot.
How Long Will The Beard Oil Last?
The answer to this question depends on the amount you use. Typically a two ounce beard oil bottle will last around from 4 months, providing you are only using two or three drops a day. If you of course use the oil more than that, then the oil will not last as long.
Beard oil will typically last 8 - 12 hours in your beard, providing you are using a good quality beard oil. Of course, when you shower, you will wash some of the beard out, so do not apply the oil before showering. We feel that goes without saying, but we like to be on the stay side.
Is Beard Oil Good?
Yes it is, provided you are using a high quality beard oil. There are many beard oils out there which contain elements of silicone, which personally I would tell you to avoid. One thing to note is that what works for one person, may not for another person. The quality of a beard oil, differs from brand to brand. Some use only premium ingredients while others use a mix. However, once you get yourself a good quality beard oil and experience the qualities of a beard oil we have mentioned on our blog, you will never go back to a time without one.