Growing a beard is not a big problem but owning a consistently groomed and healthy beard is tricky. Many men, unaware of available solutions, still do not like growing beards fearing itching, stray hairs, and dryness of skin among other problems. Many men believe that they should not take care of their facial hairs the same way they take care of the hair on the head: not until they realize the moisturizing benefits and shiny effects that come as a result of using bead oil. The oil, which contains carrier oils such as jojoba oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil and Argan oil, will make your facial hair soft, smooth and always hydrated, while removing the dusty, flaky and shaggy appearance. These oils are also absorbed readily by hair and skin and contain nutrients. Beard oil also brings in hydrating effects to the skin beneath.
What is beard oil?
By its nature, beard oil is made to mimic oils naturally produced by the skin, called Sebum. In fact, the closer it is to Sebum, the less irritating it is. The closest composition is achieved by use of Carrier oils to make these beard oils. In fact, most of oils on the market comprise of the carrier oils such as Olive, Coconut, Castor and Sweet Almond in addition to the ones previously mentioned in the paragraph above. Of course these oils are endless in list.
Carrier oils have some benefits over essential oils: they do not evaporate and are not as volatile as the essential oils. However, they have no aroma. Carrier oils originate from pressing kernels, nuts and seeds. Essential oils carry healthy and healing properties like carrier oils but introduce smells. Some oils are made by combining essential carrier oils. Carrier oils dilute and carry the essential oils.
History of beard grooming oil
Surprisingly, there is little known about the history of beard oil formulation and origins, but it has been around since ancient Mesopotamia or even earlier. This way, it is as old as the beard culture itself. People in Mesopotamia in those days had strategies and products for caring for beards. The people of Mesopotamia, history says, took pride in their beards when compared to ancient Phoenicians and others who avoided growing beards, shaved them and/or sported curly beards. People in ancient Mesopotamia would curl beards with hot tongs, add ringlets and beard oils to style them up. Most of their product was made from Olive oil. It is also possible they could include other stuff to achieve great smells. It is likely that beard styling has thrived due to some cultures that treated long beards as depicting wisdom, masculinity, loyalty, virility, sign of honor, class, and merely for personal preference or fashion. This may, in one way or another, helped develop use of these oils.
Benefits of using beard oil
Beard oil has been popular among men due to increased need for beard hair styling and taming. It can also be used to deal with ingrown hairs and patchy growth. Various benefits arise due to presence of various types of oils. Jojoba oil is known anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal oil, in addition to having minerals and vitamins that help hair. It can help growth of hair in addition to relieving skin from sunburns. Aryan oil is a known antioxidant and is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, linoleic acid and Omega 6 fatty acids. Grape seed on the other end can fight aging, combat dandruff, soften air and tighten the skin.
Almond oil has Vitamin B1, B2, D, A and E. In addition to restoring normal pH of skin, it prevents split ends like Aryan oil and shines up air. Castor oil detoxifies, treats hair loss and nourishes air. Coconut oil has Vitamin K and E. In addition to treating and preventing lice, it can act as a natural sunscreen and stimulate hair growth. Vitamin E promotes production of collagen and elastin; promote quick fading of scars, and acts as an antioxidant, in addition to treating sunburns among other benefits.
Not only does beard grooming oil keep the hair free from flakes (beard druff), but also gives the face a fresh smell. In fact, smell is one of the most important things about quality oil since it stays just beneath your nose. Oils made of essential oils have superior smells although they carry additional health benefits; there are ingredients you can reach out for this such as rosemary, safflower, and hemp-seed to deal with problems such as itches on the beard. These can also deal with acne present below the beard and skin sensitivity without being greasy. It also acts as natural cologne thanks to the essential oil it contains – these include sandalwood and cedar wood among others.
Most people will never think about this: growing a beard can help maintain the skin underneath it for several years. The truth is when you expose skin to factors such as excess heat and dry climate, its condition worsens. But because beard naturally absorbs Sebum, it is obvious that application of beard oil will be better for maintaining the skin under the beard. Un-groomed beards might also create conditions for growth of bacteria that come to feed on Sebum. This will make worse dry conditions: applying beard grooming oils that have healing properties and power to deal with problems caused by those bacteria, or even better deal with these bacteria, can be very helpful. The oil will help make your underneath skin younger, with less wrinkles and a healthy glow.
Some oils specifically make beards thicker. Others will make the beard grow faster if you really want a long beard.
How to use beard oil
You can apply beard grooming oil every day after washing your face especially in the morning. Since the hair follicles and pores are open, the oil gets absorbed. The oil is recommended for anyone and especially those living in the cold or dry climates. The truth is if you are living in these conditions, or use hard water consistently, they will naturally take moisture out of your facial hair and Sebum from the skin. They can also make the hair bristles brittle – the tendency to break is tricky since the beard will feel sharp and coarse. It also grows into bad shapes.
Only a few drops of the oil will be enough to bring in the desired effects. The application procedure is easy: you just rub the beard oil onto your hands, and then massage it on the beard. Those with long dense hair need to use a comb so that every hair strand will be coated with the oil.