Just like the mop on your noggin needs to be looked after, so does the mop on the lower half of your face. Hair is hair.
From luscious manes to light stubble, beard oil is god-send for guys trying to grow and maintain their beards.
And although beards are no longer just a fleeting trend, tonnes of men still don't know how to properly look after their face foliage, inevitably reaching for the razor when it all gets too much.
With that being said, we thought we'd break down precisely what beard oil is, the effects it has on your hair and skin and why it's a no brainer when growing your grizzly grin.
What is Beard Oil?
Beard Oil consists of a blend of premium carrier oils and essential oils that imitate the natural oils produced by facial skin and deliver vital nutrients to nourish the hair while leaving it healthier, fuller, and more manageable.
Carrier oils are derived from the seeds, kernels, or nuts of plants and have a wide range of nutrients and antioxidants that serve as the base for beard oils.
Some of the ones you'll usually see in the best beard oils are jojoba oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, apricot oil and hemp seed oil.
Similar to carrier oils, essential oils are packed with nutrients, but also have their own unique healing properties.
They go through an extraction process that takes the scent and nutrients from the plants it's derived from.
It's strong, volatile stuff which is why carrier oils help to dilute it and avoid any irritation.
The Benefits of Beard Oil
Beard oil doesn't just impact your skin and hair, it has several benefits that make it your best friend while growing your beard and the subsequent stage of full-grown beard maintenance.
Here's what you need to know:
1. Prevents Dry Skin and Itchy Beard
Nearly every guy that goes through the process of growing a beard will experience beard itch and dry skin at some point.
There are many reasons why this occurs so I'll throw in a little biology 101 to explain.
At the root of your hair follicles, there are a pair of glands known as sebaceous glands.
These glands are responsible for producing the natural oil (sebum oil) that is key to nourishing your skin and hair.
As your fur muzzle gets thicker and your hair follicles grow longer, your beard requires more sebum oil to coat the follicle while still looking after your skin.
The issue is that no matter what length your beard is, your sebaceous glands remain the same size.
This means that as your beard grows longer, the amount of sebum produced is not enough to cover the follicle and keep the skin moisturised.
Which means you end up with dry, broken skin with brittle hairs which in-turn leads to the all too common beard itch.
This is where beard oil rocks up.
It nourishes and coats the hair follicles, moisturising the skin beneath the beard and effectively eliminates dry skin; liberating you from the dreaded itch.
2. Prevents Beard Dandruff (Beardruff)
Yep, it's actually a thing.
Beardruff happens when the dry skin caused by growing a beard gets to the point where skin flakes off and covers your black shirt, your desk at work and your slow-cooked dinner in white flecks of dandruff from your beard (ew).
Dry skin and beard dandruff go hand in hand.
Dry skin causes the itch. Then the more you itch, the more you scratch. The more you scratch, the more white flakes of skin it creates.
So once again, by using beard oil and effectively keeping your hair and skin healthy, you prevent dry skin and avoid beardruff making its appearance.
3. Softens Your Beard and Moisturises Skin
No one likes the feeling of a barbed-wire beard.
The quality mixture of natural carrier and essential oils in a beard oil will ensure your hair stays healthy and will leave your beard feeling softer and easier to manage.
By including a few drops in your routine each day, your beard will be hydrated, giving it a healthy appearance and allow you to tame those flyaway hairs to keep it looking nice and tidy.
It will also add some slight texture that will help with styling, giving you a clean, crisp appearance.
4. Helps Fight Acne & Skin Irritation
Although you might think that applying oil to your face will trigger your acne, beard oil is actually highly effective at cleaning and moisturising the skin beneath your beard to keep it healthy.
The quality carrier and essential oils we use in our beard oil are non-comedogenic (meaning they don't clog pores) and are designed to replenish the skin's natural oils while going deep into the hair follicle to help clear blocked pores that can cause acne eruptions.
They also have excellent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory healing properties which further help cleanse your skin, clearing out infections and control redness and inflammation.
If you have sensitive or acne-prone skill, you should always keep an eye on the ingredients when buying beard oil.
Some of the cheaper brands will use comedogenic oils (pore-clogging) and sometimes synthetic materials that make your acne worse.
Some of the typical pore-clogging oils used are almond oil (different to sweet almond), coconut oil, soybean oil and safflower oil.
Make sure you also steer clear of any beard oils containing alcohol or silicone.
5. Makes Your Beard Smell Good
When you don't look after your beard, it can often start to smell a little... off.
Beards tend to collect a lot of stuff during the day (dirt, food, smoke, etc.), so a regular washing and grooming routine will help keep it fresh.
If you're using a premium beard oil, then you can guarantee that the blend of essential oils used will give you a clean and masculine scent that's not too overpowering.
Stepping out of the house every day with a subtle yet refreshingly woody and musky scent will get you set off on the path to a well-groomed man.
Avoid any beard oils that use unnatural 'fragrance' as it's made of synthetic materials and can create inflammation and irritation on the skin.
Stick to the ones with 100% natural fragrance or essential oils that not only smell incredible but have healing medicinal properties as well.
6. Repairs and Moisturises Hands
Although beard oil is made for your face, it inadvertently looks after your hands, keeping them moisturised while delivering key nutrients to help repair damaged skin.
Most men don't take notice of their hands.
If you're a tradie or hitting the gym frequently and not looking after them, your mitts can end up looking pretty busted.
Everyone loves the intimate touch of a torn-up, calloused hand, right?
Calluses are those hard bits of thick skin that form under the base of your fingers and are caused by repeated friction from things like heavy lifting and gripping objects.
When applying beard oil to your face, your hands will benefit from treatment and repair of cracked skin, calluses and cuticles.
Oils like Jojoba oil and castor oil found in beard oil will help to soften and repair, keeping them smooth to avoid build-up and tearing the skin.
Although the word 'cuticle' may not be familiar, we've all experienced them.
Those tiny bits of skin at the base of your fingernail that seem easy to pull off but end up peeling halfway up your arm? Yeah, those bastards.
Beard oil will keep your fingers hydrated and prevent the skin around your nails getting damaged and dry, thus avoiding your cuticles from peeling and bleeding.
How To Use Beard Oil
Applying beard oil is pretty straight forward.
The prime time to apply it is after a hot shower when the pores are open and susceptible to the oil.
The amount of quality beard oil you use will depend on the length and thickness of your beard.
Usually, for the first month of growing your beard, you should only need 3-4 drops.
As the beard becomes more lush and glorious, you'll need to increase that incrementally up to 10-12 drops.
Next, rub both your palms together, spreading the oil evenly.
Gently massage into the base of your beard and work out towards the ends, ensuring you get a smooth application across all areas.
It's important to apply evenly. Make sure you get it through your stache and a rub underneath your chin.
Once you're sufficiently nourished, it's a good idea to use a comb or ideally a beard-comb to groom that bad boy to a well-tamed Kodiak.
That’s it, you and your beard are now on your way to a happier and healthier relationship. Enjoy your time together.
And if you've been searching for a quality beard oil that is all-natural and sustainably sourced - check out our Beard Oil and experience the benefits for yourself.