Beginner Beard Oil Guide: What is beard oil and why is it so important for your beard
Growing a healthy looking powerful beard can be tough for the average man. We all see those flashy beards on The Dollar Beard Club commercials, but how did they get to that point? Didn’t their skin itch at the beginning of their beard growing journey? Didn’t their beard grew in all possible directions?
Yes, these dudes have a beard with its own attitude like anyone else, but they’ve clearly understood how:
Great beards are created through dedicated beard care.
If you’re not taking good care of your beard on daily basis, you’re risking looking like an Orthodox priest that took a vow of silence in some isolated monastery in the mountains.
You don’t want this man.
But, how does one keep his beard tamed and well groomed without going to the barber every day?
Your barber isn’t the one that will improve the look and feel of your beard. It’s all about the minerals and vitamins baby baby… He can trim your beard to any desired style, but you’re the one that will feed the beast and make it look powerful and healthy before everything else.
What’s the key to a well maintained beard?
It’s nothing new. The ingredients used to make your own beard oil have been on the market for decades, but it was not until recently when beard oils hit the mainstream market and it was all because the so called beard trend caught up some steam and became one of the most important topic for the modern barbarian.
Only five years or so, beard oils were reserved for the ZZ Tops and Hulk Hogans of the world, and in most cases this was some cool blend you could make in the comfort of your kitchen. Something you can manage even today, just check out what’s the price comparison between buying a branded beard oil and making your own homemade beard oil.
Before we dig deeper into the topic of what makes a good beard oil and how can you apply it let’s see some of the reasons why men should actually use this product on regular basis.
Why You Must Use Beard Oil
Most of these beard manufacturing cats today will tell you how you need start using a beard oil from the very first moment you begin growing a solid stubble.
This is true till some extent, but … it can be also considered as an overstatement.
To answer this we’ll need to explore how the skin on your face operates on microscopic level and we must do this before we continue with all the benefits beard oil can provide for your skin.
The Exact Natural Process Behind Facial Hair Moisturization
Have you ever heard about sebaceous glands? Probably not, because they’re these small, tiny glands located just beneath each and every single hair follicle on your body, except for your palms and feet soles.
Definition: Sebaceous glands produce a fatty substance called sebum, which is then transported to the surface of your skin through the follicular duct.
The mixture of fats that the Sebaceous gland produces is called sebum and it’s consisted out of:
- Wax esters
This is the main building compound of the slightly greasy surface film positioned on the exterior of your skin, and it’s main role is to make your skin flexible.
In other words, this is what keeps your skin moisturized at all times.
But, what happens when you start growing out your beard?
Sebum oil and beards
It’s true how sebaceous glands are a little bit larger when you compare your body hair and your scalp or facial hair, but there’s one problem.
Sebaceous glands have limited sebum production capabilities.
And the problem lays in your beard follicle. The longer this part of your beard hair gets, the more sebum it will consume.
How is this related to you?
You noticed that nasty itch that occurs after couple of weeks of growth?
That’s because your facial hair follicle consumed the entire sebum available beneath your face and your skin isn’t so flexible anymore.
Your body just tries to tell you how your skin is dry and it needs some feeding, and this is where beard oils come to the stage.
If you fail to address the problem early on, dead skin will start to accumulate and may experience one of the most common problems of the modern bearded man – BearDruff!
Is this even a real world? Yep it is and people all over the world try to solve it on daily basis, without knowing that the real SECRET is hidden in beard oils.
Some heavy SICRET we’ve been hiding from you right?
Beard dandruff isn’t even the worst part. If you keep the skin beneath your beard dry, you’ll most probably experience:
I can’t find better words to describe the feeling, but you get the picture, heck, you’ve experienced this if you shaved at least once in your adult life.
It’s pure logic. Your face gets dry, feed it with some beard oil.
And you would be surprised by the amount of people that just keep beard grooming products out of the equation just because they’re just some hipster hype.
Oils are a natural supplement for moisturization of your facial hair, nothing more, nothing less.
If we ever try to make you buy some magic beard oil that makes your beard grow like never before, just report us as internet marketers, please do.
Beard oils, balms, pomades, lotions, the whole bunch, will surely make your beard look healthier and keep it on schedule when we talk about growing, but the length your beard hair can grow is closely related to your genetic structure, the levels of testosterone in your body and your life (eating) habits.
We’ve seen how important is sebum oil and realized how once you start growing out your beard it will have troubles reaching to the top of your hair, but what’s the worst case scenario?
The need to trim down your beard and go back to the beginning due to split ends.
If your beard isn’t moisturized as it should be it’s more likely the facial hair will grow into some nasty split ends. State that can be only cured with some massive trimming of your beard, something I believe none of you wants.
Now, let’s see how all of this exactly relates to beard oils and mark the exact moment of your beard growing journey when you’ll need to start using this natural remedy on your face.
When Is The Best Time To Start Using Beard Oils?
Good rule of thumb, supported by everything we just said in the previous section, is to start using beard oil either after two weeks of beard growth or when you reach a length of around one quarter of an inch (half a centimeter). This is all dependant from person to person, so the best advice we can give is to:
Start applying beard oil to your beard the moment you start experiencing the first beard growth related itch.
Don’t allow your skin to get dry enough so it accumulates dead skin because you’ll be battling with that nasty beardruff.
What Is Beard Oil In Terms of Ingredients?
Every beard oil you see on the market with any price tag on it, is created by mixing two major ingredients:
- Carrier oil
- Essential oil
Yep, that’s it.
There are dozens of other supplements you can add to your beard oil and we’ll cover more about that in our homemade section as we develop this website, but more than 90% of your beard oil is consisted out of base or carrier oils.
Carrier oils keep your beard moisturized.
Not every male out there knows how carrier oils are also used as massage oils, simply because they moisturize your skin, no matter where you apply them. Almond and jojoba are clear favorites because they almost never cause an allergic reaction.
Imagine carrier oils as a natural moisturizer that has the exact same role of a hand lotion, so don’t be afraid to use it on other skin areas different than your face and hair.
You can’t improve the health of your beard without using a carrier oil, but there’s one so to speak con when we talk about your average jojoba, almond and argan oil.
Their main role is to keep the skin under your skin moisturized and while they’re pretty good at it, they fail to make an impression in terms of smell and some additional feel to your skin.
That’s why you have the option to add essential oils to the mix.
Essential oils bring that pleasant odor to your beard
There are tons of essential oils you can choose from ranging from cedar wood to peppermint. Heck I even saw some brand offering a beard oil with the scent of tobacco.
Essential oils bring a whole new light on your beard grooming journey as they’ll easily transform that boring almond oil into a tropical forest based natural remedy for beard growth.
The best thing about essential oils?
They also submit their own list of health benefits for your skin in the form of natural antiseptics and circulation enhancers among other things. There are literally hundreds of essential oils you can use, so we’ve picked only couple of them to outline their exact benefits:
Essential Oil Health Benefits
Dandelion Oil – Great for keeping your skin beneath your beard clean and free of any microbial and fungal infections that may arise. It will also relieve you of any itch you may have, so it’s perfect for that first week or two. You can combine it with grapeseed, almond or even olive oil.
Peppermint Oil – For those of you looking for the holy grail among beard oils. Check if peppermint oil is listed in the ingredients section. Reason? Improves your blood flow significantly, which is connected with testosterone creation and usage.
Tea Tree Oil – One of the purest natural antiseptics in the realm of essential oils. Perfect for people that have acne and skin problems.
Best Beard Oil For Beginners
First time beard growers can start by experimenting with some basic compound oils before choosing to buy a beard oil or even better make one on their own.
We recommend both jojoba and argan oils as a great blend for beginners. They’re both compound oils and have mild scent so they will be extremely helpful for you to better understand what’s the reason why you’re using a beard oil in the first place.
Be Aware Of Allergic Reactions
We also recommend these two basic oils because they don’t cause any reactions and are pretty mild in terms of smell as well.
If you want to start experimenting with some other essential oils, make sure you test them for any possible reaction. The best place to test an oil is just behind your earlobe or in the bend of your elbow.
This is extremely important for people that have sensitive skin.
If this is your first time using a beard oil, go with dandelion oil (taraxacum) oil as it’s also a natural antiseptic, as we previously noted.
Do a Little Research Before You Buy Your First Beard Oil
You can go and make your own beard oil, we’re cool with that, but if you decide to buy from some of the more renown brands, do your due diligence and find out what beard oil suits you the best.
Don’t overpay for something you won’t even use or it will just smell like you haven’t had in mind. Be especially careful when trying to chose a beard growth oil.
There are essential oils that improve circulation, which will eventually affect your beard growth level, but this doesn’t mean your beard will grow faster than it usually does.
How to use beard oil?
It really depends from the length of your beard and its state. Usually longer beards need more oil not only because they cover much more space, but because most of the sebum remains in the facial hair follicle.
How Much Beard Oil You Need In A Single Take?
Another factor you’ll need to take into consideration is how soft your beard needs to be to satisfy your desires. Some people just love that soft cushion below their neck, while others still want to leave the nitty gritty feeling present till some extent.
Small amount of 5-10 drops according to your needs is enough in most cases.
It’s like men and cologne. Some of you want the whole elevator smelling on your Pino Silvestre while others just use the Nivea Mild No Alcohol balsam after their shave.
It’s same with beards, it’s really up to you, as long as you distribute the oil evenly throughout your beard.
How to apply beard oil
Just take those 5-10 drops of beard oil we’ve talked about and spread them evenly throughout your palms by rubbing your hands together.
After you’re done with this you’ll need to make sure the oil gets to the bottom of your facial hair and you rub it in your skin thoroughly.
Now it’s time to spread that oil to the tip of each one of your beard hair follicle. You can do this with your hand or by using a comb. It’s probably best to use both.
You’ll need to keep your skin moisturized to avoid any beardruff, but you also need to moisturize the entire hair so it keeps that healthy look.
Fore more even spread of all that oil coating you’ve put on your beard, you’ll need to use a high quality comb or a boar bristle brush.
How often to apply beard oil
It’s all about you and your habits, but usually there are two situations that can apply to any beard grower:
You want the smell and softness that beard oils provide – You’re more about the feeling of freshness beard oils provide and you want to apply them all day everyday. Our advice is to do this early in the morning or just before you go to bed because these are your peak testosterone production hours.
You don’t want beardruff and dead skin on your face – You’re using beard oils because you don’t want to have any problems below your thick beard. What you can do is create your own grooming routine where you both wash and moisturize your beard at the same time.
There’s nothing wrong with applying beard oil every day, but you can also stick with couple of or a single time per week.
Beard Oil Before And After Usage
Here’s an image of my own beard before I put beard oil and after I apply a homemade almond and thyme oil mix, which is great if you improve the softness of your beard facial hair, but thyme is also great when you battle dead skin and berdruff.
Make Your Own Or Buy Beard Oil?
If you’re not a beard enthusiast and you just want to put something on your beard to look better and keep it in shape, go and buy one. There are absolutely tons of choices today, some of them are great some of them are good and some of them are pure bs.
We’ve tried to compile a lengthy and detailed list of the most quality beard oils on the market with tons of data about them and we would be glad to answer any questions you have, so you can go to our contact page as well.
If on the other hand you have the time to mix things up with your own blends, you can try some of our own recipes or create your own unique blend, just remember:
Carrier oils must consist at least 95% of your beard oil and you have 5 more percent for all other ingredients and essential oils.
We’ll Always Update Our Info On Beard Oils
We’ve tried to cover everything we can about beard oils, but there will always be something we can add.