Most men with thick and healthy beards will tell you that its all in the maintenance. You have to take care of it just like you need to take care of the hair on your head, so what exactly makes a good beard care routine?
The first thing that aids in a healthy beard is paying attention to the cleanser you are using to wash it. Most men do not pay attention to the fact that the skin under the beard needs to be just as healthy and clean as the hair itself. You need to invest in a facial cleanser that is tailored to your skin type and you need to make sure you are consistently washing your beard, but not too much as it can be drying.
The second tip that aids in a healthy beard is a good quality beard oil! A good beard oil will help to strengthen and nourish the beard, it moisturizes the skin beneath your beard, promotes growth and softens the hair. You should be using a beard oil after you get out of the shower for optimal results.
When Should You Use Beard Oil?
You should start using beard oil as soon as you start your beard journey. The reason for this is that beard oil will help to eliminate dry, itchy skin. The beard oil will help to moisturize the skin and add vitamins and nutrients into the beard hair (Even stubble). The oil should also soften the hair so it does not become prickly and uncomfortable. As the hair grows the skin will start to become very dry and the beard oil will help to replenish some of that moisture into not only the skin but also the beard hair.
What to Look For In A Beard Oil?
The Most important thing you want to look for in a beard oil is it's ingredients. When picking an oil you should get a beard oil that has all natural ingredients. You are going to want to avoid beard oils that contain silicones, sulfates, isopropyl alcohol, formaldehyde and Phthalates. You typically want to choose beard oils that contain noncomedogenic ingredients so it does not clog your pores. You should do a lot of research on your beard oil before applying it as this is going directly onto your skin.
How to Use it?
To use beard oil you are going to want to use 1-4 drops of oil (depending on the length and thickness of your beard) and apply it to your beard. You will want to work the oils in starting at the base (the skin) and working it through to your hair. You want to make sure to use beard oil after a shower and/or when your beard is still damp from washing your face this will give you the best results.
Now that I have explained what to look for in a beard oil lets break down our ingredients to get a better understanding of what exactly makes up our beard oils.
Golden Jojoba Oil - is moisturizing, contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties, contains natural forms of vitamin E. Jojoba oil can help your skin fight oxidative stress caused by everyday exposure to pollutants . Jojoba oil regulates sebum production as it is very similar to the sebum your body naturally produces. Topical application may help relieve dryness, flaking, itching, and related symptoms.
Sweet Almond Oil: This oil is rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, E and D. It also contains Magnesium and Calcium. This particular oil is light weight, smooth and easily absorbed. Sweet Almond Oil is anti-Inflammatory and great for all skin types as it helps to relieve dry and itchy skin
Hempseed Oil: It rejuvenates and nourishes tight or dry skin and prevents flakiness and itchiness. Hemp seed oil is high in antioxidants – such as vitamin A, C, E, and F and fatty acids – that strengthen the outer layer of the skin so it can preserve water.
Rosemary Oil: Rosemary oil deeply hydrates and aids in controlling sebum production. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help battle acne. It increases blood circulation, promotes hair growth and can aid in delaying the appearance of gray hairs. Using rosemary oil for the beard is also great for conditioning the skin underneath it.