Whether it's in its early stages or fully grown, a beard needs to be maintained. There are treatments specifically designed for its care, including beard oil. In this article, find out everything you need to know about this type of product.
Beard oil, what is it?
Unlike the rest of the face, the area where hair grows is often weakened by the use of razors. Thebeard oil maintains both the hair and the skin in this area of the face. Generally, a beard oil is composed of two families of ingredients:
One or more essential oils, which are natural aromas to soothe the skin and provide a fragrance to the product.
Why use a beard oil?
There are several reasons why it is recommended to use a beard oil:
Softening the hairs.
Beard hairs tend to be coarser than head hair. Beard oil softens and adds shine to the hairs. This type of care also tames unruly hairs so that the entire beard appears neater and more styled.
Limiting the growth of bacteria.
An unkempt beard can be more prone to bacterial growth than the rest of the face. In this regard, some beard oils contain essential oils with recognised anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties such as thecamphor rosemary essential oil or the linalool thyme essential oil.
Hydrate the skin and limit potential itching associated with shaving.
Shaving tends to disrupt the hydrolipidic film and dry out the epidermis. A beard oil typically contains moisturising and lipid-replenishing active ingredients to care for the skin beneath the hair.
Delivering a fragrance that is often fresh and pleasant.
Promote hair growth.
Some beard oils contain strengthening agents such asbasil extract which stimulate hair growth. Therefore, they can be relevant for filling in any potential gaps and densifying the beard, giving it a more uniform appearance.
How to use beard oil?
Depending on the vegetable oil and essential oil used, the skincare product can potentially cause an allergic reaction on the skin. It is therefore recommended to always start by conducting a skin tolerance test by applying a small amount of the product in question to the crook of your elbow. If you do not have a skin reaction, you can apply it to your face.
Beard oil is best applied to a clean beard; this allows it to more easily penetrate the hair fibre. The optimal time to use beard oil is generally after a shower or after washing your face. If you have a dry and brittle beard, you can use beard oil morning and evening, daily. However, those with oily skin should rather apply beard oil once a day or even every other day, to improve the appearance of the beard without creating an overly greasy effect.