Beard oils substitute the naturally-occurring oil our skin produces. We lose this vital nutrient every time we wash our faces. Remember that healthy skin is essential to a healthy beard, so we need to replace the oil that’s lost from both the beard and skin.

beard oils guide

Beard oils start with a combination of what’s called carrier oils. Some of the most common ones used include sweet almond, jojoba, argan, and grapeseed. Spartan Growth Oil contains all these natural oils and more.

These carrier oils mimic the natural oil, or sebum, produced by sebaceous glands in your face, replenishing valuable nourishment and moisture. In short, they make great proxies for the oil that’s stripped away by soaps and shampoos.

The Importance Of Beard Oils

The carriers usually have little or no scent, which is why they also serve to carry essential oils for that delicious, outdoorsy aroma you probably know and love. If not, get used to the outdoors. It’s just what guys with beards do.

The Top Benefits of Beard Oil

Nourish And Strengthen Hair

A high quality beard oil contains nutrients to nourish hair follicles, and create stronger, healthy beards, resistant to breakage. The last thing you want is hair falling out everytime your lady-friend runs her fingers through your beard.

Dust Off The Beardruff

Have you heard of beardruff? It’s kind of like dandruff, but on your beard. Beard oil keeps your skin hydrated and supple to prevent any beard dandruff from occuring.

Scratch That Itch

Your face and beard will be softer and healthier, so there’ll be no need to use your dirty fingernail to try and scratch itchy or irritated skin—that only makes things worse.   

Tame The Tangles

Beard oil is a true ally for beards filled with curly or frizzy hair. It will keep your beard well maintained and looking extra dapper, instead of getting tangled or completely out of control.  

Stay Forever Young

The vitamin-rich contents in beard oils can actually reverse the signs of aging. Oils keep your skin soft and supple, and some even prevent grey hairs from sprouting.

Can Beard Oil Help With Growth?

Not all beard oils will promote beard growth. You’ll need to keep your eyes open for products with the words ‘Growth Oil’ or ones which explicitly state it will aid in growing more face fur.

Growth oils work by providing nutrients to dormant hair follicles and making hair thicker and stronger to add to the look of a thicker beard. They also keep skin super primed for hair growth. In many cases, with a ritual application of growth oil (morning and night), men are able to fill in their patches and push past terminal length. Not only that, they are able to grow their beards much faster than ever before.

How To Apply Beard Oil

When should you use beard oil? Right when you get out of the shower is the best time. This is because your beard still retains moisture from bathing, and the oil will displace that water with healthy stuff. A dry beard will not absorb as much oil.

After gently towel-drying your beard, drop about a dime-sized amount into your palm, work it between both hands, then evenly distribute it through the beard. Don’t forget the skin, too.

Depending on the environments your beard is subjected to throughout the day—like being in the crossfire of sawdust as you take down a tree—your beard may start to feel a little dry. That’s when it’s time to reapply. But remember that a dry beard absorbs less, so if you try to use too much oil, your beard simply won’t soak it up, and you’ll just wind up greasy.

A dry beard can become brittle quite easily, so keeping it properly nourished and moisturized is a habit you’ll want to start early in your journey.

Beard Oil Ingredients To Avoid

Just as there are ingredients that can help your beard appear healthier and fuller, there are also chemicals which can ruin all of your beard goals and dreams. They’ll wreak all kinds of havoc to your facial hair, as well as your skin. So we went ahead and compiled this quick list of things to steer clear of when it comes to your grooming products.

Sulfates

Sulfates come under a variety of names, but all of them typically result in dry and brittle hair prone to breakage and split ends. They can also cause cell damage.

Isopropyl Alcohol

It may sometimes be good for hygiene, but alcohol also dehydrates your hair and skin. Using alcohol, or a product containing alcohol, on your beard can strip away its natural hydration as well as the natural oils it has which keep it smooth and healthy. Alcohol can also kill the good bacteria living on your skin and in your beard, which can have a negative impact on the health of your beard as well.

Luckily, your beard is going to make it. Just get yourself some natural beard oil, to rehydrate your precious man whiskers and smother it in healthy oils. It might also be a good idea to have a beautiful woman stroke and pet it back to health.

Formaldehyde

While not usually an ingredient in and of itself, there are other chemicals (such as Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea) that can produce formaldehyde as byproducts. Formaldehyde can cause allergic reactions, hair loss, dizziness, and even cardiovascular and respiratory problems.

Parabens

These little demons are used to ward off bacteria, yeast, and mold — but only for the product. They do some messed up things to your body. Like give you cancer. They are known to find their way into the body and show up in cancerous biopsies.  

In conclusion, it’s super important to be cognizant of what you’re putting on your body. You wouldn’t drink poison (well, except maybe alcohol), so why would you put it on your face and beard? So make sure to go all-natural during your journey for the right beard oil.

What About The Beard Balm?

Now that you’re a total expert when it comes to beard oils, you might be wondering… What about beard balms?

Beard balms truly are the bomb. They are an essential companion to beard oil. In fact, these two beard products go hand-in-hand. While balms also provide a great-smelling meal for your face, you’ll notice that they’re considerably thicker in consistency. Though they tend to employ many of the same carrier and essential oils we already talked about, the viscosity usually comes from the addition of butters and beeswax. The butters keep the beeswax from making the mixture too thick, but the beeswax is what delivers the firmness, meaning styling and hold capabilities for longer beards.

Essentially, while your new mane is short, beard oil will serve you just fine. But if you plan to grow it out like the lumberjack we always knew you could be, beard balm is going to become an absolute must-have for keeping that thing under control and looking just right.

Though beard oil is recommended for crumb catchers of all lengths, beard balms are a great supplement when that chin curtain starts getting some real length to it. For instance, you’re probably going to find that your longer facial hair becomes quite curly and prone to tangling if left untreated.

There you have it, my young beardsman. You’re armed with the ancient wisdom handed down by bearded scholars about beard oils and beard balms. You know which tool is required for the job, and when you should deploy it. I have no doubts about you and your beard’s prosperous future. Stick with us, kid. You’re now part of a very exclusive beard fraternity, and we’ll be sure you’re groomed for success.