BEARD OIL - AN EMERGING TREND
With Social Media increasingly promoting men’s skin care products, beard oil has become an essential part of the ‘bearded’ man’s daily skincare regime.
What is Beard Oil
Beard oil is a product that is used not only to nourish the skin under the beard but to keep the beard soft and smooth, mimicking natural oils produced by the skin, such as sebum (A light-yellow substance secreted by the sebaceous glands that help keep the skin and hair moisturized) Not everyone possesses the hormonal level or hydrated and nourished skin which is essential in order to produce a healthy beard. For such people, this oil came into being.
History of Beard Oil
Even though this product has been increasing in trend for a few years, the use and production date back farther than you can imagine. The use of beard oils has been around for so long that one has to add ‘BC’ to the equation. Ancient Greeks and Romans used beard oils made mostly from castor oil. But the earliest record goes as far back as the ancient Babylonians who used oil made from sesame seeds. Throughout history, beards have been part of cultures and tribes that respected beards. The British came up with the idea of making oil that would be used as a hair or beard product for both genders. Some of these oils were too thick and so began several experiments to produce a thinner and better oil for mustaches and beards.
What's typically in Beard Oil?
Beard oil typically contains a carrier oil and essential oil. Some brands also add vitamin E, which guarantees skincare and facial hair health.
- Carrier Oil
As explained in short above, carrier oils make up a high percentage of the actual mixture. These oils are all-natural and extracted from nuts and seeds. Jojoba oil, for example, is obtained from the ripe seed of the jojoba bush (Simmondsia Chinensis). It is produced by cold-press and filtration. Mechanically pressed Jojoba oil can then be refined. Jojoba oil is the most used as it is quite the same as the oil produced by human skin and is absorbed rather easily. Other carriers include Argan oil which has skin-softening values, Coconut oil because of its moisturizing nature and sweet almond oil and hazelnut oil that are often used for acne protection. Hemp oil is an important one as it keeps the hair flexible. These oils are also used in other beauty products because of the natural hydrating properties they have.
- Essentials oil
Many beard oils add essential oils to their blends. Commonly used for their medicinal and therapeutic value, such extracts have the property of being volatile thus the use of carrier oil to balance things out. Natural essential oils are typically extracted from seeds, stems, and flowers. Along with their health benefits, they add scent to the hair oil. A few of the most commonly used essential oils include cedarwood which helps in acne prevention, lemongrass which is commonly used in aftershaves, refreshing peppermint and eucalyptus that soothe skin irritation. Others include vanilla, rosemary, tea tree, lime, cassia, lavender, hyssop, sandalwood, and others.
Uses and Benefits
It has been recommended by many hair experts and celebrities throughout the industry. Whether you have difficulty growing your beard or maintaining your beard, using beard oil is a definite solution.
- Dry and Flaky Skin
As the length of a beard grows the hair becomes brittle and starts to dry out. The reason behind this is the skin problem under the beard. As mentioned above, the skin contains packets of oil called sebaceous glands. These glands produce an oil called sebum which is required for the nourishment of your hair and also to keep them hydrated. With the increase in growth of hair, the sebum runs out before it can afford to nourish the entire length. Using a beard oil containing Jojoba replenishes the oil as it is quite similar to the sebum. The same applies for beard itch and dandruff.
- Patchy Beard
Uneven growth of facial hair occurs because of oddly spread hair follicles that form patches across the face. Therapeutic beard oil can be used to heal general issues that cause patchiness and promote hair growth through overall healthier follicles and skin.
- Acne Prevention
Increasing air pollution can bring about many skin problems. Skin pores get clogged because of dust and other pollutants, increasing the possibilities of acne breakout. Good beard oil contains ingredients to fight acne.
How to Apply Beard Oil?
Apply 2 to 3 drops of Beard Oil to the palms of your hands. Rub them together and start by rubbing into both sides of the beard than in the front, not forgetting the ends.It is advised to do this twice a day. Improvements are usually noticeable after a few applications.
Beard Oil v/s Beard Balm
The main difference between the two is that beard balms have a primary beeswax base, with Shea and cocoa butter, providing a good conditioner for the beard and some stability to the shape as the desired beard through the wax content. Beard oil, on the other hand, provides not only a conditioner and shine to the beard, but is moisturizing and beneficial for the skin beneath.
Beard Oil v/s Conditioner
A beard conditioner softens and repairs damaged hair as would a hair conditioner. There are several types on the market, the easier one to use is a leave-in conditioner.
Beard oil as stated above, moisturizes, hydrates, gives shine to the beard and eliminates certain skin conditions such as beardruff, itchiness, redness and more.
Three key ingredients in Yaeko Essentials Beard Oil that make it so popular and why?
Unlike many other essential oils, a good Peppermint essential oil helps beard growth through various factors. It not only promotes hair to grow faster and thicker but increases the amount of growth activity by kickstarting additional follicles to grow facial hair, making beards appear thicker, faster, due to increased follicle density.
Tea tree leaf oil is excellent for acne-prone skin and is an active ingredient commonly used in skin care products to fight acne. Tea tree leaf oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help improve skin conditions.Its potent antiseptic ability is why some doctors and skincare experts even recommend it as an alternative to conventional medications. This plant-based extract is just as effective without harsh adverse side effects.
Bitter orange oil is rich in vitamin C, is a known antioxidant and topical astringent. Citrus essential oils are widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industries because of their anti-fungal activities. These properties are believed beneficial in preventing superficial fungal infections in humans.
Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids that may help improve dry skin, eczema, and other skin irritations with its anti-inflammatory cell repair qualities. This oil also has anti-aging properties.
The appearance of a healthy beard depends on how much attention is given to grooming and care. With today’s busy schedules most men look for a quick solution for achieving the look they want. The days when men were associated with a brawny macho persona and no interest in their appearance in no longer. The time of metrosexuality, looking their best and having healthy looking skin has become important to the enhancement of the male image.
The application of beard oil on a regular basis will provide for a healthy and shiny beard, subtle, clean and healthy facial skin which in the end saves a lot of time and trouble in achieving a desired look. Whether it is a brittle, patchy and dry beard or skin irritations, care of facial skin is extremely important.