This one goes out to all the men out there… scratch that.
This one goes out to all the men AND women/friends/significant others out there, buying gifts for either themselves or an aforementioned male of note.
Buying gifts for guys can be easier said than done – especially when the man in your life loves gadgets and is already across all the latest releases, movies, trends, and so on.
But there is one overlooked grooming product that will transform a guy’s life – and beard.
If you’ve ever scratched your head and wondered ‘what does beard oil do?’ then this blog post is for you.
We’re going to dive right in and dissect the stuff to answer the ultimate question of whether it actually promotes beard growth.
Chances are you’ve seen vials of this golden, viscous liquid on the shelves of beauty stores before and thought nothing much of it.
We’re here to change that.
Beard oil is a great little product that tames unruly beards. On a short-term basis, it’s a nifty styling product that adds shine and helps beards look more groomed. It also has a delicate scent, which can be used in lieu of cologne.
However, with that said the true benefits of beard oil emerge over long-term use.
Essentially, those little pots of gold act as a conditioner that softens facial hair, which we all know can be rough and abrasive in its natural form.
It also helps to hydrate the skin underneath the hair. Now, this is an important point because said skin can get aggravated through trimming and shaving, and if neglected, beard dandruff can form. Beard oil reduces the risk of this happening, keeping a beard looking fresh.
Now to answer the question we teased above: does beard oil help growth?
A lot of brands will claim that their specially formulated miracle oil will make beards grow faster, so let’s clear something up: this is not actually scientifically proven.
If you see a brand claiming their beard oil will leave a user with a beard that rivals Dumbledore’s, please approach it with a healthy dose of scepticism.
With that said, studies have shown that some essential oils can stimulate hair growth. These include:
- Peppermint oil,
- Rosemary oil,
- Thyme oil,
What is beard oil made of?
If you guessed oil then you are, in part, correct.
It’s only part of the picture though, for oil comes in many forms and beard oils will typically contain a combination of some of the following:
- Argan oil,
- Almond oil,
- Coconut oil,
- Jojoba oil,
- Grape seed oil,
- Hempseed oil,
- Eucalyptus oil.
For instance, Raw Beauty Box’s beard oils use sweet almond oil alongside apricot oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and avocado oil.
Why? Because each oil works a little differently, and for a quality product you want many natural ingredients doing their thing.
Now, this is where you will want to pay close attention. Some companies will choose to add essential oils or fragrances to the product, in the same way conditioner and shampoo does. Part of this is to stimulate hair growth as we mentioned above, and the other reason is to leave a wearer smelling great.
BUT this is a product designed to be worn on the face, so you need to be careful here. Fragranced elements can aggravate sensitive skin, leading to breakouts and irritation.
If this sounds like you, or the person you’re buying for, then it’s best to go for a gentle, unscented alternative. There are many out there on the market, you just need to read the ingredient list.
So that leads us to our next point: does beard oil work?
There is no denying beard oil as a product is growing in popularity.
In fact, according to Grandview Research the global beard oil market size was valued at USD $925.9 million in 2018. This is projected to expand further at a compound annual growth rate of 6.1 per cent from 2019 to 2025.
But just because a product is trendy doesn’t necessarily mean it works.
So, let’s look at the facts.
While the verdict is still out on whether the product does the heavy lifting and helps grow a beard for you, it is undeniable that beard oil makes one look fuller, softer, and lusher.
This is because the oil coats the hair and hydrates it, while also supplying nutrients. It also reduces tangling and nasty split ends.
The result is a beautifully groomed beard; one in which the hair grows straight and strong, rather than one that makes the wearer look like a hermit, wild man of yore.
That is most definitely NOT a vibe.
One of the tricks with beard oil is making sure it is used correctly. Part of this equation comes down to regular use.
How to use beard oil
Between the sun, wind, and temperature, the earth’s elements are harsh, and so it’s recommended a beard oil be applied twice a day.
Once in the morning and once at night is best. It is here we come to the first tip.
Skin is like a sponge and absorbs moisturisers and serums better when it’s damp. So, the wearer will want to apply the oil after a shower, or, after washing the face and patting it down.
Only a small amount of beard oil is needed in each application, think the size of an Australian five-cent coin.
Now comes the satisfying part.
Once you’re holding that precious glob of oil, rub your hands together so it forms a lather of sorts. Apply this mixture generously throughout the beard or facial hair by first patting it into the skin and rubbing it right to the very ends.
It’s crucial you don’t miss the ends because that is how beards get nasty split ends.
Applying beard oils is a simple application but as we mentioned the best results are seen through regular use.
If you found this blog post useful but are thinking about shaving your beard, instead of keeping it, check out our range of nourishing whipped shaving creams. Or give the gift of facial grooming with our reusable razor and shaving cream gift set.
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