It may be a new concept to you: “putting oil in the hair on my face”, it can seem strange. But understanding what it is and why its so beneficial can be the difference between neglecting your beard and treating it properly. So we answer the question ‘what is beard oil?’
What is It?
First we need to explain what beard oil is made of. Is it canola oil? No. Is it peanut oil? No. Is it motor oil? Definitely not! Its actually a combination of carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils are the oils that contain beneficial properties to help hydrate and soften your skin and hair. Most carrier oils contain a variety of the following: omega fatty acids, vitamins A, B, D, & E, and other nutrients. Essential oils also carry several benefits as well, but not as many as carrier oils. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy and you will experience most of the benefits there, but in the use of a beard oil with a 3-4% dilution there are not many benefits an essential oil will bring to the table other than scent.
Why Do I Need It?
Now we’ve discussed what beard oil is, let’s talk about why you NEED it! Sebum is the oil found in your skin to help moisturize hair and keep it healthy. After your beard gets long enough your face does not produce enough sebum to completely hydrate your beard. That’s where beard oil comes in 😉 For medium to long beards (1.5-3+ inches) beard oil is highly recommended, and this will ensure a successful growth. But the great thing is beard oil can be used for shorter beards and scruff too! The shorter your beard the sharper the tips of your beard is, with the use of beard oil it’ll help soften those hairs and make growing your beard out much more bearable along with providing comfort to those close to you. Just remember the shorter your beard the less oil that is needed, you don’t want to look like a pan of grease walking around, right?
What We Include in Our Oils
Here at Because Beard we include a core base of seven organic carrier oils to all our products (that’s a lot!):
- Argan – Rich in antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids. Is very high in vitamin E.
- Castor – Contains ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. Ricinoleic acid has properties of reducing itch (beard itch)
- Hemp Seed (The Northwoods only) – Rich in omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. Provides protein and it has a high mineral content.
- Jojoba – Very high vitamin E content. Considered one of the best carrier oils for skin and hair. A beard oil favorite.
- Perilla Seed – Rich in vitamins and amino acids. Alpha-Linoleic Acid (ALA) makes up about 50-60% of the oil which is an omega-3 fatty acid. The high ALA content helps retain moisture in the skin and hair.
- Pumpkin Seed – Rich in Vitamins A, B, D & E, minerals, and proteins. Approximately 60% of this oil is unsaturated fatty acids and is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
- Soya Bean – This oil is very rich in lecithin (improves structural qualities/anti-aging), sterolins, and vitamin E which helps keep your beard super hydrated.
- Sunflower – This contains high amounts of vitamins A, B, D and E, minerals, and also has beneficial amounts of lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids.
Some of that was scientific I know, new and weird words, but just understand they are all very beneficial to your beard.
Now that you know what beard oil is, take a quick look at how to apply it!