Growing a beard has become more popular in the past few years and almost everyone wants a longer healthy looking strong beard. For many, growing a beard has become an identity because beards blend well with masculinity. For some, growing a beard is not easy while to others it grows so fast such that it is a challenge to keep up with. If you intend to keep one, it is important to take good care of it and you can’t do that without proper beard oil.
Most, if not all, beards need to be taken care of on a daily basis otherwise they become scruffy, dirty and irritating. You have to wash, condition and trim your beard to keep it groomed well. Maintenance of the beard is important if you wish to don one. In this article we are going to delve into what constitutes beard oil and find out what makes it so important to those who wish to maintain a beard.
Argan is an extract from kernel trees predominantly from Morocco, and its benefits have been known for centuries. Argan oil is known for its ability to thicken, soften and increase a beard. Argan oil immediately improves the flexibility of beards especially ones that have become dry and brittle due to being exposed to harsh weather conditions. It repairs whiskers that are damaged and reduces breakages of beards, which makes it easier for you to detangle them. It also increases the rate of one’s beard growth.
Jojoba is indigenous to the Mohave Desert and the Sonolan; it is a liquid wax extracted from the evergreen shrub Simmondsia. Jojoba’s molecular structure is similar to that of sebum and that makes it so unique because it replicates the oil your body naturally produces and one that keeps your beard and the skin that is underneath moisturized.
Jojoba replenishes the oils that your body creates naturally; it does not disrupt the skin underneath your beard. It hydrates and strengthens facial hair from the inside; also, jojoba helps to alleviate the itching of early growth of beards. By all means jojoba is the best conditioner for beards because it increases the volume of your beard, softens the facial hair and makes your beard appear thicker.
Jojoba and Argan form the core of any worthy beard oil and are the primary ingredients for almost, if not all, beard oils. Most companies that make beard oils, however, add a few tweaks to this primary blend to give their products a distinct identity, or scent to their products.
- Coconut oil
Coconut oil is nutrient rich and can soften and make your facial hair shiny. It is unfortunate that most of its nutrients are lost in the refining process and for that reason coconut oil is best used when it is not refined. However, coconut oil is very greasy and can be difficult to wash out and it sometimes reacts unfavorably with some people’s body chemistry and ends up producing a musty and unpleasant odor after you apply it.
- Grapeseed oil
It contains linoleic acid that helps to prevent moisture loss. Unlike argan and jojoba, grapeseed is much cheaper and is easy to obtain.
Grapeseed oil has a very limited shelf life; when you buy beard oil that has grapeseed oil you must use it quickly before it becomes rancid. You should check the sell-by-date in the beard oil if it contains grapeseed oil and if the company has had the product made for a period of more than three months it may already be rancid by the time it gets to you. More so, grapeseed oil may contain high amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons because of direct contact with the combustion gases used during the drying process.
- Olive oil
Olive oil is rich in fatty acids which coats your beards in the shaft; this helps you to hide the damages done to your beard by synthetic beard washes and conditioners that contain urea, diazolidinyl, buttylcarbamate, and lodopropynyl, among other harmful chemicals that damage your facial hair. Olive oil is quite greasy because it contains fatty acids and that makes it unpleasant to wash out, and unlike jojoba and argan, olive oil doesn’t absorb fast enough into your beard and therefore makes your facial hair feel greasy for a longer time.
Tips on How to Identify Genuine Beard Oil
The best and most genuine beard oil contains argan and jojoba oil as the main ingredients; these are more expensive than all the other oils including olive oil, grapeseed and coconut oil. This is indeed a challenge because most companies go for profits and forsake quality just because it is expensive to produce genuine beard oil. Thus, you will find that most companies use coconut oil, olive oil and grapeseed as the main ingredients and add just small amounts of argan and jojoba. Don’t just go for beard oil just because the company’s description of the oil says that it contains jojoba and argan.
The ingredient that is listed first in the product packaging is normally the main ingredient and the last one listed is the one that is least used. Therefore, if you find beard oil that lists jojoba and argan as the last ingredients it is not the best quality. Make sure that jojoba and argan form the core of your beard oil ingredients. If you use scented beard oil you should make sure that it is scented only with essential oils.
When it comes to beard oil there are indeed different levels of quality in different products and it is always upon the user to use his best and informed judgment to find out the most effective and natural beard oil for him. Not every company sells quality beard oil; some companies are in the business just for the profit but still there are genuine companies that make genuine beard oil.