The hair on our faces deserves as much attention as the hair on our heads. If you want your beard to thrive during quarantine then you'll need to practice patience, strategic trimming, and a regular grooming routine. You'll also need to pay close attention to how your beard is feeling—not figuratively, but literally. Is your beard soft or does it feel coarse when it rubs against your skin? A dry and brittle beard usually leads to itching and irritation which can cause the best of men to shave all their progress away.
For a smoother beard and growing experience, we suggest beard oil—perhaps the most important yet overlooked part of a man's beard care routine. To explain how to use beard oil properly and all the benefits it provides, we've put together this handy-dandy guide to share our tips and answer any questions that you may have along the way.
The benefits of beard oil
The most obvious benefit of beard oil is its ability to quickly soften and hydrate your beard hair. It also pumps the parched skin under your beard with nourishing oils that an everyday moisturizer isn't able to provide. This helps prevent beard dandruff—something that affects even the most seasoned beard growers. Just because someone's beard appears healthy and shiny, it doesn't mean that flecks and flakes aren't lurking below the surface.
Beard oil also acts as a styling agent, helping to tame frizzy whiskers for softer hair that's easier to manage.
How to apply beard oil
Even though beard oil is packed with nourishing ingredients that your hair and skin crave, applying too much of it can clog your pores. Start by washing your face with warm water to help open your pores and improve the absorption of the oil. Pat your face dry but leave a bit of dampness around your beard as this will also help with absorption. Then, apply a few drops to your fingertips and warm it up between both your hands. Massage the oil into your cheeks, the underside of your jaw, and through your mustache. If your hair and skin are still feeling dry, apply one or two more drops.
Tip: Don't just target your beard when applying the oil, but rather act as if you are applying it to your face. Simply patting the oil onto your beard hairs won't help allow it to penetrate.
Lastly, comb your beard back into place. This ensures the oil has been distributed evenly and removes any tangles.
When to apply beard oil
Perhaps the most frequently asked question our customers ask us is when to apply beard oil. For maximum hydration, we suggest applying it in the morning and at night, preferably after a shower. If you're running low on time, we'll let you in on a little secret. The night application is the most crucial of the two. When we're sleeping, the oil is able to go to work it's magic without any interference.
How often should you apply beard oil?
The frequency of which you apply beard oil depends on your hair type. If your beard is on the drier side, we suggest using beard oil 4 to 6 times a week. But it all depends on your personal preference.
Does stubble need beard oil?
Absolutely! Beard oil is a must for anyone who prefers to grow out their facial hair.
The best beard oils
Mammoth Argan Beard Oil | $29.99
The Argan Beard Conditioning Oil from Mammoth Beard Co. is exceptionally restorative, nourishing, and moisturizing. Crafted right here in Calgary, it's specifically formulated for freezing cold Canadian winters. For those living in a harsh climate and experiencing beard dandruff, this oil may be your perfect match.
Birch Canoe Oil | $26.99
Bartigan & Stark's Birch Canoe Oil Beard is formulated for beards of all sizes and packed with moisturizing properties that benefit both the hair and the skin. The lightweight formula, infused with warming notes of frankincense, birch tar, and lavender, absorbs easily and does not clog pores.
Bonsai Citrus Beard Oil | $25.00
This scent was one of the first to appear in Peregrine Supply Co.'s line-up and has remained a favourite ever since. Bright and fruity tones of grapefruit, ginger, and bergamot and supported by a strong base of sandalwood and amber, leading to a soft, sophisticated blend. Like all of Peregrine's beard oils, the Bonsai Citrus blend is formulated with their signature dry-base of carriers oils for an exceedingly light and quick-absorbing formula that is deeply hydrating.
C4 Beard Sauce | $25.00
A blend of cold-pressed natural oils from Calgary's Manday Grooming to moisturize your beard and skin! Their C4 Beard Sauce contains loads of vitamins, amino acids, and high-quality oils to soften and hydrate your beard. Non-greasy and fast-absorbing, this beard oil features a treatment-pump dispenser so you won't miss a drop! Enjoy the combination scents of cognac, cigars, cedarwood, and coffee.
Six Oil | $28.50
Welcome to masculine sensuality in a bottle. This beard oil from 6IXMAN is a special blend of organic and natural oils that are rich in antioxidants. It aids in conditioning dry skin, revitalizing beard hairs, and promoting healthy beard development. Immediate effects include a soft, manageable beard with a noticeable glow. It also smells great and is free from mineral oil, silicone, sulfate, phosphate, parabens, and colourants.
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