No-shave November might be several months away, but you can get a head-start on your facial hair by using beard oil.
What is Beard Oil?
Beard oil is a moisturizing product that’s applied to facial hair and skin. It’s designed to keep a man’s beard soft, shiny and smooth by mimicking the effects of natural oils produced by our skin.
Our skin contains thousands upon thousands of pores through which natural oil (sebum) is released. Some people assume that oil is bad for your skin, but this isn’t necessarily true. The natural oils produced by our skin help to moisturize and protect against dryness. Beard oil works in a similar manner by replicating the characteristics of sebum to promote a healthier, better-looking beard.
Benefits of Beard Oil
Why should you use beard oil? As previously mentioned, it moisturizes the skin and beard, protecting against dryness. Furthermore, it prevents facial hair from becoming too weak or brittle, which is a common problem in cold and/or windy climates. Beard oil also minimized dandruff and flaking. And lastly, some beard oils contain vitamins and other beneficial nutrients, which may help your beard grow faster.
Steps to Using Beard Oil
There are several different ways to apply beard oil, one of which is the smear method. Basically, you apply a small amount of beard oil to the palm of your hand and gently rub it into your beard.
Depending on the type of beard oil you choose, you may be able to spray it directly onto your beard. After doing so, though, you’ll need to go back with a comb or brush to evenly distribute the oil. Run your brush or comb through your beard until the oil is evenly distributed. Congratulations, you now have a moisturized beard!
A third method is the eye drop method. If your beard oil is in eye-dropper, you can simply drip it onto your beard. Tilt your head back and squeeze a few drops of beard oil. But again, you’ll still need to evenly distribute the oil by using a comb or brush. This method only works if your beard oil is in an eye-dropper (or you can transfer it to an eye-dropper).
Regardless of which method you choose, it’s recommended that you apply beard oil daily for maximum benefits, preferably after you shower or bathe.