Whether your facial hair looks just like Walt Whitman’s or you’re embarking on your first-ever beard, there’s one golden rule of beard maintenance that you need to know. Two words: beard oil.
If you’ve never heard of it before, don’t get nervous. Once you finish reading this article, you’ll know everything you need to know about the best product to make your beard healthy, soft, and as iconic as Walt Whitman’s. Except while Whitman was obviously a great American poet, he definitely could’ve used some beard oil in his life. Just saying.
1) Wait, what is beard oil and why do I need it?
Beard oil is a beard maintenance product that provides much-needed moisture to both your beard and the skin underneath.
It’s incredibly common for men with beards to get dry skin under their facial hair. Because beard hair draws moisture away from your skin, the skin gets itchy, flaky, and can even cause “beard-druff.” Ever been a beard-druff sufferer? No need to be ashamed, we’re all friends here. It’s uncomfortable, annoying, and can even dissuade men from keeping their awesome beards.
And that’s not all. As your skin becomes even drier, your beard can’t suck up any moisture anymore—so the beard hair becomes coarse and scratchy.
That’s where beard oil comes in. The oil gives your skin and beard the hydration boost they need. Essential oils like argan oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil mimic the skin’s natural oils—and they smell great. Thanks to these oils, beard oil even acts like a subtle cologne.
Oh, and one more thing. In addition to moisturizing your skin and making your beard soft, it also makes your beard hair more manageable and easy to style, if that’s your thing. It’s truly a beard maintenance champ.
2) Okay, I definitely need this in my life—but which beard oil is right for me?
Let me direct you to a 2015 Best in Shop beard oil selection: Port Products Conditioning Beard Absolute. This is an all-natural beard oil rich with argan oil, grapeseed oil, and antioxidants perfect for restoring moisture to your skin and beard. It also has Australian Sandalwood and Bergamot essential oils for a natural, woodsy scent. In addition to hydrating skin and softening your beard, you can also use this all-star product as an all-over facial moisturizer.
If you have oily skin, you might be worried that adding even more oil will make it worse. Fear not! Oil can actually help restore balance to your skin. One of the most common causes of oily skin is using products that strip skin of natural moisture. Oily skin guys, rejoice! Try Herbivore Botanicals Conditioning Beard Oil. It contains jojoba oil, which is ideal for balancing out oily skin. It’s also 100% natural and vegan. Everybody wins.
3) Great. One more thing: How should I use beard oil?
Glad you asked. Proper beard oil application isn’t hard or time-consuming, and it really can make a world of a difference.
It’s best to apply beard oil after opening your pores a bit; I recommend using it after washing your face with warm water or taking a hot shower. Use only a dime-sized amount and be sure to rub it into the skin underneath your beard first. Then work it through your entire beard thoroughly.
Have a longer beard? Comb or brush the oil through your beard to ensure the oil is evenly distributed. I recommend trying the Baxter of California Beard Comb. Then say goodbye to dry, flaky skin and your scratchy, scraggly beard.
Congrats! Now you’re totally in the loop about beard oil. Check out the products listed above and all of our beard grooming/maintenance products here.
Eager to learn more about how you should be treating your skin? Check out the 5 skincare mistakes most men make—and how to avoid them—here.