Use of a quality beard conditioner and beard wash to soften and gently clean your beard can make all the difference in the look and feel of your beard. Happy beards make other people happy and many people appreciate a well-groomed, attractive beard. So how do happy beards get that way? From proper care of course.
A beard conditioner is different from regular hair conditioners because the beard hair is much coarser than head hair. So beard conditioners use quality oils to moisturize the beard hairs and also the underlying skin. The last thing you want in your beard is flakes of dry skin. Two of the most common quality oils used in beard conditioners are jojoba oil and argan oil. Look for these ingredients when you're reading labels.
This oil is extracted from the seeds of a bush found in California, Arizona and southern Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for centuries to promote beautiful hair and skin. It's highly moisturizing, isn't greasy, and won't block pores. It promotes the growth of new hair as well, by encouraging the growth of new hair cells.
This is a costly oil but worth it for the qualities it has. It comes from the nut of a certain Morrocan tree. It's rich in vitamins A and E, which are both beneficial for skin and hair. It's very healing and reduces inflammation. It's great for razor bumps and razor burn, so if you shave any part of your face, it will help you with that.
Other oils commonly seen in beard conditioner products are grapeseed, olive, and castor. Here are a few facts about each:
Coconut oil is another ingredient commonly seen, but this will mostly be in solid beard balm-type conditioners. This is because coconut oil is naturally solid at room temperature. It liquefies easily at body temperature, though. It's been shown to reduce hair's protein loss, it's highly moisturizing, and will soften your beard. Unless the coconut oil has been deodorized, it will smell heavily of coconut. If you like that scent, then fine. If not, keep in mind that coconut oil may have a strong odor.
Well, first you want to wash with a good beard wash. We will get to that in a moment. After washing, simply dispense a few drops of product in your hand. If it's a balm, then use the recommended amount. Remember a little goes a long way. Then just rub the oil between your palms and stroke it into your beard. Then comb for the perfect finish.
Oftentimes in beard oils and conditioners, you will see essential oils on the label. These are plant oils, not vegetable oils such as the ones discussed above. Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy and are also commonly used as a natural scenting agent. Examples are cedar oil, bergamot oil, and sandalwood oil. Many essential oils are credited with healing powers, hence their use in aromatherapy. They are also applied directly to the skin. Tea tree oil is another very useful essential oil often seen in beard care products. Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and stimulant properties. It has an invigorating pine-like scent. It's a great ingredient to watch for.
Never use plain soap on your beard. It's way too drying and irritating. You want to soften your beard. Also remember to use tepid or lukewarm water when you wash your face and beard area. Hot water is drying, too. Avoid it. Washing your beard every day is important. Because you're no longer shaving, your skin is also no longer being exfoliated as it once was. This can lead to bits of dry skin and sloughed-off skin cells becoming caught in your beard. This is not only extremely unattractive, but it creates an environment which could lead to very dry skin underneath your beard.
On the label of a beard wash, look for more natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, essential oils and glycerin. It's not necessary for a wash to be highly foaming in order to do its job. Low-foaming products will clean without stripping your beard hairs of natural oils. Remember, beard hair can split and grow unruly just like your head hair can.
There are tons of beard care products on the market today. It's impossible to even begin to discuss them all. However, you can use the general information you have learned here today to choose the right beard care products for you. For more information on beard care you can view our related articles below.