Grow your beard

Crucial for an irresistible beard

Just like the hair of your head needs to be taken care of, so does the hair on the lower half of your face. This involves regular shampooing, trimming, combing…and an oft-forgotten step: oiling.

 Because beard hair is typically quite coarse, men often experience itchiness, dandruff or “beard ruff,” and even in-grown hairs on the delicate facial skin underneath. A full beard also makes it difficult to access the skin so common skin problems like dryness, acne, or inflammation can be compounded. 

Beard oil is one of the conditioning products, which are excellent for any beard. It is perfect for all beard styles and lengths. When you start growing a beard, beard oil can be more than necessary, especially if it is itchy as hell. When your beard grows longer, beard oil is once again essential. Longer beards can also become quite tangled and unruly.

Beard oil conditions your beard and makes it soft and easy to manage. Daily application of beard oil, followed by combing with a beard comb, will smooth the hair and encourage it to grow and lay in one direction. A truly remarkable product!

 Therefore, to ´´cook´´ your own beard oil you are going to need just a two primary components:

-Organic carrier oil

-Natural essential oil

The carrier oils and essential oils could be bought at your local organic store or online. Be warned, they are not cheap ingredients, but they will last a really long time.

Carrier oils are named after their property, and that is to “carry” the essential oils, which would otherwise be harmful for the skin. Essential oils if used without the carrier, they could cause skin irritation and burns.

The carrier oil is used to dilute the essential oils in your homemade beard oil. For this reason, the main ingredient in a beard oil recipe is a carrier oil and the essential oils are a few drops each within the solution.

But that is not it. Besides their bulk property, carrier oils are easily absorbed by skin and they, many times, have therapeutic effect, depending on the type.

The main reason to use carrier oils is because of their properties.

Most of carrier oils are vegetable oils, which are derived from seeds, nuts or kernels.

Common carrier oils that many of the best beard oils share are jojoba, argan, sweet almond, coconut oil. All proved to be great for beard softening, promoting beard growth and nourishing the skin.

A few carrier oils and their benefits:

-Jojoba – is similar to your natural human oils and is easily absorbed by your skin, controls acne, it is anti-oxidant.

-Argan – makes skin softer and protects against signs of aging like wrinkles.

-Sweet almond Oil– contains minerals and vitamins and it is ideal for skin prone to eczema, sensitive and dry.

-Coconut Oil – one of the best natural moisturizing and hydrating products on the planet, great for dry environments.

*A note about coconut oil: The coconut oil that you buy in the store is most often in solid form, as it has a high melting point of about 76 degrees F. This can obviously make it difficult to work with. To use coconut oil as a base carrier of your beard oil, you will have to first melt it so you can mix with your essential oils. Put a large tablespoon of the solid oil into a dish, and then set that dish into another that had hot water. The oil liquefied in no time and you can mix with a few drops of an essential oil. It will then re-solidify, and you end up with more of a beard balm. You simply rub a little on your fingers, and your body heat will melt it, thereby turning it into oil again, and ready to use on your facial hair.

-Avocado Oil - contains Vitamin E and lecithin with anti-bacterial properties.

-Hemp seed Oil –  contains Vitamin  A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D & E and increases natural moisture retention.

-Hazelnut Oil - contains Vitamins, and minerals and it is absorbed quickly.

-Olive Oil - contains Vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids. Conditioning and softening. Absorbed easily.

 Essential oils are natural volatile compounds found in seeds, stems, flowers — and almost every other part of a plant and used in aromatherapy to treat the symptoms of various health problems. It is believed that essential oils possess a wide number of therapeutic properties. Essential oils that are suitable for treating skin and hair contain properties that are antiseptic, anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-infectious. Essential oils with these properties can help to calm the skin and reduce redness, itching and pain.

They are extremely potent to the nostrils and provide scent and many additional health benefits to your beard oil. In addition, the essential oils are highly concentrated and must be diluted before use. One single drop of an essential oil can have a powerful effect on the body and mind. They are not to be taken and not should they be put directly onto the skin or hair. The methods of use are many and varied. For the beard, a good way to use essential oils is to be added in a carrier oil.

Below are some essential oils recommended for beard:

-Cedar wood – has a warm, woodsy scent. It is great for the treatment of hair loss and for dandruff control. The warming oil significantly improves blood circulation, which can result in vigorous hair growth. Furthermore, it is antibacterial and antiseptic, which treats fungal problems and dandruff build up.

-Eucalyptus – is so beneficial for our health that it is surprising that not many people are aware of it.  aids again skin irritation

-Lemongrass – invigorates, like a good aftershave

-Peppermint – invigorates and refreshes the skin

-Patchouli – warm and earthy, reduces inflammation, treats fungal infections, fights acne, and is an amazing aphrodisiac. It is antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and much more.

-Lavender – is very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, it has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties. It can be a great moisturizer for dry and chapped skin.

-Rosemary - reduces itching, and it conditions the hair to look shiny and well groomed. It has rustic, leathery scent, which many associate favourably with beards.

Powerful DIY beard oil recipes:

1.Simple sensual woodland beard oil

-1 ounce(28 grams) – carrier oil( olive, avocado, sesame, sweet almond )

-3 drops patchouli essential oil

-3 drops cedar wood essential oil

-2 drops sandal wood essential oil

-5 drops orange essential oil

Shake well in a little bottle with a dropper. After apply, use fingertips to massage oil down into the beard all the way to the skin. Use a small brush like this one to smooth down the beard.

2.Fresh lovely beard oil(balm)

-½ oz.(14 grams) – sweet almond oil

-½ oz.(14 grams) – coconut oil

-4 drops cedar wood essential oil

-4 drops rosemary essential oil

-4 drops lemongrass essential oil

-3 drops peppermint essential oil

     Shake well & enjoy!

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