The question that continues to divide opinions among bearded people, do I need beard oil? The answer is not as simple as you may think. I’m gonna break it down for you so you can go forth from this blog and do exactly what the hell you want to do anyway!
It is thought that beard oil first came into use around the middle ages. Apparently sesame seed was the oil of choice for those that could afford it. I wrote about it in my A History of Beards series, you can check it out here.
Oil could have been used for beards as early as Ancient Egyptian times but there is no proof of this. One thing for sure, beard oil has grown in popularity over the last 5 years. Every man and his dog has a beard company but not all of them are good companies!!
With the huge rise in beard oils being made and sold it does beg the question, do I need a beard oil? The short answer is no. You don’t need to use a beard oil. I went without beard oil a while back when I wrote my blog, Do you need beard products?
This is where I start to delve into the science behind beard oil. I mean, if you’ve read my blog above then you’ll know what I’m about to write.
The hair on your face and everywhere to be fair, starts under the skin. Each follicle has a root that grows through your skin. The sebaceous gland produces a natural oil called sebum.
This oil coats your hair follicle making it easier to pierce through your skin and giving it a nice natural coating to keep it moisturised. It also helps to keep your skin from going dry and flaky.
When growing a beard, your skin can become dry. Especially during the first few weeks and even more so if you’re not used to stubble. As your beard grows and you leave it au naturale, the less sebum there is to cover your hairs. It can cause beardruff which is like dandruff but for your face. You get the idea!
This is a no no for me. I can’t stand having those flakes falling on my clothes or in my breakfast! Dry, itchy skin is horrible. Just ask someone with eczema.
So, the sebum can only spread so far and if you aren’t looking after your beard properly it can stop altogether. Brushing your beard can help, for a while, but ultimately your skin and hair needs something to keep it healthy.
Look, a lot of people don’t use beard oil and still have fantastic beards. It isn’t an essential part of growing a beard for some. For others, it is a must have. I find that using oil in the early stages of growing a beard really helps keep your skin hydrated and your fledgling whiskers moisturised.
As your beard grows then the application of beard oil is pretty essential as part of a routine. Some will use it every day, others a couple of times a week. It all depends on the needs of your beard and of course, the skin underneath it.
Some people will try to tell you that beard oil is just for your skin, others will say it is just for the beard. Both of these are false. Beard oil is the extension of the natural sebum that is produced by your sebaceous glands. It is used for your skin, to hydrate and keep it from drying out and, for your beard to keep it healthy and moisturised.
A tricky question and really depends on you. That’s right, you need to make a choice. Do you want scented, unscented, floral scents or masculine scents? Do you like a particular carrier oil, do you prefer all essential oils or do you like the longevity of fragrance oils?
There are so many to choose from that it can become a really difficult decision. One thing you should definitely steer clear of is the cheap supermarket shit. The By My Beard or even Bulldog. Brisk and the Fuzzy Duck stuff are red flag products as well! All the cheap sets that come out at Christmas are not to be used!
Why? Because they use the cheapest of products and they also use other ingredients that you don’t want in your beard. I only use small batch brands and although they might cost a couple of quid more, the outlay is well worth it. I have reviewed a few oils in my time and you can check them out here.
Technically you don’t need to use a beard oil, however, if you want to have a healthy looking beard then I have to say it is a must! Beard oil not only keeps your skin soft and hydrated, it also makes your beard look and feel great. Oil makes your beard easier to control, and if you use the right brushes, you can spread the oil throughout your whole beard.
If you want your manly mane to look great, feel soft and smell amazing then I suggest you look at some of the best UK small batch brands out there. My reviews cover most of them but if you want to know what my go to brand is then click the button at the bottom of this page.
That’s it for today, thank you for reading do I need beard oil? Do you use beard oil? Let me know in the comments. Until next time take care and keep growing
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