Attention dudes: beard care is a thing. If you thought hair products were just for women, then it’s time for a little wake up call, especially if you are rocking some serious facial hair. You hair needs some love and attention too, and by love and attention, we mean treatments and products. Spoiler alert: your medicine cabinet is about to get a lot more crowded. According to the experts at GQ (who know a thing or two about being a modern man), “whether we’re talking about a thick, irreverent Galifianakis or a jawline-amping mown lawn, a beard is just about the most on-trend accessory you can pull on this season.” And if you have what it takes to flaunt a handsome beard, then you need to know how to take care of it. While the idea is to look a little bit like you’ve let yourself go (overly man-scaped is NOT a good look) you also need to put some time and effort into the texture, style and health of your beard. Remember, “the hair on your face is not the same as your scalp. So no need to treat it as such with whatever shampoo you have lying around.” You need to use specialized products that are created just for beard care.
So what kind of products are we talking about? Well, for starters, you need to be using beard oil. What exactly is beard oil, you might wonder. The short answer, according to The Beard Emporium, is that “beard oil is cosmetic oil specifically designed for the beard; regularly using a beard oil keeps your beard soft, shiny, smooth and healthy.” More specifically, it keeps your facial hair soft, your skin healthy, and your beard looking perfectly healthy (but not too perfect). Here are 5 reasons to use oil for the ultimate beard care.
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1. Scruff Might Look Sexy, but it Doesn’t Always Feel so Hot
Sure, beards are in, and a lot of people find them really attractive. They can add a little mystery to your look, they are sexy, and even the NY Times has declared the beard fashionable. But what might look sexy doesn’t always feel sexy to the person sporting the beard or the person kissing that bearded face. Facial scruff can really suck and can really do some damage to your skin and the complexion of the people you love (or make out with). Beard oil helps to keep that scruff under control thanks to conditioning ingredients like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and argan oil.
2. Beard Oil Keeps Your Facial Hair Smelling Fresh
We don’t often think about the way our hair smells, but when hair gets dirty, it starts to stink. And just as you wash the hair on your head regularly to ensure it is feeling fresh, looking clean and smelling great, you need to tend to your beard hair as well. Enter beard oil, which is a great way to make sure your facial hair smells fantastic and masculine—think of it as a cologne that you apply to your face. Beard oils come in a variety of scents, all based on the ingredients used, but you typically see essential oils such as cedarwood, citrus, vanilla, and tobacco, all of which make your beard smell as sexy as you hope it looks.
3. It Helps Keep Your Skin Healthy
Sure, beard hair can hide your skin, which makes it pretty easy to forget about your complexion. But allow us to let you in on a little secret: what’s lurking underneath that scruff is not always pretty. Because that skin doesn’t get to breath much, and because it is in constant contact with that rough and scruffy facial hair, the skin on your chin and cheeks can suffer and get dry, red and irritated. If you ever did shave that beard, you wouldn’t be thrilled with what you saw on your face. Beard oil helps moisturize, soothe and hydrate not only your facial hair, but also your face. It’s a win-win.
4. You’ll Have Fewer Flakes
Oh, you thought dandruff only occurred with the hair on your head? Not so much. You can get those unsightly white flakes in your facial hair as well, and because this hair is much more visible to the world (hello, it’s on your face), it’s also really had to miss when it is dry. Beard oil helps prevent flakes by keeping hair healthy and hydrated, not brittle and dry.
5. Your Facial Hair will be More Manageable
Beards are best when they look just untamed enough, but not totally unruly. Out of control facial hair looks sloppy and unprofessional, while hair that looks like you kind of forgot about it (but in reality you work hard to make it look so cool) is the sweet spot you should strive to achieve. And the key ingredient is beard oil, because in addition to keeping facial hair healthy, the Urban Beardsman tells us that it “is a great grooming tool itself. The hydrating ingredients help to keep coarse hair neat and smooth, making your beard touchable, soft, and tangle-free.”