Though often overlooked, whether you boast a modest smattering of stubble or a full, bushy beard, taking good care of your facial hair should be a crucial step in your grooming routine – no matter how low-maintenance you might claim to be. Fortunately, as beards have transitioned from a hipster-led trend to a widely accepted aesthetic choice, a crop of male grooming brands have sprung up to ensure the beards of the world remain smooth, soft and in tip-top shape. And the simplest way to do so? Invest in a cracking beard oil.
Should I use beard oil?
Not merely a salve for your stubble, packed with fragrant, nourishing oils and extracts, a good beard oil can have a transformative effect, improving beard condition and health and leaving your facial hair more manageable and soft to the touch, while cleansing, nourishing and soothing the skin. “It improves the surface condition of your facial hair but, equally, moisturises the skin that is otherwise forgotten about during skincare regimes,” says Tasos Kyriakidis, beard expert at Ruffians Marylebone.
How do I use beard oil?
Simply apply a few drops to your hands and smooth over your beard immediately after showering for best results, says Kyriakidis. “The warmth and vigorous activity of washing the beard opens the cuticles and softens the skin, leaving it able to absorb the beneficial qualities contained within the oil.” Incorporating this one step into your grooming regimen has huge benefits for your facial hair, including increased thickness and manageability, and greater softness and shine.
What should I look for in a beard oil?
Each brand has its specific strengths, with a variety of nourishing ingredients blended into every bottle, but if you ask Kyriakidis, “simplicity is best.” Essentially, look for natural or plant-based formulas with hydrating and protective floral, citrus and essential oils as well as gentle but exfoliating extracts and acids, to help clear up and prevent pesky ingrown hairs. Vitally, avoid anything silicone-based that can trap bacteria and pollutants, causing blemishes and irritation.
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