Your beard – It needs you just as much as you need it
You might not have heard of beard oil much, but it works wonders for your beard and is nowhere near as expensive as those beard maintenance kits. You can make your own at home with ingredients you can find at just about any supermarket.
Beards have become somewhat of a fashion statement for men around the world. The length, cut, texture and style all have different types and go in and out of vogue. With trends like “No Shave November” on the rise, men are exceedingly taking an interest in growing and maintaining their beards.
Most beards need daily care or they go from dashing to scruffy and unkempt. Hygiene is paramount in all aspects of bodily care, but it is crucial for body hair. Otherwise, you might be sporting a playground of bacteria rather than a beard on your face. Not a very pretty picture, I believe. Therefore, if you do plan to keep a beard, you should regularly groom it. The bright side: it is not costly.
I will give the complete recipe at the end. You might notice that it mainly consists of different types of natural oils. Jojoba oil is perfect for unclogging pores and hydrating your skin from within. Sweet almond oil is brilliant for dry skin and is widely known for its homeopathic purposes.
Coconut oil fights bacteria, which will prevent your skin from breaking out and keep the acne under close check. There are also some essential oils in the recipe, known for their array of benefits. They induce a sort of calmness and clarity within you. Moreover, cedar wood has antiseptic properties too.
Beard oil recipe
- 1/2 ounce jojoba oil
- 1/2 ounce sweet almond oil
- 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
- 3–4 drops cedar wood oil
- 3–4 drops sandalwood oil
- Small bottle with an eyedropper or cap
- In your bottle, add the jojoba oil.
- Next, add the sweet almond oil and the fractionated coconut oil.
- Then, add the cedar wood and sandalwood essential oils.
- Place the cap on tightly and shake well.
- Using your hands or eyedropper, apply a few drops and massage into the beard and onto the cheeks.
- Brush the beard for the final addition.
Tips for DIYs
- Be cautious with essential oils. Do not add more than 5% in total volume, as they can be a little aggressive to your skin.
- Use glass bottles instead of plastic ones. It keeps the oil fresh and increases its shelf life.
- Try to use amber bottles instead of transparent ones, as the oil remains protected from sunlight and UV rays.
- Bottles with dropper caps are preferable because they do not make a mess and application is easy and effective.
- Give it a good shake before using. Like all oils, they might separate if they sit for some time, so shaking would mix them well.
Whether you use this recipe or buy a beard oil from the supermarket, grooming is imperative. Therefore, do it well and do it on time.