The Pros & Cons of Beard Oils
Beard Oils help keep the skin beneath the beard moisturized and hydrated. They also help soften the beard, add shine, and a fragrance.
For the most part beard oils (like their beard balm), gives you a healthy beard and skin. Oils can moisturize, prevent dandruff, reduce skin irritation, and also give your beard an awesome but subtle scent (if you use essential oils).
There are many oils used in these mixes, but here is a short list of commonly seen oils and extracts.
1. Argan Oil (aka Moroccan Oil) – able to penetrate the hair and repair damaged follicles. It is known to be a good skin moisturizer, adds shine to hair, and is not greasy.
2. Jojoba – One good thing about Jojoba is that it’s molecular structure is very similar to sebum, natural skin oils. It has a long shelf life and supposedly has anti-bacterial properties. Jojoba is greasy.
3. Coconut Oil – said to be the most effective moisturizer ever. It claims to stimulate hair growth in the follicles, add shine, and soften hair. also claims it prevents breakage and split-ends. It is also known to be very greasy if used by itself; hard to wash out.
4. Grapeseed Oil – Has moisturizing qualities as well as being mildly astringent with antiseptic qualities.
5. Hemp – is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and protein. It has a nutty scent to it so if you use it by itself, the scent may take some getting used to. It’s good for conditioning hair and skin and helps the skin retain moisture.
6. Sandalwood – used a fragrance in many products. It can help reduce itchiness of skin and helps the skin retain moisture. It is also effective against dandruff.
7. Tea Tree – Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agent native to Australia. It can also help remove ‘build-up’ from product usage or minerals in the water we use. It cannot help new hair grow, but its antiseptic properties help unclog blocked hair follicles.
8. Peppermint – An astringent which can help balance the PH of oily skin and oddly is used to also treat dandruff and dry skin. It is said to stimulate hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Also helps moisturize the hair shaft, but should not be used full strength.
9. Lemon – Lemon oil is extremely beneficial for the hair, helping in removal of dandruff and lice, dry scalp treatment, and also for sebaceaous glands that aren’t very active. This oil is best used for oily hair type.
Cons: The cons of using natural oils is primarily due to allergies.