With fall finally upon us, there is no doubt about it that many men will start to grow their beard. For a lot of men, it will be the very first time they might ever take on the endeavor.
Now one of the most often overlooked aspects of actually growing a beard is how to properly maintain it.
You see, several men often think that you just let it grow and you need to 'tough it out' when going through that pesky beard itch phase.
What's worse is that once men get past the beard itch phase, they will let their beard get longer and longer and notice that the skin beneath their beard will begin to flake. After much frustration, they will take their favorite double edge safety razor out and completely shave it off.
But here's the deal:
All of that horrible itching coupled with the beard flaking (commonly known by beardsmen as beardruff) could have easily been prevented with regular use of a quality beard oil, such as the Avalanche scent by Beardology.
Beard oil, like many of the ones offered here at Beardology contain two primary conditioners within each one of the bottles: carrier and essential oils.
But before we dive into the specifics on the oils, its important to understand the root causes of beardruff to begin with:
Where Does Beardruff Come From
At the root of every one of your beard follicles, you have these tiny little glands called sebaceous glands. These glands are there for two primary reasons:
First, the glands excrete an oil called sebum oil. This sebum oil helps to keep your facial hair both soft and healthy with plenty of moisture.
Secondly, and most importantly, the sebum oil helps to keep your skin well hydrated and nourished. You see as your beard begins to get longer and longer, the sebaceous glands just simply can't keep up with the demand.
A beard that is only a few weeks in length will begin to suck out all the moisture from your skin. As your beard draws out the oils, your skin will eventually begin to feel a bit irritated - and this is where the dreaded beard itch feeling comes from.
Now if you are serious about growing a beard, the longer you go without using a quality beard oil, the more irritated your skin becomes. This will eventually lead to intense itching and ultimately beardruff.
In order to cure beardruff, its critical that you use a product that contains natural moisturizers like the beard oils and balms listed in the Beardology catalog.
When it comes to purchasing a beard oil, you should never buy one that doesn't list out the ingredients. If the ingredients are hidden, then they are likely using cheap filler ingredients that may feel slick to the touch but are likely just a mixture of chemicals that will leave your beard in worse of a condition than when you started.
So what are the ingredients you should be looking out for when picking up a beard oil?
Carrier oils are found in a plethora of products on the market today. For instance, you can find carrier oils in some of the best shaving creams, pre shave oils, and aftershave balms along with several unisex products including shampoos, lotions, and conditioners.
Furthermore, carrier oils typically make up the majority of any beard oil as they provide the key nourishment and moisturizing properties that your beard so desperately needs in order to fully get rid of any sort of beardruff.
When it comes to carrier oils there are a variety of different ones available including jojoba, argan, sweet almond, and grape seed just to name a few.
Specifically a carrier oil like jojoba (pronounced "ho-ho-ba") is a great oil to use for beginners. Jojoba is an extremely mild oil that is nearly unscented and most closely mimics the sebum oil that your skin naturally produces.
Therefore if you have sensitive skin and a beard that is feeling a bit dry or itchy any one of Beardology's beard oils should be perfect as all of them use jojoba as a base carrier oil alongside similarly mild carrier oils including avocado and argan oils.
A beard oil wouldn't be a beard oil per se unless you added a bit of character to it. Any great beard oil is going to contain a rich mixture of essential oils that bring out some incredible smells (and benefits too!).
You see there are a plethora of essential oils available. Some of the most popular essential oils found in beard oils include tea tree, patchouli, cedar wood, lemon, vanilla, and sandalwood oils.
In fact Beardology so kindly has listed within the Our Scents section what essential oils can be found in each one of their beard care products.
One of my favorite essential oils that I love to talk about is tea tree oil. While tea tree itself may emit more of that classic woodsy smell that so many beardsmen everywhere absolutely love, but it also is a natural antiseptic and has been used to help cure psoriasis and flaky skin. Therefore when you pick up a beard oil like Avalanche, it will be extremely effective at eliminating beardruff altogether.
In addition to warding off beardruff, tea tree oil with its antiseptic properties will also work to mitigate acne flare-ups as well.
Overall the benefits of essential oils vary far and wide and are definitely worth exporing if its your first time ever picking up a beard oil.
For Intensive Therapy You Should Double It Up
Now whether you live in the frigid and dry northern states in the winter or perhaps are in a desert state in the southeast, you may want to consider doubling up onusing both a beard oil and balm in tandem with one another.
Balms tend to be a bit more intensive in beard care as they contain additional moisturizing agents of cocoa and shea butters along with beeswax as a protectant for your skin. In fact the Beardology balms contain even more conditioning agents not normally found in the big name beard care manufacturers making it definitely a worthwhile investment.
For a list of all the great Beardology beard care products, be sure to check out the entire catalog.