Your beard is quite an accomplishment, but when it comes to beard care products, which one is better- beard balm or beard oil? While they are very different products, both are very helpful to maintaining a healthy and handsome beard. Beard balm is a pomade made by mixing, heating and cooling moisturizers and sealants. Beard oil is a leave in moisturizer and conditioner made by mixing carrier oils with essential oil blends or in some cases fragrance oils. Here you can read the difference between the two and how to use each.
Beard balm is a styling and shaping aid as well as a leave-in beard conditioner. A good beard balm should moisturize your facial hair, provide hold for styling and make your beard look thicker. For best results, avoid beard balms using synthetic sealants and harsh chemicals, as these can damage your beard and irritate your skin. Beard balms with natural sealants and ingredients will make your beard look and feel better. Some effective ingredients include shea butter (helps make your beard look thicker) and argan oil (moisturizes). Look for beard balms with natural ingredients like these to keep your beard looking and feeling top notch.
For best results, wash your beard with an all-natural beard soap and apply beard balm when dry. Scrape out a dime sized amount of balm and rub between your palms. Run your fingers through your facial hair, starting from the neck and working up, making sure to rub balm into the skin where your beard grows. This will help nourish facial hair at the roots. Reverse and run your fingers through your beard in a downward motion from top to bottom, spreading the balm down the hair follicles. Don’t forget your moustache and the hair around your mouth. Brush the balm through your beard to distribute the balm evenly through your beard. Use the brush to straighten your beard, or scrunch facial hair in fists to accentuate curl. Use up to three times a day as needed. All natural beard balms containing shea butter and beeswax can be left in until you wash your beard. Beard balms containing petroleum jelly should be rinsed out nightly to avoid damage to facial hair.
Beard oil is an easy to use beard moisturizer and conditioner that will moisturize the skin underneath your beard, soften facial hair and help create the conditions for healthy beard growth. Beard oil is especially helpful during the first six weeks of beard growth when itching can be a problem. If you have a thick beard, you may find beard oil easier to work with than beard balm. Beard oil can be used in conjunction with beard balm or as a stand-alone product. For best results wash your beard with an all-natural beard soap and apply beard oil when dry. Splash a dime size amount of beard oil in your palm and massage into your skin and beard. Brush the oil through your beard with a beard brush to help distribute the oil evenly throughout your facial hair. Use up to three times a day as needed. Like all natural beard balm, beard oil does not need to be rinsed out.
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