With so many options to take care of our beard, becoming available, it can be tough knowing which one to use, especially if you’re someone who is just starting out, and every man has their own routine that must be taken into account. However, two of the most important beard care products that may cause confusion are Beard Oils and Beard Balms. So which one should you use? Well, lets find out.
What is Beard Oil?
Beard Oil, as its name suggests, is an oil whose purpose is to moisturize your beard and even skin. Beard Oil usually contains a few key ingredients such as:
- Jojoba Oil: This helps with moisture and promotes sebum production which can help with the texture of your beard, and is also good against acne.
- Argan Oil: Argan Oil helps in preventing dryness by sealing in the moisture which in turn helps in alleviating an itchy beard.
- Vitamin E: This is great at moisturizing your skin and softening your beard, so if you suffer from split ends, this is great for you.
- Grape Seed Oil: Grape seed helps in fighting against an itchy and flaky beard and can even help with growth. In one study, it was found to inhibit an enzyme called Aromatase, which is responsible for converting Androgen(like testosterone, it’s responsible for giving men their male characteristics) into Estrogen.
What are Beard Balms?
A balm differs not only in appearance, but in use as well. A balm is more akin to a clay in regards to appearance, but unlike an oil it can achieve different results. Balms are great at taming any wild hairs while also making it more manageable. If you want to style your beard a certain way, then a balm is perfect. Some key ingredients that balms contain include:
- Beeswax: This helps in keeping the shape of your beard together while also keeping it soft and moisturized, while providing some shine. Also, because Beeswax acts as a sealant, it can help in keeping dirt and grim away from your beard.
- Shea Butter: Shea butter is great at moisturizing your beard and repairing damaged hair. It’s also rich in Vitamin A, E, and F, which in turn means that it’s also great for your skin. Shea butter also helps in fighting against flaky beards, and also seals in moisture.
Beard balms also contain Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil, but these two are the key ingredients that really help define a balm.
So which one is right for me?
- Beard Oil: It really depends on what you’re looking for and your current circumstances. If you’re just growing out your beard, you should stick with an Oil while your beard gets longer. A beard oil also helps alleviate the itch during the initial growing phase. Beard oils are also lighter and more hydrating to your skin when you don’t have much facial hair.
- Beard Balm: However, once you have a medium to long beard, a balm is great especially if you have dryer skin than most. Also, because of its clay-like texture, it’ll take longer for your beard to absorb it. So if you’re in a rush, then you should probably skip the balm this time. If you want to style your beard and need some control, then go for the balm. However, like an oil, balms are still amazing for your beard, in that they provide all the essentials your beard needs to maintain healthy growth and healthy skin.
So to sum it up, if you are just growing out your beard, then stick with the Beard Oil, but once your beard is at medium length, then you can start using balms. However, having a long beard does not mean that you have to stop using beard oils. They are still great companions at any length, but the only difference is that at longer lengths, you’ll need to apply more beard oil in order to fully coat your beard.