Beards are not just facial hair. They are a reflection of one’s style, confidence, and personality. And for every bearded gentleman who takes his beard grooming seriously, it is sometimes difficult to choose from the large variety of awesome grooming products. On this note, we will tackle the epic battle between beard oil and beard balm. Many have asked and wondered which is the better beard moisturizing product to use. Some favor the thick beard balm while some say the oil is more effective. And so once and for all, in this article we will set the record straight.
But before we go into details, we need to consider the different variables that affect peoples preferences. We need to look at the type/length of beard and the type of skin you have. Do you prefer your beard to have a shiny appearance, or like it to look a little less sleek? Whatever your answers are, they will ultimately guide you to a better-looking beard.
Without further ado, let us get into the pros and cons of beard oil and beard balm.
Tired of worrying about your messy beard? Put those trimmers down and get your beard back on track with the help of a beard balm. A beard balm is a pomade made by mixing, heating and cooling moisturizers and sealants. If you want something to style the beard and to shape it up so that it looks more attractive, the balm is the right choice. But aside from its styling and shaping advantages, it is also a good leave in beard conditioner. There is a wide selection of the best beard balms to choose from and a great beard balm should moisturize your facial hair, provide hold for styling and make your beard look thicker and glossier.
But with regular use of wax and balms means more regular washing, which means stripping your beard or whatever moisture or oil is there. Also, avoid beard balms that use synthetic sealants like petroleum jelly as they may irritate your skin and damage facial hair. Opt for more natural sealants like shea butter, beeswax or lanolin.
The use of beard oils has spiked in popularity online since 2006, even if the use of this dates back to the time when Rome still ruled the old world. It is mainly used to keep your beard healthy looking, and smelling good. The beard oil is made from different kind of oils like jojoba and then it’s infused with even more oils like argan, cherry tree oil or grapeseed oil. It also has essential oils in the formula to give a great scent and boost it with additional vitamins and minerals, necessary for the health of your beard.
The beard oil needs to be applied throughout your entire beard quickly and effortlessly. The oil is absorbed rather quickly and results to a flatter finish. If you are looking for an easy, simple and quick way to moisturize and condition your facial hair, the beard oil is the way to go. Aside from the acting as deodorizer and cologne, the oil helps in reducing beard itch and create the conditions for healthy beard growth. It prevents flaking of the skin underneath or in short ‘beardruff’.
Beard Balm or Beard Oil?
And the verdict is…. beard grooming depends on your lifestyle, you can use beard oil everyday to manage that beardruff, or beard balm for that lustrous effect. You can even apply both the oil and the balm to your beard at the same time if you want. Educate and encourage yourself to find what works for you. The important thing is that you create a beard care routine because growing a beard is not enough, it must be maintained as well.