“What is beard balm?”, “ What does it even do?”, “Should I buy It”?
These are some of the most commonly asked questions for beard balms. You will find the answers you have been seeking as you continue reading this entire article. Now let me tell you all you need to know about this product.
First thing first, a beard balm works as a leave-in conditioner on your beard. It conditions the beard, moisturizes and softens your beard. It contains moisturizing agents which maintain the ideal moisture levels for your beard even in the chilly autumn and winter seasons for the year. Moisturized beard looks more healthy and thicker. It adds volume to the beard and makes it easy for styling.
So are beard balms just moisturizers? Absolutely not. Beard balms manufactured by different companies have combinations of various ingredients and thus, they’re all different to some extent but not completely. The reason for that is that there are 4 primary ingredients commonly used in just about all beard balms, irrespective of the company producing them. These ingredients are as follows:
- Carrier oils
- Essential oils
- Malleable agent
The primary task of carrier oils is to moisturize and nourish the skin underneath your beard. Various types of oils are used by companies and collectively go by the so-called “carrier oils”. Jojoba oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, cedarwood oil, argan oil, etc. are merged together to create this redient.
Carrier oils are absorbed by the beard hair follicles in the sebaceous gland. These glands discharge sebum, our skin’s DIY moisturizer, which keeps the beard and skin moisturized or hydrated, which also prevents dryness, flaking, and beard dandruff.
Beeswax is a crucial ingredient in any beard balm. It helps solidify the balm, which exists in the liquid state. If the beeswax is absent from the mixture. Also, the wax protects your beard from pollutants and bacteria that settle on it. Beeswax makes the beard easy to style as it compacts the beard hair until the balm is washed off during a face wash or while having a bath. It is a very reliable ingredient that makes beard balm as popular as it is.
Essential oils, on the other hand, can be obtained from various sources such as lavender, citrus fruit, tea tree mint, etc. As the term suggests, they are essential for the skin and facial hair (or any hair on your body for that matter).
Now coming to malleable agents, what does malleable even mean? Malleable is a property that lets a substance or material be altered, shaped, or controlled by external forces. It is capable of adapting and changing its form. So in a beard balm context, a malleable agent makes the balm more user-friendly and easy to apply. Without the presence of a malleable agent, the balm would just be a sticky, waxy residue. Nobody would want that gooey substance even in the proximity of their beard.
The most popular ingredient used as a malleable agent, or mixed with other ingredients to make the malleable agent, is shea butter. It is a naturally available remedy to fight the dryness and thinning of your facial hair. It adds an additional layer of moisture to keep your beard hair and the skin beneath it, hydrated. Shea butter improves the thickness of hair, resulting in a fuller-looking beard, while also softening the hair.
Now that we’ve covered the primary ingredients of beard balms, let’s talk about their applications. In order to use the balm, you will need to rub a finger on the balm in a circular motion. You’ll end up with a little portion of the product on your fingertip. Now rub your palms and fingers against each other and you will feel the warmth of the balm on your palms. Between palms and fingers. This step should be followed by applying the warm, ready-to-use balm to your beard. The final step is the simplest and needs no instructions, only instinct - Styling the beard. Do as you wish until you attain your desired look.
Here are some Advantages of Beard Oils.
- Moisturizes the beard hair
- Moisturizes the skin under the beard.
- Adds softness to your beard.
- Compacts the facial hair.
- Hold your beard hair together.
- Treats dry facial hair.
- Treats dehydration of the skin.
- Makes the beard shinier.
- Makes the beard thicker and voluminous.
- Makes the beard easily manageable to style.