What is Beard oil and why use it?
Beard oil is a cosmetic product that is used to moisturize the beard and the skin under the beard in order to keep it soft, shiny, and smooth. Beard oil mimics the natural oils produced by skin, such as sebum, and is composed mainly of carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier type oils generally contain vitamins A, D and E, as well as a high concentration of Linoleic acids and low concentrations of oleic acids. Natural and synthetic scents may be added to the oil in order to enhance its properties and aroma. Natural scents (essential oils, absolutes, and extracts) are derived differently than synthetic scents and contain different chemical compounds that enhance their functionality. This can give beard oils properties such as antibacterial, deodorant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging.
Beard oil acts as a moisturizer that goes straight to the hair follicle and prevents hair from growing brittle, especially in cold, windy environments as these weather conditions cause the natural moisture of the beard area to wick. Hydration around this are helps prevent flaking, dandruff and skin dryness. Beard oil also works below the surface of the skin by working as a grooming tool, making the beard itself more manageable, neat and smooth.
Why use natural products?
Using natural skin care products is very important. The skin is the largest organ and absorbs almost everything you put on it! Make sure you recognize the ingredients in your skin care products as natural or learn what they are before applying.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health studies found over 800 toxic ingredients in body care products. Over 700 of them caused acute toxic affects and over 300 caused developmental abnormalities. These chemicals may absorb into your body and brain 3 times faster than water.
Skin cleansers on the market strip the skin of its natural oils, alkalinizing the ph leaving it unprotected, causing prematurely aging skin. The dry and tight “clean” feeling is not healthy.
Please note the most harmful toxic chemicals in skin care products today and check your labels:
FD&C Color Pigments
Fragrances that contain phthalate
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Triclosan (used in anti-bacterial products)
Othoxalation (this is a process, not an ingredient so it is not on the labels. It is used in cleansing products and very carcinogenic)
Source: Hoffman, Susan, herbalist. Skin Care Fact Sheet.