Today, the beauty, hair, and skincare industry are overwhelmed with the variety of products offered for men. Yet when it comes to taking care of your beard, most men are confused about what to opt, beard oil or balm? Although both serve for the same purpose of providing your beard hair nourishment and care, the choice highly depends on your personal preferences such as taming a long beard or keeping it short. Selecting a balm or oil depends also if you have oily hair or textured skin type, sensitive skin and/or acne-prone skin. We are here to help you end this beard balm vs. beard oil argument by giving an easy guide on what will work best for you:
What does beard oil do?
Beard oil acts as a moisturizer and conditioner for the beard hair. Without causing greasiness, quality beard oil conditions your beard lessens itching and promotes the growth of a healthy beard. It also hydrates the skin underneath your beard. We recommend using the beard oil that has a perfect blend of vitamins, natural, and essential oils. Such oils not only make your beard look healthy and shiny but also functions as a deodorizer and restores the natural pH of the skin underneath. In addition to these beard oil benefits, these products are found to help reduce skin irritation and itching during the initial stages of beard growth.
How to use beard oil?
For best results, wash your beard with an organic soap and rinse thoroughly so that there is no soap residue left on your beard. Air dry your beard and when it is almost dry, take a few drops of beard oil in your palm and massage the oil into your beard and the skin underneath. After rubbing it thoroughly into your beard, grab your favorite brush and run it through your beard to properly spread the product evenly. Repeat this at least 2-3 times a day if you have dry skin and a rough beard.
Here are some beard oils we love:
It is one of the best beard growth oils as it contains a perfect blend of natural oils such as grape, watermelon, jojoba seed oil, and olive oil. It not only strengthens the roots of the hair but also promotes the growth of your beard leaving your hair shiny and tamed. Jack Black’s Beard Oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants that stimulate the production of collagen and gives you a youthful, irritation-free skin. This beard oil is perfect if you have acne-prone sensitive skin as it has a very light, suitable, organic scent.
Unlike typical greasy beard oils, this formula is designed to give your hard-to-deal-with beard hair subtle moisture. It contains organic ingredients, such as the apricot kernel, rosemary, argan, and jojoba oil that helps you to maintain your beard by strengthening its roots and giving it a natural shine. Just massage a few drops of this oil into your beard and you are ready to rock the day!
As the name suggests, it is one of the best beard oils in Canada. Made with a perfect blend of rosemary, jojoba, argan, and clove oil it promises to condition your scalp while boosting the blood circulation and reducing hair fall. Its argan extracts help to control frizz and soften even the hardest working beards. Enriched with minerals and vitamins, it reduces dandruff and itchiness. The best part about this beard oil is that one bottle contains three times more product than any other beard oil. So, this cedar scented refreshing beard oil will make you feel as fresh as daisy for a much longer time.
What are beard balms?
In addition to vitamins, natural and essential oils, quality beard balms feature shea butter and protectants such as beeswax. Such ingredients are aimed to provide your beard perfect grooming without damaging your hair or scalp. Beard balm benefits you by deep conditioning your beard hair. Besides acting as a leave-in conditioner, it softens your beard, promotes hair growth, and helps you tame and style your beard. Unlike most of the highly fragrant alcohol-based beard products, beard balms are lightly scented and are ideal for sensitive skin types.
How to use beard balm
Beard balm is quite easy to use. Wash your beard and let it air dry. Then just take a small amount of beard balm and rub it between your hands and start massaging it into your beard. To thoroughly spread the product begin from the neck or the base of your beard and work toward your chin. Then, reverse the direction of application and massage your beard from top to bottom. To ensure uniform application of the balm, brush your beard with a beard brush and then you are good to tame your beard in any style you want.
Here are some of our most loved top-rated beard balm:
This lightly scented beard balm comes in a premium travel-sized tin packaging and is one of the best beard balms for short beards. It contains shea butter, jojoba oil, beeswax, clove, and argan oil that not only help control hair fall but also help keep the scalp healthy and dandruff free. Enriched with vitamins and essential oils, it acts as a cologne and helps you style your beard without causing any damage. Once applied, the balm will keep you styled all day long.
This intense regenerating balm is one of the best multi-use balms, it aims to repair, nourish, soften, and protect your skin. Unlike most silicone-based oils and serums, it has a light, soothing, nongreasy texture, ideal for all skin types. This multi-purpose hair and skin balm contain rich ingredients such as cocoa, shea butter, sweet almond oil, citrus extracts, and beeswax. It not only helps tame an unruly beard but also soothes sunburns and skin rashes. It is easy to carry and one of the handiest products.
To sum this discussion, either of them is good to work with, depending on your beard type. But if your beard is being a real bad guy, tame it by applying beard oil first and then apply the balm.