India 31 August 2016: If you have a beard and plan to grow it then you need to take good care of it. Beard balms and beard oils are products you need to keep your beard looking healthy and thick.
What is a beard balm?
Beard balm is a pomade used for styling your beard and moisturizing it. It's made by mixing, heating and cooling moisturizers and sealants which help to keep your flyaway hair in control. Major use of beard balms is to manage your beard and keep it in shape and avoid flyaway hair along with that it also moisturizes your beard as it contains many natural moisturizing oils.
What is beard oil?
Beard oil is a mix of a carrier oils and essential oils. It's is mostly used to moisturize the skin under the beard. Beard oil goes straight deep to the hair follicles and prevents your beard hair from growing brittle. It moisturizes the skin under the beard which helps in preventing dandruff in beard. Beard oil also makes your beard more manageable and smooth.
Difference between beard balm and beard oil
Beard balm or beard oil what should I go for, is the question that every bearded man has. To answer this question let's look at how they are different.
Beard balm is mostly used as a styling aid used to manage unmanageable beard, but it also works as moisturizer for your beard. Beard balms tend to make your beard look thicker. You should only use beard balms which have all natural sealants like beeswax, shea butter etc. Avoid using beard wax which contain petroleum jelly as they might cause skin irritation.
Beard oils are meant to moisturize the skin below your beard and soften beard hair. Beard oils work like an leave in conditioner for healthy growth of your beard. The best beard oils are the ones which contain jojoba or argan oil as base as they are the best moisturizers for beards.
How to Use Beard Balm?
Take a little pea size of beard balm and rub it between your palms. The heat generated by rubbing the palms melts the beard balm. Apply this balm, starting from the sides of the beard and work your way to the center covering the whole beard. Finally comb your beard with your fingers to give them a good shape.
How to Use Beard Oil?
Take a few drops of beard oil in your palms. Rub both hands together to evenly distribute the oil on both hands. Starting at the base of your neck, rub your fingers into the beard hairs and your skin below the beard. Now move your hands upwards to your cheeks and up through the rest of your beard. Massage your beard for a few seconds and then comb your beard with fingers or a brush.