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A lot of guys want to know when they should start using beard oil, and we’re here to help answer that question! The best time to start using a high-quality beard oil would be after you’ve grown your heavy stubble for about two weeks or so and before the hairs on your face get too thick and you enter the awkward beard phase.
Keep reading because we are going to talk about why you should start using beard oil then and its benefits.
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So when Should I start Using Beard Oil?
As we already said, you should start using a good quality beard oil after your stubble looks more like a beard and less like a patchy shadow of peach fuzz at about 2 weeks of beard growth.
Your stubble will begin to feel coarse as the hairs grow out, which can be itchy and irritating on your face. Some guys use petroleum jelly or baby oil as an attempt to soften the hair, but these options are not so effective.
While some fellow bloggers recommend using beard oils after you stop shaving, we think it is not necessary. It won’t harm you, but it is simply not necessary. But after 10 days to two weeks of not shaving, your beard hair will be longer, thicker, and coarser, and the sebum oil produced by your face will no longer be enough to keep it moisturized. At the same time, your skin will get dryer and flaky.
This is where beard oils come in handy. Applying beard oil will keep the skin beneath and hair moisturized and nourished, which will lead to a healthy-looking beard that is easy to manage and style.
Should you use beard oil on a short beard?
When you grow a beard, your face gets dry. This can cause itchiness, redness, and irritation. Beard oil helps moisturize your face naturally by locking the moisture in. It also has a conditioning effect that keeps the skin and facial hair soft and smooth.
You can also use other products, such as beard balms or butter, that serve a similar function. But if you have a short beard, we recommend using beard oil. If you want to know more about why we recommend using beard oil on a short beard, you can read our article beard oil vs beard balm for short beards.
Do I really need beard oil?
Well, if you want a beard that is soft, moisturized, and easy to manage, then yes, you do because beard oil is the best way to make this happen. But because we all have different skin and beard types, you should experiment with a few different brands before you find one that works well for you. You can read our list of best beard oils to understand what you should look for in a high-quality beard oil.
If you are not convinced yet, let’s see some of the benefits of using beard oil:
Moisturizes your beard and skin
As your beard gets longer and thicker, the possibility of dryness and itchiness increases. The sebum oil produced by your face is not enough to keep it moisturized and hydrated. This is normal and does not mean that something is wrong with you. It just means that your face needs a little extra care, and beard oil is the answer!
Beard itchiness is caused by dry skin under your beard. As you already know, beard oil moisturizes your beard and keeps the skin hydrated. It also conditions your beard, making it softer, smoother, and easy to manage.
When you start using beard oil, your stubble will not feel prickly anymore because it will be moisturized by its natural oils. This significantly minimizes the chances of itchiness and irritation.
Reduces Beard Dandruff
Another great thing about beard oil is that it reduces the occurrence of beard dandruff. If you have ever had flaky skin under your beard, you know how irritating this can be. Beard oil helps with the reduction of beard dandruff because it softens and moisturizes your facial hair.
Beard oil Helps with styling
Putting a few drops of beard oil in your hand and rubbing it into your facial hair will make it easier to style, as the natural oils from the product soften your facial hair and make it more manageable. It does not have a strong hold like a beard wax or a pomade, but it does help.
If you regularly apply beard oil to your face before going to bed, you will notice that your stubble beard will feel smoother and softer. This is because the beard oil has time to settle on your face overnight, working its magic while you sleep.
It smells nice
Finally, beard oils have a pleasant scent. Some are very subtle, but most have a strong scent that can last all day. This is due to the essential oils they contain. So every time you go for a sniff of your beard, you will enjoy the delicious scent that makes people around you want to touch it! The scent you will choose is a personal preference, and there are many essential oils with different scents, so it will be easy to find the scent that best suits you. If you feel extra adventurous, you can try and make your own DIY beard oil instead of buying one.
There are many factors to consider when deciding how often to use beard oil: the length and thickness of your beard, your skin type, and how dry or humid your climate is.
If you have a short to medium-length beard (1 – 2 inches), we recommend using beard oil once per day. Apply it after you get out of the shower or just before you go to bed at night to keep your beard healthy.
For longer beards, we recommend using beard oil twice a day. If you have a dry skin type, use it in the morning and at night after you shower. If you have an oily skin type or live in a humid climate, apply it every other day because applying beard oil too often will make your beard feel greasy.
How should beard oil be used for beginners?
After a warm shower, massage the beard oil into your facial hair using your hands or a comb. If you have a long beard, you can put a few drops of oil in your palms and spread it evenly on your entire beard. Then use your fingers or a comb to distribute it throughout your beard.
If you have a shorter beard, you can use the same method but use your hands or a brush to apply beard oil instead of a comb.
Can I use a hair conditioner as a substitute for beard oil?
No! Beard oil contains ingredients that are specifically designed to soften and moisturize facial hair, such as Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Vitamin E. Conditioner does not do this!
What essential oils should I look for in a beard oil?
There are hundreds of essential oils that can be used in beard oils. The important thing is to pick the ones that suit your needs. If you want a smelling oil that will last all day, you should look for essential oils with strong scents. There are essential oils with notes of vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, jasmine, and many other options. The list is endless!
If you want an oil that will help with beard growth or maintain health, look for essential oils containing Vitamin C, A, Folic Acid, and Omega Fatty Acids.
If you have sensitive skin or suffer from any type of allergies, look for essential oils with a low risk of allergic reaction. Some examples are Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, etc.
You can read our article on the most popular essential oils for beards to learn more.
So now you know when to start using beard oil!
To summarize, you should start using it when your beard and skin tell you it’s time.
It’s different for everyone, but the general rule is to start using it after ten days to two weeks of beard growth because, at this time, your hair will fall into the “in-between stage” where it will need more care.
From then, use it daily if you have a short to medium-length beard. If you have a long one, apply it twice a day or every other day if your skin is oily or the climate is humid.
So now it is time to hear from you!
What has been your experience with beard oil? When did you start using it? Did you have any problems when applying it for the first time?
Let us know in the comments!
Russell is the founder of themensattitude.com. He is a barber a beard enthusiast and he is obsessed with trying men’s lifestyle products and blog about them. If you have any questions you can hit him up via the contact page.