What's actually in your beard oil?
Today I was in the supermarket and ended up in the men's shaving section. I noticed a beard oil from a large company on the shelf and picked it up out of curiosity to check out the ingredients.
The most interesting ingredient I came across was the main Carrier oil: Paraffin Oil. This is actually made from refined crude oil and is used for constipation relief, fuel, lubricant and surface sealer. I don't know about you but I personally wouldn't feel comfortable using a product that encourages bowel movements on my beard
Paraffin oil when applied forms a film on top of your skin which blocks your skins pores, trapping dirt inside which can promote acne, dryness and other skin allergies.
Four main ingredients you should stay clear of when purchasing beard oil are.
Think about using a car engine degreaser to clean your beard, would you? Yeh, nah, most likely not. Many commercial beard grooming products contain sulfates, the same ingredients that are used in industrial degreasers.
Phthalates have been banned from kid toys and they are used to soften plastics from their original form. They are in lino flooring and many food packets and packaging including commercial beard care products.
Formaldehyde is used in products from wood to commercial beard care products as a preservative. There are many health issues linked to Formaldehyde so we recommend staying clear of this as well.
Paraffin/Petroleum jelly/Mineral oil
Paraffin, covers your skin with a light coating of oil that creates a barrier against moisture loss and microorganism growth. Petroleum also extends shelf life, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products.
This oil prevents your skins pores from breathing and your skin releasing Sebum oil (Your natural skin oil). This also prevents anything else in the product or other nutrients entering your skin and beard hair because you can't absorb them through the coating.
Our Carrier Oils
We have many great natural ingredients that we use in our beard products and below is some brief information on a couple of our all-natural carrier oils.
Organic Jojoba oil - This oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant, the plant itself is nearly 50% oil and scientifically, is technically a wax.
Jojoba oil is extremely similar to Sebum oil, a natural oil that our skin produces. Our bodies produce Sebum oil to protect our skin and hair from damage and to seal moisture in both aswell.
Moisturizes the hair and prevents hair loss, doesnt block pores, prevents acne, reduces inflammation, eliminates dandruff/bearddruff, can boost your immune system and hydrate the skin among many other things.
Sweet Almond Oil - This oil is extracted from Almond nuts, the extraction process is completed either one of two ways, High heat or cold pressed. Cold pressed is much better as it retains the nutrient content that hot pressing removes during the process.
Sweet Almond Oil balances the amount of sebum produced which reduces acne and any dirt being stuck in the pores from overly oily skin. It is adsorbed very quickly, other oils can sit on top of the skin for far too long before they get absorbed by the hair and skin. Sweet Almond oil is packed with Vitamin E and healthy fatty acids, which your beard needs to grow healthy.
What does Sweet Almond Oil do?
Keeps the skins moisture levels balanced, can rejuvenate scar tissue, balances Sebum oil levels and reduces dryness all without blocking the skins pores.
Hopefully this has given your some insight into what to look for when buying beard products and mens cosmetics in general. Rock on and keep bearded gentlemen.