What's actually in your beard oil?
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.
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.
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