Beard Balm vs Oil for your Beard Care Routine
As a man, you might be wondering if you need to use skincare products. The answer is yes - all skin needs a routine!
Men's skin is different from women's skin, and it needs specific care. This blog post will discuss beard balm vs beard oil and how to choose the right one for your beard care routine. We'll also give you five steps for taking care of your beard!
Many of the same principles for choosing the right face oil for your skin apply to choosing one for your beard. We've written a comprehensive buyer's guide for face oils with a lot more information.
How is Men's Skin Different Than Women's Skin?
The most significant difference between men's and women's skin is that men have more facial hair. This means that their skin needs to be tough enough to withstand the daily shaving routine. Men's skin is often oilier than women's, leading to breakouts if not correctly cared for.
How are Men's Skincare Products Different?
The two main differences between men's and women's skincare products are the scent and the packaging. And, of course, the marketing hype.
For years, skincare marketing towards men was aimed at the 'all-in-one' product. One product that can be used in the shower to wash your entire body and face, plus shampoo and condition your hair. Technically speaking, this isn't a horrible approach; however, tailoring a routine for different areas of your body can be done without adding too many steps or additional products.
While some people may think that marketing gender differences for skincare products are nothing more than a way to sell more products, the truth is that men and women do have different skin needs. The thing is, that these unique skincare needs can be achieved using any products. Tailoring your facial routine to your skin-type is accomplished by choosing products that meet your needs. The scent, packaging, and marketing will help you find what you're looking for, but there's no reason to throw out everything you have an buy all new. With that said, there is also no reason to discount men as consumers. Matching your personal style to your appearance and the products you use is not something that should be left just for woman.
You do You.
A man can create a routine for his face using any products that are already available. One definite exception is beard care. Beards are usually a gender-specific skincare need and beard care products are a great addition to your routine.
Beard Balm vs Beard Oil: Which is Better?
A beard balm is a leave-in conditioner designed to hydrate and style your beard. It often contains beeswax, which gives it a thick consistency and helps to hold your beard in place.
On the other hand, beard oil is a lighter product designed to moisturize and soften your beard. It contains nourishing carrier oils like jojoba oil, argan oil, or hemp oil which helps keep your beard healthy and shiny.
Some men prefer beard balm because it provides a light hold that helps to keep their beard in place. Others prefer beard oil because it leaves the beard looking shiny and healthy. Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
When choosing a beard balm or beard oil, it's essential to consider your skin type and the length of your beard. If you have dry skin, you'll need a beard oil that contains moisturizing ingredients. If you have oily skin, you'll need a beard balm containing astringent ingredients. If you have unique skincare needs, like acne or dandruff, products should be designed for your requirements.
Five Steps for a Beard Care Routine:
Step One: Trim Your Beard
Start your beard care routine by trimming, clipping, and shaving. It's important to get most of the trimming done first so that the little hairs get washed away and not trapped within your beard.
Step Two: Wash Your Face and Beard
It's essential to wash your face and beard every day to remove dirt and bacteria. Use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to cleanse your skin. Be sure to avoid harsh detergents, as they can damage the skin barrier. You can use a beard shampoo or a beard wash, but they will probably be the same as other cleansers you already have, so there's usually no need to buy new cleansing products.
Step Three: Exfoliate Your Face and Beard
Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and preventing beardruff. One thing to keep in mind is that beard hair is usually quite thick and coarse. If you're using a product with exfoliating beads or particles, rinsing them out will be difficult and annoying. Using a gentle chemical exfoliating toner and massage it down to the skin before rinsing it away is an excellent way to manage this challenge. Start with only 2 times a week at first. Salicylic acid toner is a good choice if you have acne or dandruff. Glycolic acid toners are another good option. If your skin is sensitive try lactic acid because it will help with moisture levels as well as exfoliation.
Step Four: Apply the Product
Once you've chosen the right product, apply it to your beard using your hands or a brush. Be sure to distribute it evenly throughout the beard. If there is excess product, you can blot it with a towel. The beard oil or balm will act as a beard conditioner, so a separate product for conditioning isn't needed.
Step Five: Style Your Beard
If you want to style your beard, use a comb or brush to achieve the desired look. Like hair, there are many different styling products designed for beards.
Frequently Asked Questions About Beard Care
Can You Shampoo Your Beard?
Yes, you can use shampoo. Just choose one that matches your general hair and skin type and avoid overwashing with water that's too hot.
Do You Need a Separate Beard and Face Wash?
No, you don't need a separate wash for your face and beard. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider using a separate wash for your face and beard. This will help to prevent irritation.
Why Does My Beard Itch?
The most common cause of beard itch is dry skin. When the skin is dry, it produces more sebum in an attempt to rehydrate itself. This can lead to an overproduction of sebum, which can then block pores and trap bacteria. Another common cause of beard itch is ingrown hairs. When hair grows back into the skin, it can cause irritation and inflammation. Be sure to exfoliate regularly to help prevent ingrown hairs.
There are a few things you can do to stop beard itch. First, make sure you're using a quality beard oil or balm. This will help to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness. Second, exfoliate regularly to help prevent ingrown hairs. Cleansing is very important, but avoid using harsh detergents or soaps on your beard. Over-cleansing can make the itch worse. Finding a balance is key.
Also, watch out for skin reactions. Beard oils usually contain essential oils for their herbal and woody scents. Some can be quite irritating for your facial skin.
Can You Use Dandruff Treatment On Your Beard?
Yes, you can use dandruff treatment on your beard. If dandruff is an issue, it may be one of the reasons you have beard itch. However, check with your barber if the flaking is persistent or excessive. Also, check with your doctor if there are open areas or scabbing, as this is probably more than dandruff.
Do I Need Any Special Tools or Kits For Beard Care?
No. A soft bristle brush, wide-toothed comb, and sharp scissors are all you need to groom your beard at home. Of course, there are Beard Care Kits available that come with different products and tools like beard combs. But if you're starting, you don't need anything fancy.
They do make a lovely gift; look for sustainable materials like bamboo rather than plastic.
As you can see, there are a few things to consider when choosing a skincare routine for your face. With so many available on the market, it can be challenging to determine which products are right for you.
If you're unsure where to start, consult with your barber. They can help you create a routine explicitly tailored for your needs.
Thanks for reading!