What Products to Put In Your Beard, According to a World Beard Champion

The author Lasse Bak Mejlvang
By Madison Rowley,Men's Journal

Every guy has his own reason for growing a beard, but not everyone knows how to take care of a beard once it’s grown. Once you've begun growing a beard from scratch, you'll want to know what to put on your follicles to keep them soft and healthy. But beard care is now a multimillion-dollar industry, and there are an overwhelming number of balms, waxes, and oils to choose from. Here are a few things to look for when trying to decide on a quality beard product — and what to keep away from your face.

Avoid Plastic Containers

You want your oils in a dark glass, air-tight container for maximum freshness. Choose a bottle with a solid, screw-on lid, like this one. The dropper-type dispensers may seem more practical, but over time the essential oils will dissipate through the rubber, and the base oils are more likely to spoil.

Happy Skin Equals Happy Hair

Pay attention to what you're putting on your skin. Any product can claim to be 100 percent natural, but not all natural things are good for your skin, so read your label carefully — the more organic ingredients the better, and it should end with a clear list of all essential oils.
Some companies will list a "blend of proprietary essential oils," which is great, but there are certain essential oils that are not good to use directly on your skin. Cinnamon, bergamot, grapefruit, and lemon are a few of the common oils that can cause irritation or sun sensitivity.
When it comes to smell, the most important thing to look out for is "fragrance" listed on a label. This usually indicates an artificial fragrance, which can have a variety of harmful chemicals such as phthalates, which can throw your hormone-making endocrine system for a loop.

Know Your Ingredients

Coconut oil is great for many things, but if you are prone to blackheads be aware that it may exacerbate the problem. Different oils have different ranges of comedogenic (pimple-causing) ability. Skip anything with cocoa butter, coconut butter, coconut oil, flax seed oil, linseed oil, or palm oil. Soy-based oils are also good to avoid. Prolonged exposure can mess with your hormones, and if you're putting it on your beard and kissing your lady, it can potentially mess with hers.
Instead, look for products that have grape seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin E, pomegranate seed oil, and neem oil. They’re all rich in antioxidants, anti-aging properties, and proven to help prevent skin cancer, UV damage, and hair loss. Each of these oils has many beneficial qualities for your skin, hair, and overall health and longevity.
Got all that? Good. Now check out our list of favorite beard oils, and start taking better care of your face-blanket.


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