Questions are asked again and again about how beard oil and balm work. That's why Dr. Awesome like to repeat everything exactly.
The first thing that comes to mind is the following sentence:
Beard oil and beard balm care for both your beard and the skin under your beard!
Let me tell you: both products consist of oils and, in the case of Beard-Balm, also of fats and waxes. Both product groups have similar to the same care properties. The difference is mainly in the application. While beard oil spreads easily in your beard and on the skin underneath, beard balm is a little more difficult. This is due to the consistency and the significantly lower spreadability. This is what is called the ability of an oil or fat to spread. On the other hand, a beard balm has a light or stronger shaping effect. This is caused by the wax it contains and does not affect the caring properties at all. You just have to make sure that you get the balm on your skin with your fingers.
Brand: As far as the care effect of the skin and hair is concerned, you are equally well served with both the one and the other.
So let's get down to the nitty gritty!
Beard oil and beard balm usually consist of various vegetable oils or fats. Each individual has a different fatty acid spectrum. That means it is composed of different fats. Depending on the composition, the oil looks greasy or less greasy.
Even if you have heard something else: Almost all natural, vegetable oils and fats are absorbed by your skin! Some do it better, faster and deeper, others take longer and initially form a film on the skin and hair. The most effective of these penetrate deep into the horny layer of your skin and ensure that your skin is able to retain moisture for longer. It is completely different with petroleum products such as Vaseline. These lie on the skin and clog the pores.
So that you can find your way around better in the future, the Doc gives you an overview of the most important oils and their properties:
coconut oil: Is present as white fat and only melts at 23-26 degrees. Nonetheless, it is an oil. It belongs to the group of lauric oils. Coconut oil penetrates the skin under the beard very quickly, but only superficially. It creates a particularly smooth and soft feeling on the skin without appearing greasy and greasy. It is often used to increase the so-called spreadability, i.e. the ability to distribute, of other oils.
Almond oil: This ingredient, which is widely used in beard oils, has a very nourishing effect on the skin and beard hair. On the one hand, almond oil stays on for a relatively long time and makes your beard shine without being too greasy. On the other hand, it penetrates particularly deep into the horny layer of your facial skin. Even so deep that it has the property of smuggling nourishing active ingredients deep into the skin that would otherwise never be able to penetrate the horny layer. It prevents dehydration and makes rough skin smooth. Almond oil has a nourishing effect that is also tolerated by sensitive skin types.
Grapeseed Oil: This commonly used oil has a high lecithin content. As a result, it absorbs incredibly well into the skin under your beard and is often used as a kind of lubricant for vitamins that are supposed to work deep in the skin. This includes vitamins E and K. It only lies lightly on the skin and is therefore also suitable for oily skin types or combination skin.
jojoba oil: Chemically, this oil is actually a wax. But we don't need to worry about that. It is a common component of beard oils, makes them more durable and protects the horny layer from water loss for a long time. It is absorbed well into the skin and has a long-lasting effect.
hemp oil: This oil has powerful properties. It renews the cells and has a regenerating effect on your beard skin. It is therefore often used for dry, damaged skin. It absorbs quickly, at least haptically, and leaves the skin feeling soft.
Argan Oil: Argan oil is considered the most precious of the base oils. It consists of a balanced combination of oleic, linoleic and palmitic acids. It is therefore even often used for acne or skin diseases. Due to its balanced composition, it optimizes the barrier function of your skin in the long term and makes it more resistant.
Sheabutter: This fat from the nut of the shea tree regulates the skin's moisture content and has a moisturizing effect. In addition, it strengthens the horny layer and is particularly effective when used in combination with oils as a balm. Above all, the oils improve the poor spreading ability of the shea butter.
At the end remains: try, try, try. Only you can find out which oil combination works best for you.
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