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The skin on your face naturally produces sebum, an oily secretion from the sebaceous glands. Sebum helps to naturally moisturize and protect your skin from the harmful elements that it encounters daily. When a beard begins to grow, the skin beneath it gives some of this valuable sebum away and distributes it to the hairs that have appeared. Unfortunately, this leaves both the skin and the beard a bit lacking in moisture, as the skin has previously only been producing enough sebum for itself. This is where a quality beard oil comes in.
Beard oil is a blend of carrier oils, such as jojoba, castor and hempseed oil, which is intended to act as a supplement to the naturally produced sebum. Despite it's name, beard oil is actually more beneficial to the skin beneath the beard rather than the beard itself. If the beard in your life ever complains about "beard itch", the issue is dry skin, inflammation and irritation, which is precisely what beard oil is meant to remedy.
When beard hair first begins to grow, the hairs themselves are so short that gravity doesn't have much control over them. When moving past the early stages of beard growth, you may begin to notice that the beard in your life seems to be growing out of control, and becoming unruly. Common problem areas are the moustache and the sideburns, which are some of the hardest areas to control until a certain length of beard has been attained. This is where beard balm comes in.
Beard balm is a blend of beeswax, butters and carrier oils, which is intended to act as a styling product for the beard, while also slightly softening it at the same time. Using a beard balm in addition to a beard oil will allow not only the skin and hair to become soft and healthy, but it will also ensure that the beard is able to be controlled, styled and looking its best.
Cleaning a beard is just as important as cleaning the hair on top of the head. Unfortunately, the hair and skin on top of the head is not the same as the hair and skin beneath the beard, and as such, it is important to clean the beard with a product specifically formulated to do so. The skin beneath the beard is much too sensitive for traditional shampoo or bar soap. This is where beard wash comes in.
Beard wash is a blend of gentle cleansers and conditioning oils, intended to remove only the excess oils as well as any unwanted debris from the beard. Using a gentle beard wash will ensure that the beard hair as well as the skin beneath it do not dry out and become itchy, negating all of the previous care it's been shown.