Using beard oil isn't as simple as it sounds. There are a few things to consider before you go dipping your beard in crisco grease and expecting good results.
Most beard oils are made with multiple ingredients and all of those ingredients should be safe for contacting the skin on your face, but most beard oils aren't really designed to be slathered on your face.
After all, you want the oil to treat your beard, not leave a thick residue on your chin and cheeks.
Step 1: Start With A Clean Beard
This should be self explanatory, but dirt and oil should not be mixed. Your beard is going to have all kinds of food remnants, dead skin flakes and other various elements (gross) in it. It's important that you wash your beard with a good beard wash and get to the skin beneath so that you can remove all of the dry skin flakes.
Here is a great beard wash that you could consider:
Step 2: Dry Your Beard Thoroughly
This should also be self explanatory, but oil and water don't mix. If you apply beard oil to a wet beard, then you're going to have the oil laying on top of your wet skin and beard which is going to defeat the purpose of putting beard oil in the first place.
Step 3: Apply a small amount to your hands and massage it in
How much should you use?
Beard Stubble: 2-3 drops. Just enough to make a small pool of oil in your palm
Medium Sized Beard: A dime size of oil
Long Beard: Personal Preference but nickel to quarter size of oil depending on beard length
With beard oil, a little bit goes a long way. You don't need to coat your entire face. You'll be applying beard oil on a daily basis so it's okay to go light on your first few times until you figure out a balance.
Rub the oil evenly across your palms and massage it gently into your beard and the roots of your beard hair
Step 4: Use a brush or comb to distribute the oil
You'll want to finish your beard maintenance with a nice brush or a comb throughout your entire beard to spread the oil evenly. This will ensure that you don't have large amounts in one area which is likely to happen if you apply with your hands because you might favor certain areas on your face.
How Often Should I Apply Beard Oil?
Every day for the best results but no less than every other day. It helps do it directly after a hot shower as that will help the pores absorb more of the oil
What are some good beard oils to use?
Here is our guide to beard oils, but I'll list the two top contenders.
Last update on 2020-03-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API