There are nearly as many beard products as there are beard styles.
But there's one beard product that is a mainstay classic.
Like beard oil, beard balm nourishes and hydrates your beard, it is different in it’s physical consistency though, as unlike the oils it has a base made up of things like beeswax or shea butter.
This base makes the balm into a creamy, waxy substance that is designed to provide additional hold to your beard that cannot be found in beard oil.
Let's dive in and find out everything we need to know about beard balm.
What is beard balm?
Waxes are a combination of fatty acids and fatty alcohols. They can be derived from plants or animals, with the most common being beeswax and carnauba wax. However, there are plenty more varieties ranging from rice wax to castor wax.
Beeswax is a common ingredient in beard balms.
The use of waxes helps balms to be more resistant to both oxidization and bacterial infection. This allows the products to have a longer shelf life and reduce the need for chemical preservatives.
Butters, such as Shea and cocoa, is also utilized in balms. These natural fats help to provide a creamy softness to moisturize skin.
They also help in soothing skin and providing antimicrobial properties, further reducing the risk of your product becoming infected.
Balms, like beard oil, contain both carrier and essential oils but to a lesser extent than beard oils. Essential oils can be used in balm for both natural benefits, as well as being used for aroma.
Carrier oils provide the same benefits as they do in beard oil and are often blended in with the waxes and kinds of butter as they are heated and melted together.
WHY USE BEARD BALM
Beard balm is a great choice for those of us hat have unruly beard hair.
Being coarser than head hair, some beards may not respond to a light dose of beard oil. Balms butter/ wax content gives the user greater control of how they style and shape their facial hair.
Not only does this provide relief for manic beards, it allows bearded men a greater opportunity of expression, though being able to style their beard.
DOWNSIDES TO BEARD BALM
While it has many benefits, there are some downsides to beard balm.
As it contains waxes, these can create a barrier on the skin, clogging your pores. Clogged pores can lead to breakouts on your skin, resulting in more pimples than normal.
Given the number of waxes, oils and butter, balms can leave some beards feeling both greasy and heavy, a feeling some beard owners may just not enjoy.
Beard balm is ideal for those men who find their beards to difficult manage, going everywhere and often having a lot of dandruff.
Beard Balms combination of vitamins and nutrients, combined with a base hold, helps to keep your beard healthy and well-groomed.