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The Best Beard Oils to Soothe and Soften Your Scruff

These beard oils will keep your facial hair soft and supple.

Comparing every great beard you see on Instagram to your own facial thicket is a fool’s errand—unless you add a great beard oil to match. Long gone are the days of Grizzly Adams and unkempt playoff beards; modern man can rock his choice of whiskers at work and around town provided they’re well-kept, and in order to sculpt an lust-worthy face-sweater, the secret ingredient is beard oils. These concoctions, meant to mimic your natural facial oils, soothe regrowth itch, tamp down flyaways, add a healthy luster and pleasing scent, and even fight beardruff. (Yes, it’s a thing.) The best beard oils also make facial hair feel soft and silky — something both your kids and partner will appreciate. 

But before you start oiling up, remember these three tips:

Begin with a patch test. Beard oils consist mostly of a skin-friendly carrier oil (like jojoba, sweet almond or argan) with the addition of varying concentrations of essential oils (such as peppermint, sandalwood, or eucalyptus,). Before you rub a new one all over your face, check to see how your skin reacts by applying a small amount in an inconspicuous spot, like the inside of your elbow.

Use it post shower. Your skin will be clean and damp, which makes it the perfect canvas for absorbing the product’s moisturizing goodness.

Work it through well. Start with just a few drops to avoid a greasy look because you can always add more. Make sure to moisturize both the roots and your beard fully; if you’ve got a lot of hair, it may help to comb out your beard first, so the product can be applied more easily.

This all-in-one beard oil conditions, smooths, and tames your facial hair. Plus, it also does double duty by hydrating your skin. It's lightly scented with sandalwood and cedar wood so it even works as a subtle cologne.

Sometimes you want a beard. Other days you don't. We get it. This two-in-one oil is made from a rich blend of jojoba, hazelnut and grapeseed to moisturize and protect your face. You can use it one of two ways: Either rub a few drops onto your clean skin pre-shave, or massage into your beard to keep it soft and supple.

This nicely priced oil is handmade, using only organic ingredients, in Transfer, a small town Western Pennsylvania. It's made from a blend of 10 different oils, including golden jojoba, argan, black cumin and baobab. And if you're into it, it has a woodsy scent for extra oomph.

Dealing with dry, itchy skin? Grab this beard oil; it is made with brown algae, vitamin E, and carrot extracts to protect the skin, and plum oil helps keep facial hair vibrant. The specific formulation is made without synthetic fragrance, colorants, and parabens that might irritate your skin. It's light and doesn't feel sticky.

If you can't deal with scented products of any kind, or you want to show off your favorite cologne instead, this is the oil for you (although the company, which became famous for its shave creams, also makes woodsy- and mint-scented versions).The formulation is lightweight get still nourishing, and it's enriched with vitamin E.

Another unscented option, this beard oil is ideal for guys with thick, heavy growth. Argan and jojoba oils are the key ingredients that will get rid of that lovely beard dandruff you may be noticing.

If you prefer an invigorating minty scent, this product is guaranteed to perk you up in the morning.This oil is enriched with vitamin E, which may help your skin hang onto moisture longer, and the two-ounce size means a bit more bang for your buck. The pump makes the oil easy to dispense without having to fiddle with a dropper or screw-top bottle

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