NATURAL BEARD CARE

NATURAL BEARD CARE

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE BEARD

Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme linalol, Lemon, Cypress

During the six weeks or so that it takes for a beard to grow to a reasonable length, problems may be caused by ingrowing hairs. Products used on beards need to be good for the skin too because beards can trap sebum and debris, which may cause an odour as well as spots. Beards also need to be shaped. In times past all these aspects of beard care would have been carried out by a barber, but today most men have to take care of their own beards.

A beard in good condition, shiny, healthy and well groomed, looks great; but a dull-looking, bristly, patchy one, perhaps with spots underneath, looks scruffy and feels horrible to you and your lady-friend alike. Essential oils diluted in a conditioning medium are extremely useful during the growth period, and also make a good conditioning treatment for the beard that is already grown:

CONDITIONING MEDIUMS

Avocado oil, Jojoba oil

BEARD CONDITIONING FORMULA

  • Rosemary 10 drops

  • Lavender 5 drops

  • Thyme linalool 5 drops

  • Lemon 10 drops

Diluted in 20ml almond oil plus 10ml jojoba oil

 

During the growth period apply some of the conditioning oil around the beard area once a day, massaging in well and wiping off the excess. If your beard has already grown, use the oil as a conditioning treatment by massaging it into the beard and skin before taking a bath. Wash it off afterwards using boiled, cooled water.

 
 

AFTER-SHAVE SPLASH

Shaving every day is rather like scraping sandpaper over your face, robbing it of its protective layer of skin cells and sebum, each time revealing new sensitive skin. As you know, problems can occur as a result. Your shaving cream should be as natural and gentle as possible and avoid anything that is drying or aggravating to your skin. Use plenty of water to rinse the skin afterwards.

Here is a formula for a refreshing, antiseptic and spot-clearing aftershave. You can vary the essential oil content and make your very own designer preparation:

  • 20ml witch-hazel

  • 60ml rosewater

  • 10ml cider vinegar

  • 10ml tincture of benzoin

  • Bay 6 drops

  • Lemon 6 drops

  • Lavender 2 drops

  • Rosemary 10 drops

  • Lime 3 drops

HOW TO PREPARE

Add the essential oils to the benzoin and shake well for at least a minute. Then add the witch-hazel and shake again; then the rosewater and vinegar and shake again. Some kind of moisturising medium should always be used by men to protect them from the pollutants in the environment, so apply a face oil and wipe off the excess with a tissue. No matter how careful you are, shaving brings many problems;

 
 

SHAVING CUTS

Make up this shaving cut mixture to keep in the bathroom cabinet for when it's needed. Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake it well each time before using. Dab a little on to cuts to stem bleeding and as an antiseptic.

  • 10ml witch-hazel

  • Lavender 10 drops

  • Yarrow 10 drops

 
 

SHAVING RASH

 

This can be brought on for no apparent reason, but here is a remedy that usually has very quick results. Spread a small amount over the rash after shaving, leave it on for a few moments and then wipe off the excess with a tissue:

  • Lavender 10 drops

  • Chamomile German 10 drops

  • Calendula 5 drops

Diluted in 20ml evening primrose oil

 
 

SHAVING ITCH

The above formula works equally well for the itch that often accompanies a dry skin left after shaving. Make it up as above but dilute it further by adding the total ingredients shown above to 30ml of soya bean oil.

SHAVING INFLAMMATION AND SENSITIVITY

This formula should be splashed on the face after shaving if your skin is inflamed and sensitive after you shave:

  • 10ml tincture of myrh

  • 30ml rosewater

  • Chamomile German 10 drops

  • Lavender 5 drops

  • Peppermint 2 drops

  • Lemon 1 drop

Dilute the essential oils in the tincture of myrrh first and then add to the rosewater. If you have a still and can make chamomile water, or if you make an infusion of chamomile, that can be substituted for the rosewater, Shake the bottle well after preparing, and shake again before each use.

 
 

MASKS

When the beard area gets shaved each morning, with all the attendant dangers of drying on that part of the skin, there can be a noticeable imbalance between this and other areas of the face, especially if those other areas are greasy - a spotty nose or forehead, for example. Exfoliating masks are ideal for men who have an oily complexion. Use one of the masks in the previous blogs, to get rid of the excess oiliness and dead skin cells around the upper facial area.