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How to Use Coconut Oil for Beard Care
Knowing how to take care of facial hair is super important, growing and maintaining a beard can be difficult if you don’t use the right products. The skin underneath can become dry or irritated, or you could damage the hair itself by using non-natural hair care.
Using coconut oil for beard care has become a super popular way to use natural and soothing ingredients to look after your facial fuzz. It has many nourishing properties that can make it amazing for your skin as well as making your beard look the best it can.
We’ve compiled the best ways to use coconut oil for your beard but before that, we want to tell you about all the goodness that can come from coconut oil aside from using it on your whiskers.
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is drawn from the “meat” of tropical coconuts and there are two types that are generally available to buy - virgin and refined. Virgin coconut oil is a lot less processed than its counterpart, which means it retains a lot of the familiar natural smell and flavour. Refined coconut oil tends to be a lot more neutral, which makes it more of a cooking oil.
Because of its extremely high saturated fat content (between 80-90% depending who you ask), it’s not recommended to consume too much coconut oil, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a lot of benefits for you and your body.
Benefits of coconut oil
Of the saturated fats in coconut oil, 65% of those are medium-chain fatty acids. These particular acids are your ally in the fight against harmful microorganisms on your skin. Studies have found that because of its high percentage of lauric acid, coconut oil is able to prevent the growth of fungal infections on skin. Another study has shown that these same lauric acids can kill off Propionibacterium acnes, which can lead to inflammatory acne growing on your face.
Coconut oil also contains both vitamins E and K which are both excellent for general skincare. Vitamin E can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays, and due to its oily nature it makes for an amazing natural moisturiser, especially on harder skin like your cuticles and the back of your elbows.
Vitamin K is essential for helping the body in blood clotting which aids the wound and bruise healing process, especially after surgery. It’s thought that vitamin K can also help reduce stretch marks, scars, spider veins and under-eye circles from tiredness.
There has been some research into using it for oil pulling, which involves using it as a mouthwash just after waking up. Although more scientific research is needed, anecdotal evidence has shown that swilling a teaspoon of it around your mouth for 20 minutes can whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums and kill bacteria that causes bad breath.
Our favourite ways to use coconut oil for beard care
When you’re looking to take care of your beard, always make sure to use virgin coconut oil. Because of its general benefits you can use it in your daily beard care routine, but no more than once a day!
Ever had to deal with beardruff? Flaky skin underneath your beard is caused by dry skin and can be super annoying to deal with, coconut oil’s moisturising properties can also combat that. Although it isn’t guaranteed to help strengthen your beard growth, coconut oil will definitely stop the skin from having more irritation as the hair breaks through it as it grows.
As with all new potential skin products, it’s best to take precautions. Coconut oil might not be good for you if you have oily skin, so make sure to only use a little bit of it if you’re looking to use it as a moisturiser, as due to its high fat content it can block pores and cause blackheads. Rub a little bit of it behind your ear or onto a patch on your arm to see if it causes any irritation, dryness or breaks out just to be on the safe side.
In terms of styling and caring for your beard, there are a few DIY recipes and techniques to use with just pure coconut oil, and ones that also involve mixing it with other natural or essential oils. Here are some of our favourites:
Just Coconut Oil
Step 1: Make sure your hands are clean and your beard is dry
Step 2: Rub a teaspoon of it between your palms, it has a low melting temperature so don’t do this for too long!
Step 3: Apply it into the tips of your beard, moving up into the roots and into your skin
Step 4: Massage it into your beard and skin for a few minutes to make sure you’ve covered your whole beard and skin underneath
Step 5 (optional): Use the oil as a conditioner by using a beard comb to work it through and soften the hair
Coconut + Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) soothes the skin and untangles follicles, so is a perfect element to add to your coconut oil. It also smells amazing, so is a perfect addition to your beard care.
This recipe follows the just coconut oil technique, but when it comes to mixing you should add half teaspoons each of coconut and jojoba oils into your palm.
Different essential oils have certain benefits that make them perfect for use as a DIY beard oil. You should always use coconut oil as a ‘carrier’ oil, which keeps the essential oils intact, and forms the base layer which gives the most benefits to your beard.
As essential oils can be potent, it’s crucial that you don’t overuse them when mixing these recipes as they can irritate your skin. We recommend a maximum of five drops per teaspoon of coconut oil.
Step 1: Place a teaspoon of coconut oil into a clean mixing container, like a small bowl.
Step 2: Add up to five drops of essential oil into the mixture
Step 3 (optional): Instead of five of the same oil, mix up to five drops of two or three oils
Step 4: Mix with a spoon first, then into the palms of your hands
Step 5: Apply throughout your beard
Check out our favourite essential oils to use for beard oil, alongside their various benefits:
Lavender oil - Good for helping you sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, soothing floral scent. Blends well with: Peppermint, Tea Tree, Lemon
Peppermint oil - Nourishes the skin, reduces itchiness, bug repellent making it perfect for summer. Blends well with: Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender
Tea Tree oil - antiseptic, reduces razor burn, amazing antibacterial properties. Blends well with: Basil, Lemon, Sage
Fir Needle oil - Eliminates pain, promotes relaxation, reduces body odor. Blends well with: Lavender, Orange, Lemon
Lime Oil - Treats bleeding cuts, anti aging properties, relieves stress. Blends well with: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit.
You can mix and match most essential oils into coconut oil to create your favourite beard oil, and with a little experimenting we’re sure that there’s a perfect scent out there for you. If there’s one you find that’s a favourite, let us know!
Discover our full range of food grade oils online. They’re a natural extension to our wellbeing range and are fresh-pressed from seasonal, sustainable and biodynamically-grown ingredients so are perfect for use in cooking.