HOW TO USE BEARD BALM

Beard balm. Just when a man thought he’d wrapped his head around the world of possibilities of beard care, and the many beard oils available, he discovers beard balm. But what exactly is beard balm? What does it do? And why should you use it? Perhaps you’re a devoted beard oil user looking to investigate this new direction in beard care. Or perhaps you’re new to beard care products (or even beards) entirely. Whatever the case, in five minutes you’ll know not only what beard balm is, but just what it does, and exactly how to use it as well.

Actually, any bearded man’s grooming kit must include the best beard trimmer he can get, beard balm, oi, and a brush.

Let’s get started.

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WHAT IS BEARD BALM?

Put simply, beard balm is a balm that conditions, moisturizes and protects your beard, as well as making it nicer-smelling and easier to style. If that sounds very similar to what a beard oil does, that’s because beard oils and balms are very similar in composition. In fact, beard balms contain many of the same oils present in beard oils. (If you don’t know what a beard oil is, see our article on what is beard oil?) The difference, of course, is the form — with beard balms containing substances like butters and beeswax in order to give them a thicker consistency.

Why, then, would a gentleman opt to use beard balm over beard oil? In many cases, a high-quality beard oil is enough; daily application of any of a good beard oil will keep most beards in fine form. However, there are a few instances in which a beard balm should be substituted for (or added to) a beard oil:

  • Long beards. Beards beyond a certain length may become hard to control and maintain. Whilst beard oil will help to condition the beard, a balm is a definite plus for more advanced beards.
  • Styling requirements. The very nature of beard oils means that they stay out of the way of your style, and give a more natural look. However, if you desire a particular follicular arrangement, a beard balm will provide the extra hold you need to achieve your stylistic goals.
  • Low-key looks. Beard oil will provide a clean-looking sheen to a beard. This is always a hit with the ladies, and it’s one of the reasons we love beard oil. But if you prefer a lower-key, toned-down finish, beard balm can provide that.

Of course, a man should note that beard oil is better than balm at reaching the skin and preventing irritation and flaking. So we don’t necessarily recommend completely replacing your daily drops of beard oil with a dash of beard balm. But in conjunction, they can be a powerful pair.

HOW TO APPLY BEARD BALM

If you’re already a beard oil user, and you’re familiar with the process of applying beard oil to your beard , the process will be natural. It’s quite simple: all you’ll need is a beard, a beard balm, and a beard brush and/or comb.

Any time you need a dose of beard balm (which could be after your scheduled beard oil application), ensure you’re starting with a reasonably dry beard. Grab your beard balm and take a small dash upon your fingertips. With a good balm, a little goes a long way, so be reserved — you can always add more. Once you have some on your fingertips, gently apply throughout your beard as you would an oil, taking care to work through as deeply as you can. You can then follow up with a brush and comb for more thorough distribution and precise styling. And that’s it — you can repeat as often as necessary. (We’d recommend once a day, but some men apply multiple times per day; and if your beard is this serious, we commend you.)

Overall, then, a beard balm can be a valuable addition to a beadsman’s grooming kit, and we strongly recommend it for gentlemen with above-average levels of beard prowess — or those who want a more sculpted look. And if you’re using one of top brand, you can be sure that you’re going to have a beard that looks fantastic, keeps its shape, and most of all smell absolutely irresistible. So if you’ balm, you’re still on the fence about trying a beard balm, give it a shot. And if you suddenly find you can’t break your gaze from the mirror, your acquaintances seem to enjoy your company more, or your woman wants to hug you for just a few seconds longer… don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Everyday Shaving Routine

You probably don’t know it, but there’s been a debate silently taking place all around you. This secret war is between those who believe men should shave their beards daily, and those who do not. While this may seem like a frivolous discussion, the fact of the matter is that shaving every day is a source of much bitterness and importance among those on either side.

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First off, any men with sensitive skin, it’s okay you don’t have to admit it, should not shave every day because for you it can be painful and damaging. For the rest, I’ll tell it to you straight. It is extremely difficult to find a woman who likes a wild, unkempt beard. Generally, women either like beards or they don’t. If they like beards, it should be well-groomed and taken care of, and if they don’t, you could always try to win them over with your personality instead (but what kind of advice is that?) Most women don’t require a man have a beard for them to form a physical attraction to them, and most women who like beards don’t really need the man they’re with to have one. Shaving every day is your best bet at success with the opposite sex.

Of course, there’s also the health benefits…

If you’re a furry kind of guy, shaving every day is important. With excessive facial hair, a lot of particles get in.

Particles like food, sweat, dirt. I don’t care how manly you are, it’s still disgusting. When those particles begin seeping into your pores, you might find yourself with incredibly visible, painful acne, or even be forced to see a dermatologist. This entire theoretical happenstance can be prevented with a regimen of every day shaving. Using a razor to shave each day also removes dead skin, which would otherwise get in your beard along with the food, sweat, and dirt. Furthermore, nearly all shaving items have some sort of antiseptic (that’s right, your shaving cream is a germ killer), and if you use aftershave, you’re even better protected against skin infections.

Shaving every day is just as important if you’re a guy who grows less than stubble each day. Correlations between beard growth and the rate at which men shave have come up; the more you shave, the more the hair rebels and grows. (Which another article points out right off the bat.

If that isn’t reason enough to convince you, let’s talk about products. Razors are good (if you have shaky hands or diminished motor control, electric ones still work, they’re just less effective at removing dead skin). Using some sort of gel or shaving cream will help you prevent little squares of toilet paper going on your face, and though aftershave adds time to the regimen, it will make sure you get the best results possible.

In essence: shaving every day gets you the attention of women and also keeps you healthy and handsome.