Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
According to recent surveys, 1 out of 4 of males aged 18–59 uses beard care products on a daily basis, and 3 out of 4 say they currently use them or have used them in the past year1. The look, feel, and health of beards is a legitimate concern for men—and those who love them—and the answer is just a bottle (or two) of CPTG® essential oils away.
The Science Behind It
Beard oils are becoming increasingly popular because they can change the look, texture, and health of your favorite facial friend in a matter of seconds. The science behind beard oil is quite simple. Within a matter of days, even the best efforts to grow a beard can result in a dry, itchy, and disheveled mess. While it may seem like it’s the hair, the root cause of these issues is actually the underlying skin and its sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands located at the root of every hair follicle. Their primary function is to secrete an oily and waxy substance called sebum that keeps skin and hair moisturized. While the hair follicle progressively becomes longer, the sebaceous glands do not grow nor do they have a means to increase production of sebum. The longer the beard becomes, the greater the discomfort and risk for dry and unhealthy skin and hair. Beard oil is a simple solution to the discomforts of a beard.
If you are reading this, you are likely applying “beard oil” to your skin on a daily basis without even knowing. Some beard oils may be fortified with vitamins or fragrances, but fundamentally, beard oil is composed of two ingredients: a carrier oil and an essential oil (or a blend of them). While many beard oils feature jojoba, avocado, or even olive oil as their base, the medium-chain triglycerides comprising Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) are the ideal carrier for a beard oil. FCO blends well with other oils, is moisturizing, leaves hair and skin soft and smooth, and it is odorless—so you can better enjoy the pleasant aroma of the added essential oils.
When choosing an essential oil to complement FCO in your beard oil, look for oils that are cleansing, hydrating, and promote overall health of the hair and underlying skin. Below are some great options.
The method is simple: Combine 1 ounce of FCO and 5–10 drops of your favorite essential oils for skin and hair in a small bottle and shake. Put a few drops of the mixture into your palms each morning and massage into the beard. If you don’t have the daring or the time to make your own, doTERRA Salon Essentials® Root to Tip Serum, which includes Cedarwood essential oil, can do the same thing to your beard as it does to the hair atop your head.
A few washes a week with your favorite shampoo and some extra attention with your homemade beard oil is all it takes to grow and maintain a healthy looking and feeling beard.