What Is a Beard Oil?
DIY Beard oil can be best explained as the oil used for nourishing the beard. Oil is often considered as a cause of greasiness and clogged pores in beauty care. but when it comes to hair care using oil to moisturize, smoothen and strengthen hair is considered very important.
Most of the posts here are about beauty care for women, but during this lockdown imposed by the Covid19 pandemic, men were found worrying about their facial hair as their visits to salon were barred. This is what inspired me to write this article which is absolutely dedicated to men. The skin underneath the beard is just as the skin on the rest of the body and that too needs moisture and nourishment to stay healthy.
The hair of the beard is beard hair is typically coarse in texture, very different from the texture of your head hair. Ingrown hair and itchiness in beard hair is very common.
While beard has always had its own trend like French beard, stubble etc, maintaining it has been a common concern. If your choice is a Goatee or a stubble you will probably have less itchiness and irritation. But if you like to don full beard you will need to take special care to keep your beard smooth and healthy. To take proper care of your beard you must use products that are specifically designed and formulated for beard. Beard Oil, Beard Conditioners and beard Comb are some products that you must invest in.
DIY Beard Oil Recipe to make at Home
Before you start making your beard oil you need to have the ingredients handy. Now this recipe is very simple, it does not require any infusion through sunlight, we just require to blend the oils together.
The two types of oil that goes in your DIY Beard Oil recipe are the carrier oils and the Essential oils.
Which Oils Are Best for Beards?
The carrier oil can be selected depending on the availability and the properties you are looking for in your beard oil.
The Carrier Oils For Homemade Beard Oil
Sweet almond oil
Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils used in the making of skin and hair care products. It is used both in Ancient Chinese Medicine and in Ayurveda for eg Rogan Badam Shirin. It absorbs very well and moisturizes the skin.
Jojoba oil has amazing benefits for hair because it, boosts shine,it is a natural conditioner for hair and scalp, deals with dryness, strengthens the hair follicle, and makes frizzy hair manageable. Jojoba has excellent conditioning properties thus it makes an amazing beard conditioner.
Argan oil is a native to Morocco. It is also a very lightweight oil and does not leave the skin greasy. Ideal for making skin care products for daily application. It is rich in fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants. Thus, it makes the hair smooth, repairs damage and stimulates growth. Because of these properties Argan oils is used in many leave-on hair serums.
Cold pressed virgin coconut oil makes a perfect hair oil all by itself. It is a fantastic product for people with dry and damaged hair. It also promotes hair growth.
Castor oil is particularly known for its hair growth and strengthening properties. In India Castor oil ( Erand ka tel in Hindi ) has been used since time immemorial. What adds to its glory is its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Because of which it again gains a merit to find a place in the ingredient list of your favorite beard oil
Best Essential Oils For Beard
Essential oils add many beneficial qualities to your beard oil and also allow you to customize your oil with a scent your man is sure to love.
Essential oils for Dry Hair: Clary Sage, Rosemary
Essential Oils for Oily Hair: Lemon essential oil,
Essential oils for Itchiness: Rosemary essential oil, Chamomile
Essential oil s for hair growth: Vtiver, Peppermint, Cedarwood essential oil
Essential oils for dandruff treatment: Lemon Essential oil
DIY Beard Oil Recipe
Even if you are not a diy type, just give this beard oil a try. It is only blending and you are done.
15ml argan oil
7.5 ml jojoba oil
7.5 sweet almond oil
2drops Cedarwood Essential oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
Take the Carrier Oils in a glass jar
Add in the essential oils with a dropper.
Gently swirl the jar to blend together the carrier oils and the essential oils.
How To apply:
Drop sufficient amount of oil in one hand and apply on the beard.
Use a beard comb to set your beard.
For best results, apply daily to washed, dry beard.
Among the various hair problems that one faces, danduff is the most embarrassing one. White flakes falling off from the scalp are often spotted on victim’s shoulders. There are several factors can be held responsible for causing Dandruff. Stress, residues of cosmetic hair products, excessively dry skin etc. are a few to name.
How to Deal With Dandruff Naturally
When you find yourself suffering from dandruff, you must immediately become proactive and start taking measures that will stop the worsening of the condition.
- Wash your hair regularly (or more frequently)
- Start oiling your hair if you are not doing it
- Check your daily routine, sleep timely and sufficiently
- Avoid Stress
- Prepare this anti-dandruff hair pack and start using it right away
If the cause of dandfruff is only on the scalp like dryness of skin and poor scalp hygine, it can be treated with herbal remedies, but if the dandruff is occuring as a result of some underlying skin condition like eczema or Psoriasis, treating the causative factor is the ideal mode of treatement.
Herbal and Natural Remedies for Dandruff Treatment
The natural remedies usually involve the use of following
Herbal / Ayurvedic Hair Oils
Herbal Hair Packs
Natural Hair wash Powders
How To Make Herbal Anti-dandruff Hair Pack Powder
Bhringraj Powder – 100 gms
Neem Leaves Powder – 30 gms
Amla Powder – 50 gms
Hibiscus Flowers 4-5, if you dont have fresh Hibiscus flower petal you can also use Hibiscus powder but it should be pure.
If you are using all the ingredients in powdered form you can just mix everything together and store in an airtight jar. Keep this away from moisture.
For using fresh Hibiscus flowers you can grind the petals in a mortar and pestle and add it into the hair pack right before the application.
Benefits of Using This Homemade Anti-dandruff Hair Pack
Bhringraja: Eclipta Alba as it is Botanically referred, is called False Daisy in English and Bhringaraja in Sanskrit. It has been used in various Ayurvedic formulations that used in a treating a wide range of hair related problems like Hair loss, thinning of hair and dandruff. Bhrigraja is also used in treating severe hair conditions like Alopecia.
Neem Leaves : While Neem bark is an excellent remedy for Acne, Neem Leaves on the other hand have proven microbial properties that helps in getting rid of dandruff.
Amla : This indeed is a wonderberry, Indian Gooseberry as it is called in English and Amalaki in Sanskrit is extensively used in Ayurveda for curing a variety of Diseases. It is the richest source of Vitamin C and also a good source of Vitamin A. It is also a vital ingredient in several Ayurvedic Keshkalps. Amla is one of the three ingredients in Triphala. Amla fruit is dried and ground to fine powder (traditionally pounded) and is then incororated in Hair Oils, Hair masks and Natural shampoos. It is used for preventing premature greying of hair and as an anti dandruff ingredient in hair products.
Hibiscus Flowers have properties that are effective in dealing with dandruff and dryness of scalp.
Try this simple hair pack if you are combating dandruff, if you are allergic to any ingredient used in this herbal powder just avoid the ingredients.
India is a country that boasts on its rituals, culture, traditions and customs. We have a rich cultural and traditional heritage in almost all the aspects of human life, beauty being one of it. We love ubtans and oils, all homemade running down from generations and passed on to the genext. Be it Haldi ceremony during wedding when we apply Haldi Ubtan for bride and groom, or Abhayang Snan done one day before the grand festival Diwali, on the day of Narakchaturdashi, we cherish our traditions. Ayurvedic herbal bath powder, ubtan and homemade oils were the daily requirements in Royal India but today its glory is fading, the major reason being the shortage of time in our daily schedules.
Homemade Ubtans, Oils, Keshkalps (Hair packs) and bath powders are prepared and used in Indian homes since time immemorial, although the busy and competitive life of present day has changed the scenario and such things have now been reserved only for festivities and ceremonies yet the rituals are still alive and celebrated time and again with full zest.
Homemade Indian Herbal Bath Powder (Utne / Ubtan)
This recipe may resemble the “Sugandhi Utane“, the herbal Bath Powder applied before Abhayang Snan, but I do not claim it to be authentic, I am still searching for the authentic recipe and once I succeed in finding the traditional Sugandhi Utane (Ubtan) recipe, I will post it here. For now this recipe is given by an acquaintance, its an amazing bath powder that is nothing less than a treat for the skin.
“Utane” as its called in marathi or “Ubtan” in Hindi is a combination of herbs and spices that cleanses and nourishes the skin leaving it radiant and smooth. It is mixed with fragrant oils,rose water or milk and applied all over the body. You do not need any soap with this, the herbal bath powder is just enough to clean and enrich your skin.
Red Lentil Flour (Moong Dal powder / ata) 250gms
Sandal Wood Powder (Chandan Powder) 25 gms
Turmeric Powder (Ambe Haldi Powder) 5 gms
Camphor (Kaphoor ) 5 gms
Manjishtha Powder 25 gms
Orange Peel Powder 100 gms
Rose Petals Crushed 1 tbsp
Khas (Vetiver) 10 gms
How To Prepare
Mix all the ingredients and store in an airtight jar.
To use this fragrant bath powder, mix the ubtan with water or Rose water and apply all over the body, leaving the parts where the skin is too delicate and sensitive.
Gently scrub this ubtan on the skin, this will exfoliate and clean the skin. Rinse off with warm water. Now massage your skin with an aromatic / fragrant herbal oil. Use a natural soap for bathing, this will help removing the oil. If you are not going in for the oil massage, soap is not required while bathing as the Bath Powder works well all by itself.
Benefits Of Using Natural Homemade Herbal Bath Powder – Ubtan on Skin
Masoor dal is known for its skin brightening properties, Camphor and Vetiver adds fragrance and soothing effect. Vetiver also helps is reducing the appearance of dark spots and will also deals acne due to its antiseptic properties. Rose petals makes the bestows glow to the skin, Orange Peel powder removes spots and provides even tone to the skin.
The biggest plus point of using a bath powder is that it does not strip off the natural oils from your skin, thus leaving it supple.
Overall this herbal bath powder is quite therapeautic for the skin as well as the mind. The fragnaces removes negativity and relaxes the mind, and the other ingredients provides deep pore cleansing and exfoliation to the skin leaving it smooth, glossy and fresh.
If all the ingredients of this bath powder are not available to you, try the Masoor dal Ubtan it simple and has less ingredients, but an effective brightening mask.
An Exfoliant is a product that is made to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin. The process of removing dead cells from the topmost layer of the skin is called Exfoliation. The process of exfoliation involves gently scrubbing the exfoliant on the skin.
There are a bunch of Scrubs available in the market that are formulated for various skin types but why buy when you can DIY.
5 Best Homemade Exfoliant Recipe Every DIY Buff Must Know
1 Baking Soda Exfoliant For Face
What You Need
Mix Baking Soda and water, apply gently on the face and rinse off. This is believed to work great on oily skin type.
Do not use this scrub if you have open wound on your face (cuts or burns)
This baking soda exfoliant is not suitable on excessively dry skin.
Keep the scrub away from eye area
2. Sugar And Honey Exfoliant With Strawberry Twist
Brown Sugar or White Granulated Sugar
Strawberry Extract / Fresh Strawberry (Mashed)
Just mix everything together and apply as you would apply any other face scrub. Strawberry is very enriching for skin, it nourishes the skin with all the goodness of Vitamin C. Straberry will revitalize the skin. Fresh strawberry is quite refreshing but as the per availability you can choose between the extract or pulp.
With this same recipe you can make your very own DIY Blueberry Scrub, just replace Strawberries and use Blueberries.
3. DIY Cocoa Exfoliant
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Cocoa Butter
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp brown sugar
Any essential oil of your choice
Melt cocoa butter and add cocoa powder and brown sugar . Now add coconut oil, you can adjust the amout of coconut oil you are adding depending on the desired consistancy. Finally add few drops of essential oil. Store in an airtight jar.
Cocoa is rich in Antioxidants and thus it will help you manage the free radicals and will repair the skin, leaving it smooth and supple.
4. Homemade Milk Scrub For Face
This recipe calls for powdered milk, DIY scrubs are made with whole milk also but in this recipe we will use powdered milk. Now there is alot of confusion regarding Dairy Whiteners and Milk Powder. What we want here is evaporated milk that is in powdered form. Dairy whiteners can be used as a second option.
1 tsp Milk Powder
Sweet Almond Oil
1/2 tsp Oatmeal
Mix the dry ingredients first and then pour in sweet Almond Oil, add as much as is required to soak up the dry ingredients and thats it. The lactic scid present in the milk powder is one component that we look up to in this scrub. The exfoliant used in this recipe is the oatmeal which is again quite good for skin.
5 DIY Almond Scrub
For this Scrub you need
1 tsp Almond Meal
1/4 tsp of Sandalwood Powder
2 tsp Sweet Almond Oil
Rose Essential Oil Few Drops
Mix all the ingredients and apply gently on your face. Sandalwood powder will have nice cooling effect and will also add scent to the scrub. Almond is an excellent cleanser, it also smoothens the skin and is very easily available. If you cant find Almond Meal, just grab a handful of Almond nuts and grind them to powder and you can supply yourself until forever.
These are some simple homemade scrub recipes that you can use as a guide, there is no particularly written rules, all you need is an exfoliant, a medium and the fregrance. You can experiment with these recipes and come up with something more enriching and interesting, and if you do, please comeback and share the variation you used so that we all get to try it.
So you took a tissue paper test and discovered oil patches on it, this confirms that you have oily skin. It is a common fact that oily skin is problematic and is prone to acne and pimples, but believe me it has a brighter side too. Oily or greasy skin tends to age better, it does not develop wrinkles and if managed properly the problems can be minimized.
Oily skin is a result of overactive sebaceous gland. When the sebaceous gland starts producing higher amount of a fatty substance called ‘Sebum’ the skin tends to appear oily, the oil can be touched and felt on the surface of the skin.
The correct approach to deal with the grease is to try and remove the oil from the skin surface and not to disturb the activity of sebaceous gland.
Homemade face packs for oily skin are made with natural ingredients, the main objective of these packs is to reduce the oiliness by just working on the surface of the skin, it is not suggested to adopt any method that focuses on altering the activity/ function of the sebaceous gland.
Homemade Face Masks For Oily Skin
Try These Amazingly Effective DIY Packs For Oily Face
Natural Mud Pack or Clay Mask
The mud pack is indeed worthwhile. To be true, the Clay masks provide only a temporary solution for managing the oily skin and you must not expect long term results from mud packs. They clear the skin and remove the oil from the surface of the skin
Fuller’s Earth and Potato Juice Pack
Take 2 tsp of Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti as it is commonly known in India, add 1 tsp of fresh potato juice. Mix the ingredients and adjust the consistency of the pack by using Rose water. Apply this face mask all over the face and neck, let it dry. Remove with wet cotton balls. This face mask will give the skin an instant freshness and cooling effect. It will also clear the grease from the top layer of skin.
What is Multani Mitti and Where is it found ?
Multani Mitti is the name used in India, in other parts of the world it is referred as Fuller’s Earth. Contrary to the Indian name which means Clay from Multan, this amazing clay is available in several countries all over the world. Its main characteristic is of a an absorbent which makes it work amazingly on oily skin to remove the grease from the skin.
Orange Face Mask for Oily Skin
Oranges are great for oily skin, they contain high amount of Vitamin-C and Orange juice has excellent toning and astringent properties.
To make the Orange Mask, take orange juice and freeze it in form of cubes. Rub these frozen cubes of fresh Orange juice on the face. This juice will the kill the dullness and oiliness and will bestow, instant freshness and shine.
You can make a face back by mixing orange peel powder with fresh orange juice and rose water. This mask is helpful in cutting down the oiliness and also works as an effective natural skin toning pack.
Banana and Lemon Face Pack
Both Banana and Lemon help in removing the excess oil produced by sebaceous glands. Use a ripe banana to make this mask. Mash one ripe Banana and add lemon juice to it, apply this pack on the face and let it sit for 15 minutes. If the mask becomes too runny in consistency and its not holding on to the skin you can consider adding half a tsp. of oatmeal.
If your skin is sensitive to lemon juice you can try using Orange juice in your Banana face mask.
Tips for Oily Skin Care
- Do not use cream or cream based beauty products.
- Use Astringent. Instead of washing your face several times in a day, which strips of the oil leaving the skin too dry, keep astringent pads with you and use them for cleansing the face.
- Use baby powder
- Baby powder is mild and refreshing; you can use it to cover the oiliness anytime during the day.
- Be careful While Choosing Cosmetic Products
- Basically the cosmetic beauty products are categorized in two types, one is ‘Oil Based’ and other is ‘Water based’. People with oily skin must always opt for water based products.
With these simple tips, oily skin can be managed easily and naturally without taking any expensive beauty treatments.