Beard oil acts as a moisturizer that goes straight to the hair follicle and prevents hair from growing brittle, especially in cold, windy environments as these weather conditions cause the natural moisture of the beard area to wick. Hydration around this area helps prevent flaking, dandruff and skin dryness. Beard oil also works below the surface of the skin by working as a grooming tool, making the beard itself more manageable, neat and smooth. Some brands of beard oil may contain added vitamins or nutrients such as vitamin E.
Oil beard products are a blend of one or more ingredients, such as jojoba oil, argan oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, rosemary or hempseed oil that are used to address specific beard problems such as itching, sensitive skin or dryness by going straight to the follicle in a similar fashion to hair conditioner.
Beard oil is usually scented (though unscented versions are available) using a variety of masculine natural and artificial scents ranging from sweet to bitter and can be used to substitute cologne or aftershave.
Beard oil is generally put on the beard area after showering, or cleansing in order to have the opened pores easily absorb the oil. Beard oil usually comes in a small flask or bottle with a dropper in order to administer the correct amount of oil which is then rubbed into the palm of the hand and vigorously applied to the beard area.