While you may have heard the term refined oil in a cooking class, the process of refining oils carries over to hair and beard products as well.
In this context, refined oil offers the reparative moisture your facial hair needs to flourish without clogging it or making it feel heavy.
Essentially, refined oils take a natural approach to beard maintenance. Deeply penetrating the hair shaft and repairing your beard at its roots, refined oil improves overall beard health and growth. Unlike greasier beard care products, it can be applied multiple times a day without harming hair.
Here at Zeus Beard, we want to share the additional beard benefits refined oil offers. Keep reading to learn everything from what refined oil is to where it fits in your beard care routine and how best to apply it to your facial hair.
What is refined oil?
Refined oils are extracted oils free of harmful impurities and chemicals.
They are typically extracted from fruits, vegetables and seeds. Some examples include Avocado, Almond, Soybean, Sesame, Coconut, Walnut and Argan oils.
After the extraction process, tiny particles remain in the oil. To transform the extracted oil to a refined oil, the particles are filtered out.
During this process, a refined oil may undergo bleaching or deodorizing to neutralize its flavor and appearance.
While refined oils are often used for healthy cooking, they are also useful in hair and skin products because of their reparative and moisturizing properties.
Why is refined oil important for your beard?
When it comes to your beard, refined oil acts as a leave-in conditioner. Its thicker consistency makes it the ideal beard gel to keep you moisturized on-the-go.
Diving into specifics, refined oil boosts beard appearance with the help of its natural ingredients. Zeus crafts its Refined Beard Oil from a blend of Sweet Almond, Soybean, Argan and Avocado oils.
These four oils have one powerful ingredient in common: Vitamin E. Working as the ultimate beard savior, Vitamin E fights off pesky beard appearance issues. At the same time, it works to strengthen strands and help your beard grow both longer and thicker.
Almond oil, Soybean oil, Argan oil and Avocado oil
Furthermore, Almond oil reduces redness and inflammation, fights off dandruff and helps protect your beard from the sun's strong UV rays.
While it is ideal for use on all beard types, men with almond allergies should avoid it.
Moreover, Soybean oil works as an antioxidant on hair and beard roots. In beard and skin products, it is often used as a base to carry other essential oils.
However, it is also useful on its own, containing ingredients that halt hair loss and tame curly beards.
Next, Argan oil is commonly praised among haircare and beard care products. Nourishing your beard, it combats dryness and split ends, leaving strands soft, shiny and voluminous.
Finally, Avocado oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties. Its ingredients help to boost Collagen production in your beard, providing it with a fuller appearance. In addition, Avocado oil betters hair elasticity and heals damaged skin and hair.
What is the difference between refined beard oil, beard oil and beard balm?At this point, you may be wondering how refined oil differs from the typical beard oil or balm that currently resides on your bathroom sink. Keep reading to learn the differences between the three products and why each serves an important purpose in your beard care collection.
Refined beard oil
First off, refined beard oil is a midway point between beard balm and beard oil. Its texture is similar to a fluid petroleum jelly with a non-greasy finish, making it convenient for reapplication throughout the day.
When it comes to the Zeus Refined Beard Oil, the product is distributed through an easy-to-use pump. It quickly absorbs into your beard and begins boosting elasticity and moisturizing dry ends.
In addition, the pump is also useful because it cuts down the clumsiness sometimes associated with handling beard care products.
If you find yourself fumbling with traditional beard oil and spilling it more often than you'd like to admit, refined beard oil offers a less runny and messy option.
Refined beard oil is useful for a variety of beard and skin types. If you have additional concerns about having sensitive skin or being prone to reactions, test out the product on your wrist before applying it to your face.
On the other hand, beard oil offers the liquid alternative for beard care and styling. Easily gliding on, beard oil quickly covers more surface area on your beard and skin than thicker beard care products.
However, with a more fluid consistency than refined beard oil, beard oil typically works best when applied once daily. To get the most out of its nutrients, apply it after you shower so your pores are open and absorbent.
Application methods also differ from the refined oil version. With beard oil, it is easiest to release a few drops onto your acetate beard comb before using the comb on your beard. With refined oil, the consistency is thicker so it is easier to apply it directly to your beard using your hands.
Factors like the coarseness and length of your beard and the climate you live or work in can also affect how often you should apply beard oil. Beards in dry climates require more beard oil, while those in humid environments need less.
Beard oil's moisturizing properties act well as both a shaving oil and a styling agent for a more natural look. In addition, it can be used to treat issues like dry flakey skin and to tame frizzy strands.
In addition to some of the refined oil ingredients above, Zeus Beard Oil uses Safflower Seed to fight beard itch and dryness and Grape Seed Oil to treat inflamed or acne-prone skin.
Finally, beard balm is the waxiest option when it comes to your beard care collection. This makes it ideal for taming stray hairs and training your beard to grow in the correct direction.
In addition to essential oils, Zeus Beard Balm uses Beeswax and Candelilla Wax to provide more strength than soft oils to achieve a sculpted style.
This is also useful for men with thicker or longer beards that need more support to tame their unruly tresses.
While beard balm offers a strong hold for your beard, the formula is also water-based and easy to wash out. In turn, its base also keeps your beard hydrated and helps seal in needed moisture.
Do I need multiple beard oil products?
Like we pointed out above, beard care oils and balms add moisture for different health and appearance functions. To maximize the benefits and get quicker growth results, it's best to use products for their intended purposes in your weekly routine instead of subbing one for another.
While refined beard oil operates as a leave-in conditioner that is great for non-greasy reapplication throughout the day, it shouldn't replace your normal beard conditioner. After all, rinse-out conditioners are formulated with thicker ingredients for deep conditioning after shampooing.
In addition to some of the refined beard oil ingredients, Zeus Beard Conditioner contains ingredients like Jojoba Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Aloe Vera to restore your beard's luster and protect against breakage.
Instead of considering the products substitutes for each other, you can think of them as enhancers that keep your beard looking healthy and damage-free at all times.
How to use refined beard oilThe pump application system makes Zeus Refined Beard oil especially easy to apply. Follow the steps below for the best results.
Step 1: Shake the product well before use. Without harmful additives, the refined oil can settle and separate between uses.
Step 2: For beards under an inch, use 1/2 to 1 pump of product. For longer beards, use 1 to 2 pumps of product on your beard. A little goes a long way.
Step 3: Rub your hands together and massage your beard from root to tip with a beard brush. This allows you to distribute the product evenly.
Now that you know all the refined oil beard benefits and how it fits into your weekly routine and care collection, beard maintenance will be a breeze.