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The winter months can be extremely hard on your beard and skin. Cold temperatures and rough winds can dry out your skin and cause your beard to become unmanageable. Jojoba oil (pronounced “Ho-Ho-Ba”) is a dual do-gooder with properties that keep your beard looking fantastic and your skin hydrated. How jojoba oil saves your winter beard:

What Is It?

Jojoba oil is often found in all-natural body care products, the oil can also be used directly on the skin, hair, and even nail cuticles. It’s name is actually a tad-bit deceptive because the substances comes from smashing the seeds of the Jojoba shrub, so it’s technically a liquid wax. Free from triglycerides and also rich in vitamins, A, D and E which are essential for healthy hair and skin.

Good For Your Winter Beard:

Your beard can get unruly with its coarse and frizzy hair in the winter. Jojoba oil is similar to sebum – a substance our skin naturally produces. Therefore, it adds shine and naturally soften hair, making your beard smooth and manageable. There’s also none of that nasty greasy build-up so it’s a good oil to use on a daily basis. Jojoba also unclogs hair follicles which helps reduce hair loss and in turn promotes hair growth for your beard. Another benefit of jojoba oil it keeps your strands from breaking, eliminating unsightly split ends.

Good For Your Winter Skin:

Just as important as a good looking manly beard, is keeping the skin under it healthy. Jojoba is non-allergenic making it a good, safe moisturizer for all skin types. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties help combat that dreaded beard-druff as well. Also, because of it’s similarity to our naturally produced sebum, it is absorbed by your face and beard like a sponge. It won’t clog your pores, allowing them to breathe. This also means it’s good for fighting winter blemishes.

The Beard Itch

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When you begin to grow your beard out there is a certain point in becoming a real man when your beard hair begins to curl back and tickles your face, that tickle is amplified because of your last shave. When you give yourself a close shave, you are cutting your hair follicles into pointy little daggers. If you can fight the itch, your beard will reach a point when the itching will eventually stop. However, when you are in the firey pits of “The Beard Itch,” there are a few things that can help ease the itch:

Don’t over do it with the shampoo. Shampoos with strong chemicals such as sulfate will strip you of your natural skin oils, which is your natural itch protectant. Beard balm and oil will provide moisture to your skin and will soften your hair follicles so your itch will be less irritating and possibly stop that itch all together.Don’t use your nails. It’s easier said than done, but when your beard is itching, try not to use your nails,doing so can damage your skin, causing redness, dryness and irritation or pull hairs out of your beard. Instead try lightly stroking your beard in the direction of follicle growth with your palm so you don’t damage that beautiful, blossoming beard.

Good news? Power through this rough time in your beard’s life, and eventually, the pointy hairs will soften and you both will come out stronger.