beard oil before bed

Should You Be Applying Beard Oil Before You Go To Bed?

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There is no denying the benefits of beard oil.

The mixture of carrier oil and essential oils not only makes your beard smell amazing, but it can help condition your whiskers and keep your skin well moisturized in order to make your beard also feel great.

But here’s the deal:

Most guys just apply their beard oil in the morning and head off on their day…

…and that’s completely fine!

After all, you want to look your very best before you see anyone, right?

But the other day I was checking out Reddit (/r/beards) and looking through some common questions guys had about beard care and this one jumped out at me:

It’s a good one!

Even though only a couple people chimed in on it, I still feel it was an interesting notion as we have always recommended men on here to just apply beard oil in the morning.

After a bit of research and field testing, the results were as follows:

You might want to consider a night time application of a conditioner to your beard, but probably not traditional beard oil.

Here’s why:

You Can Apply Beard Oil At Night, But Should You?

over application of beard oil

There is nothing stopping you from applying some beard oil before you hit the sack…

…and it’s something we would largely have no qualms about.

But here’s the deal:

There is such a thing as over application when it comes to beard oil.

So, if you are doing an application in the morning, then you will want to make sure that you exercise a bit restraint in the evening hours.

Here’s why:

If you load up your beard with too much oil, it will of course look greasy.

While that seems fairly obvious, the other potential problem will have to do with your skin.

Just like when following your preferred skin care routine, you need to make sure you respect the signs that your body is showing you.

So, if you start to break out or notice clogged pores, blackheads, bumpy, or just generally oily skin, then you might want to lay off the gas pedal a bit with the application.

But that’s just scratching the surface with the over-moisturizing aspects…

Of course beard oil is more than just moisturizers…

…the other aspect is the essential oils.

Essential oils by their very nature are extremely potent both in terms of scent and utility.

While the science is still out on their effectiveness, when it comes to resting on your skin 24/7 – you will not only start to see diminishing returns, but it’s probably just not a good idea (even if it is a natural ingredient).

We recommend that if you are doubling up on the application of your beard oil, then you will want to do the following:

Use a simple (and very mild) carrier oil like jojoba instead of a full blown beard oil.

Carrier oils make up about 95% of any given beard oil anyways and are the sole ingredient that does all the good stuff when it comes to making your beard look great.

By getting just the raw ingredient, not only will your wallet thank you, but it will also be free of any of the extra stuff like essential oils, synthetic fragrances, etc.

If you are looking to pick this up, then we would recommend checking out sites like Amazon as they have a fairly wide (and dare I say better) selection than what you will find locally.

Here’s one particular carrier oil that we have used several times with really good results:

Applying Night Time Beard Oil Is Different Than Daytime Application

When you are applying your beard oil or carrier oil at night, you want to do things just a little bit differently.

Without beating around the bush, just make sure you reduce the application by half.

So instead of a dime size amount like normal, go with about 5 drops (adjust accordingly for beard length).

The goal here is to have a very light application that hardly coats both your beard and skin.

Also, you want to make sure you do this about 30 minutes before you go to bed (so it can fully absorb).

This will not only help any of the adverse side effects that we covered above when it comes to over application, but it will also reduce the transfer of oil from your beard to pillow case.

Will You Have A Better Looking Beard?


You are adding an additional layer of moisture to your beard that will feel incredible.

But in order for you to fully look your best, you just need to make sure that you practice repeated application and that you adjust accordingly based on the signs your skin and beard are showing.

So be sure to do a few before/after pics and compare the results to see if you are happy with them.

Can You Skip Daytime And Go Straight To Night Time Application?

Yes (with a caveat).

If you are not a fan of applying beard oil in the morning, then just applying in the evening is completely fine.

But here’s the deal:

When you wake up in the morning and jump in the shower, you want to make sure that you don’t just use a standard bar of soap on your face.

This will not only strip out all the oil, but it will dry out your beard and reverse many of the effects that the previous night’s oil application actually did!

So be sure that you just use either a natural bar of soap or an actual beard wash when cleansing your beard.  

These soaps are designed to scrub away the dirt and grime while leaving behind the good oils and moisture for you skin.

This way your beard will still look and feel great (if not better) as it did before you jumped in the shower.

For Intense Night Time Repair

Now the goal of this article was to talk about beard oil before bed and whether you should be doing it.

But we would be remiss if we didn’t at the very least talk about beard balm.

If you are looking to apply evening beard oil as a second application due to dry skin or perhaps beardruff, then you might want to consider switching up your beard care routine.

Beard balm not only contains the key carrier oils to deliver a splash of moisture to your skin and beard, but it also has a butter (typically shea or cocoa) along with beeswax.

The butter not only helps your skin on a secondary level by working in tandem with the carrier oil, but the beeswax also acts as a protectant and to help lock in the moisture to your face.

This can be advantageous especially if you are in a really dry climate and looking for something a bit more effective than just a light coat of carrier oil.

Again, like the beard oil, you will want to get a beard balm free of any fragrance, not only to save your nose for the night, but to be a bit more gentle on your skin while you sleep.

Taking Ownership In Your Beard And Skin

All of the grooming products in the world won’t make a lick of difference if you don’t practice application regularly and know when to practice restraint.

So be sure that you take notice in the subtle changes in your skin and beard with increased use (this is why we mentioned earlier to take pictures to document).

This will be the best way to make sure you get the results that you desire.

About The Author

Shawn Burns

Shawn is the founder and senior editor at Tools of Men, the leading style and grooming source trusted by men in 187 countries. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. He is an expert in all things men's grooming related. His work has been mentioned on countless sites including The Wall Street Journal, NBC, AskMen, Vice, WikiHow, and the New York Times.

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