Here’s Why Putting Lotion On Your Beard Is A Bad Idea

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When I first started growing my beard, I had no idea what the hell I was doing.

Yes, applying lotion to my beard was a consideration (and I may have done it a few times).

In fact, I recently talked about how lotion was (and still is) a very valid beard oil substitute.

But then I had that a ha moment once I applied the right product to my beard and saw some great results.

Now, I will be the first to tell you this:

I am not here to sell you stuff.

I have no product to sell you anyways.

But today I just want to help out the guys who wander down the Men’s Grooming aisle of their local Target or even sift through the countless categories on sites like Amazon lost on what a good beard care product actually does.

After all, if you came to this page by searching in Google Lotion on Beard (or at least some variant on that) – then it clearly shows that you want to do SOMETHING about that beard of yours…

…and that is great!

So here are a few things you need to understand about lotions and beard care.

Applying Lotion To A Beard Is A Valid Substitute

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Face creams and moisturizers are a great product that should be worked into your grooming routine when you have a beard or not.

They are designed from the ground up to work wonders on the naturally delicate skin found on your face.

But here’s the deal:

They are designed for your skin, not your beard.

Made to retain the moisture within your skin, they can not only help to offset any sort of fine lines and wrinkles, but will also help to prevent any sort of dryness and flaking.

But when applied to your beard, they only help when your beard is just a really short stubble.

Anything longer than a few weeks worth of growth you run the risk of the lotion clumping and not doing a whole lot to for the cuticles on the beard follicles themselves.

So, if you have been growing your beard for some time and still are wondering why it feels so rough – this is the primary reason.

But what about body lotion?

Yeah, that stuff isn’t going to perform much better.

In fact, it’s probably going to be worse as the lotion is designed for much thicker and coarser skin on the rest of your body.

So, don’t even try to apply that stuff to your face MacGyver!

Body lotion is not work wonders!

For the men who are aiming to have a bit of a longer beard (i.e. a few weeks of growth), then read on:

What’s Really Going On At The Surface Level When Your Beard Is Itchy

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Now you probably have experienced beard itch first hand…

…it sucks.

Seriously, scratching at your beard like you are some back alley meth addict isn’t the most pleasant experience in the world.

While true, a lotion on your beard can help to alleviate some of that itch as it will moisturize that intensely dry skin, it’s not gonna be the cure all (and the reason why you probably keep getting beard itch regularly after you apply a lotion).

Now I don’t want to get to in the weeds when it comes to the reason for the repeated beard itch, so we will keep it light…

…so your skin and beard need oil and moisture (read about the importance of the Epidermal Barrier) in order to look and feel great.

For the oil side of things, you have these small glands (sebaceous glands) that excrete oil (sebum oil) on your face that helps to lubricate your skin and beard.

What does this mean for your face?

It makes your skin and beard feel pretty damn smooth and provides a nice light sheen to it (non-greasy).

This sebum oil also doubles down to help retain the moisture within your skin.

Think of this sebum oil as an extra barrier for your skin that locks in water.

Now on to the moisture bit for your face:

When it comes to beard itch, its largely due to your skin getting dried out.

You see, those sebaceous glands that are pumping out the sebum oil to coat your face and beard, well, they are finite in size.

This means that they never increase their production as your beard gets longer.

Eventually (typically a month worth of growth) a man’s beard outpaces the sebum and your beard essentially dries out your skin.

This is where you need either more moisture or a better barrier.

The only way to do this is to either drink more water (remember, 8 glasses a day), or apply an oil to your skin to lock in the moisture.

Unfortunately, with longer beards, applying a lotion to your beard will be increasingly difficult (and really messy) as it gets fuller.

So, if you are serious about looking and feeling a fair bit better, then you want to at least start looking at beard care specific products.

Know When To Upgrade To A Beard Related Product

Now, I know for a lot of men, the last thing they want to do is apply another product in the morning…

…and I don’t blame ya!

If you are running out the door to try and beat the rush hour traffic or have a few little ones demanding your attention, adding another part of the grooming routine is probably not ideal…

…but if you want to get rid of beard itch, have a better looking beard, and save a few bucks for your kids college fund, then you will want to pay attention to this part:

Beard oil or beard balm will be the products you want to invest in.

These all natural products are not only going to make your beard look better, but feel a heap better as well.

While I won’t go into the nuances of the products too terribly much, just know this:

Beard oil is basically a mixture of a carrier and essential oils.

These oils help to retain that moisture in both your skin and beard that will alleviate any sort of beard itch.

Beard balms are basically beard oils but with added shea butter and beeswax.

They are a bit more intense moisturizers and perfect for men who live in really dry climates or are in desperate need of getting a healthier beard.

Both products typically range in the $10 to $20 price range and can be found mostly online (although some retailers stock them).

Just be sure that when purchasing a beard oil or beard balm, get a natural one, not one that has been loaded with synthetic fragrances or other chemicals.

Beard Products Are Likely Cheaper Than A Face Lotion

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Face lotions can get really expensive.

Even just applying these to your skin regularly, you can deplete and entire bottle within a month or two.

Once you start applying this stuff to your beard, you can basically cut that time in half.

I dunno about you, but I am not made of money.

Therefore, if there is a way I can save a few bucks AND get better results, you will have my complete and undivided attention.

This is why I ALWAYS suggest men to go with a beard oil over a lotion on their beard.

Given that it’s a liquid (and oil) solution, a little will go a very long way…

So, take a few minutes to check out a top rated beard oil that will work with you beard.

And if you are a guy who likes scents, you can even find some that will smell downright amazing.

Wrapping It All Up

So, when it comes to lotions, beard oils, and beard balms – they all can work fairly well.

But as soon as you get a slightly longer beard, then you will want to make sure that you upgrade to a product that has been designed for beard use.

Not only will you save money, but you just simply get much better results than if you were applying a lotion regularly.

At the end, you will feel confident and love your beard even more!

About Shawn Burns

Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn's expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.

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