There has been a 226% rise in beard care product sales in the last 3 years, according to Inside The Market Place. While it’s great to see that men are taking the time and effort to care for their beards correctly, too many males are choosing beard care items that contain harmful materials and come in single-use plastic containers.
This is a concern as plastic contributes to global pollution and can even harm the skin beneath your beard.
100 kilograms of plastic are consumed per person every year, according to the Worldwatch Institute. The majority of this plastic is single-use and is produced in high quantities both in the home and in the workplace.
There are simple ways to reduce your plastic consumption at work, including using a reusable bottle and taking part in workplace recycling schemes and incentives. It’s just as easy to reduce your plastic use at home, too. Choosing beard care products that come in reusable and sustainable packaging is a great place to start.
Eco-conscious companies are now producing beard care products in glass jars with recyclable lids to ensure that they are 100% recyclable. Other companies offer long-lasting beard care bars that are wrapped in biodegradable paper to achieve the same eco-friendly standard.
It’s not just the packaging of the beard care products you use that you need to be wary of as the item itself can be harmful. A key ingredient found in beard care products is a chemical compound known as phthalates. Phthalates are used during the production of plastic as it softens it, making it flexible and easier to shape.
It’s also regularly used in beauty products, including beard oils and similar as it acts as a lubricant. As such, you could come into contact with this chemical twice when purchasing items to care for your beard.
Worryingly, research shows that phthalates disrupt hormone function and damage vital organs. It’s also linked to obesity, cancer, and asthma, and can irritate the skin, so, as well as opting for products that don’t rely on plastic packaging, you need to go phthalate-free, too.
A happy, healthy beard
The good news is that beard care products that use natural ingredients and avoid phthalates work brilliantly. Products containing jojoba oil, coconut oil, argan oil, vitamin E, lavender oil, and cedarwood oil will keep your beard nice and soft while providing moisturizing benefits to the skin on your face. With these benefits, there’s really no need to opt for anything other than natural, organic beard care products.
An increasing number of men are growing beards that require multiple personal care products to keep them looking and feeling their best. However, it’s essential that you ditch products containing harsh chemicals and that come in harmful plastic packaging as these can hinder the environment, your skin, and your health.