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Brave the Shave

Despite media pronouncements of its imminent demise, the beard trend continues (that is, the one related to facial hair…). But since the urban-lumberjack look has become so prevalent, going clean-shaven may be the way to stand out. Shaving has other benefits, too.
Giving up the goatee can take off years, especially if it’s sporting greys. And since shaving is a form of exfoliation, it helps you look younger by sloughing off dead skin cells and stimulating collagen production.
Are you ready to pick up your razor again? These tools will help you put your best face forward for fall:

1. CRÈME DE LA CREAM If you’re still using your dad’s foam or gel for wet shaving, you might want to try a cream. While canned foams are convenient, they can be drying because their propellants displace water from skin. Creams, on the other hand, provide more of a moisturizing cushion between the razor and skin. Paraben-free L’Occitane Cade Shaving Cream features soothing organic cade essential oil, plus shea butter and glycerin to hydrate skin. For best results, first rinse face with warm water, and then create a lather by massaging cream into skin or applying with a shaving brush. ($29 for 150 ml, at L’Occitane stores across Canada and ca.loccitane.com)

2. RITZY RAZOR For a close shave, a multi-blade razor gets the job done efficiently. L’Occitane Cade Razor Plisson comes with the five-blade Gillette Fusion ProGlide. Manufactured by Plisson, a French shaving-accessories company around since 1808, the razor has a neck and end-fitting made from chrome-plated brass, as well as a rosewood holder. To avoid ingrown hairs, shave in the direction of hair growth. ($58, at L’Occitane stores across Canada and ca.loccitane.com)

3. APRES-SHAVE If shaving leaves your skin cranky, you may want to add an alcohol-free toner to the regimen. Toners soothe irritated skin, close pores and help reduce redness and razor bumps. Alcohol-free Taconic Shave After Shave Toning Mist features aloe vera, rose water, witch hazel and essential oils to moisturize, soothe and tone. ($16 for 118 ml, at menessentials.ca)

4. BEARD BESTIE For those attached to their facial hair, there’s beard oil to keep things under control. Packed with conditioning ingredients, beard oils help soften and tame facial hair while moisturizing the skin underneath. With an appealing fragrance of clove, vanilla and grapefruit, Beardbrand Spiced Citrus Beard Oil is a lightweight blend of several natural oils to condition whiskers and leave them shiny. ($27 for 30 ml, at menessentials.ca)

Tracy Howard is a writer and editor specializing in lifestyle topics. She’s the creator of beautyinthemiddle.com,
a blog that takes an inside-out approach to looking good and feeling good at any age.