Cold weather is just around the corner and with it the rise of facial hair–an often practical move for Canadian winters.
While embracing a rugged look is a choice that never goes out of style (think: John Krasinski or Idris Elba), a grooming routine is essential to keep your look modern. Like tailoring a suit, facial hair needs to be personalized to the individual, and without proper maintenance, you risk looking disheveled. Implementing a grooming routine is simpler than ever, with many brands offering all of the essentials available for purchase, and to make it even simpler, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites–all of which are available at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre.
Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil from Kiehls
This essential oil-based formula is lightweight and hydrating. The main exfoliating ingredient is pracaxi oil, which is proven to soften and condition the area, adding moisture to the hair and the skin beneath. The main benefit of this oil is its non-greasy, lightweight formula that doesn’t settle uncomfortably into the skin.
Cedar and Sage Conditioning Beard Oil and Detangling Comb from The Body Shop
This duo is a must-have if you’re growing your beard beyond stubble. The Cedar and Sage Conditioning Beard Oil is a blend of coconut, soy, and babassu oil, with sage, cedar, and clove essential oils blended in. This oil offers deep hydration with a lightweight feel. The comb is essential for detangling and regular maintenance on your beard, with the wide teeth of the comb perfect for sorting out unruly hairs.
Jack Black Beard Line from Sephora
There are three must-have products from this line, the Beard Wash, Beard Oil, and Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, the first of which won the 2018 Men’s Health Grooming Award for Best Beard Wash. Each of the products from this line is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free and suitable for sensitive skin. With the holidays right around the corner, gift sets with these best-selling products are sure to hit the shelves soon.
Shine Hair & Beard Oil from Aesop
This beard oil has a unique blend of ingredients, including borage and jojoba seed. The specific blend of natural ingredients is hydrating and delivers essential fatty acids to the skin without clogging pores. Aesop is known for its high-quality products, and while this comes with a high-quality price tag, the reviews are in: and this product is worth the hype.