• Gift Ideas For Men With Beards

    Posted by Patrick Levesque

    Gift Ideas For Men With Beards

    The beard trend has continued to grow over the past several years (pun intended) and with that, many amazing brands and products have come available.

    As they say, "With Great Beard Comes Great Responsibility." I'm not sure who said that, but surely it was someone wise. A beard can change a man's look entirely and more often than not, guys will receive positive responses from pears and loved ones about their beards. That being said, a beard has to be maintained or else something that might otherwise have been a turn on for someone may not be a turn off. The beard needs to be well groomed, healthy looking, clean, and smelling fresh. Incorporated a few different products into beard maintenance is easy to do and certainly worthwhile.

    Here are some great options for gift ideas for the bearded ones in your lives: 

    BEARD OIL

    A beard oil is helps to moisturize the beard hair and the skin underneath. It also helps to give the beard a healthy shine and gives the beard a more standout/groomed look. A little goes a long way so a few drops is all you need. There are several different formulations to choose from, each with its own unique scent. To be applied in the morning after showering and as needed.

    Price Range: $20 - $70 - Shop Beard Oils Here

    BEARD BALM

    A beard balm will help keep the beard soft and nourished and help to tame it. A beard balm usually comes in a portable container making it easy to take along and reapply through throughout the day as needed.  As with the beard oils, there are several different formulations to choose from, each with its own unique scent. 

    Price Range: $14 - $32

    Big Red Wooden Beard Combs

    BEARD COMBS

     A beard comb helps him to keep his beard tamed and groomed with style and allows for an even and thorough distribution of creams & oils that he may be applying to his beard. Combs come in several unique shapes and finishes, including traditional finish combs, lasercut stainless steel and wooden combs from right here in Beautiful Britch Columbia.  

    Price Range: $15 - $115 - Shop Beard Combs Here

    BEARD SHAMPOOS

    A beard can collect a lot of "stuff" throughout the day, so it's important to keep it clean and healthy with something that is gentle enough for use on the face. Unique scents (or scent-free) options available. 

    Price Range: $18 - $28 - Shop Beard Shampoos Here

     

    Beardition Beard Conditioner Gift Idea

    BEARD CONDITIONERS

    Beard conditioners and creams help to keep the beard and skin underneath soft and hydrated. A conditioner is used at the sink or in the shower and rinsed out afterwards as you would a hair shampoo.  Beard cream is essentially a leave-in beard conditioner that you leave in and it will keep your beard soft and smelling fresh throughout the day. The Bluebeards Beard Saver and Bossman Beard Magic are two popular leave-in beard conditioners. 

    Price Range: $20 - $28 - Shop Beard Conditioners Here and Beard Creams Here

     

    BEARD TRIMMERS

    Keeping your beard trimmed and groomed can be quite a task, unless you have a handy beard trimmer. These rechargeable beard trimmers allow you to get pretty particular in terms of the length that best suits you. The one with a vacuum allows you to clean as you go and has settings from 1mm - 18 mm whereas the other other one starts at 0.5mm (stubble look) and goes to 10 mm (and does not come with a vacuum). 

    Price Range: $54 - Shop Beard Trimmers Here

     

  • Winter Skincare & Grooming Tips For Men

    Posted by Patrick Levesque

     

    As the temperatures drop, it's time to step up on a few key areas of your skincare & grooming regimen. In the winter, it's a little harder to wake up because of the shorter, darker days and the thought of stepping out into the cold and/or wet is not so appealing. Furthermore, the colder/harsher weather can be tough on skin. 

    Here are a few tips to help kick start your day and protect your skin and hair from the elements this fall and winter. As with most things, prevention is key. 

    WAKE UP

    As mentioned, it may be a little harder to get up in the morning as it gets darker and colder. Invigorate your body with the best selling Jack Black Turbo Wash. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Juniper Berry will awaken the mind and body. Don't stop there. The Ab Crew Caffeine Shampoo and Ab Crew Nitro Conditioner is a great top-down approach to have you awake and ready to tackle the day.  

    EXFOLIATE

    With cold weather can come dryer skin, so be sure to scrub/exfoliate dry skin to get rid of dead skin cells and keep your skin smooth - not so much flaky. This applies to your body and your face and should be done a few times a week. For the face, it's always ideal to exfoliate right before you shave to prepare your skin for the shave. It gets rid of excess oil, dry skin, etc. that can clog the razor and cause irritation. Two of my personal favourite scrubs for the face include the Urth Face Scrub and the Portland General Store Face Bomb, but you can explore many others here. For options for the body, click here

    MOISTURIZE

    The cold weather is hard on your skin so although moisturizing is key year-round, it's especially important in the winter. Furthermore, with all of the holiday parties, for many the alcohol consumption goes up which means so does dehydration. Keep your skin from head-to-toe moisturized - this includes: face, lips, beard, hair and body. You can lose moisture fast once you get out of the shower, so this is one of the best times to moisturize. Of course you can moisturize as needed throughout the day and evening as well.  Explore the selection of face moisturizers here and body moisturizers here

    GET COZY

    In the winter, you obviously spend more time indoors with family and friends so you might as well get cozy and enjoy it. Create a warm, inviting atmosphere with a soothing, aromatic  candle. Scent can invoke positive feelings and create a memorable experience for guests. Check out the many unique candles/scents here

    FRAGRANCE

    Choose your signature scent for the season. You're likely going to be attending a lot of holiday parties and your scent can have a big impact on the people you meet - make it a positive impact and feel your best with these very exclusive and unique scents. Find them here

    GET YOUR VITAMINS

    With less sunlight comes less Vitamin D. Get your dose of D with the Glow Pads from Dr. Dennis Gross and as part of your daily multivitamin from the Menscience Multivitamin

     

  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Shaving Technique

    Posted by Patrick Levesque
    It seems everyone is always on the quest for the perfect shave - after all, a great shave really affects your overall look and also the way you feel. When you have a great shave, you're that much more ready to take on the world. Okay, maybe a little dramatic, but you know what I mean - a great shave is important!

    With this in mind, I thought I'd share 10 Tips To Improve Your Shaving Technique that I incorporate into my own personal grooming routine. Everyone's skin and facial hair is different, but there are certain things you can do across the board to improve your shave. Let's get to them, shall we?


    10. Shave In The Shower

    If possible, shaving in the shower is a great way to get a better shave because the hot water and steam will help to relax your face, open up your pores, and softens up your whiskers. This will make for a closer, less irritating shave. If you're like me and require a mirror to shave, then just make sure you get a mirror for your shower. Simple as that! 
    Shaving in the shower also helps save time in your morning routine. Rather than showering, then getting set up at the sink for your shave, you're combining the steps and being more efficient. 


    9. Scrub Before You Shave 
     
    For some reason, some people have told me that they thought you were supposed to scrub after you shave - the thought of doing that makes my blood go cold! Taking a blade to your face is harsh enough - you don't need to go rubbing it with an exfoliant afterwards! 

    It's scrubbing before the shave that matters. Just like with shaving in the shower, this is going to prepare your face for the best possible shave. By using a scrub, you are getting rid of dead skin cells and excess oil and dirt that can clog your razor. You are also loosening up the beard hairs and whiskers so they're ready to go when you're ready to shave. 

    Regardless of shaving, you want to use a scrub a few times a week anyway to keep your skin looking fresh a radiant, as opposed to dull. Scrubbing before you shave just happens to be the best time to do it and an easy way to remember to exfoliate every few days. When you use a scrub, this can replace your cleanser step as you will also be cleansing your face at the same time. One of my favourite scrubs right now is the Urth Face Scrub, but there are also several others to choose from as well. 


    8. Shave With The Grain

    You may or may not already know this, but you should shave with the grain to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs. For me, I then make a second pass against the grain, then follow up with a third with the grain again. I find this allows me to get the closest shave possible, while not angering the hairs on my face. 
    Ingrown hairs are the worst, but I find I barely ever get them anymore with the incorporation of techniques such as these into my routine. 


    7. Use A Good Quality Razor, That Is Not Dull

    There are so many razors on the market this days ranging from one blade to twenty. Well, maybe not twenty, but the numbers seem to keep increasing. I believe that the Mach 3s are still the best and anything more than the three blades on this razor is too much. Mach 3s provide a great shave, every time and you can keep them sharp by ensure that it's clean after every use. 

    One of the biggest complaints we hear these days is how expensive blades are (including Mach 3s). Well, you should know that you can prolong the life of your blades (even disposables) by using the RazorPit  razor sharpener. It actually does work and I find I don't need to change my blade for three months at a time! Insane right? 

    In addition to Mach 3s, Safety Razors (going back to the Old School) are one of the best ways to get a good shave without being too harsh on your face. You also save a lot of money on blades because these blades are very inexpensive. With Safety Razors, you have to take a bit more time with your shave and practice makes perfect, but the people that shave with these swear by it. Many people who suffer from ingrown hairs and razor burn have switched to Safety Razors for this reason and no longer have the same issues. 


    6. Use A Good Quality Shave Cream/Gel

    Using a quality shaving cream can make all the difference. So, if you're using that foamy/airy stuff, you may choose to reconsider. Remember, you're taking a blade to your face so you want to make it as gentle and experience by using a denser shaving cream or gel that is going to hydrate and soothe your skin in the process. 
    Some of my favorites include the Supreme Cream from Jack Black, all of the Geo. F. Trumper Shaving Creams, and Ursa Major Shave Cream to name a few. That being said, there are plenty of other award winning shaving creams and gels to choose from that you may prefer yourself. 


    5. Use A Good After Shave Product

    I don't want to sound like a broken record, but you've just taken a blade to your face so it's important to make sure you soothe & repair afterwards. 

    Think of it like when you work out or play a game of sports. Technically, you should be stretching afterward so that you're in good shape for the next game, right? Well, the same goes for shaving. If you take care of your skin afterward, you're skill will be that much more able to handle your next shave. 

    Of course there are several after shave products to choose from, but my all time favorite has to be the Post Shave Repair from Menscience. It's just a spray, but jam-packed with great ingredients to calm your skin down and help prevent razor burn, ingrown hairs, etc. I love the fact that it comes out almost like a mist because it absorbs very quickly and in a matter of seconds, I'm ready to apply my moisturizer. I also like this because I'm not putting a moisturizer on top of an aftershave lotion. It's just that much lighter, but to each their own. 


    4. Have A Plan For Nicks & Cuts
     

    Every now and then when you're not paying attention, rushing, or something has thrown your routine off a bit, you get a nick or cut. Ideally, these are few and far between but you want to be equipped and ready just in case it happens.

    A great way to help stop bleeding is with an alum block or styptic pencil. This helps to clot the blood so the boo-boo is minimized. Another personal trick I came up with is using a dab of your clay mask to stop the bleeding and speed healing. It's so much better than using toilet paper and works like a charm. There are several face masks to choose from - a clay one works best. 

    3. Moisturize

    Regardless of shaving, moisturizing is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine. It helps to protect and repair your face and even helps with anti-aging. As previously mentioned, because men take a blade to their faces, it's important to take extra care in between shaves so that your face is fully prepared to handle each and every shave. Your face will thank you and you'll be a much happier camper when you look in the mirror. Moisturizer morning and night, every day! One of my favourite moisturizers is the Vitamin E Face Moisturizer from (MALIN+GOETZ). Again, many other options available as well, including ones with SPF. 


    2. Take Your Time 

    This seems like a no-brainer, but this is where things can go back and where you'll get the nicks and cuts if you rush. Give yourself ample time to shave so that you are ensuring that you are careful and not aggressive. 
    If you think you are going to be rushed in the morning, shave the night before so that you don't have to rush as much in the AM. You might rush eating your breakfast or eat it on the go, but shaving is certainly something you don't want to speed up too much. 


    1. Give Your Face A Break

    Lastly, give your face a break. If you don't have to shave on the weekends, don't. Your skin deserves a break every now and then. You'll notice the difference after letting your skin rest between shaves longer than normal. Your first shave "back" will leave your skin feeling amazing. Personally, I try to give myself a break whenever possible. 

    Hopefully, these tips and suggestions will help you improve and enjoy your shaves that much more. Happy shaving, gentlemen! 
  • How To Grow A Moustache & How To Maintain It

    Posted by Patrick Levesque

    With Movember here (supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness), we often get many questions about how to grow a moustache and how to maintain it. Here are some tips and advice so you can feel confident in your one month dash towards a stache. 

    1. Be patient.
    If you've never grown a moustache or beard, you'll soon learn that you have to be patient for it to fill in and get to the desired length. This is easier for some, harder for others. The easiest way to do this is to let your beard/scruff grow out a bit first before you shave everything but the stache. It makes it less awkward in the initial growing stages. If you feel more comfortable, perhaps get yourbarber to do the initial shave so you're setup for success. 

    2. Keep it clean. Having hair above your mouth and below your nose makes it easy for your stache to collect... stuff. Don't let that happen. Keep it clean with your face cleanser and/or a bit of beard wash. In addition, keep the rest of your face clean-shaven so your stache is more intentional and pronounced instead of accidental looking.

    3. Get scissors.
    Use beard scissors to maintain the length and ensure the hairs are even. This is more important in the latter stages of your stache. 

    4. Use a moustache wax. This will help = to style and control your moustache. There are scented and unscented options available here

    5. Get a comb. Use a moustache/beard comb to groom your beard and keep it neat looking. This is more important for the longer stache styles. You can find some combs here

    Last but not least, own it and sport your stache proudly!
  • How To Use A Safety Razor

    Posted by Patrick Levesque

    In the above video, Patrick talks to you about safety razors and why they're better... The finest German workmanship and the best combination of features come together to create these must-have heavy duty razor. Below are some tips on shaving with a safety razor:

    The secret to getting better results from using a double edged safety razor is to take the time to learn the proper technique and develop the skills necessary skills to use this kind of razor. Here are some helpful hints. 

    Be Habitual
     

    Make it habit to change your blade once a week, on a set day, so that it becomes part of your shaving routine. A quality double-edged blade will provide about a week’s worth of good shaves. 

    Easy Does It 

    Don’t apply too much pressure! Allow the weight of the razor to exert the pressure. Glide the blade along the skin without adding any pressure. If you push too hard, the result is razor burn as you remove the top layer of skin cells, if
    not more. 

    Be Strong

    Hold the razor firmly and direct it where you want it to go. Some shavers favor short strokes, others prefer long sweeping strokes. Which is right for you will depend largely on your particular beard conditions. Generally speaking, the coarser or thicker the beard, the shorter the stroke should be. A very fine or sparse beard will present less
    resistance to the razor and permit a long, smooth stroke. 

    Wrong Angle Will Lead To Mangle

    Keep your blade at a 30 degree angle alongside the skin with each stroke - Of course with the many angles of your face it will not always be possible, this angle is the ideal angle the blade should be when you can. By adjusting the razor handle (raising or lowering) you will be able to better realize this angle and this is especially important when following the outlines of your face, including the jawline and chin. People find that short, brief strokes work best. 

    First Contact

    The majority of nicks occur when the blade first makes contact. . Prevent this from happening by bring the safety bar in contact with the skin first, then adjust the razor handle until you achieve the 30 degree angle. Once you’ve done this, go ahead and begin your stroke. With experience and practice, this won’t be necessary. 

    Stretch It Out

    Keep your skin as taut as possible so that the blade moves more easily across your face. Tightening of skin can be achieved by flexing facial muscles (tightening upper lip, for example), or manually tightening the skin by pulling it in the opposite direction of the razor. 

    Go slow!

    The best shave (close AND comfortable) comes with being patient. You need to shave repeatedly to get in order to get faster at it. It’s just like typing - you have to practise to get better at it. Once you have your technique down, it should take you 5-10 minutes to shave. 

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