When it comes to Christmas and finding the best gift for your man, keep it simple and think about every man’s need: grooming. Keep in mind these three words: Prepare, Shave and Protect. Prepare. If your man is shaving he needs an exfoliating cleanser that will remove excess sebum, fight imperfections and lift beard hairs for a close shave. Shave: get a razor that is functional and that would suit his grooming needs. Protect: the finishing step of a good shave should be a toner and a hydrating cream to fight winter’s cold and look fresh. For the always well-groomed guy or the one that is still shy about showing his precious side off, I’ve tested and gathered a selection of skincare and grooming products that are the perfect gift. And what is better than to give the gift of beauty for Christmas!


Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser One of my favourite finds this year, this exfoliating cleanser will prevent breakouts and irritation related to shaving. Salicylic, Lactic and Glycolic Acids dissolve dull and dry skin, while Jojoba Beads exfoliate, to leave the skin smooth and hydrated. $36 at Sephora. www.sephora.com

EvolutionMan Wash & Buff A super efficient exfoliating formula that leaves the skin refreshed and clean. Tea Tree Leaf Oil not only reduces blemishes but also gives an amazing smell to the product. $22. Shop online or visit www.evolution-man.com for point of sale.

Lierac Homme Purifying Cleanser This ultra-gentle soap-free cleansing gel stands out with a light yet exfoliating texture and scent. Combining the SKINPOWER5 Complex (iron, magnesium, copper, zinc and manganese), hydroxyl-acids and exfoliating micro-particles, it prepares the skin for an easier shave. $23 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu.

Nivea Men Exfoliating Face Scrub A great buy for the man that is not into the whole facial ritual yet. It's exfoliating and cleansing, contains vitamin E and minerals. $8,80 in department stores and pharmacies.

Sothys Homme Energizing Face Cleanser This cleanser offers 3 actions in 1 product. It may be used as a daily cleanser, face scrub or clarifying mask. A smooth creamy texture that is gentle on the skin with the power of volcanic rock as key ingredient. $46,50 at www.spaboutique.ca

Vichy Homme CODE PURETE Purifying Cleansing Gel Part of CODE PURETE line, it helps fight against imperfections by eliminating excess sebum and impurities. Plus, you get the soothing, fortifying and regenerating power of Vichy Thermal Spa Water. $17 in pharmacies.

HYD For Men Buffer Stick When you feel like you need a deep cleansing, this is The Item you need. It offers a one-step professional-quality microdermabrasion treatment. US$24,99 at www.hydformen.com



Braun CoolTec This electric shaver features the innovatice CoolTec’s cutting-edge aluminium cooling bar that transfers heat away from the shaver head and cools down the skin to reduce shaving irritation. The ideal tool for the daily shaver always on the go. $149,99 at Centre du Rasoir and Personal Edge.

Philips Click & Style For someone that likes to change his beard style, this razor has three different removable heads: a styler attachment for stubble or beard trimming, a dual rotary razor attachment for a clean shave (I even tried it with shaving cream and the results were amazing) and a bodygroom attachment. $89,99 at www.amazon.ca

Philips Style Xpert Simply the best razor for the bearded guy. 17 cutting lengths, a detail comb for precision and a beard comb for control. Although a bit confusing at the beginning, the laser guide comes in handy to create the exact desired look and make the beard jaw or cheek line straight and well defined. $89,99 at www.futureshop.ca

Edwin Jagger DE89L Classic Double-Edge Safety Razor Forget about the disposable razor. Blades cost a lot and irritate the skin after a few uses. A set of 40 disposable blades costs only $12 and is good for five shaves each. And the safety razor will last for a lifetime. $38 at www.fendrihan.com

Kiehl’s Close-Shavers Shaving Formula 31-O Formulated for men with sensitive skin, this oil should always be applied underneath any shaving foam to facilitate shaving and prevent razor burn, ingrown hairs and keep skin moisturized. $26 at Kiehl’s counter.

EvolutionMan Cleanse & Shave A dual-action time-saver shaving cream that can be used as a shaving cream or a face wash. The orange peel essential oil works as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant Super Star. The scent will leave your man relaxed and feeling happy! $27 Shop online or visit www.evolution-man.com for point of sale.

HYD For Men Shave Cream This unique blend of natural oils and moisturizers allows the razor to glide effortlessly across the skin, resulting in a comfortable, more precise shave. Texture and citrus-y scent make it a must-have in a man’s cabinet. US$12,99 at www.hydformen.com

Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream - White Eagle Camphor and menthol for a cooling effect and sesame oil to moisturize and soften the skin. 75ml $12,50 or 150ml $22 online or at Kiehl’s counter.

Nivea Men Shaving Cream The creamy micro-foam containing Sea Minerals and Vitamin Care quickly softens the beard hair and provides a gently but thoroughly blade glide for a closer shave. To use with a safety or straight razor. $4,08 in department stores and pharmacies.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Sensitive Shave Gel A dermatologist tested shaving gel especially formulated to hydrate skin and soften hair. $7,49 in department stores and pharmacies.

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Sky Flyin' Foaming Multi-Gel Formulated with Ginseng and Bamboo extract, this multi-tasking foam-gel may be used as a face cleanser that remove oil and impurities or transforms into a dense lather to lubricate skin before shaves. $23 online or at Kiehl’s counter.

Lierac Homme Express Shaving Foam A creamy shaving foam that provides a heightened sensation of freshness. $20 at Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu.

Vichy CODE PURETE Purifying Shaving Foam A dense shaving foam that is suitable for even the most sensitive skins. $13,50 in pharmacies.



Cellcosmet Active Tonic Lotion For a cleaner, fresher and more toned skin, it is definitely one of the best toner out there. It optimises the absorption of hydrating cream and rebalances the skin’s pH. Available at Holt Renfrew.

Dr. Roebuck’s Tone A unique combination of Aloe Vera, Grapefruit and Peppermint oil that tightens and soothes the skin and keep it from impurities after a shave. $29,95 at www.murale.ca

Jack Black Bump Fix Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Solution With soothing and calming ingredients like chamomile extract, green tea extract, aloe leaf and hyaluronic acid, Bump Fix is the best solution to reduce ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Apply directly to affected area or 12 hours after a shave to prevent new ingrown hairs from forming. $30 at www.sephora.com

Dr Roebuck's Bubs & Bits It rehydrates the skin and repairs in a second razor cuts. $29,95 at www.murale.ca

L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Energetic 3 Day Beard Moisturizer This is a lightweight gel that penetrates into the skin instantly. It also relieves beard itchiness and has a really vivid smell that can only energize your man. $15,99 in department stores and pharmacies.

Biotherm Homme Total Perfector A powerful smoothing marine complex in a fresh and almost unbelievable light texture. It is non-greasy, non-sticky and non-shiny. Everything that I expect from a moisturizer. $55 at The Bay.

Sothys Homme Age-Defying Hydrating Fluid A woody and musky aromatic 2-in-1 light emulsion to hydrate the skin. $73,50 at www.spaboutique.ca

Biotherm Homme High Recharge Eye Shot This one is more about guilty pleasure than protection. This eye roller combines the power of 3 icy spheres to massage the eye contour area. The cold effect provides an instant boost while reducing the appearance of under eye bags. $25 at The Bay.