* No-shave November and Movember are back for this year
* The annual tradition is meant to bring awareness to cancer and men’s health
* If you plan on participating, you’ll want to invest in some grooming products
Thinking of bringing back No Shave November? Well, according to recent studies in the Journal of Behavioral Ecology, fashion favors the bold: participants seemed to prefer bearded faces in a sample of mostly clean-shaven ones, and vice-versa. No-Shave November and Movember (which actually allows you to maintain a mustache) have been traditions for over a decade, and both promote better awareness to cancer and men’s health issues. It’s not always easy to avoid shaving your facial hair for extended period of time, so we’ve rounded up some helpful grooming products to help get you through.
1. Beard Wash
Just like the hair on your head, your facial hair can start to smell if it doesn’t get washed too. This beard wash lets you clean your chin pelt without suffering an excess of irritation, itchiness or flaking.
2. Beard Conditioner
Beard conditioner may sound funny, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. If you want to keep your facial soft and manageable (your S.O. will thank you) using a conditioner on your beard and mustache is essential.
3. Beard Oil
If you want to start getting advanced about facial hair styling, beard oil is an essential start to keep things groomed and soft.
4. Beard Balm
When it comes to the hated awkward length phases of beard growth, which can especially problematic for those of us doing the ol’ no-shave November, beard balm is the ticket to a substantially less-itchy lumberjack look.
5. Brush and Comb
An essential for beards in the lumberjack to Russian Orthodox Elder length categories, this brush and comb set is the key to keeping your longer beard untangled and matt-free.