Movember is upon us once more! A hybrid of the words ‘moustache’ and ‘November’, Movember is an awareness-raising event held in aid of men’s health. Men around the world take part and, starting from a clean-shaven face on November 1st, attempt to grow their best moustache over the next 30 days.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising £26 Million (GBP equivalent) for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.
The funds raised through Movember’s UK campaign benefit the The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC), the UK’s leading prostate cancer charity. (from the official Movember website)
Growing a moustache can be quite an arduous business, particularly if you’ve never done it before or are accustomed to a beard or stubble. We’ve put together a few skincare tips to help with your ‘mo’s progress over the next few weeks:
Starting To Grow Your ‘Mo
If you’ve never grown a proper beard or moustache at all, you’re probably going to experience quite an itchy face by the end of your first week. This is because the hair grows long enough to curl around and ‘tickle’ your skin. The phase will pass, but you can do a few things to make it more bearable while it lasts:
i) wash and condition your ‘mo – facial hair is much tougher than head hair; making sure it’s well cleaned and conditioned will keep it softer and therefore less itchy.
ii) moisturise your ‘mo – the change in your top lip’s ‘micro-climate’ will probably upset your skin balance and, particularly if you’re itching the area, this will most likely lead to dry skin. Moisturise your ‘mo to help keep the itching at bay. Here’s where to look if you’re after an organic, scent-free men’s moisturiser.
iii) try not to itch – just like any skin irritation, the more your bother it, the worse it’ll get. Every time you feel like scratching your lip, remember you’re doing something really worthwhile (not to mention manly), and go do some press-ups instead.
Making Your Mo’ Look Good
Some men are blessed with facial hair like Tom Selleck. Others will struggle to grow anything particularly worthy over a measly four weeks. However, the Golden Rule for making your moustache look good is the same for both parties: keep it tidy.
Ideally, you’ll want to trim your moustache hair every day – clippers with a guard are best, but you can use anything with a blade to trim your mo’ – do be careful though!
If your facial hair grows quickly, a straggly ‘mo is your greatest risk – so daily attention and a well lit mirror are your must-haves. If your facial hair is less forthcoming and tends to look a bit patchy, keep it short and tidy until the rest of your follicles can catch up!
Shaving Around Your ‘Mo
To keep your moustache looking as dapper and sharp as possible, you’ll want to shave the non-‘mo part of your beard every day. If you’re not used to doing this, you might come up against some skin irritation problems. Here are a few tips:
- Wash your face and cover with a damp flannel for 30 seconds before you start shaving.
- Make sure you razor is as sharp as possible.
- Shave ‘with the grain’ to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Pull your skin taught for a close shave.
Dermalogica has a brilliant range of shaving goods for men, which will make this whole experience a lot more pleasant!
(Thanks to landofnodstudios for making the image available).