Well, it’s officially Movember, ladies and gents! For those of you who don’t know what that is, allow me to explain. Movember is an annual fundraising campaign for prostate cancer research (and other men’s health issues) that raises awareness by challenging men to grow moustaches for 30 days. But, most of you are already familiar with the cause. For one, it’s been an incredibly popular and successful campaign – raising more than $575 million, in over 21 countries. Another reason you’re aware of it is because every year in November we all live in what is essentially an esthetic nightmare - - guys around the world walking around with awkward, uneven, patchy, upper lip facial hair for an entire month.Yikes
Just so we’re clear, no man looks good during the early stages of a sprouting tickler. Brad Pitt… Taye Diggs… Justin Bieber… Whatever your taste, I think we can all agree that no one's Top Five List includes anyone attempting to grow a ‘stache. A fully formed moustache? No problem! A rugged beard? Even better! But for most, this awkward “grow-out phase” is simply the worst phase… So much so that it can cause many men and women (both single and committed) to take an unintentional vow of celibacy for the month. Sounds dramatic, but that sporadic stubble can be tougher to wrap our heads (and legs) around than you’d think.
Having said that, it’s not a completely lost cause for those growing it in for a good cause. There are some grooming techniques you can use to help make your impending ‘staches a little more attractive!
Don’t forget about the rest
Even though you’re growing it in on the top lip you still need to maintain smooth skin everywhere else. Actually maintaining and preserving the rest of the face is even more important now that those whiskers are coming in. The answer to keeping everything else in tip-top shape is picking the right shaving cream. The wrong product can leave the skin dried out, broken out and stubbly. The right one will leave it soft, hydrated, blemish free. Burt’s Bees, the natural lip-balm crusaders, have an incredibly gentle, non-irritating shaving cream made with glycerin and coconut oil (the latest miracle ingredient). It keeps the skin moisturized while accommodating a close, smooth shave, leaving (most) of your face irresistible.
Blast razor burn
Another issue that can make Movember matters worse, razor burn… Just as painful to have as it is to look at! Again, when you have that tickler poking through, there’s just no room for a red, bumpy rash, post-shave! But, have no fear. It just so happens that there are a few natural remedies that should take care of it, faster than you can say,“Tom Selleck is my hero!”
Believe it or not, the first solution is black tea. All you need to do is wet a tea bag with warm water, stick it in the fridge for a few minutes until it cools and then rub the cold bag over the affected areas. This technique will help to reduce the redness and inflammation and likely increase confidence during this trying time.
Another age old remedy is tea tree oil. It is a potent but soothing lubricant that will help to kill the bad bacteria, keep infection away and improve inflammation, all the while improving your chances of getting a date!
Play Up Your Scent
The correlation between scent and sex has been researched for decades. The truth is that both men and women use their noses as much as their eyes when it comes to attraction. Sufficed to say it’s important to take advantage of the sense of smell while you let that “mo” grow. But before you go dumping a bunch of stinky cologne on your body, consider after-shave. After-shave is subtle enough that it’s never offensive but usually has a rugged, manly quality that is really appealing. And “really appealing” are two words you want to be associated with right now, trust me!