It’s time to start mo-ving and sprout a ‘stache to show your support for Movember.
If you’re growing a mo in honour of Movember – a global men’s health initiative to raise funds in support of prostate cancer, mental health and other issues – choosing your favorite style of ‘stache has never been easier. A wave of celebrities, including athletes, singers and actors, are putting facial hair on the A list and making the manly art of grooming more popular than ever.
If in doubt about what style of ‘stache to sprout, the facial hair sported by such Hollywood heartthrobs as Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp will set you in good stead.
“Most guys will agree that there’s an unspoken level of respect for a brother wearing the best moustache. Like Ron Burgundy’s lip hugger, a mo means business, but won’t make a guy look completely ridiculous,” says Pam Baillie, of Gillette Canada.
“There’s a whole new generation of guys who are more image conscious and willing to express themselves with their appearance than ever, with their clothing, their hair and with well-dressed skin,” says Dan Trepanier, the Manhattan-based CEO and creative director of TSB (formerly The Style Blogger), who was voted Esquire magazine’s “Best Dressed Real Man in America” in 2009.
Whether or not you grow a moustache, November’s also prime time to step up your facial grooming strategy to ameliorate the drying effects of chilly winds and dry indoor heating.
“I likely speak for many guys when I say that I keep my grooming routine as fast and simple as possible, and try to keep my hair and skin from drying out in the winter,” says former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark, whose plans included shaving off his facial hair on Nov. 1 to support Movember.
“I like the speed and simplicity of two-in-one cleansing and hair care products,” says Clark, who is also a spokesman for Dove’s Men Care line of grooming products.
Shaving can be hard on your skin, so most experts recommend prepping your skin well before shaving and adding a post-shave moisturizer to your routine to avoid dry, irritated skin.
“Avoid highly alkaline shaving foams, soap formulations and artificially fragranced products … which can cause photo (sun) sensitivity as well as … contact dermatitis,” says Heather Vounnou, training manager at the International Dermal Institute, which is affiliated with Dermalogica skin care products.
Shaving can be tough on skin although it has the benefit of helping to exfoliate dead skin cells along with your bristles.
“The more you can do to warm up your skin prior to shaving, the better,” says Jon Roth, the owner of Crow’s Nest Barbershop in Toronto, which teams up with Over the Rainbow and TOMS Shoes to raise funds for Movember.
According to Roth, shaving with cream on a badger-hair brush after a hot shower is optimal as it softens your beard and opens your skin’s pores.
Although some men prefer multi-blade razors, Roth uses a single blade safety razor.
“Rinse with both warm and cold water to close your pores. Follow with an alcohol-based aftershave or balm and … add moisturizer to protect your skin,” recommends Roth.