Just about every year, sandwiched somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving, you may start to notice several of your friends and coworkers have started ignoring their razors — artfully cultivating facial hair worthy of a lumberjack, a silent film villain, or a musketeer. Some of them may even be unexpected old friends like the Jolly Green Giant, Mr. Monopoly, or Mr. Peanut. Why this sudden hurry for the hirsute? Because it’s Movember, of course, and time to focus on men’s health.
What Is Movember?
The Movember Foundation was originally founded in Australia as a way to stimulate awareness of prostate cancer and was brought here to the United States in 2007. Since then, its scope has widened to include all sorts of men’s issues, from testicular cancer to mental health.
The statistics on prostate cancer, suicide, and testicular cancer are grim … a little too grim for this happy time of year. Prostate cancer kills 45 men every hour, and one in nine men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Globally, we lose 60 men to suicide each hour, too. That’s 105 men lost every 60 minutes for just these two issues alone. On top of that, there’s testicular cancer – the most common cancer in men under 40.
But the goal of Movember isn’t to wallow in our misery, it’s to make a difference by raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
How Can You Make a Difference?
First, sign up online. You know what’s coming second: grow that ‘stache! While letting your mustache do its thing, harass everyone you know for donations to raise funds to tackle these difficult issues facing men today. (You only have to keep it for 30 days.) Third, get out there and move: walk or run 60 miles this month to mark the 60 men we lose each hour to suicide. Finally, host a “Mo-ment,” gathering friends, family, and colleagues to support your efforts — in person or on social media — with donations.
Movember encourages connectivity. Make time to check in with your buddies to catch up on life on a regular basis. Talk…a LOT…especially about the tougher issues. Keep moving, and know your numbers…those of us who are 50 and over should talk to a doctor about a prostate cancer test (45 and over if you are of African or Caribbean descent or have had a father or brother with prostate cancer). Finally, grab a pair…no…literally…get down there and give a feel now and then to see what’s normal, and then have a chat with the doctor if suddenly something isn’t.
Now, let’s get started on that mustache…or beard! Put down that razor for a couple of days. See how things are growing in, especially if it’s been a while since you had facial hair (finals week in college, that time you hiked the AT, the Clinton administration).
Easy Tips on Growing a Mustache
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Without it, the itch may become unbearable when first growing out your ‘stache or beard.
- Get help. Have a chat with your barber about what kind of mustache or beard might complement your face’s shape and your beard’s texture.
- Keep it clean. Use a razor or a trimmer to keep things under control, so it’s obvious that you’re minding your Movember manners and not just being lazy.
- Buy stuff. Once the style starts to develop, don’t skimp on adding some new product to your grooming regimen. Remember: Facial skin and hair is different from that on the top of your head. Use beard wash and conditioners to keep things clean and soft.
- Beard oil is your friend. Work some beard oil in, starting with the skin and working it out from the root to the ends to smooth split ends, manage flyaways, and keep your skin supple and soft.
Finally, check in with us here at The Manual on the regular. We’ll keep you up to date with any Movember news, collaborations, and fun that we hear about.
Products to Help Grow Your ‘Mo
Keep that face moisturized so you feel good and look great for all those social media posts you’ll be doing in Movember. Menaji’s moisturizer not only offers hydration, but SPF30 and a bit of skin tint to even out your complexion, smooth skin, and minimize pore size.
Take it easy on your face and beard with this “everything-free” shampoo. Use twice a week and complement with Murdock Beard Conditioner.
Now we’re getting serious. The Soul Bay kit has everything (except blades) you need to keep things shaped and under control.
If you need some mustache style inspiration, take a look at the greatest mustaches of all time. You’re sure to find something to fit your face.
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