Tips for Men Growing A Mustache in November

Each November, men across the world start the month with a clean shave and spend the remaining 29 days growing out a mustache in the name of Movember. So whether you're a fan of facial hair or someone you know is taking part in this annual fundraising event for men's health, read on for essential grooming advice.

Getting a Close Shave
A clean-shaven face is where it all begins, but that requires a little preparation and technique.

Make sure you have a sharp, clean razor on hand.

Soften facial hair by taking a hot shower; the steam will help open pores and prepare the skin. Another option is using preshave oil to moisturize and protect against irritation and razor burn.

Create a perfect lather -- not too wet and not too dry -- with your favorite shaving cream.

Shave with short, gentle strokes in the direction of hair growth. Resist the urge to go against the grain, which can result in ingrown hairs.

Rinse your blade after each stroke to ensure a clean cut with each pass.

Maintaining Facial Hair
Now that you've got your shaving technique down, what about maintaining that man-stache?

Decide which mustache shape works for you. Round and square faces do well with fuller styles, while a slight triangular silhouette on an oval-shaped face is flattering.

To stay neat, use a hair trimmer to shape the 'stache during the first stages of growth. Once it starts growing over the lips, use facial scissors to keep it trim.

Avoid dandruff by exfoliating and moisturizing regularly.

Use wax to style your mustache, whether it's to master the curled look or keep it neat and defined.

Sensitive Skin Challenges — Tips for Finding the Perfect Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin


If you have sensitive skin, you know how difficult it can be to find products that don't cause irritation. For those with more stable skin, that could change. The epidermis can develop sensitivities at any time and start reacting negatively to environmental factors, as well as ingredients in skin care products. For the optimal health of your skin, keep the following points in mind.

How gentle is your facial cleanser?
First and foremost, use a gentle, water-soluble facial cleanser formulated for your skin type. And look for fewer ingredients, which will lower your chance of having an adverse reaction. (This is a good strategy to use for all the products you put on your skin.)

Your face shouldn't feel tight, dry or greasy after washing, and it shouldn't tingle; a tingly sensation is often a sign of irritation. If you have dry skin, choose an emollient, moisturizing cleanser. Liquid- and gel-based products are better suited for oily and combination skin. And if you're fortunate enough to have "normal" skin, opt for lotion or cream textures.

Is fragrance the culprit?
Though pleasant scents are enticing, fragrance can be irritating to sensitive skin. If you're prone to redness, itchiness or sudden breakouts, you might want to look for products that say "fragrance-free" on the label, especially since many products include fragrance that isn't explicitly identified in the ingredients list.

Should you see a dermatologist?
If your skin shows signs of sensitivity even though you're doing all you can to avoid possible irritants, it may be time to see a dermatologist. He or she can determine if you're dealing with a skin disorder, such as rosacea, eczema or allergic contact dermatitis, and can develop a treatment plan that works for you.