Unless you’ve have your head in the sand for, oh, the last five years, you’ve probably heard of Movember, or No-Shave November: it’s a prompt for men to get with the program and get checked for prostate cancer. In addition to getting doctor-shy men to get screened for an often-curable cancer, Movember has actually been extremely successful in raising cash for men's health programs.
If you really didn’t know about the event, you might have just thought men let their faces get all sexy every November for no reason at all. I love a bearded man: whether a two-day blue beard up to full Grizzly Adams splendor, I appreciate most facial hair. Except mutton chops. That’s some manscaping only a mother could love. Most men don’t grow beards regularly, but that doesn't mean the end of Movember has to signal the end of your scruff (it's cold out!).
Here's how to keep your beard--whether it's short, medium, or mountain man length--looking fine for as long as you decide to keep it. (Plus: I found uses for all of these products on my non-beard-having-self.)
For Short Beards
If you started growing your beard at the beginning of November, your skin may be having a tough time adjusting. Breakouts are common.
Enter Willow Bark Toner from Portland General Store. It’s soothing, effective, and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or flaky. I’m actually using it on my face and as a spot-treatment for my gross bacne. The apple cider vinegar in it effectively quelled my usual angry spotty breakout in a few days.
For Medium Beards
A lot of dudes don’t realize that while having a beard might protect their face from the cold, it doesn’t protect it from drying out. Moisturizing the beard, and the skin underneath, is the best way to prevent gross face flakes.
Brooklyn Grooming has a line of all-purpose beard balms that are made to soften and protect not only the most important fur, but also the skin underneath. With ingredients like sesame, hempseed, and jojoba oil, I’ve been dipping into it to keep my elbows from feeling like dinosaur skin.
For Long Hair/Don’t Care Beards
Then there’s the guy whose facial hair is a bastion for unruly masculinity; while it might never see a comb, that’s part of the appeal. But there’s a fine line between glorious and neckbeard territory--you’ve got to maintain, but I understand, shaving implements are spendy and confusing. Sure.
The extremely persuasive marketing of the Dollar Shave Club finally got to me. (No, I don’t want to leave my house, calculator in hand, and figure out which razor is cheaper/better/not going to wash up on the shores of Malaysia.) Starting at $1, the Dollar Shave Club's razors are quality-made and shipped right to your door. Plus, they give free product samples! (Their Shave Butter is the BEST for legs.) I could do with a little less gendering on their site, but I think it’s coming up to speed.
- Do you like a man with a beard?
- Do you use "men's" shaving products? What's your favorite brand/product?
- Know any guys who are in Movember for the long haul?