It’s that time again.
No-Shave November is in full swing, and it’s likely you’ve seen many participants donning beards and mustaches to raise awareness for men’s health.
In fact, you might be one of them!A longstanding tradition, No-Shave November (and its counterpart, Movember), have raised awareness and millions of dollars for initiatives around men’s health, particularly, the fight against prostate and testicular cancer.
Throughout the month, participants will forgo shaving and grooming as a means of generating conversation. The goal of the campaign is to, “Grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.” (no-shave.org)
Kudos if you’ve decided to get hairy for a good cause! While your facial hair continues to grow, it’s even more important to maintain good grooming habits. Here are some of our tried and true tips:
Keep your skin moisturized
Especially as the temperatures drop, it’s important to moisturize your skin - both on your face and all over your body.
It all starts in the shower with a rich, highly moisturizing soap such as our personal favorite, St Johns Bay Rum Soap & Shaving Soap Bar. Like the other soaps in our extensive collection, it’s made with ingredients such as olive oil and glycerin that won’t strip away your skin’s natural oils while cleansing.
Additionally, a good moisturizer will help retain the suppleness of your skin, as well replenish the moisture you lose throughout the day, be it from showering or from cold air.
Moisture is vital to skin health, has many anti-aging benefits, and once you start shaving again, actually makes way for a smoother, better shave.
Clothes do make the man
First impressions matter, and let’s be honest, when you look good, you feel better. Whether for work or play, the right clothes can make all the difference. In fact, studies have shown that dressing well for work can make you more productive.
If you can’t splurge on some new pieces for the winter season, make sure your clothes fit you well. Tailoring some of your clothing to ensure that everything fits nicely can make a world of difference.
One of the biggest keys to dressing well is being appropriate for the occasion, so be prepared in knowing your audience and the type of event you’ll be attending.
Remember the basics
While COVID-induced remote work and school may have resulted in more relaxed fashion and grooming habits, during No-Shave November, and let’s be honest, on a regular/daily basis, we should never lose sight of the fundamentals of grooming:
- Keep your nails short and clean
- Brush and floss your teeth every day
- Tame your eyebrows and nose hair
- Wear sunscreen
- Use the right products for your hair, body and face
Don’t forget the cologne
Studies show that smelling badly is the #1 contributor to making a bad first impression, which means that your fragrance is crucial in how others perceive and remember you.
If it’s not already, fragrance should be an essential part of your grooming routine. Be proactive in ensuring that you always smell great and find a cologne that is as classic and memorable as you.
A good cologne should be subtle (2-4 squirts is perfect) and applied to clean, dry skin after a shower.
If you’re looking for masculine, fresh, bold and authentic scents, look no further than the colognes and aftershaves from St Johns.
Trust the grooming experts
No matter how unruly your No-Shave November facial hair may look, with these tips, it’s easy to maintain a well-groomed look.
And just think, with the holidays around the corner, now is a good time to add some amazing new shaving products (think St Johns Aftershave) to your wishlist!