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Put down your razors! By now, you’re likely already familiar with No-Shave November, maybe you’ve even participated in years past. It’s all about growing out your facial hair for a good cause. Of course, it’s not always easy to grow and maintain facial hair (as many of you know), and if you only have a beard one month out of the year, you might not have beard maintenance mastered. But the truth is, just like your skin care and hair care routines are essential to looking and feeling your best, your facial hair is in need of a grooming routine all its own! Here, we’re sharing our best facial hair tips in advance of No-Shave November, but first, let’s dig into what this non-profit stands for.
No-Shave November is a fun initiative created to raise awareness about a significant cause—cancer—with the idea being to fully embrace your hair, which so many cancer patients lose during treatment, by not shaving for the entire month. The non-profit behind the month-long shaving strike is also committed to raising funds that support cancer prevention, research, and education.
Want to participate in No-Shave November this year? With every challenge comes a set of guidelines, and No-Shave November is no exception! If you're ready to join in, read through the rules below.
The goal is to start the month of November with a clean, shaved face. So, a few days before the 1st, grab your grooming tools and get to work.
It wouldn’t be much of a challenge if you could shave as you see fit throughout the month, now would it? You need to be ready to ditch your razor for the full month. And yes, that includes any sort of touching up.
If you work in a strict corporate setting, no need to fret. You may not be able to show up to the office looking totally disheveled, but that doesn’t mean you need to shave. Instead, you can keep your facial hair neatly trimmed.
Make a general donation or donate to your favorite team to show your support for cancer education, prevention, and research.
If you're looking to brush up on your grooming skills, you've come to the right place. Many people believe that facial hair doesn't require a daily routine. But the truth is, failing to care for your facial hair properly can harm your skin, and that’s not what No-Shave November is about. Grab a pen and pad and get ready to learn about the best facial hair tips for healthy hair and skin.
You should really be using a facial cleanser twice a day all year round (per guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology) and also after you sweat, but this is especially important to keep in mind when growing out your facial hair. When you don't cleanse often enough, dirt, sweat, and even bacteria can accumulate on your face, which can lead to breakouts and inflamed follicles. Pick a cleanser formulated specifically for men, like the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused With Charcoal.
Just like cleansing should be a part of your daily skin care routine, so should moisturizing. Use a daily anti-aging moisturizer that's formulated for men and provides UVA and UVB protection, like the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift SPF 15 Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer. Even if wrinkles don't particularly concern you, moisturizing daily will help fortify your skin and protect against things like redness and irritation.
Editor's note: Moisturizing is an especially important step during the fall and winter months when the outside air is colder and inside air tends to be drier. For more on how your skin care routine should transition in time with the changing weather, read our article, 6 Fall Skin Care Tips for Men.
This step is often overlooked, but it's super important. A beard moisturizer will not only help keep the skin underneath your facial hair smooth and hydrated, but it can also help soften and condition your facial hair. Pick a formula that does the job without leaving you feeling greasy, like the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert 3-Day Beard Moisturizer. Simply apply to your cleansed skin and beard in the morning or evening, as needed.
In the same way that trimming your hair regularly can help it grow stronger and longer, trimming your beard as needed is good practice. Even if you're trying to obtain more length, it's a good idea to trim to help shape your facial hair. Nobody likes the look of a beard that's unruly or out of control.
Treat your beard like you do the hair on your head—that is to say, wash your beard in lukewarm water using a moisturizing shampoo made specifically for beards. Facial hair is still hair, after all, and it needs to be cleaned regularly.
Touching your beard or mustache too much can irritate your skin and trap dirt and debris from your hands, which can result in blemishes. Besides, if your facial hair is feeling itchy, that's a tell-tale sign that you need to moisturize.
Just as you style the strands atop your head, you can style your beard to keep it looking great even if it’s a little overgrown for your tastes. After cleansing, moisturizing, and the like, apply the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Hair and Beard Cream, which is a taming beard balm that offers light hold and shine.
Come December, when you do finally decide to shave it all off, be sure to follow up with an after-shave balm to help soothe and protect your skin. If you're considering ignoring this step, just remember, your skin has been hiding underneath facial hair for several weeks and needs extra protection. Reach for an after-shave balm that's formulated with hydrating vitamin E and without alcohol (which can irritate the skin), such as the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic After Shave Balm.
For more in the way of facial hair removal tips, read our article on The Guy's Guide to Taking Care of and Removing Facial Hair.
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