It’s about that time in November when the newly moustachioed among us start losing their resolves. The eternal lip tickle of the last two weeks has finally scratched beyond the hard outer shell. The brave look on those quasi-furry faces is beginning to falter, and are being replaced by a sad forlorn look of longing for a clean upper lip. If you’re one of the near fallen soldiers of the bushy face, before you reach for that razor, consider these reasons to hold on to your mo’ this Movember.

5.              Less Shaving

It takes seconds to shave your cheeks. Your upper lip, however, provides some complexity. It’s a wobbly bit of skin covering your teeth that is prone to a nick or two every once in a while. At the very least, it warrants some extra shaving time to get it perfectly smooth and nick-free. Save time by skipping this bit and spend the time thinking about how majestic your lip looks.

4.              Protect Your Skin

What’s better than sunscreen? A moustache, that’s what. Facial hair works wonders in keeping those nasty UV rays off your delicate under nose area. Also, it’s like a sweatband for your mouth, so no salty summer sweat slurping for you this year.

3.              Stand Out

What’s a better conversation starter than “excuse me, sir, there’s something on your lip… Oh no, wait, my mistake. It’s just your majestic moustache, mister”? It’s the perfect setup regardless of environment. Tense job interview? Tension eased. Uncomfortably quiet dinner party? Comfort levels normalised.

2.              Magnum PI

We’re a generation of men brought up to idolise the most magnificently moustachioed men of the last century. Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, Salvador Dali. This list is endless. And there are contenders to the throne. Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Nick Offerman are all known to sport lip warmers with glee.

1.              It’s for a good cause

In their own words, “The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising R5.7 billion and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity”. Growing your mo’ this Movember, and getting sponsors to donate on your behalf, contributes toward the much needed charitable efforts of this organisation.

If this hasn’t convinced you to keep your ‘stache, consider donating directly to the fund by going here. Otherwise, go forth into this harsh world with the best shield against all the evils – your magnificent moustache.

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