If you’re planning to take part in Movember—a charity that challenges men to grow a mustache for 30 days to help raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research—there are a few things you’ll need to do before growing and grooming your new mo, especially if it’s your first time growing a ‘stache. Put these steps into practice in October so your Movember face looks classy and clean, instead of like a teenage facial-hair-growing experiment gone wrong.
1) Clear up acne
You thought you were done with zits in your teenage years, but unfortunately adult acne can pop up whenever your pores are clogged, so it’s not uncommon to break out during your 20s, 30s, and even 40s. Because ingrown hairs tend to clog pores, shaving also makes guys more pimple-prone. Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains glycolic acid to get rid of poor-clogging dirt and bacteria.
Once or twice a week, use an exfoliating wash to slough away the outer layer of dead skin cells. Look for “micro beads” on the label as they’re the ingredient that does the digging. Exfoliating lets extra oil escape instead of clogging your pores, preventing future breakouts.
3) Figure out the mo you’re gonna grow
Whether you want to grow a full-on Magnum or a simple after-eight, do some research on the lady ticklers you admire most, but be honest about what will actually look good on your face—and the amount of work you’re willing to put into it. The artist-style mo will call for daily waxing, whereas the pencil requires a daily trimming technique. And don’t forget that it’s all about the ‘stache, so you’re going to have to shave the rest of your face daily.
4) Gather the right grooming products and tools
Once you’ve figured out the lower brow that’ll take residence over your lips this Movember, assess your medicine cabinet to see if you have all the necessary shaving and grooming tools. Stock up on mustache razors, mustaches scissors, shave cream, trimmers, wax, and aftershave lotion.
5) Brighten your smile
Nothing complements a mo like a nice pair of pearly whites beneath it. Pick up a teeth-whitening kit this month so your winning smile is ready for its debut next month. Whether you’ve got two hours before your date tonight, or 30 days until before you’ll be blindingly white, consider gel-filled applicators, whitening strips, whitening rinses, and whitening toothpastes with surface stain removers. These tools will help you get that smile that’ll stop her in her tracks—or help her ignore the ‘stache if your Movember experiment isn’t going as well as you’d hoped.