A Hairy Issue

So, I know you’re wondering, what’s with the mustache? And with Halloween right around the corner, where is the rest of my costume?

Well there isn’t any, because I’m donning this ‘stache for a good cause. After October comes Movember–that’s “M” as in mustache. This year, nearly a million folks across the globe will celebrate facial freedom and raise awareness for men’s health by putting away their razors throughout the 11th month of the year.

Mo Bros and Mo Sistas are uniting yet again to champion medical issues so often neglected by guys themselves, in their eternal quest to appear tough and manly. It’s an effort to change men’s habits and attitudes about the risks they face, educate them and convince them to act on that knowledge, increasing the chance of detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. Last year, these whiskered warriors raised over $126 million, but there is still much work left to bring men’s health concerns to the level of awareness paid to those of women.

Unpleasant as I find it to lather up, grab a pink razor and attack my stubbly legs, the idea of running some rusty old twin-blade over my face and neck five times a week gives me goose bumps, which are at least better than razor bumps. You deserve time off from scraping away that first layer of skin, fellas, and this is just the occasion.

Though my husband is a longtime mustache wearer, and now looks freaky without one, I know another guy in my house who might appreciate the chance to expedite his morning routine for a few weeks. My 17-year-old son, with pale Irish skin and dark brown hair typically has a lot of pruning to do, and I love the idea of him having a daily reminder to take care of himself right under his nose.

So dump the razor next month, guys, encourage your buddies to do the same, and let’s see your ‘stache.

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Susan Kane is former editor in chief of SUCCESS. She relocated from New York City, where she was editor of publications such as Parenting and New Woman.

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