The 8 most important rules of movember, explained

When November rolls around, though, a lone mustache takes on a whole new meaning.

As Movember begins, the mustache begins to represent advocacy, conversation, and contributing to the benefit of your fellow man.

Here's how you can be a part of the movement in eight simple steps.

November. It's a new start, a new chapter. Time to start fresh. And the very best place to begin is with a bald face, including your upper lip.

Maybe you hate your face without hair or you're just not sure which style to go for. Either way, do some research, check out iconic 'stache styles, and focus on growing the goal.

Part of that goal is signing up on Movember.com. You'll learn more about their different causes, can get involved even if you're not growing whiskers of your own, and be able to set up donations.

To live your best life with your best mustache, you're going to need some handy productson your side.

You'll have to choose razor, which will help carve your facial hair and get rid of any unwanted hairs.

And because you're shaving, you're going to need a post-shave tonic or gel. This will help cool down and soothe any pesky irritation or redness.

Scraggly, scratchy hairs? Grab a beard oil and massage a couple tiny drops into your hair. It will soften and condition the follicles.

This is the most integral step. Though it might be awkward to see yourself with demi-hairs wispily springing below your nose, it's necessary.

Eventually, the whole growth process will sort itself out and you'll hit your 'stache stride.

The whole point of Movember is to use your mustache for advocacy and discussion, not your beard.

Your mustache should be the star of the show and all other facial hair should be kept to a minimum, thanks to your razor and some product.

Movember might be a fun way to flex your hair-growing skills, but it's for a purpose.

The Movember Foundation is leading the way in championing men's health everywhere, including fighting against testicular cancer, depression, and suicide. By 2030, the Movember Foundation hopes their efforts will reduce the number of premature deaths in men by 25 percent.

Come on. Don't do it. You've made it this far. Why turn back now?

Instead of shaving, focus on making your mustache the very best of all. And once you can't do that, you could go for a run, lift some weights, or learn more about the story behind the Movember Foundation.

Thanks to the new look, you're bound to get a few compliments – and probably some confused questions from friends or family. That's ok. It gives you the opportunity to share exactly why Movember is an important time of year.

Your mustache will give you the platform to give people the facts behind illnesses like depression, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.

Once you've let your mustache grow, acted as an advocate for the health of men, and made it through the month, it's your decision how to move froward.

Whether or not to shave is up to you. Remaining dedicated to the cause, though, can last all year long.

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