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Hairy little secrets

2014-11-17 09:30

In case you’re wondering why there are more moustaches than usual staring back at you, it’s the month of Movember when the facial hair campaign to create awareness around men’s health kicks into gear. Even if you’re already familiar with the charity movement along with the obligatory crumb catchers, mouth brows, upper lipholstery, lip foliage and bro-merangs, we can bet you didn’t know these 4 things about moustaches.

1. The average man touches his moustache over 700 times a day.

TIP Cleanse your face. Not only do you need to wash away dirt, oil and food that get trapped in your facial hair, cleansing also dampens your moustache and makes it easier to cut and style. NIVEA Men Sensitive Face Wash is soap free, has 0% alcohol and won’t irritate or dry out your skin.

2. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Ram Singh Chauhan of India has the longest moustache in the world, which measures over 4 metres. Even though a lot of women aren’t huge fans of facial hair, let alone of that length, Movember has made moustaches popular again. Last year the campaign raised R1.3 billion globally and R8.1 million in South Africa.

TIP Keep your better half happy by conditioning your facial hair. After cleansing with NIVEA Men Sensitive Face Wash, use a conditioner every few days. Both will soften your facial hair. Moustache hair is coarser than hair on the rest of your body and needs extra care.

3. There are between 10 000 and 20 000 hairs on a man's face and the average beard grows faster but has the same number of hairs as a woman’s legs and underarms combined.

TIP Trim your hair with a beard trimmer to help you sculpt and style your moustache. You don’t want stray hairs hanging over your lip. Trimming your hair also helps prevent razor burn and bumps as shaving long hair pulls on hair follicles and causes irritation. A shaving gel also helps to give you a close and comfortable shave where you need it. NIVEA Men Sensitive Shaving Gel protects skin against nicks and irritation.

4. US Presidents tend to be clean-shaven. No president since Woodrow Wilson who took office in 1913 has bared a moustache. Today, 90 percent of men around the world shave once a day. That means 20 000 shaves and 5 months in front of the mirror spent in an average lifetime. That’s a lot of shaving.

TIP Soothe your skin. Use an after-shave product to provide relief from irritation or burning. NIVEA Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm and Sensitive After Shave Splash both calm and soothe irritated skin.

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