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Mr Monde 31 October 2022

Gear Up for Movember

Get ready for Movember - a month for men’s health.

Movember is an annual charity event born in Australia to start more conversations about men’s health. The program has been addressing men's health crises and funding many projects about prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental wellness. To support this great cause, many globally have participated in “Move for Movember” - 60 km running and, the better known- growing a moustache. This year, team Monde has curated a guide filled with tools to equip us to excel this Movember.

Words By Thuy Nguyen

Wellness Book

We can’t join the movement without understanding what it is for, so we’ve picked out some useful resources to help you explore the wellness space. Our recommendations cover topics spanning men’s grooming, cancer, diet and mental health.

Your emotional and spiritual life is important, but it is not talked about enough. Every hour, 60 men lose their lives as the consequence of mental health issues not being dealt with in a caring way. Reflect and untangle your feelings with Man Down by Matt Rudd. It is a funny, sensible and vulnerable depiction of real life.

Sure you’ve heard the phrase “You are what you eat”, food is an important contributor to one’s health. Prostate cancer and testicular cancer are usually caused by risks that are out of our control like age or family history. But being mindful of what you are inviting in your body to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle is never redundant when it comes to self-care. In Man Food, award-winning nutritionist Ian Marber talks about ways to reduce risks of cancers and other diseases through your food.

In light of Movember’s prostate cancer plan of attack, let’s learn about how to support someone with the disease with ‘Prostate Cancer and The Man You Love’ by Anne Katz.

Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love, was $69.99 now $55.75, Booktopia

Running Gear

“Move for Movember” is a fundraising activity of Movember, where anyone can join in to run 60 km over the month. 60 km for 60 men losing their lives to mental issues each hour. It’s simple for a great cause. So gear yourself up to take on this 60 km challenge for men’s mental wellness.

It doesn’t matter how you choose to “move”, hit the gym for some treadmill sessions or go outside, take it slow or speed through the 60 km, protecting your body from injuries and making yourself comfortable are top priorities. LP Support knee support will be your best buddy having the diamond-shaped grid for a strong hold, bilateral stays for joint support, pads to relieve pressure and velcro-fastened closure for extra stability. It’s an ‘all you need’ beautifully built in one.

Whether it’s running or a simple workout, don’t we want a personal assistant tracking our progress and monitoring our health? Polar sensor will help your track your heart rate while you work out. Casually rest on your arms while you move around and report your progress. Fitbit is another option with 3-in-1 functionality, monitoring your fitness, stress and sleep.

Polar Verity Sense Heart Rate Sensor Grey, $129, The Iconic

Moustache Trimmer and Comb

Did you know Movember started with a conversation about bringing the moustache back as a trend? After Travis Garone and Luke Slattery saw that this trend got supported by 30 of their friends, they took it to another level by using it to fundraise for men’s health campaigns. This month, join the 30 OG in style.

The ingredients for today’s perfect moustache are patience and trimmers. Before you can trim it to your style, the hair needs some time to grow into a reasonable portion, so you can have space to trim it down. Once it starts to grow, a trimmer is your lifesaver to go through that early awkward stage and to keep your look neat.

Philips offers a range of beard and hair trimmers, the 5000 for example, has different adjustable lengths and can help you trim evenly from multiple angles. We also recommend you look at Panasonic or Silver Bullets, there are many brands for you to choose from to find your best fit.

And if you’re planning to go for long styles like a standard or beardstache, prepare yourself with a comb and some styling wax.

Philips Series 5000 Beard & Hair Trimmer Brushed Chrome BT5522/15, $149, Myer

Moustache Maintenance Care

Now that you have your moustache or beard trimmed and styled perfectly, it’s important to take care of it as you would take care of your hair. To maintain the beauty of it, you need to keep your ‘stache clean and hydrated.

Deep clean your beard or moustache with Australian Natural Soap Company’s beard soap. It is handcrafted with natural oils, like olive, coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed etc. The natural oil keeps the hair clean and soft, while the citrusy from orange and lemongrass makes it smell amazing.

Also check out Murdock London’s duo conditioner and moisturiser. The conditioner helps to soften and detangle the beard while also giving it extra strength and shine. Touch up with the moisturiser with its light cream texture to hydrate your facial hair and skin underneath.

For those with long and thick moustaches, beard oil is the way to go. It will do the hard work with its deep penetration, which moisturiser can’t do. With just a few drops every morning you’re guaranteed a gorgeously styled and deeply moisturised moustache for then entire day.

And don’t forget to capture your Mo moment for Movember men’s mental health awareness.

Murdock London Beard Moisturiser 150ml, $55, ASOS