Cool, crisp days. Ever darkening evenings of fog and frost. Ah yes, we’re into Movember alright.
I haven’t lost me marbles altogether – the month’s been rechristened by the Movember Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Australia which encourages the sponsored growing of mustaches during November to increase awareness of men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, around the globe. In Ireland, the Movember Foundation partner with the Irish Cancer Society and funds raised here are donated directly to the charity. Any men who fancy channeling their inner Tom Selleck should click here for more details and to register.
Now Willie, Marty and my da (not pictured) are all people who wear the tache just as well as Tom, but I think we’d be in fairly unanimous agreement that this is something that is best left to the blokes. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t seem to have copped that quite yet, the silly wagon, meaning that some laydees – particularly those with darker hair like Florence above - will find that they too need to tend to their upper lip zone. I’m in the ranks of that elite group, having taken a razor to the area on several occassions when I was aged nearly-old-enough-to-know-better.
There are a number of ways to tackle a lady ronnie: provided you’re not too sallow- or dark-skinned or have very thick hairs, bleaching is probably the cheapest, easiest and most pain-free option. You’ll find bleach for facial hair skulking around the shelf with the home wax kits and depilatory creams in your local chemist or supermarket, and some manufacturers like Jolen do a version for sensitive skins. The other course of action for home treatment is waxing: you can buy packets of short, skinny, pre-loaded wax strips specifically for home facial waxing. Great fun! You can opt to have that waxing done by a pro for about €10-15, or have the area threaded for about €15-18. And if you really want shot of that pesky lip warmer on a more permanent basis, you could always look into having it lasered (prices vary, but expect to pay in or around €500 for the full course of treatments to get rid.)
So oodles of options there - whatever you do, just don’t make my mistake of deciding to shave!