Interestingly, scientists have recently found that beards make men happier and healthier!
According to a research done by the University of Southern Queensland and published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry Journal, beards are capable of blocking 90 to 90 percent of the Sun`s UV rays, which can slow down the aging process and lower the risk of developing skin cancer.
In addition, those struggling with asthma attacks can also benefit from growing a beard. It was found that pollen and dust tend to stuck in the facial hair, reducing the symptoms or the attacks.
Beards are also capable of retaining high levels of moisture and protecting against windburn. As an added bonus, you get less bacterial infections and ingrown hairs since you don’t have to shave.
In a study done about beards exposed to non-bearded mannequins and bearded mannequins to the Australian sun, researchers compared the amount of radiation each type absorbed.
Furthermore, a study done by the Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society suggested that specific types of beard have a significant influence on how other people perceive the individuals with a beard. So, based on your preferences, you might want to grow thick stubble or a yeard.
So, what type of beard reflects your lifestyle the best? This depends on the qualities you want to be associated with:
Most Attractive: Female participants in various studies that have analyzed facial hair have found heavy stubble to be the most attractive look. Interestingly, men also enjoyed the look of a full beard or heavy stubble.
Healthiest: Both genders indicated that men with a full beard appear to be healthier compared to those without any beard.
Best Parenting Skill: Yet another category that both women and men ascribed to men with a full beard.
Masculinity: The perception of masculinity increases as the amount of facial hair does. So, cultivating a full beard is a good idea for those who want to be seen as highly masculine individuals.
Men with light amount of stubble and those who are clean-shaven were rated as the least attractive by both men and women.
Note: It is crucial to note that beards can spread infection unless properly cared for. Also, they can make eating certain food more difficult as some types of foods end up on the beard. But, the positive reasons for growing one undoubtedly outweigh the negative ones.
So, try growing a beard and start stocking up on some beard oil and wash. Ask your friends and family members to do the same. It is great for helping men protect themselves from wind and sun, and it also contributes to less respiratory allergy and asthma.