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What?? That hipster beard of yours that your partner hates can actually be excused on the account of health? Yes! It turns out beards can do more than make you look masculine. Here are 5 ways beards make you healthier:
1. Sun Protection: Although this depends on the fullness and thickness of your beard, research from University of Southern Queensland shows that beards can block up to 95% of UV rays! Now, you should still apply sunscreen all over your face, but this can decrease the signs of aging (wrinkles, sun spots, etc.) on the bottom half of your face. From your nose down, you’ll have glowing skin well into your 60s!
2. Asthma and Allergy Filter: Facial hair can act as a filter (especially a mustache), for men who have asthma or allergies. Compounds that trigger allergic reactions (dust, pollen, other allergens) get trapped in the hair and don’t make it to your respiratory tract. That means your immune system doesn’t get activated, which means the allergic response doesn’t happen. Try a beard in the spring when allergies tend to be at their worst.
3. Blemish-free Skin:Shaving, particularly for men who have sensitive skin, can cause irritation, ingrown hairs and folliculitis - all of which can cause blemishes and scars to appear on the skin. Improper shaving techniques (not using enough shaving cream, shaving against the grain for men who have curly hair, etc.) can also increase the risk of blemishes. Not shaving (a.k.a. having a beard), will naturally reduce the likelihood of irritation, ingrown hairs and folliculitis from occurring.
4. Retain More Moisture:One thing hair does (no matter where on the body its on) is trap moisture. Our sebaceous glands in the skin, produce oil (sebum) which keeps our skin healthy and smooth. Body hair helps keep this oil in the skin where it belongs!
5. Reduce Skin Cancer Risk:Skin cancer’s MAIN cause is sun damage. This is why 4 out of 5 cases of basal cell carcinomas in men (the most common type of skin cancer) occur on the face, head, or neck. As discussed before, a thick beard can reduce UV damage to the skin, which means it can also reduce the risk of skin cancer in the area covered by hair.
So there you go. Now you can wear your beard as a fashion statement, and a health cause. =)