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Science Proves Beards Keep Men Healthier

bearded man with beard (science proves beards help maintain healthier skin)

That thick, rugged, beard can do a lot more than just make you handsome. It can keep protect and keep you healthier.

Sure, beards might attract a lot of dirt and food, and sometimes become too fuzzy and messy. But all that aside, there’s a healthier benefit to having a beard which might just be worth it.

Aside from making you appear manlier and more “macho”, a beard can help protect your skin from the sun and other natural dangers.

In 2012, researchers from the University of Southern Queensland conducted an experiment using both bearded and non-bearded mannequins to discover this.

The mannequins were left under the hot sun of the Australian outback to collect as much UV rays as possible.

When the amounts of radiation absorbed by the bearded and non-bearded dolls were compare, it was found that the beards prevented 90 to 90 percent of the harmful rays of reaching the faces.

Besides keeping your skin safe from burns, beards could evidently help slow down aging and protect against the risks of developing skin cancer.

Also, with spring coming up, there’s a lot of dust and pollen in the air for your beards to collect. This can be a practical way of protection for people who suffer from asthma or hay fever.

And last but not least, facial fur can help retain moisture and keeps out the wind, leaving your facial skin moist and fresh.

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