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7 Scientifically-Backed Reasons Why You Should Grow A Beard

7 Scientifically-Backed Reasons Why You Should Grow A Beard
You might think of your beard as a natural style accessory, but research suggests there’s more to it than just aesthetics. From boosting your confidence to protecting your skin from the sun, here are a few surprising science-backed benefits of growing a beard. It's a biological billboard, a social magnet, and even a potential shield against environmental aggressors. Also, if you already have a beard these will work as mighty motivators to keep it well and maintained. So, gents, let your inner lumberjack run wild, because science says beards are the ultimate pro-move. Let’s jump straight into this:      


Beard Enhances Your Manly Charm
Bros… forget dating app bios. Science has the hottest tip: grow a beard. A 2013 study found that well-groomed and maintained beards are like magic magnets for women. Women rated men with beards as more mature, healthier and dominant (in a good way).  But that’s not all, there’s more. Another study says beards strongly yell "super sweet and reliable" vibes. So basically, you're Prince Charming with a well-groomed stubble. This could be a strong reason for you to let yours grow out.      


Beard Protects Your Skin From Sun
Yes, there is some truth to this as beards can help protect the skin from harmful UV rays, But realistically, it is not a replacement for SPF. With a beard on your face there is a degree of protection that may depend on your hair density and thickness. There is some protection because hair works as a reflective medium. The scattering of light helps protect your skin against sun damage. So, if you spend a lot of time outdoors, a beard can help keep you safe, to an extent, from the harmful effects of sun.      


Reduced Skin Irritation
If you have a beard covering your face, it acts like a natural barrier against external aggressors like pollution, toxins and dirt. It can physically prevent these elements from coming in direct contact with your skin and cause any irritation. Additionally, the hair follicles in your beard can trap dirt, oil and debris, hence not allowing them to reach to the surface of your skin and helping you keep your skin clean and healthy. This can be extremely beneficial for guys who have sensitive skin and are prone to developing acne. But the fine print is to always keep your beard clean and maintained, otherwise you may develop a whole new list of conditions that can irritate your skin. 


We all know that our skin produces sebum which makes sure you have an adequate level of moisture on your skin. Basically sebum, the natural oils, when at a balanced level, keeps your skin moisturised. Add a beard on the surface and you’re all set to prevent your skin from drying out these natural oils from your face. Not to mention that it also keeps cold air away, further saving your skin from drying out.


Beards Keep You Warm In Winters
Winters can get really harsh on the skin sometimes. Having a long and thick beard can work as a protective layer for your chin, jaw and neckline, thus keeping you warmer during the colder months. The thicker and fuller your beard gets, the better it will insulate your face during these times. That’s why you see so many people – even those who otherwise like to shave – start growing a mane in the colder months.       


Beards Keep It Clean
Hard to believe, right? But it’s true, with a whole lot of science behind it. According to Carol Walker, a hair medical expert and owner of Birmingham Trichology Centre, if you have a thick growth around your moustache and nasal area it may stop or filter allergens going up the nose and being inhaled by the lungs. Actually, the hair inside your nostrils also serve the same purpose, but a bushy moustache can add another layer to this protection.


Beard Invites Brotherhood
Bro, beards aren’t just any hair on your body, rather they are a badge of belonging to a unique community. Studies suggest that bearded men feel a sense of community and shared identity at some level. Whether you're sporting a neatly trimmed goatee or a wild Viking braid, your beard connects you to a global network of brothers in beards. Just like the gym community that supports each other no matter how heavy or light you lift. If you lift, you’re already a BRO to them.

Take Your Beard To The Next Level

Assuming that showering, washing and moisturising is a mundane task for you (which you should perform on a daily basis, nevertheless), you need to add beard grooming to your daily ritual. If you’re really serious about growing your beard you’ll need to own and get some beard essentials.
Beard Oil: It has a blend of carrier oils and essential nutrients that keep your beard hair moisturised while boosting its insulating abilities. Beyond the insulation properties, a Beard Oil soothes itchy, dry skin, and tames unruly strands of hair. Apply a few drops daily to the tips all the way to the roots.
Beard Balm: Now who doesn’t love softer and manageable beard hair. So if you have a rough and scruffy beard make sure to pamper your beard with the nourishment of Beard Balm once everyday.
Beard Brush: A beard brush is a grooming tool that helps detangle, and style your beard, to keep your facial hair looking neat and well-maintained. Additionally, it also ensures that your beard products are evenly distributed across your beard.
Beard Comb:  A beard comb has evenly spaced teeth or prongs that smoothly glide through your beard hair, untangling all the knots and taming your beard into a well-maintained shape. It is also a great tool to also gently massage the skin underneath and promote better blood flow to the follicles.


Your beard is a statement of confidence, a conversation starter, and a badge of belonging. And just like a clean shaven look, it has its own charm. But the additional benefits that you get by growing a beard can reap super awesome results. So, go ahead, grow some beard!
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