Health Benefits of Growing a Beard

Beards aren’t just for looks! Turns out that your beard does more than look good (and catch crumbs). Sporting a beard can actually offer health benefits. 

1. Look younger longer

Some people claim that a beard will make you look older, but the hair actually helps protect your skin from the sun, reducing blemishes and wrinkles. With less sun exposure, you can look younger looking for longer. Research has also shown that facial hair blocks up to 95 percent of UV rays from the sun! This reduces your chance of developing skin cancer from exposure to UV rays. The thicker the beard, the more protection. 

2. Reduces asthma and allergy symptoms

Men with asthma, or pollen or dust allergies can benefit from having a beard because (much like nasal hair) it helps filter allergens from the air around you. Your beard can help catch dirt, dust and allergens, keeping them from your nose and skin. Make sure to clean your beard regularly to remove these particles. 

3. Helps protect you from illness

More beard means more insulation! Growing a beard during the winter can keep you warm and help prevent colds. 

4. Reduces infections

Shaving regularly can present opportunities to a host of skin-related issues – blemishes, ingrown hairs, cuts, and nicks. All of these issues leave your skin open to bacteria and could lead to infections. Your beard adds an extra layer of protection, leaving your skin clear, healthy, and blemish-free. 

5. Natural moisture

Your skin secretes natural oils that keep it moisturized. When you shave, that layer of moisture gets removed. Beards allow the natural moisture of your skin to stay intact. They also keep the wind and cold air out, helping your skin battle dryness. Facial hair can help protect your skin and keep it moisturized. 


If you're thinking of switching it up and trying out the bearded lifestyle, you can enjoy all of these benefits. 


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