A study by researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal) has discovered that there are some real health benefits in growing a beard.
Apparently having a beard blocks between 90 and 95% of UV rays, which slows the aging process and reduces the risk of developing skin cancer.
Researchers proved their theories by (get this!) leaving mannequins in the Aussie desert – some with beards, others without – to see which ones would absorb the most radiation. And guess which ones didn’t absorb as much radiation? Yup, the bearded ones.
Not only that, but beards also catch pollen and dust, acting like armour for people who suffer from hayfever or asthma. And, if that wasn’t enough, beards have been found to retain moisture and protect you against the wind, ‘keeping you looking young and fresh-faced at all times’.
If that doesn’t make you want to grow your own face blanket, perhaps this will: shaving is usually the cause of ingrown hairs and bacterial infections that lead to acne. Ugh. Time to throw that razor in the trash!
Via The Lad Bible