When out in public, take a 180 degree look around yourself and you definitely find a handful of men seem to be straight from stone age days. Thanks to the latest obsession of men with facial hair, beard and mustaches are having a gala time all over the country- be it Bollywood celebs (read Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor), star cricketers, or just our boy next door.
Men’s love for beard may or may not go down very well every time with women folk. However, all you men out there now have a good excuse for ditching your shaver since a recent study has now proven that the grizzly beard has a lot of health benefits.
After an extensive study, researchers from the University of Queensland has come to a conclusion that bearded men get a built-in protection from 90-95% of harmful UV rays from the sun. The lower exposure to UV also implies that beard somewhere helps in delaying the aging process by keeping the protected skin youthful and wrinkle-free. Thicker the better.
“While beards will never be as sun-safe as sunscreen, they certainly are a factor in blocking UV rays,” Huffington Post quoted the study’s lead author Alfio Parisi as saying.
The trend of beard has been here for a while now and does not seem to fade away anytime sooner. In fact, another study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection claimed that clean-shaven men are more likely to carry infection-causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics on their cheeks when compared to bearded men.
It has also been proven scientifically (yes, scientifically!) that women are more attracted to, and more likely to develop a long or short-term relationship with men with light beards or stubble than a clean shaven one. Also, women find men with full beards more aggressive and mature.
No wonder, actress Anushka Sharma reportedly warned her rumored beau cricketer Virat Kohli for not shaving off his beard to which the sport star has adorably obliged as well. So guys, don’t break the beard yet. Go flaunt it.