Although there are those out there that claim beards have had there day and that they simply aren’t cool anymore, the beard is going strong and still remains popular with British men. Not only have beards been scientifically proven to make men more attractive to women, but research has also revealed that big beards boast a big health benefit too.
That’s right according to a study conducted by The University of Queensland beards can also help protect you from 90-95% of harmful UV rays! That’s a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 21. Whereas this is great news, this doesn’t mean that you can stop putting sun block on your face.
The lead professor on the study says, ‘While beards will never be as sun-safe as sunscreen, they certainly are a factor in blocking UV rays’. As many of you health conscious men will know, UV rays can be particularly harmful when it comes to ageing, accelerating the process for the skin. The lower exposure to UV that your face experiences beneath the beard will actually delay the ageing process keeping the protected skin youthful and wrinkle-free! Therefore bearded men are also less likely to contract skin cancer. We should all just have beards and be done with it!
The same reasoning applies to the top of your head as well chaps, so if you have a nice thick lot of hair on your head you are much less likely to get skin cancer on the scalp until the loss of all your hair.
However, as highlighted with the previous point on the hair on your head, it is not just the presence of the hair that keeps you safe from harm but the thickness of it. According to dermatologist Dr Anil, ‘There needs to be more studies but the curent evidence does suggest that facial hair can protect against sun damage… (the amount of) UV protection depends on the thickness and density of the beard’.
This particular study is quite fascinating. They used a number of mannequins and left them out in the hot sun. Some had full beards, others had partial beards and some had no facial hair. The scientists conducting the test rotated the heads to ensure each mannequin was exposed to an equal amount of sunlight, at the end of the test they measured the radiation levels that had been absorbed by each one to find that those without beards had absorbed far more harmful UV rays than those who did have beards. Amazing. We really do love our beards here but this has taken our love to a whole new level!