My first Science Saturday post, and my, oh my, what a coincidence that it falls on World Beard Day, quelle surprise!
What isn't a surprise is that I've written about beards before (shameless link incoming) for my campus newspaper, investigating the potential for beards to be factories of antibiotic resistance. With beards being so de riguer, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that we could find other beneficial properties of beards. Here's a list of what we know so far:
- Bearded men are cooler. Hairs so close to the skin cause sweat to wick away from the body, meaning causes a nice cooling sensation, as any bearded man will testify
- Beards help protect against UV radiation from the sun. This study demonstrated that irradiation was reduced to approximately one-third, as compared to non-bearded individuals
- Beards can help filter out pollen and other pollutants, so they may help with asthma and hayfever, according the American Lung Association. Though to be most effective, men should wash their beards frequently to prevent a build up of allergens
- Let's say that the average man shaves their face everyday for five minutes, that's half an hour a week, or just under 2.5 hours per week. Think of what you could do with that extra time? Needless to say, you won't be writing the next bestseller, or composing a rousing nocturne in that time, but who doesn't want that extra five minutes in bed?
- Shaving costs. A pack of four razor blades costs over £10. Let's assume that you change the blades every week, so that equates £2.50 per week on razors alone, not including shaving foams and aftershave. Obviously, you need to keep your beard tidy, so you'll still be buying razors, but only occasionally. It's also fairly safe to assume that you'll be spending money on myriad different beard products. Swings and roundabouts.
What are you waiting for, get growing!
Are you a beard fan? Do you have a beard? Would you like to grow a beard? Drop me a question, or any comments below!