5 Surprising Reasons To Grow A Beard This Winter

If you have male friends of a certain age (or participate in even one form of social media) it’s likely that you’ve heard of “Movember.” Using a very short form of “moustache” squeezed up against the month of November, this word is an annual event during which men grow their most magnificent mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues. 

The global event has since spawned ”No Shave November” during which all forms of male facial hair is allowed to grow free as an act of solidarity with those who—thanks to cancer and its accompanying chemotherapy—lose theirs. Money normally spent on male grooming supplies during this time is donated to relevant charities.

Although growing a beard or mustache might seem like a weird way to raise awareness of men’s health issues, it’s actually quite appropriate.

Let’s take a look some of the positive ways simply letting the beard grow wild and free can have a positive impact on a man’s health!

1. A Beard Blocks UV Rays

Wait, little tiny facial hairs can double as sunscreen? Yes, according to extensive scientific research. When thick and full, beards are capable of blocking out 95 percent of the sun’s UV rays, helping to prevent painful facial sunburns as well as decreasing skin cancer risk.

2. A Beard Filters Microscopic Allergens

Many of the microscopic allergens that leave the rest of us sneezing and sniffling (especially in the spring and fall) are filtered out when you’ve got a mustache growing right underneath the nose! The same thing goes for a beard and your mouth. “With a beard, that filtering protection is taken to a whole new level. In fact, a beard will help keep those same allergens and airborne bacteria out of your mouth, which will lead to overall better health. When you combine a beard with a moustache [sic], you get twofold protection that a clear-faced male cannot get,” explains LifeHack.org.

3. A Beard Helps Keep Skin Moisturized

All skin secretes oils. When we wash, we strip these oils away. But when for beard-wearing men, more of these moisturizing oils will stay put because facial hairs make it harder for them to be dried by the wind and sun.

4. A Beard Wards Off Throat Diseases

Hate sore throats? Better grow a beard. In the 1875 book Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Its Pathology, Nature, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Prognosis, Causes, Hygiene, and Medical Treatment, Dr. Addison P. Dutcher noted:

There cannot be the least doubt that the beard, and the hairs that grow in the nostrils, were designed by nature to guard the lungs from the invasion of these deleterious particles. Such being the use of the beard, individuals engaged in employments where the air is constantly filled with particles of fine dust should never shave. I have come to this conclusion from a careful observation of the effect of wearing the beard and of shaving upon the air passages and lungs. And I could, if space allowed, record many cases of throat and lung-diseases that have been permanently cured by wearing a beard.

5. A Beard Prevents Skin Damage From Shaving

Did you know that the age-old act of shaving is the reason that some men have been fighting acne ever since their teens? According to ThoughtCatalog.com, shaving your face—especially with dull razors or irritating, chemical shaving products—helps to spread the bacteria that causes acne to new pores on your face.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jennifer F.
Jennifer Fabout a year ago

I love my husband with a beard but since it is now mostly gray he won't let it grow...mustache is always there though!

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Janet B.
Janet Babout a year ago

Thanks

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Jonathon R.
Jonathon R1 years ago

Comprehensive post has been shared!
Along with the above mentioned benefits, the beard is also beneficial for reducing the chances of bacterial infection & Asthma. My friend has also decided to grow his beard first time and for that he is using this cream for Beard for maintaining his healthy facial hair.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tanya W.
Tanya W1 years ago

Santa is the only one who look good with a beard

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Tanya W.
Tanya W1 years ago

I find them creepy

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Marc P.
Marc P1 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

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