Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Beards Keep You Young, Healthy And Handsome

2002 Sprint World Champion Sean Eadie
Have you thrown away your razor yet? Here's why you may wanna consider tossing your razor in the trash can and how beards can be useful other than in the looks department (as some women like men with beards).

Researchers have found that men with beards and moustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits. In a study from Queensland Australia, researchers found that beards block 90-95 per cent of UV rays, thereby slowing the ageing process and reducing your risk of skin cancer. Better still if you have asthma. Pollen and dust will get caught in that bunch of facial hair of yours, lessening your chance of an attack.

Moisture is also retained by the hair keeping you young and fresh faced (probably less in Singapore since it's already so humid, but definitely in Australia).

Down side of course is that beards can spread infection if you don't look after it and it can make eating some meals real messy.
Sean Eadie with his gold medal

Paris AV, Turnbull DJ and Smith D. (2012). Dosimetric Investigation of the Solar Erythemal UV radiation Protection Provided By Berads and Moustaches. Radia Prot Dosimetry. 150 (3): p 278-282. doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncr418

*Picture from by Rochelle Gilmore

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