Sporting a beard has made a comeback in recent years, although they are still not half as popular as they were back in the late 1800s. But what does a beard have to do with your health?
Having a beard definitely has its health benefits. It guards your face against the sun and keeps it warm at night. It helps your skin retain moisture and reduces acne, as shaving spreads bacteria on your face. It’s a natural filter that reduces allergens and foreign particles from entering your airways.
Back in around 2015, beard got a bit of a bad rep as it was reported that they’re filthy and have more fecal particles on them than a toilet seat. Don’t worry; this was proven wrong by a study published by The Journal of Hospital Infection.
It was actually found that clean-shaven faces landed up having three times more bacteria on them than bearded faces. It was also found that a beard may contain special bacteria that can kill bad bacteria.
But this is just the tip of the ice-burg when it comes to the benefits of a beard.
Health Benefits Of Having A beard
These are some of our most highly appreciated benefits.
- A beard will protect your face against the sun. This not only prevents wrinkles and dehydration but also reduces the possibility of skin cancer.
- It also helps keep your skin hydrated as it retains moisture because the sun and air don’t get a chance to dry it out as much.
- Maintaining a beard is quicker than maintaining a clean-shaven face.
- Of course, a beard also keeps your face warmer. Your beard can keep your face 1 degree warmer in freezing conditions. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s enough to prevent frostbite in some instances.
- Having a natural filter on your face prevents bacteria that can cause gum disease. It’s not enough to get you out of brushing your teeth though.
- It reduces skin problems because shaving can lead to skin irritation and ingrown hairs.
Non-health related benefits
- In general, most people consider men with beards more attractive.
- Men with beards are seen as more dominant, masculine, and mature.
- You don’t have to spend money on razor blades.
The Cons Of Having A Beard
Although the pros outweigh the cons, there are some negative aspects to growing your beard out.
- A beard can make you look more angry and aggressive.
- During the summer, your beard will probably irritate you. The fact that it grows faster in this season doesn’t help either.
- Shaving only takes up a few minutes of your daily routine, but all those minutes add up. The average man spends around 3500 hours shaving over the course of his life.
- If you don’t clean your beard regularly, the allergens and other harmful particles that are caught in it will be spread to your mouth and nose by your hands or pillow.
How To Maintain A Healthy Beard
The first thing to keeping a beard healthy is by keeping it clean. Shampoo and condition it like you would a full head of hair. Comb it through afterwards to keep it looking neat and full. Keep in mind that beard growth rates will vary from person to person. The average growth rate is ½-inch per month.
Benefits of combing your beard
Besides making it look better in the short term, it will also train the hairs to grow in the desired direction for the long term.
You can comb beard oils and moisturizes deep into your beard as the teeth of the comb work well to distribute these types of products.
A beard that’s regularly combed is a clean, healthy beard. With your beard being a filter, there’ll always be some sort of dirt to get out. Comb it at least twice a day, morning and night.
Feed your beard with oils and other moisturizes
This will decrease itchiness and irritation by softening your skin. At the same time, you’re feeding your beard with a layer of protection. It’s even more important to use these products in the early stages of beard growth as your skin will be more susceptible to dryness and stubble irritation.
It will help prevent beard dandruff as it keeps your skin soft and smooth. Oils can also help with growing a full beard if you have problems with bald spots.
Beard oils also help to decrease bacteria and fungal infections.
It’s easier to work with your beard when it’s oiled up. You’ll be able to style it just the way you want and straighten out the hairs more, making it look longer.
Use Jojoba Oil on your beard
This is one of the best oils you can get to keep your beard growing healthy and strong. It’s a natural oil that has elements that protect against various bacterial infections. One of the main reasons why this oil is so effective is because it is very similar to the natural oils our bodies produce.
Desert Essence is a popular brand that produce natural Jojoba oil and is certified organic. Just remember, a little goes a LONG way.
Exercise and a healthy diet
Exercising will cause perspiration that will clear out your pores of dirt and toxins. Your blood circulation and oxygen intake will be boosted, which also aids hair growth.
Testosterone is directly linked to facial hair growth, and gyming increases your testosterone levels which then helps your beard grow quicker. To boost testosterone levels even higher, complement your diet with Vitamin D and Zinc.
Working out will allow your body to absorb the nutrients in foods easier.
Protein plays a big part in growing long, healthy hair. So implement foods that are packed with protein into your diet to assist your muscles with the exercise and to grow your hair out faster and stronger as well.
The following foods will give you the nutrients your beard needs for healthy growth:
- Assorted nuts
- Chicken, salmon, and tuna.
- Whole grains and other healthy carbohydrates.
- Fruits and vegetables. Especially ones that are high in B, A, C, D, and E vitamins.
Beauty sleep for your beard
Beauty sleep is a real thing, well, for your beard it is. Getting enough sleep will allow your body to perform at its best. Testosterone is released when you sleep and as we mentioned before, the more testosterone, the more hair you’ll grow on your face.
Does Shaving Increase Facial Hair?
It does not, there’s no evidence that supports this theory. The first time someone told me about this was when I was 16. “If you start shaving too early, you’ll start growing a thicker beard” I was doubtful even then.
The reason why people assume this is probably because a young man’s beard grows faster and faster every month as he goes through the final parts of his adolescents. But that’s just because he’s growing up, not because he’s shaving.
If shaving increased hair growth, I’d start shaving my bald head twice a day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
A beard can definitely be advantageous to your health as it blocks out sun rays and filters the air you breathe. A bearded face has also been proven to contain fewer bacteria on it compared to a clean-shaven face.
Just make sure to look after your beard properly by washing and combing it every day. Using beard oils will make everything a lot easier to manage, from growing to styling.
The size and thickness of your beard are linked more to your genes than anything else. If you have a thin, patchy beard, the advice given in this article could help you to get it a bit fuller.