Ask any man with a beard…there’s nothing more awesome, more manly than having a face full of hair. There are a lot of benefits of growing a beard and keeping it well maintained and groomed. Everything from health benefits, others’ perceptions of you, your perception of yourself, to saving a few minutes of your time every day. Beards are awesome. If you’re sporting one, you know what I’m talking about. If your face is a barren, hairless void, please read on and see if the benefits of growing a beard will convince you to toss out the razor and let your real man out!
Express Yourself With A Beard
Simply put, beards are another outlet, a very manly one, in which one can express himself. Much in the same way that one expresses their personality through hair style and fashion sense (or lack of one). A quick Google search for beard styles should convince you of the numerous ways in which one can grow and style a beard. From a goatee, to side burns, to stubble, to a full on glorious face covering beard.
And its not the beard…its the mustache as well. For a fancy and flashy look, curl the ends of your beard. Keep it trim and short. Let that sucker grow and give your lips a place to hide.
With so many styles to choose from you’ll certainly be able to find a style that suits your tastes, your particular beard, and that’ll leave you feeling more manly than you ever have.
Still not sure on a style, just grow the whole thing out. You can always come back later and trim it to fit a particular style.
The Perception of Bearded Men
Beards say something about the guy growing it. There have been a lot of studies on how others perceive men with beards. At the top of the list are qualities such as maturity, attractiveness, and more masculine. For me, I started growing a beard to hide my baby face. I’m sure you’ve seen the memes and images pop up around the web of men with beards shaving and looking like babies afterwards. As dramatized as they may seem…its no joke. Lot of full-grown man-babies walking around these days.
Some other qualities that people perceive bearded men to have are that they look healthier, tougher, and have more confidence. And not only do others think that, but those same qualities will be experienced by yourself having a full on beard growing out of your face.
The last quality is certainly a bonus and well researched. Bearded men are more sexually attractive to women. It’s probably a combination of all the above qualities that people perceive bearded men to have. Tough, confident, mature, masculine…gold stars on your sexual attractiveness chart. And if the sexually attractive beard quality plays out…extra benefits! Sex increases the amount of testosterone in your body which results in a healthier, fuller, awesome beard. Sex and better beards. Yep.
Cold Weather and Beards
Looking awesome and expressing yourself are good and all, but there are some actual objective benefits to sporting a full beard. Such as during the winter months when the temperature is cold and the air is dry…your beard acts like a shield to protect you from the elements.
Beards will keep your face and throat warm. It’s like you are growing your own scarf, but looks way better than what your mother or aunt sent you for Christmas last year. Warm is good, but it also protects from the dry air. Dry air sucks moisture straight out of your face. That can lead to all sorts of issues for “men” still shaving. More cuts, more acne, more skin infections. Doesn’t seem worth it to shave.
Protect your face. Grow a beard.
It’s Healthy to Grow a Beard
Beards block the damaging and dangerous UV rays that the sun blasts us with all year long. Do your own test to verify this. Grow your beard out and after a few months check out the skin on your neck and face. It’s white. Vampire white. Beards are face umbrellas. That alone is awesome.
Another benefit is beards acting like built in face filters. Beards, mustaches, and nose hair filter out airborne particles and germs. Instead of breathing them in and getting sick your beard catches these suckers and beats them into harmless bits that get washed out during your next shower. There’ve been studies that show that a full beard and mustache greatly reduce the chances of developing mouth and lung illnesses.
This one isn’t a particular health benefit, but more of a see-what-happens-when-you-shave un-benefit. Which of course is remedied by growing a big ol’ bushy beard. Shaving does a lot of things to your face more than just cutting those precious man hairs. It actually causes your pores to open up, which in and of itself is a pretty not good thing. It dries out your skin, it spreads around bacteria that lead to acne, and creates micro-abrasions in your face…which can lead to infection. Yeah, sure, you can slap some aftershave on your face afterwards, with its own risks and un-benefits, or you can just toss that razor aside and let your beard grow free.
Beards Give You Your Time Back
I was hesitant to include this one, but for a man who goes the full beard route (and even if you decide to style yours all fancy like) it is a benefit that isn’t immediately felt, but one that accumulates over a lifetime. Time. Shaving your face every day takes time. It takes me just a few minutes each morning to wash and groom my beard. Shaving takes a bit more than that. All those extra minutes shaving add up to months of time over the course of your life. To be fair, you’ll still have daily grooming, and the occasional trim…but still a lot less time than you’d spend shaving manliness off your face every day.
Beards Are Awesome
There are so many benefits of growing a beard that its almost crazy to not grow one. Whatever your fears, concerns, or whatever is holding you back from growing out a bit of awesomeness from your face…let ’em go. Just dive in and put the razor down for a few months. Let your face grow into all of its magnificent potential. If your face is already beard adorned, hopefully you learned more about why your beard is so awesome and all that it does for you.
Here’s to beards!