Thomas Mackie28 Jan 2019 AT 01:32 PM

Men with beards are healthier and more handsome, research reveals

Who said beards weren't cool anymore?
Thomas Mackie28 Jan 2019 AT 01:32 PM
Men with beards are healthier and more handsome, research reveals

Got a beard? No? Well you need to get one fast.

Researchers at the University of Queensland have revealed that a beard can boost health benefits.

Not only has facial hair been scientifically proven to make men more attractive, but they also protect wearers from 90-95 percent of harmful UV rays with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of up to 21.

Lead author Professor Parisi said: "While beards will never be as sun-safe as sunscreen, they certainly are a factor in blocking UV rays."

And even better for all of you beard-lovers out there, the lower exposure to UV could also delay ageing – keeping you looking fresh and wrinkle-free.

And people with beards are also less likely to get skin cancer. This just gets better and better.

Harley Street dermatologist Dr Adam Freidmann said: “Sun exposure is the primary cause of photo-ageing and skin damage so it makes sense that if your face is covered by a heavy beard, it may well protect your skin from the signs of ageing.

“This means fewer wrinkles and a reduction in age spots commonly found on the face.”

But it's not just stubble that keeps you safe from the sun. You need a big grizzly beard.

“UV protection depends on the thickness and density of the beard,” Dr Anil, a UK based dermatologist said.

So in other words – the bigger the beard, the better.

The study was conducted using mannequins who were left to cook in the sun, some with full beards, others with stubble, while some were bare-faced.

Scientists turned each mannequin's head to ensure they were exposed to an equal amount of sunlight. They then measured the radiation levels that had been absorbed by each one.

So put down those shavers – it looks like 2019's hottest trend is going to be the humble beard.

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