7 benefits of growing a beard

7 benefits of growing a beard

by James Arthur Warren

1 Beards look masculine
It’s the beard that makes the man, not the man that makes the beard. Beards convey power, wisdom, courage, strength and self assuredness to name a few. Beards have a pre-eminent power that demands respect. A study by the University of New South Wales titled “the role of facial hair in women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness, health, masculinity and parenting abilities” found “that beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes and suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring.” [1]
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2 Beards save time which is usually spent shaving
Shaving takes approximately 5 minutes per day. Assuming you shave your face 7 days per week, that adds up 35 minutes per week, 30 hours per year or 63 days of shaving if you shaved daily for 50 years.

3 Beards are sensual and soft
What more can I say. Everyone likes the feel of a beard, from you kids to the people you greet with a hug.

4 Beards save money by not shaving
Razors, electric shavers, electricity, shaving foam, shaving soap, hot water and time. All these costs can be avoided and reduced by growing your facial hair.

5 No razor is required
Razors cost money and use resources. Growing a beard reduces both the financial cost and resource costs associated with shaving. The environmental costs of razors include, energy costs, plastics, and metal production as well as the problem of disposing of razors in a safe sustainable manner such as recycling.

6 No shaving soap or foam is required
Like razors, shaving soap and foams have financial and environmental costs associated with their manufacture and use. These costs include, costs in manufacture such as energy and resources as well as pollution costs from the chemicals released into the waterways during their use.There are pollution costs associated with the packaging that soaps and foams come in as well as the chemicals released into waterways..

7 Beards protect your skin
Growing a beard protects the skin from damage by the sun or wind, Beards also offer protection from skin cancer on the face.

Bonus Benefit
The bonus benefits about growing a beard is that because it is natural, it is better for your health and the health of the environment. Beards require less resources, generate less environmental pollutants and have less environmental costs than shaving. One example is that thousands of hectares of rainforest and orangutan habitat has been destroyed for the production of palm oil which is used in the manufacture of shaving soaps and foams.

[1] http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(13)00022-6/fulltext

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