10 Things You Didn’t Know About Growing a Beard

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Yes, it does make you look more attractive and interesting, but that’s not all you need to know about your beard.

Growing a beard is an important step, it’s a decision that can radically change your appearance, and, depending on the science, it can even make you look more or less attractive right now. It involves a certain level of commitment that you must be willing to accept if you really want it to be perfect or as perfect as possible (because there is no such thing as perfection).

The beard is not just a little hair (or a lot, in some cases) growing on your chin, it’s a key element of your look that, like eyebrows, can change your face and make you look like a different person. You can leave it as long or short as you like but it won’t change, you should always be careful and know the basics to make sure you keep it clean and in good condition.

Letting it grow is not complicated, if you have good genes, it will simply appear at some point in life and little by little it will gain volume.

But even if the beard is natural, it doesn’t mean you have to let fate do everything. There are things you need to know about beards and beard care before you decide to say goodbye to the razor or to adopt the look of a Disney prince (they never have a beard, it’s strange).

Here is a list of 10 things you may not know about beards:

1-How fast does it grow?

Beard grows 5 nanometers per second or 0.000000005 cm per second. That’s very little, but it means that if you shave one morning, you can have that famous “shadow” the next day.

2-Does beard really make you more attractive?

Women say so and a study from the University of South Wales confirms it: they consider men with beards more attractive, masculine, healthy, better parents, and better candidates as stable partners.

3-Does it protect you from the sun?

It does not replace the use of sunscreen but can protect the skin from the sun according to the University of Sothern Queensland (Australia). Dermatologist Nick Lowe adds that it also helps keep facial skin hydrated because it prevents water from leaking out and protects it from wind, which can disrupt the natural protective barrier and leave it dry.

4-Is beard a sign of masculinity?

In ancient Greece, facial hair was considered a symbol of adulthood and was only shaved as a sign of mourning or punishment for cowardice. Moreover, in the Middle Ages, touching another man’s beard was enough to start a duel. This is because beards were linked to virility and if another man touched it, it meant that he did not respect the other.

5-Does the beard protect against allergies?

The beard is supposed to protect against the flu explains the Birmingham Trichology Centre. In addition, studies have shown that beards can protect you from pollens and other allergenic substances. These same studies show that the thicker your beard, the more it protects you.

6-Does the sun help it grow?

Beards tend to grow better when exposed to the sun. Scientists say this is due to the vitamin D in the sun’s rays, which helps make hair healthier, stronger, and more resistant.

7-What care should you take?

Your beard will grow, that’s a fact. But to make it beautiful, you need to trim and shape it. You also need to use essential products to keep it healthy and in control, including oils and other products that keep it from drying out.

8-Is it better to shave completely if it doesn’t work for you?

The magic of beards is that they come in many shapes and sizes, but if it’s full of holes and there’s no way to hide it, the best thing to do is choose a clean look and resign yourself to shaving all the time. Some products claim to help make it lush and grow faster but it’s not magic and you won’t end up looking like a lumberjack.

9-Should you consider the shape of your face?

Your beard is like a wild animal and if you don’t take care of it, it will get out of control. What you should do is take into account the shape of your face and highlight its best qualities: give strength to the jaw and balance it to give it a better-proportioned look.

10-Do you need a barber?

You can really take care of your beard yourself but if you want a more professional look and want to keep it in perfect condition, it’s a good idea to go to the barber from time to time for treatments and cuts.

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