Bearded, To Be or Not To Be
So what are the reasons to grow out a beard? What are the advantages of this characteristic which sets man apart from woman? “To be or not to be” bearded, that is the question on many men’s minds. By all appearances, the famous William Shakespeare seems to have opted for a face full of facial hair. While many men shave on a daily basis in order to avoid even the faintest 5 o'clock shadow, others grow their facial hair in an effort to appear manly and mature.
Unless you are living in a tropical location, your winter months bring some degree of cold and discomfort. On those mornings when you flip up the collar of your coat and place your hands in front of the heater in an effort to fend off the chill, a beard would provide warmth and comfort to your handsome mug.
Speaking of handsome mug, there is no question that a beard changes your facial attractiveness. It contours your jaw and chin, adding strength and size to your face. A weak chin or disappearing jawline are easily hidden underneath a beard which provides a visual impression of a defined, strong jaw. It is like an artist takes a chisel to your face and creates depth and definition.
A beard can change any baby face into a manly, mature look. For those men under 21 years of age, a beard can make a fake ID obsolete. There is no single factor which can increase a man’s visual maturity as much as a beard.
Facial hair is to a man what contouring makeup is to a woman. The beard outlines the contours of the cheeks, jaw, and chin, making them seem larger and more defined. The result is a chiseled face resembling those of the heroes on the covers of romance novels.
If you are used to shaving every day before hurrying out the door to beat the morning commute, then you know how time-consuming this daily ritual can be. How would you like to sleep an extra ten minutes or have the time to prepare a delicious coffee to enjoy while you are stuck in traffic on your way to work? You could even choose to do a ten-minute workout of push-ups and sit-ups. Ten minutes add up; in a matter of a week you will have an hour of exercise under your belt, as well as a much slimmer waistline to complement your newly chiseled face.
Advantage: Center of Attention
When you have a full beard, it will draw everyone’s attention to that part of your face. Nobody will notice your receding hairline or the acne lining your forehead. Your impressive beard will trump any imperfection you might be wishing to conceal.
Whether you are handsome or not, a man’s face is attractive if it is masculine and conveys depth of character. A beard provides that ruggedly handsome look that women’s romance novels devote chapters upon chapters to. Depending on the style of your facial hair, you can create many different looks. As a result, your face will be more unique and memorable.
According to scientific studies regarding the relationship between beards and health, facial hair provides UV protection for your face. While sunblock provides a chemical layer of protection between the sun and your skin, a beard can physically block up to 95% of UV rays. Additionally, the hairs can trap pollution and asthma-causing particles before you can breathe them in. When it comes to your health, every positive bit helps.
Disadvantage: Skin Irritability
Especially at the beginning of the process of growing your beard, the initial stubble can be itchy to your skin. Moreover, it can be irritating to anyone with whom you share some physical affection.
This disadvantage is easily overcome by allowing your facial hair to continue growing. The longer it grows, the less irritating it will become. The ends of the hairs will thin out and be less coarse.
If the beard continues to be a nuisance, there are several solutions available to you. You can opt to keep it hydrated since extra moisture makes hair softer and less rigid. Beard oils as well as special shampoos and conditioners provide a similar effect.
Some women will say that they find facial hair to be unattractive. They believe it looks dirty, scruffy, and unkempt. The attractiveness of your beard is a function of how well you take care of it.
If you just let your beard grow without giving it a second thought, it will end up looking sloppy. It is similar to the hair on top of your head; it needs to be conditioned and styled to look attractive. If you keep it clean, condition it from time and time, and trim it to give it the perfect shape, then your beard will look like a piece of art rather than an accident.
Disadvantage: Unappreciative Girlfriend
If your girlfriend does not know how to appreciate your new, bearded look, there is just one solution: Find a girlfriend who loves you the way you are. Your beard is your natural state; a girlfriend who does not like your facial hair obviously does not like you the way nature intended you to look. It is the equivalent of a man not liking his girlfriend without makeup.
Take a look at the many advantages and scarce disadvantages of sporting a beard. The truth is that there are no disadvantages of growing your facial hair as long as you take good care of it. It will even help you weed out the women who do not like the real you.
Beards are a sign of masculinity. If you are debating whether or not to grow out your facial hair, know that a beard is always a good choice because it is nature’s choice. It provides warmth, sun-protection, as well as a rugged handsomeness. It is the ultimate sign of manhood.