With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, men's facial hair has somehow managed to gain quite a lot of attention.
Such is the frenzy that many men across the globe have even clean-shaved and more are following suit.
Well, because it's a widespread belief that facial hair - beards, in particular, might significantly increase the chances of men becoming a victim to Covid-19.
So, is it true? Is your daari mooch putting you at risk?
The simple answer is no.
According to Dr Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist: "The mere presence of facial hair won't put you or others at risk".
She further goes on to say that there is no evidence that a beard makes you more vulnerable to the coronavirus hence there is no need to panic.
Moving on, she and other health specialists did, however, go on to advise men to trim their beard and put time as well as effort in facial hair grooming in order to be able to keep the hygiene in check for the time being.
Yes, you can now take a sigh of relief.
Your facial hair does not make you susceptible to becoming a victim of the deadly virus.
However, you do need to – now more than ever – ensure that your beard is clean and healthy, as pointed out earlier.
Wondering how you can do just that? Here are a few tried and tested tips from experts:
Invest in Beard Care
Yes, your beard does help filter out bacteria and dirt, but if you let that accumulate it's obvious that is going to do you more harm than good.
Did you know that a study was published in 2019 that suggested that beards are dirtier than dogs?
Yes, you read that right.
But hey, wait before you jump to any conclusions.
That study was debunked by experts who stated that the results were inconclusive. So, there's nothing to worry about.
Invest in a good beard shampoo for beard wash and use it daily to get out all the collected dirt and debris. Follow up with a good quality beard softener.
It is also highly recommended that you also use a good quality beard oil to condition your beard.
A beard grooming kit might just be what you need.
Brushing helps loosen any caught up dead skin and debris between your hair and clean it better.
It will also help distribute the natural oils that are produced, throughout your beard, so they don't accumulate and clog your pores, preventing acne.
Here’s a grooming tip: use a good quality beard brush to comb your beard regularly.
Trim Your Beards
Beard trimming will not only shape your beard and promote healthy growth by getting rid of split ends, but it will also help keep the length in check during the pandemic.
Try and go for shorter styles that are easier to manage.
Looking for the best beard style for your face? Check out this comprehensive Dari mooch beard style guide
Avoid Touching Your Face
You heard us right. People with facial hair tend to touch their faces more often. Avoid touching your beard or your face as a general following of the issued guidelines.
Your beards might not hone bacteria, but your hands do, and we don't want any unnecessary transfer, do we?
There are all sorts of germs and bacteria that live on your skin and surfaces, and beards are no different. It all boils down to your general hygiene.
There has been a fair share of misinformation and un-called drama around beards for a while now. It is about time we laid that to rest, and acknowledge how important beards really are for men.
If managed properly, not only can they enhance your appeal, turning you from a boy to a man but also keep you healthy.
So, what stopping you from growing and maintaining your beard?
That just might be the perfect thing to do in these turbulent times.
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