Growing a beard can take some time, but it’s worth it in the end. You can expect some changes in how your day to day life goes. Just like everything else, science will come into play. We look at five scientific ways that things change upon having a beard.

Winter Is Coming

When winter time comes around, your beard easily becomes a layer of warmth for your face. “When we’re talking about wind and cold weather chapping of the skin, it acts as thermal protection as well as physical protection against the elements,” acclaimed dermatologist Bobby Buka told The Huffington Post.

More Free Time

When it comes to your face, you’ll spend a lot of time shaving it. A 2013 study showed that an average man will spend 45 days of his life shaving. That equates to 1,080 hours. Fortunately, men with beards don’t have to waste any time getting ready.

A Different Approach

It’s no secret that men with beards will often get treated differently. An abundance of facial hair can possibly give you a better chance at things. “Beards appear to be linked with perceptions of elevated age (maturity), social status, dominance and threatening facial displays,” researcher Barnaby Dixson told NBC News.

A Healthier Atmosphere

One big fear about beards is possibly getting more germs than usual. Fortunately, that’s not the case here. A report found that men with beards had less germs than clean shaven men. “Overall, colonisation is similar in male healthcare workers with and without facial hair, however, certain bacterial species were more prevalent in workers without facial hair,” the report stated.

Keeping It Youthful

Having a beard is a great way to prevent your skin from getting bombarded with UV rays. Aside from that, it can keep you looking younger for a longer time. “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,” Dr Adam Freidmann told The Independent.