IF YOU thought moustaches were solely to distinguish regular males from 1980s cricket players and hipsters, think again.
A study suggests that facial hair has benefits well beyond aesthetics.
Researchers from the University of Southern Queensland have discovered that moustaches and facial hair reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Using dosimetric techniques, which are instruments that measure the skin and indicate the amount of radiation absorbed over a given period of time, scientists found that people with facial hair had reduced their skin’s exposure to the sun by roughly one-third.
The longer the hair was, the better it was at protecting against skin cancer.
The results of this study are pretty much common sense. Although we previously might not have had the science to back it up, people cover up to hide from the sun, so it make sense to assume that a layer of thick hair could serve as protection, too.
There’s no word yet on whether fake moustaches or putting your finger over your upper lip work as effectively.
So there you go. Moustaches aren’t only good for prostate cancer awareness and prevention. They’re fighting the skin cancer battle for us too.