According to the latest research, growing a beard will do your love life some good. It's welcome news that's sure to make your morning grooming routine faster and easier, not to mention save you a little money—since you won't be buying all those five-blade razors and shaving creams.
The evidence, which was published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, says that the majority of women view men with stubble as more attractive for short-term flings than men with full beards, which were seen as the most attractive for long-term relationships. Investigators asked 8,520 women to rate photos of men for physical attractiveness in general, for a short-term or long-term relationship. They manipulated the images to morph their facial hair from clean-shaven, through light and heavy stubble, to a full beard.
A previous study, by the Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, also found that not only does facial hair make you more attractive, it also effects how you're perceived by both genders. Men and women indicated that men who have a full beard appear to be healthier than those without any type of facial hair. They also said that a guy with a full beard would make a better parent and that they thought a man's masculinity increases with the amount of facial hair that he has.
But to be clear: not all facial hair is created equal. We guarantee that a creepy pornstache, ragged mutton chops or a soul patch won't warrant the same results as a simple three-day stubble or a well-combed beard.