Science has done it again. Yes, good old science has proven that men with facial hair benefit from instant handsomeness. If this is true, then the guys from Duck Dynasty must be the sexiest men alive.

Not only does facial hair make men more attractive, it also is makes them healthier. A study from the University of Southern Queensland found that beards reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow down the aging process. Facial hair will keep your man healthier and younger looking by blocking harmful UV rays. Who doesn’t want that? Beards also help to battle asthma by catching and trapping stray pollen and dust.

I have always loved my husband’s facial hair. Sadly, due to job restrictions, he only gets to grow it during hunting season. There is just something so rugged and masculine about facial hair that makes a woman feel like she’s snuggling up to a fluffy grizzly getting ready for hibernation - so warm and so scratchy, yet so right .

I don’t think Santa rocking his snow white beard is the epitomy of sexy, but John Hamm, Zac Efron or Ryan Gosling with a beard are definetly sexy. I would have to say that I have never met any woman, no matter her age, who wouldn’t love to climb inside Tom Selleck's delicious dark mustache.

I guess no matter what you grow, mustache, goatee, fu-man, handlebar, well-kept beard, or full blown ZZ Top, it doesn’t matter. If you’re a guy and you’ve got it, then flaunt. It makes you sexy and healthy.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of The University of Montana, animal lover and writer.