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Beards officially make you sexier, says science

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Thought beards might be going the way of Crazy Frog and Lance Armstrong bracelets? Think again, as research suggests that men with beards are more attractive to women seeking relationship.

A study (which quizzed over 8,500 women) published by the Journal of Evolutionary Biology states that a five o' clock stubble was most appealing to women wanting a one night stand and a bushier beard for when settling down, as it's suggested that facial hair gives off a signal that you're more fertile and better adapted to survive.

"Our findings suggest that beardedness may be attractive when judging long-term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females," states Dr Barnaby Dixson, a psychologist at the University of Queensland.

He also goes on to say: "Masculine faces are judged as more attractive for short-term relationships over less masculine faces, whereas beards are judged as more attractive than clean-shaven faces for long-term relationships."

So if you were thinking about reaching for the razor anytime soon, maybe hold off. Not if you don't want to be filled with crippling loneliness.

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When he’s not pretending to be on the front of an album cover, Online Style Writer Jamie Carson can probably be found criticising your fashion credentials. Follow Jamie on Twitter @_jamie89

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