8 Reasons to Grow a Beard in 2017

Beards are being seen on more and more faces nowadays. The bigger they are, the better they are. It turns out that facial hair has become somewhat of a lifestyle marker, and social media networks offer sound proof of this. Hashtags galore, such as #beardlife, #beardgang and #beardzone (to name just a few) will take you to hundreds of thousands of photographs of some of the most epic and wondrous beards your eyes will ever see. Is this a mere trend, or are the factual benefits behind growing a beard finally being brought to light? Regardless of what lies behind this puzzling mystery, here are 8 reasons you may want to join forces with the bearded brethren and rock some whiskers in 2017. 
# 1- Protect your Skin
Everyone enjoys some fun in the sun. It would be cruel to deprive yourself of blue skies and salty ocean air, but we know all too well how damaging the sun can be. Scientific studies have shown that beards are essentially a built-in sunscreen for your face. In fact, your mug will be protected from 90-95% of harmful UV rays. Not only will your beard assist in protecting you from skin cancer, it will also keep your skin looking younger by protecting you from permanent damage that the sun can cause. Wrinkles and age spots are no fun, right? If you can protect yourself from these aging evils by doing something so simple, why not? 
#2- Build Confidence
When a man has a beard, he radiates confidence. He gains more respect from others by showing dominance without saying a word. Masculinity is all that's necessary, and the beard that so gracefully flows from your face asserts just that. If you want to get scientific, way back to the prehistoric days, men grew beards for warmth, protection, and intimidation. Protection from the sun was mentioned previously, but we can now add a defense against arctic elements. Intimidation factors into masculinity. The more masculine you are, the more intimidating you will be to others. The more intimidating you are to others, the more respect you will gain, and a well respected man is an absolute powerhouse. Get ready to take on the world, bearded wonder! (Within reason, please) 
#3- Balding Gracefully
According the American Hair Loss Association, 2/3 of men will experience some sort of hair loss by the age of 35. While that may not sound like a devastating blow, most of us know someone that inherited the unfortunate genetics of their maternal grandpa and began balding at the young age of 18. Or, maybe you're one of those people. Fortunately, there's a solution- your head doesn't have to look like a future-telling crystal ball. Spruce up the naked canvas with a luscious beard. It's like adding sprinkles to ice cream, icing to cake, bourbon to water... you get it. Enhance the features you have with a tasteful and appealing addition. 
#4- Look More Intelligent
Picture this, if you will... a man standing in a crowded room, deep in thought, looking wise beyond his years and stroking his beard inquisitively. Yes, that could be you. Some of the most intelligent minds of history were bearded men. So, even though you may not have the prophetic mind of Nostradamus or the honesty of Abe, the human brain associates beards with wisdom and upstanding character, so you're an honest genius by default. 
#5- You Have a Natural Allergen Filter
It makes perfect sense if you think about it. Those pesky nose hairs that you have to trim tediously are there for a reason- to filter out the toxins and allergens that float around in the air you breathe. You can double that filtration with the all-powerful beard. Seasonal allergy symptoms will be more mild, and you'll be less likely to fall victim to illness during cold and flu season. No "achoo" for you. Again, it's beard FTW!
Not yet convinced? 
#6- Chicks Dig It
Not in a superficial "OMG, he's so trendy and sexy" kind of way. This is science. Women are scientifically proven to be more attracted to men with facial hair, and a recent study has shown that bigger beards provide better results. Full beards give ladies the impression that a man is full of masculinity, sexual maturity, patience and loyalty. The scientific message behind the mask of these sultry words is- wait for it, guys- You are the perfect, long-term relationship candidate with husband potential and extreme baby making skills. If you aren't prepared for this, please go to your local drug store and purchase some clippers. 
#7- Save Time, Money and Frustration
Shaving is a time consuming routine that is typically performed every other day by men who choose to go for the cleaned up look. Lather the cream, butter up the face, and GO... then you nick your face, continue, rinse out the razor, continue, nick yourself again, rinse out the razor, continue, rinse off your face, dry your face, apply small pieces of toilet paper to your cuts, rinse the sink clean of tiny pieces of stubble... I'm exhausted already. Then there's the cost- razors, cream, aftershave, moisturizers (because shaving strips your skin of the oils it naturally produces to be healthy and soft), blemish treatments (because dry skin causes irritation and acne)... the list continues, but the point is, it's all downright frustrating. Save yourself the hassle. Let it grow, get some quality beard care products that will last you for months, and rid your life of a pesky, repetitive chore. 
#8- Get Creative
Beards aren't just cost effective, element protecting chick magnets. They are a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a work of art. You can decorate your face to fit any season, or (if you're feeling adventurous) any day of the week. Take creativity to the next level, and when you find your own personal style of wacky perfection, show it off to the world! Competitions such as the National Beard and Moustache Championships are a true display of beard style innovation. Fair warning, the competition is stiff, so make sure you're ready! 
Come on, gentlemen. Step over the velvet rope and join the VIB (Very Intriguing Beard) section. We listed 8 great reasons to drop the razor, but you will find that there are many, many more. Just try it- we guarantee you won't have any regrets!
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How To Guide

 

You just got your shiny, new Mountaineer Brand Beard Care Kit in the mail. It's packed with absolute beard care goodness and you're anxious to get the ball rolling and be on your way to whisker perfection. The contents of the burlap bag are laying in front of you, waiting to be massaged into your beard, and just when you think you're ready- you're stumped.

Wash, oil, balm, brush? How do I use this stuff? Do I wash it first? Do I wash it last? Oil, balm, then brush? Or is it balm, brush, oil? 

It's a little confusing, and maybe even a bit intimidating to the beard care newbie. Worry not, oh bearded one. We're here to assist you. Below is a step-by-step process guide, along with a few pointers, to get you started. 

Step 1: WASH

Wash your beard in the morning while showering. The amount you use depends on the size of your beard. You want to make sure you work up a nice lather, then thoroughly wash your beard and the skin beneath it. 

Ah, that smells good.

Here's a little pointer- try not to wash your beard more than three times per week. Your face naturally produces sebum oils, and your beard needs them to be healthy. On non-wash days, simply rinse with water and continue with the steps below. 

 

Step 2: OIL

Again, the amount of oil you use depends on the size of your beard, but you want to be sure you're using enough. Massage it into your beard and distribute throughout. Make sure you don't forget your mustache! 

Tips? Don't use too much. This isn't a water-based product. Your beard and skin need to absorb the goodness in order for it to work properly. 

 

Step 3: BALM

This is what we consider to be a leave-in conditioner for your facial forest. Remove the amount you need and massage it into your beard, making sure your skin gets some love from the balm as well. This is also a very good styling agent, which you will see in the final step below. 

Eh hem, pay close attention to this- when you have the desired amount of balm in your hand, rub your hands together until the product liquefies. That way you won't find yourself frustrated due to picking large chunks of product out of your beard. 

Step 4: STYLE

This part is easy. Brush and style your beard as desired. The balm will help to shape it, but if you're looking for some crazy good hold, make sure you try our Heavy Duty balm. It's also great for taming unruly hairs with a mind of their own. 

That's it! That's all there is to it. Pretty soon you'll be able to do this whole routine in your sleep... although if that starts to happen we recommend seeing a doctor, because sleep walking can be potentially dangerous to you and others. 

If you still have more questions for us, that's okay. We're always here to help. You can contact customerservice@mountaineerbrand.com  anytime. 

DON'T FORGET... Valentine's Day is coming fast, so make sure you check out the gift suggestions from our staff. Included are some of our best sellers, and even a few new combos.

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

As promised, we have come up with a special collection full of gift ideas for your favorite bearded man or the lovely lady in your life. Here you will find new product combinations, as well as some old favorites that we have decided to feature. Only a few suggestions are shown here, but there is a clickable link at the bottom of this post that will take you right to the entire list. Let's get started!
This must-have combo is available to you at a special price, but only for a limited time! After getting your feedback, we decided to pair together these beard care necessities- Mountaineer Brand wash and oil. Keep the beard smelling great and shining bright! You want his face to look as handsome as can be for your special date night, right? This is the way to go. 
One of the best ways to say "I love you" is treating your lady to a nice, soothing massage. Granny Vicars' foot rub is infused with essential oils to provide relief to sore, tired feet. Paired up with this product is Granny Vicars' Peppermint Lip Balm. Soft feet AND kissable lips. It's a win for both of you!
This one has been a hit for sure! Our Build Your Own Beard Kit gives you the freedom to choose which scent variation you'd like for each product inside. Ladies, this is a great way to choose which scent YOU want to smell on his face when you snuggle up together and gets you lots of brownie points for gifting the best beard care available. 
Don't forget the apparel! This would be a great gift for both ladies and gents. It'll give that warm and cozy feeling that Valentine's Day brings even after it passes. 
Testing, testing, 123... This is a brand new combo. We decided to give it a try to see what you guys think. Some folks prefer to use beard oil unaccompanied by any other product. We're creatures of habit, and we stick to what works. This is a chance to pair it up with a matching sample size balm and try something new. The benefits that this duo provides will be noticed in no time at all. We have a feeling you won't want to split the pair after you give it a go. 
Our final mention is the Granny Vicars' TLC Combo. This set would be perfect for any lady to whom you want to show some tender, loving care. It includes a hand salve, foot rub, and peppermint lip balm. Soft hands, smooth feet and kissable lips- guaranteed. 
To see the rest of the products included in this collection, click the link below. There are lots of special discounts and new combos that are available for a limited time only, so take advantage of the savings!
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Going Natural Without the Crunch

 

Being a family member and employee for Mountaineer Brand certainly opens the door for new learning experiences. I know pretty much everything there is to know about proper beard care and I'm confident that I could be efficient in answering customer service emails in a deep slumber. I can tell you the order in which to use all of our products while pecking away on my keyboard to write a blog and keep myself up to date on the latest styles and trends in the bearded community. I'm pretty good at making beard kits, pouring oil and soap, and packaging the orders you find on your doorstep. I've learned a great deal in a short amount of time. It makes me feel like a jack of all (bearded) trades- minus the beard. Lately I've been putting more focus on our Granny Vicars line- the all natural family care products we offer- by researching the benefits of the ingredients within them. It's no secret that organic is better, but I want to be able to explain why. I wouldn't expect a person to pitch a product my way and simply say "this is better than ____" and be on their merry way. I'd want them to tell me why it's better. Why should I use this on my body? What benefits have you personally seen from using this product? 

I want my knowledge of these all natural family care products to be equivalent to my knowledge of beard care, so thus began my journey...

I started with the ingredients. Each product has it's own unique base and is then infused with essential oils that benefit target areas on the body. 

Ah, the fast growing trend of essential oils. I have had a handful of people recommend the use of essential oils for things that I experience personally, but I never actually considered it until very recently. After starting my research to answer the "why?" I talked about, I learned some really interesting facts about the relief that they provide. 

For example, our Slumbertime Balm contains Lavender, an essential oil proven to lessen tension, relieve pain and enhance blood circulation. While I don't personally struggle with chronic pain, I am known to be a rather tense individual, so I decided to give it a try. After massaging the product into my pressure points, I sat down to relax for the evening. I found myself with my wrist beneath my nose numerous times to enjoy the pleasant aroma. Finding myself unwinding more quickly than usual was a great relief. This product truly offers a nice, calming sensation. Now it's a part of the whole family's bedtime routine! Must be those essential oils, eh?

Okay, I found one oil to be effective. What other benefits do you have for me?

Let's move onto Granny's Sore Muscle Rub. This product is a sassy one, with a base that contains Cayenne and Ginger and infused with Peppermint, Lemongrass, Rosemary and Sage oils.

Research time! Turns out this was the perfect combination for yet another effective product. Peppermint provides a cooling relief while Lemongrass has analgesic properties. Rosemary is known to help alleviate muscle pain and Sage reduces inflammation. Presto... an all natural version of Icy Hot. My husband has occasional back pain, and at times it can be quite severe. I handed him the container of Granny's muscle magic, and shortly after applying it, he noticed a difference in his level of pain. This is where we turn when the back pain starts to creep it's way in. We also find it to be helpful after a grueling session at the gym (which doesn't happen as often as it should, but hey, it counts for something!). 

I have one more that I'd like to mention, and this is by far my favorite. Granny Vicars' Healing Salve. This contains Pine Tar, which is known for it's antiseptic effects. Also infused with Lavender (whose benefits were previously mentioned above) and Eucalyptus (known for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties), this product holds truth to it's name. Customers have given it great ratings and have used it on things from scrapes and burns to eczema and poison. I can personally testify that it works wonders on eczema. My daughter and I both get patches of it on our skin, and it has been more effective than any steroid cream that a physician has prescribed. Hang on, this is where my not so crunchy part comes in...

I've come to appreciate the gifts mother nature has to offer, and I plan to make great use of them to benefit my family and myself. However, I will still give my children Tylenol and antibiotics when they're sick, I'll still eat a greasy burger jam packed with unmentionable ingredients, and Ulta Beauty and it's not so organic cosmetics and perfumes will still be a dear friend of mine. I guess you could call me a hybrid human, just not the cool X-Men/Suicide Squad kind. Hopefully this balance of natural and not so natural is the right fit for me and my family. We appreciate nature and believe in it's power, we just don't have much crunch.  

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Guest Blog: 15 Reasons You Should Start Growing a Beard

15 Reasons You Should Start Growing a Beard (Right Now)

Wondering whether to go ahead and grow out a full on beard this winter ?

After taking a quick peek at the infographic below: “15 Little Known (yet brilliant) Beard Benefits” - you will soon realize, there is more to your beard than just looking freaking awesome (especially when you get it shaped just right) and helping to keep your face warm.

For example, did you know that contradictory to popular belief beards can actually help propel your career prospects instead of harm them - and that owning a beard has even been to shown to boost your social encounters and generate ‘positive’ first impressions.

They have even been shown to be beneficial for your health too - potentially preventing a wide range of airborne diseases (acting like a grizzly filter), potentially even preventing cancer and prolonging your youthfulness. Check out 15 other great benefits below:

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Author: Harry from beardsman.co.uk

 

 

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