What to Eat to Live Longer

You know that what food you choose to put into your body has a significant effect on your health. A carton of french fries will leave you tired and sluggish while a handful of almonds can re-energize and invigorate you. When it comes to living a long, healthy life, diet and exercise are often the most important components. If you want a diet full of life-extending foods, this list is exactly what you need. The five foods on this list are all backed by scientific research that indicate proven longevity.

Dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate
A diet with chocolate? But of course. Dark chocolate is actually super beneficial to your health, but it must be dark chocolate with a cacao content of 70% or higher to provide these benefits. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidant flavanoids known as flavanols. Flavanols improve blood flow and regulate cholesterol levels. Studies such as the one conducted by Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor of nutrition at Penn State University, indicate that individuals whose blood levels of flavanoids are high have a lowered risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, type 2 diabetes, asthma and prostate cancer. While dark chocolate provides wonderful health benefits, gorging yourself on it will negate these effects. Just a one ounce serving of dark chocolate daily provides you with all the antioxidants you need to get these health perks.

Green salad

Dark, Leafy Greens
Salads have always been good for you, right? It depends. You know not to slather on fat-laden dressings, but what you make the salad with has a significant effect on the health of a salad. Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach contain high amounts of vitamins A and C, calcium and flavanoids. These greens also have important phytochemicals and just a one-cup serving of kale has 700% of your daily requirement of vitamin K. Research suggests that it is the high levels of vitamin K that provide one of the most amazing benefits of dark, leafy greens: the slowing down of age-related cognitive decline.

Chili peppers

Chili Peppers
Spice up, and lengthen your life by adding chili peppers to your diet. One huge (nearly 500,000 participants) Chinese study published in the BMJ 2015 journal discovered that spicy foods contribute to a lowered risk for all causes of premature death. Capsaicin, the molecule in peppers that creates the heat, is thought to be responsible for the life-extending benefits. The study concluded that those who ate spicy foods six to seven times each week had a 14% lower risk of premature death than those who chose to stay away from spice. If that seems excessive to you, simply eating spicy foods once or twice a week reduces the risk of premature death by 10%.

Pecan pie

A Dutch study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology took place over 30 years found that eating nuts decreases mortality rates. The study included Dutch people who were between the ages of 55 and 69 who ate a small serving of nuts each day had lowered (23%) mortality rate than those that did not eat nuts. Almonds and walnuts are also excellent choices for you health, but pecans have a certain type of vitamin E (gamma-tocopherols) that lower LDL (the bad) cholesterol as well. When you decide to eat nuts, remember to practice moderation because of the high fat content.


The fact that blueberries are beneficial to your health should come as no surprise. Their soluble fiber lowers cholesterol, keeping your heart healthy and they are packed with antioxidants, such as resveratrol. One of these antioxidants, in particular, may decrease the rate of mental decline during the aging process. Anthocyanin is an antioxidant that supports muscle retention and healthy brain function. A recent study showed that women with a diet that included strawberries and blueberries had a slower rate of mental decline than those who skipped the berries.

Including these amazing foods into your healthy diet may indeed increase longevity. When it comes to dark chocolate and nuts, be aware of the serving sizes so you don’t counteract the health benefits. Enjoy a varied and nutritious diet by adding these five foods to your grocery list.

Our Produce Picks for a Healthy Fall

Now that fall is upon us, you may think your fresh produce choices become quite limited. Sure, great summer fruits like watermelon and vegetables such as corn on the cob are gone, but a whole new set of great tasting produce arrives when fall does. Wondering what fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious during the fall season? Wonder no more, Vine Vera picked our top five produce products to stock up on for the healthiest fall possible.


What would fall be without an apple crisp or a homemade apple pie? Apples are an excellent source of fiber; there are four grams of fiber per serving of apples. Apples also contain quercetin, a heart-healthy antioxidant. When making your apple dishes, or eating raw, it’s important to keep the skins on as that is where the flavonoid content is highest. Bake apples with a bit of cinnamon and honey, chop them to top of a healthy salad or eat raw.

Cauliflower on a wooden table.

You probably don’t think of cauliflower as a fall food, but it’s harvest season is vast spanning from September to June. Cauliflower is a great source of phytonutrients, vitamins B6, C and K. It also contains magnesium, biotin and omega-3 fatty acids. Cauliflowers also is a good source of protein and folate. One of the greatest things about cauliflower, besides all of the nutritional benefits, is that you can make so many things using cauliflower. Mash them as a substitute for mashed potatoes, roast it on its own or puree them into a hearty harvest soup.


This root vegetable isn’t talked about very often, but it is a super fall food for several reasons. Parsnips feature a sweet, nutty flavor that make them perfect in comforting fall dishes, particularly homemade soups. The flavor isn’t the only benefit of parsnips; they are also rich in potassium, folate and vitamin C. Puree into a soup (add cauliflower for twice the health benefits), roast with a bit of Parmesan cheese or mash them in place of potatoes.

Fresh pears in a basket.

Another tasty fruit that makes our produce picks list is the pear. Pears have a sweet flavor and are a juicy fruit when eaten raw, but you may want to try baking or poaching pears to really experience their full flavor. Pears are an excellent source of vitamin C and the mineral copper. In addition, a serving of pears has four grams of fiber. Make “pear” sauce (as you would applesauce), baked with a sprinkle of cinnamon or simply enjoy raw.

Baked sweet potato.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the quintessential fall foods: the color is reminiscent of the scenery outdoors and this root vegetable is perfect for cozy dishes, like sweet potato casserole. Sweet potatoes do far more than fit with the atmosphere of fall, they are an excellent source of essential nutrients. Rich in vitamins B3, C and folate, sweet potatoes are a great way to eat antioxidants. Additionally, sweet potatoes are very high in the mineral potassium. Potassium is crucial for the proper functioning of cells in your body. Bake as you would a regular potato, make mashed sweet potatoes or add to an awesome autumn soup.

Eating seasonally is a bit cheaper than if you were to continue buying off-season produce, it makes you a bit more adventurous and playful in the kitchen and the produce is the perfect complement to the outdoor atmosphere. The next time you head to your local grocery store or farmer’s market, look for the five fruits and vegetables above to have a healthy, as well and delicious, fall.

Why Arugula is Great

Salad greens are always healthy for you, right? Yes and no. Of course iceberg lettuce is far more healthful than a handful of french fries, but it does not contain a ton of vitamins, nutrients or minerals. Leafy greens, on the other hand, tend to be packed with necessary vitamins, nutrients and minerals to keep your body healthy and happy. Arugula is one leafy green that may be overlooked by many, but it is one that you should definitely be consuming.

Arugula salad

About Arugula
The botanical name for arugula is Eruca sativa and it has roots in the cruciferous family of vegetables. Other popular vegetables from this family include cauliflower and kale. Arugula is also referred to as “salad rocket,” which is a fitting name due to the zesty flavor this leafy green gives to your salads. Arugula has roots in the Mediterranean region, making it a popular choice in Italian cuisine. The peppery flavor of arugula greens spice up any dish you add it to from a fresh garden salad to your favorite pasta meal.

Health Benefits
Arugula is a member of the brassica family of vegetables (which also includes broccoli and cabbage) which are known to be full of fiber and high in antioxidants. Some of the specific health benefits of arugula are:

Fights Cancer – In addition to being rich in fiber and antioxidants, arugula also contains high levels of glucosinolates. Studies on vegetables from the brassica family suggest that these veggies may reduce the risk of developing breast, pancreatic, lung and prostate cancer.

Bone Health – Vitamin K is essential for strong, healthy bones. Your body needs vitamin K in order for proper absorption of calcium into your bones and teeth. Arugula is one of the best vegetable sources of vitamin K. A ½ cup serving of arugula contains 10.9 micrograms of vitamin K. If you consumed three cups of arugula, you would receive 100% of your necessary vitamin K for the day.

Weight Loss – Salads can get totally boring when you are attempting to lose weight, but not if you incorporate arugula into your salads. Arugula has a natural peppery flavor, adding a bit of zip to your salad. Additionally, one cup of arugula contains about 40 calories, so if you were to consume three cups of arugula (which provides you with all the vitamin K you need for the day), you would only be consuming 120 calories.

Rye bread with tuna and argula.

Hydration – Arugula is composed of 90% water. This makes it an excellent way to hydrate your body. Additionally, the peppery taste of arugula provides a natural cooling effect on your body, making arugula an excellent food to add to summer dishes for an extra bit of hydration.

Aphrodisiac – Bet you weren’t expecting this one, but arugula has been used as an aphrodisiac since the first century. Romans discovered that those who ate arugula were more sexually energized and arugula developed a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac. There is actually science to back this up; the antioxidants and trace minerals found in this dark, leafy green are essential to your sexual health.

No matter what health benefit of arugula you find most appealing, you should definitely be adding this vegetable to your diet. Arugula is absolutely great for adding extra flavor to your salad, but you aren’t limited to salad if you want to introduce this veggie into your diet. Arugula is also a great addition to a pizza as it adds a lot of extra flavor but very few extra calories. Additionally, arugula tastes amazing added to your favorite tomato sauce of pesto recipe. Head to your local market and pick some of this leafy green up today to start seeing improvements in your health.

Using Pumpkin for Beautiful Skin

It is officially fall and the arrival of all things pumpkin is upon us. Seasonal favorites, like the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte, are back in full force and the uses of for pumpkin seem endless. From carving a Halloween pumpkin to baking that amazing pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, there is a pumpkin product that suits your taste. If you still aren’t sold on how awesome pumpkin is, this post may change your mind. While the vast majority of pumpkin popularity revolves around the cozy pumpkin spice flavor or their appearances at Halloween, there are other reasons to get excited about this orange-hued multi-tasker. Pumpkin is actually super beneficial for your skin, and the benefits of pumpkin added to your skin care can be enjoyed all year long, rather than for a few brief months each year.

Woman holding a pumpkin during fall.

Why is Pumpkin Good for Skin?
Simply put, pumpkin is great for your skin because it is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that your skin needs.

Carotenoids – Carotenoids are responsible for the vivid orange hue pumpkins possess. Alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, in addition with other carotenoids not only make pumpkins aesthetically pleasing, they also provide excellent protective antioxidants that improve your skin. Carotenoids are absorbed very well by the skin and the the antioxidants found in carotenoids help reverse UV damage and smooth the texture of the skin.

Vitamin C – This antioxidant is vital to your skin and has a multitude of benefits. Vitamin C helps protect against free radical damage, reduces inflammation and irritation, boosts healthy collagen production and fades dark spots from aging, sun damage and even post-acne marks. The added collagen boost means less fine lines and wrinkles on your face while the protection against free radicals helps to prevent more signs of aging from forming.

B Vitamins – Pumpkin is an excellent source of several B vitamins including B6, niacin, riboflavin and folate. Studies have shown that niacinamide helps control the popular rosacea issues, flushing and blushing. It may also help lighten dark spots on the face. Niacinamide is also used in the treatment of acne. Folate is a great skin care ingredient because it improves circulation which helps speed up cell turnover and cell renewal.

Minerals – The minerals found in pumpkin are many, but some of the most important include copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese. Zinc is a skincare superstar; it protects cell membranes, fights acne, promotes skin renewal and maintains collagen levels. Copper, zinc and potassium not only benefit your skin, but also your hair.

There are already a number of beauty products contains including scrubs, toners and masks. However, using fresh pumpkin to DIY skincare is super easy. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin to create an easy face mask. Grab ¼ cup of pumpkin and whisk together with one egg. If you have oily skin, consider adding some apple cider vinegar, and for dry skin add a bit of honey. Slather all over your face and leave for 15-20 minutes then rinse. No more wasted pumpkin after serious carving sessions, you can save it and use it to improve your skin.


Collagen Peptides and Your Body

You know that collagen is necessary for healthy skin and that as you age your natural collagen levels decrease. However, you may not be aware that collagen is also a part of your bones, muscles and organ tissues. Simply stated, your body needs collagen to work effectively. While there are numerous studies on collagen and its effect on your skin, up until recently there were no studies that showed what effect, if any, collagen has on your body composition. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition examined what effect collagen supplements had on body composition and the results were quite exciting.

Collagen molecule.

Why Your Body Needs Collagen
Collagen is a natural protein that is an essential part of healthy skin, organs and tissue. Nearly one third of the protein content in your body is collagen and it is also found in your bones, muscles and organ tissue. Your body naturally produces collagen, but as you age there is a disruption in collagen production. Women in particular are affected by collagen disruption during ageing because women produce less collagen than men do. Without collagen, your skin loses its firmness and elasticity which results in saggy, wrinkled skin.

The Study
Led by Professor Daniel Konig of the University of Freiburg, a study conducted recently indicates that collagen peptides in addition to resistance exercise may increase muscle mass and strength while decreasing fat mass. The study also suggested that age-related muscle loss was lessened with exercise and certain collagen peptides. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study is the first to examine the effect collagen peptides have on body composition and muscular output. For the study, 53 men, with an age averaging 72, who were experiencing muscle loss (a natural occurrence in the aging process) were recruited for a double-blind placebo controlled study. During the course of the study, half of the men received supplements (BodyBalance collagen peptides) while others were given a placebo pill. All participants engaged in the same resistance training program three times each week for a period of 12 weeks.

The Results
As the study concluded, researchers discovered that collagen peptides increased the benefits of aging men who were experiencing muscle loss. The researchers wrote “[o]ur data demonstrate that compared with placebo, collagen peptide supplementation in combination with resistance training further improved body composition by increasing fat free mass, muscle strength and the loss in fat mass.” When speaking about the study’s focus they noted that “[t]he impact on body composition has not been in the focus, as it is generally believed that the relatively low biological value of collagen would not favor a significant improvement on muscular net protein synthesis. The results of the present investigation do not support this assumption, and the following findings could contribute to further explain the increase in FFM (fat free mass) and strength following collagen protein supplementation…”

Interestingly, this study showed that collagen supplementation was more effective than whey protein at maintaining body weight and balance. While the findings are certainly interesting and encouraging, the researchers suggest that further study in order to determine what the effect of collagen supplementation and resistance training will be among different ages and genders. Additionally, further research is required to determine the most effective dosage levels of collagen supplementation. Although more study is necessary, the results of this finding are encouraging for those wishing to increase muscle strength during the aging process, as well as those looking to decrease fat mass and maintain a healthy weight.

Lavender for Skin Care

Lavender has long been praised for its soothing and relaxing aromas. This herb has been used for centuries for a large variety of purposes and can be found in everything from pillow sprays to herbal teas. However, there is a pretty good chance that if you were to take a look at all of your skin care products, you would find at least one with lavender, or lavender oil, in it. As is the case with skin care, ingredients come and go in terms of popularity and recently lavender has been one of the most buzzed about beauty ingredients.

Lavender in a spa setting.

What is Lavender?
As mentioned above, lavender is an herb that produces beautiful purple blooms. Lavender is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial herb. There are several types of lavender including English lavender and Provence lavender among others. English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is the most commonly used variety of lavender when it comes to skin care. Native to the Mediterranean, English lavender is named for its ability to thrive in the English climate.

Essential oils are nothing new to skin care and beauty, and it is often lavender oil that will be used in a skin care product. While some essential oils can irritate the skin if applied alone, lavender is one of the few that does not. It is considered to be one of the safest oils for personal use, although some may find they have sensitivities to the chemical compounds in lavender oil.

Moisturizer containing lavender extract

Skin Care Uses for Lavender
Cleansing the Skin – Because lavender has antibacterial properties, it is an excellent ingredient to be used in facial cleansers. Cosmetic chemist, Ni’Kita Wilson, states, “[s]tudies have shown that while it might not the be most potent antibacterial ingredient, it does have some efficacy, so it can be used as a supporting secondary element to improve the odor of a product, while boosting its cleansing power as well.”

Detoxifying the Skin – Your skin is constantly being assaulted by environmental pollutants and other toxins. When you want to purge your skin of these toxins, look to lavender to help you do so. Claude Saliou, Ph. D. and director of research for Johnson & Johnson, praises lavender as a detox agent saying, “[i]t contains powerful antioxidants that will prevent and counteract the irritating effect of pollutants on the skin. Plus, studies have shown that elevated stress results in rough skin, so lavender can improve skin by acting as a mentally calming agent.”

As an Acne Treatment – The anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make lavender a great cleansing agent also make lavender a great acne treatment. With other essential oils, for instance tea tree essential oil, you are strongly advised not to put pure oil directly on your skin. Because lavender oil is gentle, you can dab a bit of pure lavender oil directly onto blemishes. The lavender oil fights the bacteria that causes acne while also reducing any inflammation resulting from breakouts.

The skincare industry is loving lavender as a skin care ingredient and is using it in cleansers, facial masks, gels and soaps. A bonus of using lavender as a part of your skin care routine is that you also receive all of the amazing calming benefits of lavender which can help you start, and end, your day stress-free and relaxed. Be on the lookout for products containing lavender essential oil, or simply purchase your own bottle to incorporate this amazing ingredient into your skin care regimen.

Ingredient Spotlight: Activated Charcoal

The word “coal” doesn’t exactly conjure up images of your favorite beauty products; most likely you’re thinking somewhere along the lines of summer grilling when you hear the word. The skincare industry is constantly evolving, finding new purposes for old ingredients or adding new ingredients designed to deliver miracles. Now when you think of “coal,” you just might be thinking of your favorite face mask or cleanser. Activated charcoal is one of the most recent skincare ingredients with immense popularity and you can suddenly find the ingredient in a ton of skincare products. With all of the buzz, is activated charcoal worth checking out? Read below to find out just what activated charcoal is and whether or not you should be using this trendy ingredient.


What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal typically is derived from coconut shells, wood or peat. The difference between regular charcoal and activated charcoal is due to the process the charcoal goes through after formation. Activated charcoal is exposed to gases, mostly oxygen, at high temperatures in order to create a number of small pores in the charcoal.

How Does Activated Charcoal Work?
Activated charcoal has been used in the medical field for a long time as poison control. The small pores on the surface of activated charcoal chemically bind substances (such as drugs). Activated charcoal has significant absorption properties in addition to a large surface area. It is the binding and absorption that has sparked an intense interest among skincare companies. The thought behind using activated charcoal in skincare products, such as face masks, is that it draws out toxins and impurities found in the skin.

Does Activated Charcoal Work?
Like many ingredients in skincare, there is a debate about whether or not activated charcoal is actually effective at removing toxins from the skin. Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean the skin. Many experts claim that activated charcoal removes toxins and impurities from the skin, clearing up acne. However, dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffert, disagrees saying “[h]ow well does (charcoal) work on the skin? Truthfully, there isn’t solid clinical data one way or the other. Using a pitch-black product to purify the skin sounds both intriguing and cool…the uniqueness of the ingredient itself, especially its color, is likely the main driver behind the recent surge in popularity of activated charcoal facial cleansers and masks.”

Whether or not there is scientific evidence that activated charcoal is a beneficial ingredient in skincare, there are many that sing its praises and use it for everything from cleansing the face to whitening teeth. If you are interested in trying activated charcoal but don’t want to spend tons of money to experiment with it, consider purchasing activated charcoal capsules. Simply opening one of these and adding the powder to your cleanser or your next facial mask is a way to try the ingredient.

Ingredient Spotlight: Acmella Oleracea Extract

The quest for youthful looking skin seems never-ending. Serums, creams, lotions and potions all promise to keep your skin looking radiant, and there certainly are some skincare products with quality ingredients and formulas that really do deliver results. Some choose to go a bit bigger in the battle against aging and look towards plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures to maintain a bright, beautiful appearance. Now, you may be able to skip traditional cosmetic procedures for aging, like BOTOX, and use skincare products that contain acmella oleracea extract. This plant extract has been used for years for medicinal purposes, but it is now being looked at as an alternative treatment for anti-aging.

Oleracea plant

What is Acmella Oleracea?
This plant is a small, tender annual that can grow from 12 to 15 inches and spreads about two feet wide. The leaves of the acmella oleracea plant are a dark, bronzey green on top but paler underneath. The oval shaped flowers of this tree are a bright yellow with a single orange-red center. Also known as toothache plant, acmella oleracea has been long used as a treatment for toothaches because it has analgesic effects. While you can chew on the leaves for relief from a toothache, you can also use an extract of the plant. It is the extract of this plant that is used for cosmetic purposes as well.

What Does Acmella Oleracea do for Your Skin?
When applied topically, the extract of this plant relaxes facial muscles and reduces muscle tension. In turn, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are much less pronounced. Wrinkles caused partly by muscle tension, ease and relax when exposed to the extract, providing a smoother, more even complexion. Some people have claimed that this extract is an excellent natural solution to aging because it lacks the invasiveness of BOTOX. Acmella oleracea extract is also a much more cost effective alternative to procedures like BOTOX.

The extract contains analgesic alkylamides known as splinthol. It is the splinthol in acmella oleracea extract “paralyzes” facial muscles. To be most effective, the extract is applied topically in products. The formulation of skincare products containing acmella oleracea must be of quality ingredients that are able to penetrate the skin easily. As the extract penetrates the skin it inhibits contractions in subcutaneous muscles.

Does it Work?
Although there is still ongoing research regarding acmella oleracea, the answer as to whether it is effective seems to be yes. A clinical study revealed that 75% of patients reported seeing significantly smoother skin the day after initial application. Currently, there are patents in the works to develop this anti-aging extract as a safe, natural and cost efficient alternative to BOTOX.

In the quest against aging, there seems to constantly be a new miracle product,  ingredient or procedure that promises youthful skin. Acmella oleracea extract is a promising ingredient in the fight against aging. To achieve the best results from any anti-aging product, you must be taking good care of your skin keeping it cleansed and hydrated. If you are interested in anti-aging, be on the lookout for skincare products that contain this wonderful plant extract.

Ingredients to Detox Your Skin

The skin is your body’s largest organ. Some people feel that using skincare products to soothe, repair and heal your skin is merely vanity. However, this is really untrue. Your skin is a reflection of how you treat your body, not just a reflection of the products you choose. A healthy diet in conjunction with proper skin care can dramatically change the appearance of your skin. Just as you need to detox your inner organs every now and then, you need to detox your skin as well. Drinking detox water, eating foods that help remove toxins like cucumbers or lemon will definitely play a large role in the detox of your skin. To achieve maximum results, look for products with the following ingredients.

Salicylic acid chemical formula.

Salicylic Acid
This popular exfoliant and acne treatment is one that you may want to look for when you are trying to detoxify your skin and restore it to health. Salicylic acid goes beyond cleaning the surface of your skin, it penetrates the pores. Once inside the pore, salicylic acid clears away accumulated dead skin cells, dirt and any other debris. You can find salicylic acid in facial and body cleansers, toners and astringents, moisturizers and other treatment products.

Citrus fruits.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that contains tons of skin benefits. Damaged skin needs extra attention and ascorbic acid, the most commonly used form of vitamin C in skincare and beauty products, helps repair your skin. Vitamin C is an essential part of your body’s collagen production process. Collagen is what gives your skin its elasticity and firmness. In addition to collagen production, vitamin C helps your skin to naturally heal itself, which damaged skin requiring a detox, needs.

Chamomile flowers and tea.

Chamomile Extract
Chamomile is a common staple for soothing your body whether you drink chamomile tea for a sore throat or use a skincare product that contains chamomile extract to soothe your skin. Chamomile contains flavanoids, plant derivatives that have antioxidant properties, and with other ingredients, and increases blood flow to the skin. Additionally, chamomile acts as an anti-inflammatory providing relief to irritated, damaged skin.

Green tea.

Green Tea
There are tons of skincare products available that make use of the amazing antioxidant power of green tea. Not only can you use green tea contained in products, you can also brew your own green tea and use it directly on the skin. The tannic acid in green tea is antibacterial and when applied topically it helps to draw impurities from your skin.

Just as a body detox clears out toxins, so does a skin detox. The use of these ingredients helps to deeply cleanse your face and repair any damage that has been done. You don’t have to detox your skin all the time, but an easy way to do so is by using a detoxifying mask once a week. For even better skin detox results, pair your skin detox with a body detox. Mix a pitcher of your favorite detox water to clear toxins from the inside out.

All About Beauty Oils

Oils are everywhere. It seems that every company, from drugstore skincare to luxury cosmetics, are offering some type of beauty oil that promises nothing short of miracles. However, there are still those that are hesitant to try beauty oils. Perhaps you are one of them. If you’re worried about breaking out, you definitely aren’t alone. Using the wrong beauty oils on your skin may cause clogged pores and breakouts, but when you find the beauty oil that suits your skin, you should expect to see only positive results. With every company offering beauty oils, how are you possibly supposed to know where to begin? Vine Vera Skincare has you covered. Here’s a beginner’s breakdown of beauty oils.

First, though oils have been gaining popularity in the last few years, they are nothing new to skincare and cosmetics. They have been used forever to treat skin care issues. You may already use some type of oil on your face already as they are common ingredients in serums and moisturizers. However, if you are looking to use a beauty oil for a specific problem or skin care concern you’d like to address, you may want to use something a bit more heavy duty than your current products. Here are some of the most widely beneficial beauty oils.

Argan oil

Argan Oil
Argan oil is one of the most buzzed about beauty oils, and with good reason. Argan oil is packed with vitamin E, essential fatty acids and carotenes. These components make argan oil one of the best beauty oils for adding extra moisture to your skin and hair. It also helps repair damage to severely dry or damaged skin and hair. Because of its popularity there are tons of options for argan oil, but you should be able to find it at a health food store for a far cheaper price than if you stick with a brand name skincare or cosmetics company.

Coconut oil.

Coconut Oil
Another popular beauty oil is coconut oil. Yes, the same coconut oil you can buy at your local grocery store. Coconut oil also contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E and adds protein to the mix. Coconut oil also has antibacterial properties, making this a good choice for those with acne-prone skin. Like argan oil, this beauty oil is not limited to your face. You can use it all over your body, in your hair and in your kitchen.

Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is another beauty oil that is appropriate for those who have acne prone skin. It contains linoleic acid which reduces inflammation and heals skin. Grapeseed oil also has astringent properties, making it suitable for skin that tends to breakout.

  • Sensitive Skin – If you have sensitive skin, try oils such as jojoba oil, olive oil and aloe vera oil.
  • Acne Prone Skin – As mentioned, coconut and grapeseed oil are great beauty oils for your face. Another beauty oil to try is carrot seed oil which helps stimulate cell growth and detoxify your skin.
  • Aging Skin – Argan oil and avocado oil are two great oils for aging skin that is beginning to lose moisture. Rosehip seed oil is also packed with vitamins C and A, making it great at combating fine lines and wrinkles.

It may take some trial and error before you find the right beauty oil for your needs. Begin with this guide and explore other oil options, like essential oils. Beauty oils are widely available and come at a range of price points, ensuring that you will be able to both find, and afford, beauty oils for your skin.