INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Vitamin C

Vitamin C found in oranges is great for health

You probably know about all the good Vitamin C can do for your body when it comes to preventing disease. Whether it was sailors in the 18th century using citrus on long trips to prevent scurvy or taking supplements to increase your immune system’s power during cold and flu season, Vitamin C’s benefits are already common knowledge.

 However, this potent nutrient isn’t only good for your insides, it is also a powerful aging fighter for your outsides. No matter how you cut it, Vitamin C is a vital component of skin health.

 Here are three ways that Vitamin C goes beyond its more commonly known uses and helps your skin:

 BATTLING FREE RADICALS

 Vitamin C often acts as an antioxidant, which means it fights free radicals that may damage your skin. Free radicals go to war against damaging elements that come into contact with your skin causing the atomic structure of your skin cells to become unbalanced. Pollutants, toxins such as cigarette smoke and even sunlight’s ultraviolet rays can damage the structure of cells and make your skin look older or, worse, increase the risk of skin cancer. Vitamin C helps fight these toxins off and repair damage that they might have left behind.   Vitamin C is used in many skin care fomulations

COLLAGEN PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

 One of the most important parts of having enough Vitamin C in your diet is to increase the production of the natural protein collagen. This protein is one of the most important building blocks for your body, including in your skin’s natural youthfulness. However, as we age the body stops producing as much collagen as it did when you were younger, making your skin sag and not able to repair itself as quickly from damage. Vitamin C works to help increase collagen synthesis in the skin and, in turn, make skin look youthful.

 DARK SKIN LIGHTENER

 The citric acid in Vitamin C can help brighten skin, but it also increases the levels of glutathione, a tripeptide that inhibits the skin’s production of melanin, or the chemical that darkens the skin. Since discovering Glutathione is a chemical found often in people with fairer skin, scientists have found ways to manufacture it and use it as an ingredient in products to lighten dark spots and blemishes. However, research is still being conducted as to whether Vitamin C works alone in lightening skin or if it part of a combination of nutrients that works to increase the levels of glutathione.

 Want to harness the positive effect of Vitamin C? Here are several ways to include it in your daily life:Oranges contain a high amount of Vitamin C

 -Get it into your diet; fruits like citrus, berries and even kiwi have higher amounts of Vitamin C, and vegetables such as red peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and various dark green leafy vegetables will definitely increase the amount in your system. Even herbs like parsley can also increase the amount of Vitamin C in your diet.

 -If you can’t get enough Vitamin C in your diet through fruits and vegetables, supplements are available over the counter, whether in pills or chewable formulas. However, studies have shown that it’s best to try to get Vitamin C through a healthy diet to achieve the most benefits.

 -Vitamin C can also work directly for your skin if you apply it topically. Many skincare formulas incorporate Vitamin C into their products along with other nutrients, such as Vitamins A and E, to give you the maximum health benefits your skin needs. There are plenty of natural remedies available, but be careful, as too much Vitamin C on your skin can be dangerous.

 Are you getting enough Vitamin C in your diet? Have you seen the direct benefits of this nutrient in your diet? Let us know in the comments below!

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera offers many healing benefits for the skin

As a child you probably remember that whenever you got a sunburn your mom told you to use Aloe Vera to soothe the pain. However, that’s not the only benefit this ingredient has to offer. Medicinally, Aloe Vera has been used for millennium to treat numerous health conditions, from upset stomachs to impaired immune systems. It makes sense given this ingredient’s chemical makeup: it contains over 75 different nutrients. With so much nourishment, it’s no wonder why Aloe Vera been a staple in the medical community for centuries.

It’s not only your insides that benefit from Aloe, the skin benefits of Aloe Vera go beyond soothing sunburns, those nutrients that work inside your body also provide benefits on the outside. Whether you indulge in drinking Aloe Vera juice regularly, opting for skincare products that contain this potent ingredient or apply the natural gel directly from the plant itself, one thing is for certain: whether your skin is oily or dry, there are plenty of benefits that Aloe Vera can offer your skin.

Here are six of the amazing properties that Aloe Vera has that can benefit your skin:

Aloe Vera can be used to help heal a variety of skin issues including psoriasis and eczemaACNE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of Aloe Vera can reduce the redness and inflammation that comes with acne, not to mention reduce the chances of scarring. Although it doesn’t necessarily cure acne, it can help prevent it with various nutrients that help nourish the skin, from Amino acid to Salicylic acid. If that last one sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a common form of acne treatment found in over the counter products.

SKIN HEALING: Two hormones in Aloe Vera, axim and gibberellins, aid in wound healing and building healthy skin cells, which is why so many people opt for this potent ingredient when it comes to sunburns. Aloe’s help can go beyond just the damage of UV rays, Aloe Vera is also great for healing small nicks when shaving and can even be used on stretch marks that might occur during pregnancy.

ANTI-AGING TREATMENT: The numerous antioxidants in Aloe Vera include Beta Carotene and Vitamins C and E, all of which are vital for skin health. Vitamins C and E in particular are crucial to producing collagen, reducing excessive sun damage, fighting free radicals and improving skin’s overall elasticity. These are all vital when you want younger-looking skin with diminished lines and wrinkles. The extract allows oxygen closer to the skin, which helps strengthen the tissue.

Slice off a piece of Aloe Vera plant and apply the gel inside directly to skin

NATURAL MOISTURIZER: The natural enzymes in Aloe Vera have a moisturizing effect on the skin and can help restore its natural pH balance. Aloe’s high water content doesn’t hurt either when it comes to healing skin. Its gelatinous texture lasts longer on the skin to replenish moisture more effectively than some over the counter creams. The best part is that this natural moisturizer is lightweight enough for even those with oily skin to be able to indulge.

 DARK SPOT REDUCER: The anti-aging effect of Aloe Vera is not only good for making skin appear more youthful but assist with improving your collagen production as well. It can also help lighten unsightly dark spots that you may not want on your complexion and existing scars. Aloe Vera encourages the renewal and regeneration of skin cells. When applied to dark spots or areas of hyperpigmentation Aloe aids the skin in producing fresh new cells to quickly replace the old damaged cells.

ALLERGY TREATMENT: Aloe Vera is beneficial in the treatment of various types of allergic reactions, mostly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. If you have a bug bite, applying some cooled Aloe Vera directly to the bites will soothe and calm the irritation. Aloe very useful for people who might have sensitive skin or very difficult skin conditions to treat, such as eczema, psoriasis and itchy skin. Apply an Aloe Vera cream or lotion form or the gel directly from the plant onto any areas of concern. The efficacy of this ingredient is so strong that it can help heal skin conditions much faster than waiting for the condition to improve on its own. Even more advantageously, it remains gentle enough that it won’t cause any irritation.

We love Aloe and all the benefits it provides. We hope that we have inspired you to add Aloe Vera to your medicine cabinet. In what ways do you plan on using Aloe Vera?

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Green Tea

You probably know by now that you can drink green tea for the best internal health, whether it’s for weight loss, an increased immune system or a lower risk of cancer. But the benefits aren’t only internal. Your skin can benefit tremendously from green tea’s healing properties with external application.

Many skin products are made with the benefits of green tea, from creams to body treatments. You may be asking yourself why this ingredient is so popular among the skin care industry. The truth is that there are multiple benefits from this potent ingredient that you may not necessarily be aware of.vine vera

CAFFEINE. Although it has been decried in the past as being bad for you, it’s actually one of the best things for your skin, particularly for your eyes. Caffeine increases circulation in the eye area to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Meanwhile, on the rest of your face it helps the blood flow, which means that your skin can maintain that healthy glow.

ANTIOXIDANTS. The antioxidants in green tea have a powerful effect on the inside of your body, so it’s only natural that it has the same effect on your skin. The polyphenols in green tea fight free radicals that can cause skin damage and make your skin appear sagging and lifeless. Studies are still being conducted by various research institutions, but green tea has been shown in the past to improve skin elasticity and reduce certain signs of aging. These are also combined to help inhibit the growth of proteins that can lead to cancerous cell growths.

ECGC. Epigallocatechin gallate, commonly known as ECGC, is known for its properties in reducing disease and inflammation. This can be helpful with treating a variety of skin conditions beyond just simple anti-aging, such as rosacea, psoriasis and possibly different types of skin cancer. This chemical can also help rejuvenate skin growth and help prevent acne.vine vera

VITAMINS. The healthy vitamins C, E and K all make their presence known in green tea. Vitamin C is incredibly helpful in aiding the body in producing collagen, which restores plumpness to sagging skin and is an important building block for that youthful glow. Vitamin E interacts with cells to help destroy free radicals and prevent cancer. The less commonly known vitamin, Vitamin K, helps boost the clotting factor in the skin and helps reduce redness. Put them all together, and you have a potent mix.

The best part about green tea is that it is readily accessible and easy to incorporate into your skincare routine. It’s not only simple to do but can be downright refreshing, particularly on a warm summer day. Here are some of the best ways to include this potent ingredient into your skincare routine:

-Your doctor says to always wear sunscreen, but you can combine green tea with a zinc oxide-based sunblock formula in order to give you the maximum sun protection. Put green tea into a spray bottle and let it cool in the refrigerator. Spray onto your skin and let dry before applying your sunscreen.

-You can use that same spray as a refreshing toner. After cleansing, spritz on your face before you apply your favorite moisturizer.

-Reduce the puffiness of your eyes with the green tea teabags. Run two under warm water to release the tea’s healing properties.  Apply to eyes and allow to rest on your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.vine vera

-Pair with your favorite facial cleanser for antioxidant properties. Run the teabag under the warm water and open the bag. Combine with your favorite cream cleanser and apply to your face, leaving on for five minutes and then rinsing.

-Use it for a steam facial. Make green tea in a bowl, put a towel over your face and put your face over the bowl. This method will open your pores and allow the toxins to escape. Leave on for five minutes, then wash face with cleanser.

-Look for Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, green tea’s technical name, on the ingredient label of your favorite skin care products. The cosmetics industry has caught onto the massive benefits of green tea and is including it in skin care products especially those focused on eyes.

Are you ready to incorporate some green tea into your skin care routine? How are you planning to do it?

Skin Beautification Drink?

can you drink your way to increased collagen production?

Collagen is found in many places, ranging from an injectable plumper for the lips to different foods we consume, ranging from meat to different kinds of vegetables. It is the natural protein component of younger-looking skin that leaves it youthful-looking. However, it is also something we lose as we age and our skin loses elasticity as a result. But should you be drinking it to keep you looking younger?

UK star Millie Mackintosh, among other celebrities, have been swearing by these drinks to maintain their skin’s youthful glow in just under 35 calories. Since their increase in popularity in Asia, these drinks have now made their way into North American and European markets, with the claim to replenish the lost collagen in skin and give you that same youthful appearance. However, are their anti-aging claims the real deal or is it a bunch of hogwash?

As they are so new to the American market, there is very little research on collagen drinks and their impact on overall skin health. Many collagen drinkers say that they notice a difference in their skin’s condition, but these drinkers may also opt for things that will make their skin healthier naturally, ranging from drinking more water to a healthy diet and exercise. Therefore it’s hard to judge how much of the improvement is from these collagen drinks versus natural methods that will make your body and, in turn, your skin healthier.

Most dermatologists disagree with the claims that liquid collagen will bring more collagen to your skin, mainly due to the science behind oral consumption into the stomach. Since collagen is a protein, your digestive system will only recognize that it is a sequence of amino acids, not specifically the collagen intended for your skin. As a result, the collagen that is supposed to be going to help replenish and rejuvenate your skin’s tone and elasticity will be broken down by stomach acid and then go to wherever your body needs it to go in order to increase its energy.

Instead of drinking up your collagen, these dermatologists will often suggest that in order to increase your body’s natural collagen production in the skin through diet, the best bet is to consume more Vitamin C. This vitamin, found in citrus fruits and berries and mainly known for its immune-boosting ability, is also known as ascorbic acid and is a key component in producing collagen. This, in turn, helps make skin look younger and reduce the signs of aging. And it’s much cheaper to add into your diet too: Vitamin C supplements are around $7 for about 50 pills, and plenty of foods that you eat, from fruits to vegetables, contain this vital ingredient. Meanwhile, liquid collagen can put you back up to $40 for a 30-day supply.

Vitamin C is not only important in supplement form, but also in your skincare routine. In addition to its important part in producing collagen, it can help minimize the appearance of age spots and wrinkles and brighten your skin’s tone. Look for skin care products with Ascorbic Acid listed as one of the ingredients.

What do you think about this new collagen drink, would you try it?

sodium hyaluronate is beneficial ingredient in skin care products

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: SODIUM HYALURONATE

When you read the side of your ingredients’ label, there are some chemicals that you may not recognize, such as Sodium hyaluronate. The complex names may scare you and make you wonder if you’re hurting or helping your skin. Not to worry though: quite a few of these chemicals may actually be beneficial for your skin. Allowing your skin to retain its necessary moisture and helping you keep your youthful glow for years to come.

Sodium hyaluronate is a sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, which is commonly found in the tissues and is often used to lubricate joints and other body parts. For those who need that extra cushioning in their joints, hyaluronic acid is available as an injection to treat osteoarthritis and also can be used as a lubricating aid for different types of surgeries, particularly those in the eyes.

This material is also found in abundance in younger skin and helps it retain moisture, keeping skin looking plump and free of wrinkles and other signs of aging. As we age, this material decreases in our skin, causing us to appear older and more tired. However, in its traditional hyaluronic acid form it has a hard time penetrating the skin due the large size of the particles, and is only effective for skin care if injected directly as Restylane. This is often not a favorable option, because it can cause irritation to some types of skin and needs to be done regularly in order to retain its effect.

Instead of going for needles, Vine Vera has gotten around this by using sodium hyaluronate. This has the same benefits of hyaluronic acid while being reduced to smaller particles. Due to their decreased size, these particles have the ability to penetrate the skin deeper and give it the moisture it needs. It holds more water than any other natural substance, about 1,000 times more than it weighs. This allows even more hydration to go into your skin while remaining gentle for most skin types.

When you pair a potent ingredient like sodium hyaluronate with other natural ingredients that provide the essential nutrients to keep skin healthy, you can provide the ultimate moisture with the optimum health. The deep penetration of this essential salt can help other ingredients, such as the anti-aging antioxidant Resveratrol featured in all of our Vine Vera products, to get to where it needs to go — such as targeting those fine lines and wrinkles in order to minimize the appearance of aging and return your natural youthful appearance.

Here are several Vine Vera products that feature sodium hyaluronate in their formulas:

Resveratrol Vitamin C Day Cream: Our special salt is paired with Resveratrol,  Oligopeptide-68, Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), and Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) in order to deliver moisture directly to the source while giving your nutrients your skin needs in order to minimize the signs of aging while delivering the ultimate in nutrients.

Resveratrol Sauvignon Blanc Neck and Chest Cream: Vitamins A and E target the signs of aging in an area where we don’t think about looking for them — specifically the neck and chest areas. These are often hit by the sun and can be damaged, but are often overlooked in skincare treatments in favor of targeting wrinkles on the face.

Resveratrol Malbec DNA Midnight Cream: This night formula takes sodium hyaluronate and pairs it with Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Vitamin E and Resveratrol in order to penetrate moisture deeper while you’re sleeping. You’ll then be able to wake up with the ultimate in hydration.

So when you look at your labels and see sodium hyaluronate, don’t be scared of the big words. Instead, look forward to the ultimate in hydration and anti-aging. For more information about our Vine Vera products, click here.

Vitamin C the New Cure for Cancer?

Some new reports point to Vitamin C as the new miracle for cancer victims.
Vitamin C may be an effective treatment booster for cancer patients
Though Vitamin C has been used by practitioners of alternative and holistic medicine dating far back into the past but it was mostly dismissed by conventional medicine since the 1970s. At that time there was a round of tests done on the efficacy of Vitamin C as a treatment for cancer but they all showed the vitamin as being ineffective. After three decades of anecdotal evidence researches decided to do new studies to determine if they were overlooking something and the results were illuminating.

Recent research studies by the University of Kansas Medical Center delved deeper into this seemingly contradictory mystery. How could it be that earlier investigations seem to be called into question by daily reports from doctors and patients? In order to get to the bottom of this conundrum they led a clinical trial on 27 patients who had either stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer. Patients were divided into two different groups: those receiving medicines such as paclitaxel or carboplatin and those who were taking the medicine along with a high dose of intravenously administered Vitamin C. The study lasted for 5 years during which the group receiving Vitamin C alongside their conventional medications experienced a much lower frequency of toxic side effects. Scientists also studied rodents in a laboratory setting and found that in this instance as well Vitamin C could kill cancer cells with little to no negative side effects. They believe that conflicting findings in previous studies were a result of patients being administered Vitamin C orally rather than intravenously, rendering it much less useful.
Researchers are shedding light on the best uses of Vitamin C in cancer treatments
Chemotherapy drugs can cause a laundry list of debilitating side effects such as higher incidence of infections; dietary and intestinal issues; changes in memory, appetite, sexuality, and fertility; fatigue; and nausea. It seems that any substance than can ease this long list of side effects would be extraordinary for cancer patients. Unfortunately, most conventional medical doctors still view Vitamin C as an incredulous treatment for cancer. Hopefully, as more new studies are published and results are viewed as a whole they will give doctors pause to see Vitamin C for what it really is – a healing elixir in the fight against cancer.

In March, on the other side of the world, Professor Lee Wang-jae of Seoul National University’s College of Medicine also called for an expansion of the number of research studies on the benefits of Vitamin C in the treatment of cancer. In an interview with The Korea Times he stated, “Medical oncologists are too exclusive, and patients are suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy…” He believes that at least some of the reason that the positive effects of Vitamin C have not been widely recognized is because dosage has been too low. Scientists having observed large amounts of Vitamin C being excreted in urine came to believe that the body was getting rid of extra Vitamin C. They began warning people about the dangers of excess Vitamin C consumption. But Wang-jae believes this is not accurate and higher doses of Vitamin C distributed throughout the day benefit not only cancer patients but healthy people as well. In his recent studies he showed that intravenous administration of Vitamin C is much more potent than oral because it can deliver the higher doses needed to be effective. Vitamin C is effective in cancer treatments when taken intravenously rather than orally

Vitamin C may not be able to cure cancer but it looks as though it delivers extremely impressive treatment results when administered alongside chemotherapy and cancer drugs. More research and studies on the Vitamin can only bring to light more information which will hopefully lead to the improvement of treatments for people afflicted with this terrible diseases. Along the way we may even learn more about the aging process and how to slow it down.

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