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10 Skin-Boosting Foods You Can Grow on Your Window Sill

Nothing beats the taste and quality of food that you have grown yourself, and the higher nutrition levels that you will find in these ingredients can do wonders for your body. Even if you do not have a garden, here are 10 skin-boosting foods that are so easy to grow on a sunny windowsill.

1. Cherry Tomatoes

cherry tomato plant growing in a pot

Tomatoes are fantastic for the skin, primarily because they are packed with lycopene.

Wondering what lycopene is?

It is an extremely powerful antioxidant, with thousands of studies backing up the way in which it can protect the skin from UV damage. Research has shown that those who eat a diet rich in tomatoes tend to enjoy 33% more protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Although tomatoes alone are not an adequate substitute for sunscreen, since they only have an SPF of about 1.3, they can still greatly magnify the effects that your standard sunscreen has

Impressed?

If so, it may be worth learning how to grow your own tomatoes at home, because nothing compares to the taste of a freshly picked tomato off the vine.

Since you need to be mindful of space, you would be best off opting for a dwarf variety, such as cherry tomatoes. Here are a few other varieties worth considering, with each one having its own unique taste:

  • Pretty Patio
  • Red Cushion
  • Early Salad
  • Tiny Tim

Since cherry tomatoes are quite small, they do not require a large pot, and you can opt for a small to medium sized container instead. Alternatively, try growing them in a hanging basket, as these enable them to be high off the ground, meaning that they will take up far less space. 

2. Spinach

spinach growing in a small pot

Spinach does not require much space to grow, and only needs a few hours of sun each day, making it perfect for your windowsill.

Wondering how spinach benefits your skin?

The answer is: in so many ways

  • Anti-Aging – spinach contains a high amount of vitamin A, which is known for being one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients out there, because it speeds up cell turnover, maintains skin health, and slows down the aging process.
  • Skin Repair – everything from UV rays to pollution can damage your skin, but spinach contains plenty of vitamin C, which helps your skin cells to heal and repair themselves
  • Dark Circles – dark circles under the eyes can be frustrating to deal with, but the vitamin K found in spinach is great for clearing these
  • Hydration – spinach is quite a moisture-rich food, making it great for keeping the skin and body hydrated

Wondering how to have a never-ending spinach supply on your windowsill?

It’s easy…

Simply grab a shallow planter – 6inches deep is all you need. Then, sow some spinach seeds, keep the soil moist, and then sit back and watch your greens grow.

Don’t forget…

The more you harvest your spinach leaves, the faster they will grow, so make the most of them once they reach an adequate size.

3. Basil

basil growing in a pot

With over 80 different nutrients found in basil, it is a surprise that this humble herb is not being touted as the next superfood.

There have been plenty of studies carried out on this ingredient, all of which point to the incredible benefits that basil can have for the body and skin.

Here are a few:

  • Antibacterial properties make it great for fighting bacteria and acne
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • A great source of vitamin A
  • High in magnesium, which can help to regulate the skin’s oil production
  • Also contains significant levels of vitamin K, vitamin C, iron and manganese

If you have already had a look at some of the basil seeds and plants out there, you are likely already aware of the sheer variety available. There are over 60 varieties of basil that you can grow, each with slightly different appearances and tastes, although they will all contain similar nutritional levels.

This is an easy herb to grow on your windowsill, requiring nothing more than a small pot and regular watering. 

4. Chillies

chillies growing in pots

No matter where in the world you live, you should be able to grow chillies on your windowsill, as long as the area is relatively warm, and receives sunlight. This is a beautiful plant to grow, as the chillies are so colorful and ornamental as their shades transform, and the flowers that come before this are a delight to look at.

Many people do not realize that just a tablespoon of chilli contains 108% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, an antioxidant that does so much for the skin.

Here are a few of the other skin, as well as general health, benefits that chillies can have:

  • Contains B vitamins and folic acid, both of which are great for the skin
  • Helps to fight infections
  • Maintains a healthy circulation
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Improves cognitive function

If you are new to growing plants, you may be best off buying a mature chilli plant from a garden center, and simply potting this up in a container of your choice for your windowsill.

However, if you have a green thumb, you should definitely sow your own chilli seeds, as this gives you so much more choice over the varieties that you can choose. From tiny vibrant purple chillies to elegant electric yellow chillies, you could even choose a variety based on the color scheme and décor of the room that it is to go in.

5. Garlic Greens

garlic greens

While it is possible to grow actual garlic bulbs on your windowsill, garlic greens, which are also known as garlic scapes, are a much quicker, and easier, alternative. This is basically garlic in a younger form, before its cloves have had time to mature.

When it comes to the skin, garlic greens are an antiseptic, and are also anti-inflammatory, making them effective at helping with a wide range of skin conditions.

This is an easy one to grow, if you follow these steps:

  • Purchase some fresh garlic cloves, and then plant each clove into some soil, with its pointed side facing upwards
  • Keep the soil moist, but do not over-water
  • In a few days, you will see a green shoot emerging from each clove
  • Once the shoot is long enough, harvest it by cutting off a few inches from the top

Wondering how you would use garlic greens?

You could either use them to garnish dishes, or allow the leaves to replace garlic gloves in just about any recipe

6. Sprouts

bean sprouts growing in a jar

Sprouts are likely to be one of the healthiest foods that you will ever grow, as they are a powerhouse when it comes to nutrients. In many cases, the nutrients contained in sprouts far exceed those that you will find in mature vegetables.

So, what exactly are sprouts?

Sprouts are basically seeds that have only just sprouted, meaning that sprouts can come in so many different varieties. You could create sprout versions of any plant out there, from sunflowers to coriander to carrots to beans.

While sprouts do require a bit of care and attention to grow, there are plenty of step-by-step guides online that will walk you through this. 

Don’t forget, if you are a big fan of sprouts, you can stagger the way in which you grow them, as this will mean that you will have fresh sprouts to enjoy each and every day.

7. Microgreens

microgreens

Microgreens are the next step on from sprouts, in that this is what the sprouts would look like if they had been able to continue growing. Just like with sprouts, these mini greens are usually much more nutrient-dense than their adult alternatives.

When it comes to growing microgreens, there is no reason as to why you cannot grow multiple seed varieties all together, as this will give you even more nutrients, as well as more flavor.

To give your skin a bit of a treat, these are some of the microgreens that you should consider growing:

  • Broccoli and kale – broccoli and kale sprouts and microgreens contain high levels of sulforaphane, which can significantly protect the skin from UV rays, while reducing redness and repairing skin damage
  • Arugula – high in vitamins A, C and K
  • Purple Cabbage – Especially high in vitamin A
  • Radish – high in vitamins, as well as many skin-boosting minerals, such as zinc, selenium, phosphorous, calcium, omega 3 and potassium
  • Pak Choi – improves skin tone and reduces blemishes and discoloration

8. Carrots

carrot growing in a glass

While standard, long carrots require quite a bit of depth in order to grow, there are many round and globe varieties out there that are perfectly suited for growing on a windowsill, and will taste far sweeter and richer than store-bought versions.

Carrots are a vegetable that you are best off growing from seed, and this can be done in just about any size of container, although keep in mind that the size and shape of your container will have a direct impact on the size of your carrots.

How long does it take to grow some carrots?

Usually just under a month, so it will not be long before you are enjoying your first harvest.

Wondering why you would want to grow carrots?

This root vegetable is packed with beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A once it is in your body. As mentioned above, vitamin A can help with a number of skin issues, from speeding up cell turnover to minimizing wrinkles and fine lines.

While you may think that eating carrots raw is best, the beta-carotene becomes much more bio-available when it is cooked, so do not be afraid to experiment with the many cooked carrot recipes out there.

9. Lemons

lemons

Lemons are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that can do wonders for your skin. In addition to enjoying the benefits of vitamin C when consuming a lemon, do not forget that this is an ingredient that can also be used topically on your skin.

How?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Contains citric acid that can lighten and brighten skin tone
  • Applying lemon juice to lips will exfoliate them
  • Mixed with tea tree oil, lemon juice can be a great toner
  • Lemon juice is antibacterial, making it great for blackheads and acne

Lemon plants can take two to three years to produce fruit, but, fortunately, two or three year old lemon plants are easily available at most garden centers. The plant itself is relatively easy to look after, but keep in mind that citrus trees enjoy moist air, so give them a mist with a water spray every once in a while.

10. Mushrooms

mushrooms

Mushrooms are a common ingredient all over the world, but many people do not realize just how fantastic mushrooms are for the skin.

In fact, there are now so many studies out there that back up some of the many benefits that mushrooms can have:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties that can help with acne, eczema and rosacea
  • Rich in vitamin D, selenium and antioxidants, all of which protect the skin from environmental damage
  • Improves skin tone
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Heals oxidative stress
  • Some mushrooms can enhance the layer of fat beneath the skin, resulting in a smoother and plumper complexion

In fact, mushrooms are so powerful that you will now find their extracts in many topical skin care products, from serums to creams.

You may be wondering…

“Can I really grow mushrooms on my windowsill?”

Well, technically, the answer is no, but you can still grow them in a cool and dark area of your house.

How?

Your best bet, if you are new to growing mushrooms, is to purchase a mushroom-growing kit, as this will provide you with everything that you need, as well as clear instructions to follow.

Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

Checking out ingredient labels on skin care product With winter approaching, you may notice that your summer skincare products aren’t quite doing what you need them to. It’s pretty universal that skin gets drier the colder the weather gets. From freezing temperatures and lack of moisture outside, to hot air inside, it can be really difficult for your skin to achieve a good balance. What most of us need during winter is added moisture, but not everybody can use the exact same ingredients or product formulations, but there is one ingredient that seems to come close to being perfect for everyone.

What is Squalane?
Squalane is an oil that occurs naturally in the body in addition to vegetable oils (most notably olive oil) and in certain shark livers. Squalane and squalene are related: Squalene is the non-hydrogenated form of oil from shark livers. The reason most beauty products use squalane rather than squalene is that the latter has a tendency to oxidize quickly after exposure to the air. Squalane is purified oil that is appropriate for use on even the most sensitive skin.

What is Squalane Used For?
Squalane occurs naturally in the body, however, production of this oil significantly slows down during the aging process. Your levels of squalane peak around the age of 20, and then begin a rapid decline.

Most commonly, squalane is used as a moisturizing agent in cosmetics. Perhaps the most appreciated benefit of using squalane as a moisturizer is that although it is an oil, it has absolutely no oily feel and fully penetrates your skin rather than just sitting on top of it. It is thought that squalane is most beneficial if you experience dry skin or mild eczema because the oil is non-irritating and is fragrance free. But, just because you wouldn’t classify your skin as dry doesn’t mean you can’t make use of this wonderful ingredient. Squalane oil is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t cause your pores to clog. If you have oily skin and are hesitant to try an oil, then squalane oil is perfect for you because it moisturizes without the signature heavy, oily feeling.

While squalane is most famously used as a moisturizing agent, it is a powerful antioxidant as well and several recently conducted studies have shown that it may be effective at combating the signs of aging. Because squalane is able to penetrate deeply into the skin, it is thought that this oil helps diminish and reduce the amount of fine lines and wrinkles and age spots that you experience. Additionally, squalane may help prevent future damage from free radicals and ultraviolet (UV) light.

Is There any Danger in Using Squalane?
At present, there are no reported side effects associated with using squalane. However, there is an environmental concern regarding squalane that has been harvested from shark livers. To avoid this, select squalane that is derived from vegetable oils, most commonly olives. If a product does not specify what the source of the squalane is, play it safe and avoid it (if you have an objection to using shark livers to harvest the oil).

Where can you Find Squalane?
Beauty companies are rapidly taking advantage of this healthy skin ingredient, so be on the lookout for it to be listed among the ingredients on labels. If you are interested in going straight to the source, you can purchase pure squalane oil from various places such as health and whole foods stores, or even online at Amazon.com.

Beauty labels, like all labels, put the ingredients that have the largest concentration in the formula first and then the ingredients follow in a descending order. To make sure you’re receiving all the benefits of squalane, look for formulations that don’t place squalane at the tail end. Perhaps one of the greatest things about squalene oil is that it is an inexpensive option for skin care. Simply pick up a bottle of pure squalane oil (most bottles retail for anywhere from $10-$30, although there are certainly more expensive options as well) and make a custom moisturizer. Add a few drops of squalane oil to your favorite moisturizer to receive maximum moisture. Be prepared and meet winter weather head on by stocking up on moisturizing agents, like pure squalane oil, now.

Vine Vera on Best Oils for Hair and Skin – VineVera Reviews

Various types of oils for healthy skin and hair Many people are plagued by things such as dry skin and hair during the winter months, and even all year long. There are proactive ways to combat this problem – one of them specifically is using hair oils and skin oils. Some people prefer to use natural, organic oils over products made with the inclusion of various types of oils in them. This post focuses on those types of oils, and what ones work best for the skin and the hair. Vine Vera understands your desire for clear, concise information, and therefore we are here to provide that to you.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is a fantastic all-natural oil in which you can use for both the skin and the hair. It has wonderful moisturizing capabilities, and can be applied just as you would a lotion or a cream for the skin and is absorbed rather quickly. The reason this type of oil is so healthy for the skin and hair is due to its ability to offer anti-inflammatory qualities. This is great for those with scalp conditions, and skin conditions such as eczema. It’s rich in Vitamin E and beneficial fatty acids. There are various types of olive oil in which you could choose to use, but it doesn’t make much difference in terms of skin or hair care – they are all beneficial. When it comes to different flavors, they might be used for different forms of cooking – but for skin care, it doesn’t make much difference. Opt for a high quality, organic olive oil if you are able for optimum skin and health benefits.

Coconut Oil
When it comes to coconut oil, you want to opt for pure, unrefined coconut oil such as organic/virgin brands and options. This is because the ‘other’ brands sold in stores are essentially robbed of all beneficial nutrients and you are thus paying for nothing beneficial to your skin or hair. Coconut oil is fantastic for your skin and hair and can be used like a lotion, conditioner, and hair serum. It moisturizes dry hair and curly hair, and provides exceptional hydration and works better than typical facial moisturizers due to its long-lasting moisture capabilities. Most typical face creams have more water than anything else, and although they feel hydrating once applied, as soon as they dry, they leave your skin feeling parched again. Not so with coconut oil; in fact, you will feel smooth all day long. You can use it all over your body as you would with any type of lotion or cream. You can also use it in the shower, as it has wonderful exfoliating capabilities if applied with a soft loofah.

Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is another oil which can be used on the hair and skin. It’s exceptionally moisturizing, contains beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants, and various other benefits such as:

  • Used to treat stretch marks
  • Used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Contains high levels of Vitamin E, which is known to moisturize the skin and lock the moisture in

There are many benefits to this fantastic oil as well.

Opting for natural, organic oils are always the best way to go when choosing oils for skin and hair care, and as with any product, do some research on these products to see what others have to say about it and also check out the many benefits of each oil to see which one would be best for you and your needs. Vine Vera wishes you beautiful skin and hair, and we hope these tips helps you achieve them!

Vine Vera Reports on Brit’s Fave Skin Care Ingredients

In Britain, women tend to take very good care of their skin. Being that their skin tends to be a bit on the paler side, they are sure to always wear sunblock when participating in outdoor activities – when the sun decides to shine, of course. There is much to be learned from the women of England and their skin care routines, and Vine Vera Cosmetics would like to admonish you with some of that information today. If you’ve ever wondered how the women in England take care of their skin, and would like to learn how you can incorporate some of the ingredients they favor into your own skin care routine, read on.

Aloe Vera branches, slices and skincare product Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a gentle product which comes from the Aloe plant. These plants typically grow in warmer regions and their gel is harvested for sale in bottles by itself, and are even crafted into juice forms for consumption. From treating and soothing a sun burn, to helping heal dry or damaged skin, aloe is a go to product for women across England. It’s infused into many beauty products, as well as lotions, creams and shower and bath products. Due to its gentle nature, aloe is one of the top ingredients used in Britain.

Lactic Acid
Lactic Acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid, otherwise known as AHA, which is a powerful yet gentle exfoliant used in many cleansing, moisturizing, and serum products as well as other beauty products, and fights fine lines, wrinkles, blotchy skin and pigmentation problems. Lactic acid has been touted as one of the most beneficial ingredients for use in fighting the aging process that occurs within the skin. It is typically derived from fruit products and even milk through a fermentation process. It is typically more of a gentle option than Glycolic Acid.

Pineapple with slices Pineapple
Unbeknownst to many, pineapple is used in cleansers for its cleansing ability and properties. This is an ingredient many Brits adore, as it’s all natural. Many women in Europe tend to opt for products which contain a more natural approach whenever possible. They believe in the beauty and nature of organic and all natural products, utilizing them whenever possible. Pineapple can be found in many cleansers, and even toners, and many British women swear by these products including this very ingredient.

Glycolic Acid
Another AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, and is usually derived from fruit products which have been fermented or extracted. It helps to remove the outer layer of dead skin, encouraging growth of new skin cells – thus, it is considered a safe and gentle exfoliant such as Glycolic Acid. This ingredient is beneficial for those who are looking to fight the aging process, and for those with acne prone or combination skin tones.

Though most of these ingredients are those which you may have heard of being incorporated into beauty products and skin care in the past, some are probably new to you. With different locations comes different product combinations. Perhaps taking a cue from the Brits will allow us to all have more beautiful and healthy skin.

Vine Vera with Top Ingredients to Care For Mature Skin – VineVera Reviews

Closeup portrait of a cheerful woman holding cucumber slices by eyes

As we age, our skin care needs change. Mature skin needs more attention, time, and devotion to fight the aging process than younger skin, and requires a great deal more care. If you truly want to restore a youthful glow to your skin, there are things you can try to reverse the process, and they work. More importantly, there are ingredients in which you can use on a daily basis that will allow you to look and feel noticeably healthier skin. Vine Vera Skincare would like to offer you some advice on the different types of ingredients you can and should be using every day to give your skin a healthy appearance and fight the aging process for those with mature skin.

Retinol
Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that works to combat fine lines, wrinkles, skin spots –either from the sun, or from age – and it works by boosting skin cell regeneration and the time it takes between formation and regeneration of new skin cells. It is best used at night, and is dermatologist recommended for any mature woman’s skin to help curb looking older. There are many products on the market containing Retinol, and by experimenting with different brands and products, you can find the one that works best for you. It should be used after cleansing and before applying a good, thick moisturizing cream.

Sunscreen
While you probably didn’t see this one coming, sunscreen contains imperative ingredients for mature skin. The skin, as we age, is more susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer, and any type of exposure to the sun requires a good sunscreen. Many daily facial moisturizers contain SPF properties, and are imperative to fight aging and even to help reverse the effects of aging. You should always opt for a 30 SPF or higher when buying bottles of sunscreen, and always be sure to apply it to any and all areas of the skin which are to be exposed to the sun. Opt for a brand such as La Roche Posay, which is a fabulous sunscreen and perfect for mature skin.

Antioxidants
By infusing your skin every morning with antioxidants, you will help to repel wrinkles, spots and potentially even skin cancer. You could eat antioxidant rich berries, such as blueberries, in your morning cereal which would be fantastic for overall skin and body health, but by actually incorporating products containing antioxidants topically to the skin, you are giving yourself a one up as these components will absorb directly and work where they are supposed to. Look for products containing Vitamin C, green tea, or pomegranate for the ultimate in Antioxidant protection.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
Products containing glycolic acid, which is a form of alpha-hydroxy acid, are potent enough to snuff out wrinkles, smooth out lines, and help other anti-aging components applied to the skin penetrate the skin quicker and work more effectively. Opt for a glycolic acid peel, and you will be sure to have refreshed and rejuvenated skin in no time. Be sure not to overuse any type of alpha hydroxy acid or you could end up damaging your skin. Once per week is enough.

Vine Vera with Holiday Food Tips – VineVera Reviews

Thanksgiving time is here, and with this holiday comes immense amounts of glorious foods. When you are planning your dinner and dessert menu, thinking of your skin isn’t something that normally comes to mind. There are ways in which you can have great tasting food without lacking in flavor what-so-ever, while cutting down on the baddies such as salt and sugar, and incorporating ingredients that are more natural and fresh, yet full of flavor.

Vine Vera Cosmetics wants to help you maintain great skin throughout the holiday season. There are some foods which provoke problematic skin to act out, such as excessive oil production, and acne. These conditions can be completely tamed if we choose to change our diets and add more fresh, wholesome ingredients into the mix. Vine Vera shows you a few simple and easy changes you can make to ensure your skin is in good health.

Bottle of iodized table salt

Say Nay to Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt is known to cause water retention and bloating, and who really wants to deal with that? With all of the cute new clothes you bought for fall, it would be a shame if you swelled to a size where you couldn’t wear them for a while. Salt is also known for exacerbating acne and blemish prone skin, and is better substituted for something more natural, such as sea salt. Sea salt is a natural compound derived for consumption in or on food. Being that it is non-iodized, there are some fantastic health benefits to swapping out your table salt for sea salt. Help control your acne prone skin and offer a healthier alternative to your guests. Chances are, they will never taste the difference!

  Beautiful pumpkin pie surrounded by mini pumpkins

Say Yes to Pumpkin

Pumpkin, believe it or not, has been known to do amazing things for your skin. It is loaded with Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which brighten and soften the skin, as well as increases and speeds up the skin cell regeneration process. So, feel free to serve a delicious pumpkin pie – although cutting back on the sugar content will be your best bet – and it will still taste fantastic! Try roasting pumpkin instead of using the canned kind to bring out its natural sweetness and make your dish more flavorful while cutting back on the added calories of extra sugar.

Gravy boat full of healthier grav

A Better Gravy

There’s nothing like mom’s homemade gravy, right? Well, you can make your own version of a Thanksgiving gravy while nixing the pan drippings, and using a low fat turkey stock instead! Use the amount of turkey stock you would normally use from the pan drippings, and make as you normally would. It tastes fabulous and also cuts down on fat content – and best of all, won’t cause blemishes, as would pan drippings. Amen to that!

While it can take a little bit of getting used to, making small changes in your holiday meal are the best thing you can do for your skin. By taking responsibility as to what goes into your body, you have the power to control what appears on your body. You can thank us later!

Ingredients Vine Vera is Most Grateful For – VineVera Reviews

"I'm Thankful For" sign surrounded by fall leaves

This holiday season, there is so much to be thankful for. Aside from a roof over all of our heads, food to eat, water to drink, shopping, presents, and family, we at Vine Vera are also thankful for a few ingredients that we just don’t think the world could do without. Vine Vera would like to take a minute to speak on each of these ingredients in which we believe are some of the most incredible ingredients available in skincare, and tell you why we are thankful for each.

Resveratrol
Resveratrol is one of the finest ingredients available in the skin care world, in our opinion. It is a polyphenol compound and is found in certain foods, such as grapes, actual wine products, eucalyptus, and lilies, among other plants and foods. Resveratrol is believed to have anti-carcinogenic properties, and can help reverse the signs of aging by topically applying the product to the skin through use of products such as the Vine Vera Merlot Collection.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins that can be used in skincare products, and Vine Vera is thankful for this nutrient due to its many properties. For example, vitamin c is an immune system booster if taken internally. It brightens the skin, and gives it an illuminated glow. It fights the aging process, and has been said to work to reduce the signs of aging through use of products such as Vine Vera’s Vitamin C Serum. It stimulates collagen production within the body, which keeps the skin elastic and youthful. It fights free radicals within the body and within the skin, allowing the skin to stay supple and healthy for a longer period of time.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another beneficial vitamin found in nature that is essential to the body and healthy skin. It is categorized as an antioxidant, and provides the skin with its own army to fight free radicals, which can actually cause serious damage to the skin through things such as dryness, wrinkles, and fine lines. Since Vitamin E isn’t actually produced by our own bodies, it needs to either be ingested through foods or as a supplement. There are many products which contain Vitamin E, but a Vitamin E supplement coupled with a product and a diet rich in vitamin E containing foods will give your body the best boost possible. Some of the best foods containing good sources of vitamin e are avocados and nuts.

Collagen
Although naturally occurring within the body, as we age, the need for a collagen booster in product form becomes essential to our skin’s overall health. Collagen is imperative to the skin renewing process, as well as firm, tone skin. With age, our skin loses collagen and it becomes more difficult for the body to produce it on its own. Rather than opting for collagen injections, which is a great idea if you have tried everything else, you can incorporate products into your daily skin care routine which contain collagen to help where the body may not be able.

These are a few of our top ingredients list in which we at Vine Vera are most thankful for. What are some of your favorite ingredients in skin care products? Let us know.

Ingredients You Need This Fall

Fall is here, and there are so many wonderful things to look forward to. There are wonderful scents associated with this time of year, and beauty all around. The leaves have been changing color, there are vacation days to look forward to taking off from work, and there are goodies waiting to be baked and a turkey just waiting for roasting come Thanksgiving Day. There’s apple picking, hayrides, and bonfires. Fall truly is a fantastic time of year. Maintaining your skin should also be at the forefront of your mind this during the fall, as your skincare needs are sure to change drastically with the changing weather.

When it comes to skin care for this fall, are you prepared and ready to properly care for your skin? Do you know the ingredients you should be incorporating into you daily skin care regimen? If not, don’t fret – Vine Vera Cosmetics has you covered. Vine Vera takes a look at some of the great and nourishing ingredients you can and should incorporate into your daily routine to maintain the beauty of your skin and its well-being.

Miniature oranges inside a vitamin C pill container

Vitamin C

Infusing your body and skin with a good vitamin C supplement is a fantastic way to boost your immune system, and maintain the moisture still within the skin. It aids in skin cell regeneration, and is a staple for the regeneration of collagen. Collagen is essential to providing the skin with its elasticity. Try applying a product to your face containing Vitamin C, such as the Resveratrol Vitamin C Serum from Vine Vera, and monitor for improvements to the quality of your skin. It can potentially ward off wrinkles, and keep the skin young and fresh. Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce age spots.

nourishing cream with ceramides

Ceramides

Ceramides are important to the health of our skin, because they help keep moisture retained in the skin. They are known as a fatty acid which is essential and beneficial to the skin. During the dry fall months, your skin has a tendency to lose moisture, and therefore could use a boost from a product containing ceramides. Look for a product which combines ceramindes with other skin moisturizers like Aloe or Shea, these essential components will moisturize the skin and keep the moisture locked in all fall long.

Dropper full of Retinol

Retinol

Retinol is actually part of the Vitamin A family. Its job is to provide skin with a collagen boost, enable the pores to remain free, clear, and unclogged, and smooth the skin. During the drying months upon us, retinols are essential to add to our daily facial care regiment to keep the skin healthy and vibrant. It is advised to use a retinol based product at night before bed rather than in the morning before possible sun exposure. It’s been said that retinol products are better applied at nighttime as wearing them under sunscreen could pose problems.

 

Care for the Skin Your In

Proper maintenance and care of the skin can provide you with the moisturized skin you want all fall long. While it can be a bit tricky to find products you love, experimenting with various Vine Vera products containing the above ingredients or seeking help from our in-store experts can help to prevent problems before they begin, ensuring you have less to worry about later. A few small steps a day can prevent having to focus time on treating a potential problem, and will allow you to focus more time on enjoying this beautiful season.

Vine Vera Reports on the Best Skin Care Oils – VineVera Reviews

iStock_000014176380_Small You might have been using skin care oils for years and might already be hooked to them, but you aren’t getting the best benefits that these wonderful oils have to offer until you’re using the best ones for your skin type. This guide from Vine Vera helps you understand which oils are the best for your Vine Vera skin care routine and what benefits they actually have to offer.

 

Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annus Seed Oil)

Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, also known as sunflower oil, is believed to be highly beneficial for your skin and your hair. Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why sunflower oils are so essential in terms of your skin care.

 

Ingredients

  • Vitamin A, C & E –Sunflower oils are rich in Vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is considered to be highly useful for anti-aging skin care and it is one of the best anti-agers around. The main role of Vitamin C is to offer your skin with antioxidant protection which helps to prevent free radical damage and stop your collagen and elastin proteins from getting destroyed. Finally, sunflower oil is also believed to be one of the best natural sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is vital for the day-to-day nutritional requirements and it helps with blood clotting as well.
  • Zinc –One of the main benefits of sunflower oil is that it contains zinc. The presence of zinc allows the oil to strengthen the immune system and also helps the body in avoiding cough and cold.
  • Omega-6 –Linoleic sunflower oil is full of polyunsaturated fats such as omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are usually involved with processes like healing your wounds and helping your hair to become stronger.

 

Main Benefits

  • Effective emollient. Sunflower oil is one of the most effective emollients which makes it an ideal ingredient for medicinal and skin care applications. Sunflower oil can prove to be a useful tool against skin issues like inflammation, eczema and acne and it also reduces skin irritation.
  • Reduces Overproduction of Oils. One of the main reasons why sunflower oil has been termed as an ideal solution for acne is that it reduces overproduction of oils (one of the causes of acne).
  • Anti-inflammatory. Sunflower Oil ranks as one of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients in the world. This helps it to soothe your skin and prevent issues like skin inflammation.
  • Prevents premature aging. The presence of all sorts of antioxidants allows sunflower oil to help out with premature aging as well. Sunflower oil is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, two antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and stop premature aging.

 

Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil)

Glycine Soja Oil, also known as Soybean Oil, is another skin care oil that is highly useful in your everyday routines. Let’s examine some of the main ingredients and benefits that make soybean oil so popular in skin care routines around the world.

 

Ingredients

  • Vitamins B & C – Vitamin B boosts your skin hydration and also works wonders in preventing redness. Furthermore, Vitamin B helps to boost the production of fatty acids and ceramides, two components that are vital for the healthy functioning of the outermost layer of your skin. Vitamin C offers the skin with antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage, in turn protecting the skin from premature aging.
  • Genistein – Soybean oils are known to be one of the best sources of genistein, a compound that is known to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin and improve its overall elasticity.
  • Lenulic acid – Soybean Oil offers your skin with amazing quantities of lenulic acids. Lenulic acids are known to be highly useful for the skin, the hair and the glands.

 

Main Benefits

  1. Great moisturizer for combination skin. Soybean oil is particularly beneficial for those with combination skin. It is commonly termed a “Smart Moisturizer” because of its ability to reduce the oiliness from the oily areas of the skin and moisturize the dry areas of the skin.
  2. Reduces blemishes. Soybean oil has been found to be useful in reducing skin blemishes such as acne. Regular use of this wonderful skin care oil can also help you improve your overall skin tone.
  3. Promotes new cell growth. Finally, soybean oil also helps your skin to promote new cell growth and maintain the existing cells as well.

 

Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil)

Persea Gratissima Oil, also known as Avocado Oil, might not be as popular as Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Oil, but it certainly offers a lot of benefits to your skin. It is particularly useful for your skin care, healthy cooking, scalp treatments and medicinal purposes. Let’s examine some of the main benefits of adding avocado oil to your regular skin care.

 

Ingredients

  • Vitamins A, D and E – Avocado Oil is rich in Vitamins A, D and E and is known to be highly useful for sun-damaged skin. The presence of these antioxidants makes the skin suppler and this oil is a perfect fit for dry and aged skin.
  • Omega-3 – These oils are very rich in unsaturated fatty acids like Omega-3, the same fatty acid found in fish oil.
  • Sterolins – Avocado oils offer your skin with high quantities of a substance known as sterolins. Studies have shown that sterolins can help in facilitating the softening of your skin and reducing the appearance of age spots.

 

Main Benefits

  • May boost collagen production. Avocado Oil can help in increasing the production of your collagen proteins, which in turn decreases the effects of premature aging and plumps up the skin.
  • May reduce itching and inflammation. Avocado Oil can relieve itchy and dry skin, thereby making it an ideal moisturizing agent. It can also help to clear scaly skin, relieve itchy scalp symptoms and stimulate hair growth.
  • Soothes sunburn. Apart from offering your skin with the right amount of moisture, avocado oils are also rich in a number of antioxidants that allow it to soothe sunburned skin.

Vine Vera on the Best Foods for Menopause – VineVera Reviews

Menopausal woman eating a health salad There comes a time in every woman’s life where she is faced with one of the most challenging and scary aspects she will ever go through: menopause. Menopausal women will be faced with various challenges in their daily lives as they learn to get accustomed to all of the changes menopause brings. You don’t need to go into this new chapter of your life completely blindfolded. Educating yourself is the key in accepting and understanding this new beginning. This Vine Vera article serves to provide a few tips on the foods menopausal women should eat, and essentially, those they should stay away from.

What to Eat

Menopause can wreak havoc on a woman’s mentality due to the new stressors that come with it. By eating a diet rich in nutrients in which you may not normally intake, it can help alleviate some of the symptoms menopause brings. Below, you can find a list of some of the most helpful foods menopausal women can incorporate into their diets to keep symptoms under control.

  • Soy – Contains isoflavones which help act as a natural estrogen supplement and as an added benefit, also helps to prevent breast cancer
  • Soy Milk –also contains isoflavones
  • Leafy greens/living plants – nutrient rich in many vitamins such as B vitamins and iron, which most women are naturally deficient of due to not getting enough of it in their diets
  • Calcium enriched foods like milk, cheese, yogurt, and fish with bones – calcium is important to a menopausal woman’s diet due to the risk of osteoporosis, which can be brought on during menopause
  • Tofu – contains calcium and soy, essential to menopausal women
  • Fruits & Vegetables –Raw is best, about 1 ½ cups – 2 cups per day each
  • Beans – any kind of beans are healthy; keep those with sauces at a minimum due to salt content
  • Flax in any form, whether seeds, or powder
  • Water – up your intake to 8 or so glasses per day
  • Foods with fiber – fruits, vegetables, and grains

What not to Eat

Menopause tends to exhibit itself more symptomatically when our diets are not properly aligned to alleviate and treat the symptoms. Many of the symptoms can be controlled and managed by not partaking in eating any of the foods below, or keeping them to an extreme minimum.

  • Foods high in sugar – this can bring on weight gain, and Diabetes
  • Foods high in fat – Fat should only be 20-25% of your diet every day
  • Cured, Char-broiled, or smoked foods –many of these foods contain nitrates, which are known to inflict more symptoms and also cause cancer
  • High cholesterol based foods – Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in America, and this is brought on by foods containing too much cholesterol
  • Refined Carbohydrates – Foods such as pasta and potatoes contain a high level of carbs. Carbs are broken down into sugars, which ultimately contribute to weight gain, the risk of Diabetes, and also menopausal fatigue
  • Alcohol – keep wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages to a minimum of 1 glass per day or less

By taking action in the foods you eat, you can alleviate many of the symptoms brought on by menopause, and also begin feeling normal again. It may take a little bit of getting used to while beginning a new way of life, but your health will improve and you will feel better every day forward while on this new and exciting chapter of the rest of your life.