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Key Anti-Aging Ingredients

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just click a button and magically stop our aging in its tracks? Well, of course, that would be amazing but unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. We DO however have the ability to consume a number of ingredients that will help us slow down the aging process and look our best over time!

Woman applying sunscreen

First and Foremost. Sunscreen.
Sunscreen is easily overlooked and passed by day after day. Many of us think that sunscreen is only necessary when we are going to be in the sun for extended periods of times. But, we are so, SO wrong. Sunscreen should be part of your daily “getting ready” routine. Yes, that means before your makeup and before you leave your house for a “normal” day that may not even include any outside time. The sun’s harmful rays have a way of getting to our skin even in very short amounts of time. Using sunscreen daily helps prevent and slow the development of wrinkled, aged skin. As a result, your skin appears smoother and has a healthy glow rather than the leathery look the sun can cause.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are the Next Best Option to Save Your Skin!
How would an acid prevent aging?!? Well, not all acids are bad for the human body. Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs have been around for quite some time but recently there has been more attention brought to them for their lasting effects on keeping your skin young! AHAs are found in nature, specifically in fruit and milk. These acids work to break apart the intercellular glue that holds old skin cells on the epidermis. Without this happening, your skin looks finer and brighter. That’s not it! Alpha-hydroxy acids also work to increase the production of collagen and elastic, both necessary for healthy looking skin. This leaves your skin feeling oh-so-soft because it allows your skin to retain more moisture. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before going into the sun if you are planning on introducing AHAs to your beauty regime. AHAs can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun but are TOTALLY worth the anti-aging benefits.

Retinol formula

Retinol AKA Vitamin A
Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients that has a way of telling cells how to act like an un-aged, healthier, younger skin cell. In other words, retinol is able to stop free-radical harm within skin cells that ultimately results in aged, wrinkly skin. Just as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, it also has the ability to increase collagen production for smoother skin. But wait, that’s not all! This vitamin will literally decrease the appearance of discolorations on your skin from previous sun damage. Remember when you are shopping for Retinol products to stick to products that are in an opaque, closed container as sun exposure can break down the vitamins. In addition, start with a small mix of retinol and your normal moisturizer. Retinol creams can be known to aggravate skin so it is best to gradually introduce it into your daily routine.

The Spot Remover: Hydroquinone
For those who are looking for a way to look younger by banishing those darn dark sunspots from years of sun damage, you might want to try hydroquinone. Skin bleaching is a controversial topic so this product should be used with caution. A small amount will go a long way. This product will virtually fade hyperpigmentation by stopping the enzymes that increase melanin production.

Best Ingredients for More Youthful Skin

The ingredients you put onto your skin have a significant and direct impact on your appearance. If you’ve been looking in the mirror and seeing skin that appears dull, rough, dry or lackluster, it’s time to add some serious anti-aging ingredients into your skin care routine. However, there are so many products with even more ingredients and it can be a little daunting to know what ingredients really are the best when it comes to achieving more youthful looking skin. Read below to find out the top five best ingredients for more youthful skin and why they are the best.

Woman holding a vitamin capsule

Retinol
Retinol is the purest form of vitamin A and it is one of the most beneficial ingredients to keep your skin looking young. Retinol is a cell-communicating ingredient that essentially tells your skin cells to look and act younger. It stimulates collagen production, activates cellular metabolism for more rapid cell turnover, fades the appearance of sun or age spots and reduces fine lines. By communicating with your cells to perform all of these tasks, retinol gives your face a firmer, younger and more even appearance.

Green tea

Antioxidants
Free radical damage is one of the most significant causes of aging and unfortunately, there are types of free radical exposure that you can’t avoid such as the sun, oxygen or pollution. What you can do is to look for skin care products that contain an array of antioxidants to fight free radical damage. Look for ingredients like vitamin C, green tea extract and vitamin E. Vitamin C is a favorite among dermatologists because this antioxidant boosts your skin’s natural defenses against sun damage and also encourages collagen production.

Hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hydrated skin is an important part of a youthful appearance, and hyaluronic acid is one of the greatest skin care ingredients for adding moisture to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means that it is able to draw moisture from the air and hold that moisture into your skin, and hyaluronic acid is so powerful that it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid makes your fine lines and wrinkles become significantly less noticeable because as it holds water, it plumps the appearance of your skin.

Grapes in a vineyard

Resveratrol
Resveratrol is found in the skins of grapes, blueberries, cranberries and Goji berries and also in wine and some nuts. High-quality skin care products also harness the power of resveratrol to fight signs of aging. Resveratrol features a number of potent antioxidant properties and helps keep your skin looking young. It also helps protect against further environmental damage by fighting off free radicals.

Milk

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Exfoliation is a crucial step in maintaining youthful-looking skin and alpha-hydroxy acids are incredible for this purpose. Alpha-hydroxy acids are generally derived from fruit or milk sugars. Some common alpha-hydroxy acids are lactic acid and glycolic acid. These acids exfoliate your skin by gently dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. This allows for the dead skin cells to be sloughed away from the skin to reveal smoother, more even skin and can also help reduce the appearance of pores.

Not all skin care ingredients are created equal. Some, like the five above, are seriously powerful anti-aging ingredients that provide your skin with a more luminous and youthful appearance. When selecting skin care products, always check the ingredient list to see how high on the list these anti-aging superstars are. The closer to the beginning of the list, the higher the concentration of each ingredient in the product. Choosing well-formulate, quality skin care products that contain these five best ingredients for more youthful skin will keep your face looking young and radiant.

Product Pairs to Avoid

At Vine Vera, we’ve discussed multiple times what skin care ingredients are beneficial to your skin. In our last post, we talked about quality skin care ingredients that work better together; some pairs are just meant to be. Not all skin care ingredients play nice with each other though. You probably have a counter or drawer full of products. It can be so tempting to keep buying the newest, most advanced skin care in hopes of attaining a flawless face. The problem with this is that every product will have its own list of ingredients and they may not work effectively on your skin when paired with another product and set of ingredients. Trying to figure out exactly which ingredients work together and those that don’t can be an overwhelming and exhausting task. That’s why we’ve put together lists of the best combinations and the worst. The following ingredient pairings are ones that you want to steer clear of to see maximum results from your skin care products.

Orange and milk

Vitamin C + Alpha Hydroxy Acids
The combination of these ingredients won’t cause adverse effects or counteract the effectiveness of the other, but it is still a combination skin care experts advise against. Vitamin C is found in the majority of anti-aging skin care products and rightly so. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that enhances skin tone, approve the appearance of spots caused by sun damage, reduce and prevent marks due to acne and it stimulates collagen production, which leads to decreased wrinkles and fine lines. Truly, vitamin C is a powerhouse when it comes to skin care ingredients. Alpha hydroxy acids, typically citric, glycolic or lactic acid, are also a very beneficial treatment against wrinkles, though in a different way. AHAs are generally used in an exfoliating way to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The problem with combining the two is that both of these ingredients is that both of them are acidic ingredients. Vitamin C is incredibly pH sensitive and AHAs can alter the pH levels of vitamin C, thus reducing or eliminating any antioxidant benefits from vitamin C. In addition, because these two are acidic, used together they can be incredibly irritating to sensitive skin.

Resorcinol + Hydroquinone
Though both of these ingredients are designed to decrease and treat hyperpigmentation, they don’t tend to work well together. Hydroquinone has been used as a skin care ingredient, particularly in the United States, for decades. Hydroquinone inhibits two skin enzymes: tyrosinase and homogentisic acid oxidase. Resorcinol is a newer ingredients in skin lightening products and also inhibits the above enzymes. Based on that, you would think that they would do double duty and work perfectly together, but they don’t. Pigment accumulates in the skin when homogentisic acid oxidase is inhibited. In dark-skinned individuals, the combination of these has been shown to actually permanently darken the skin rather than lighten it. It is important to note that this is a rare occurrence and is not a necessary cause for concern in people with lighter complexions, but it’s best to play it safe and pick one or the other.

Niacinamides and Sirtuins.

Niacinamides + Sirtuins
Some skin care pairings are shrouded in questions as to whether or not they are true. The combination of niacinamides and sirtuins has empirical research proving that these ingredients should not be mixed. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and has multiple skin benefits. This ingredient helps to hydrate and soften your skin while also reducing the appearance, or preventing further, fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, niacinamide helps to prevent and treat age spots on your skin. Sirtuins turn off unnecessary gene expression, thereby conserving energy within your skin cells. A 2005 study by Johns Hopkins University found that niacinamide inhibits the sirtuins activity. In a way, it makes a lot of sense: niacinamides want to increase your cell metabolism while sirtuins want to decrease the metabolism. If you wanted to use both ingredients on your skin, make sure that you use them on alternating days or only one at night and the other during the day as using them at the same time will negate the effectiveness of the individual ingredients.

Of course, you want to achieve the best results possible with each and every one of your skin care products. Unfortunately, not all ingredients get along with each other and they can work against your skin. Though each is beneficial for your skin in its own way, sometimes, there can be too much a good thing.

Beauty Ingredients That Make you Look More Awake – Vine Vera Reviews

Whether you are a new mom or just a night owl, you do not want to hear “are you feeling okay today” constantly because you didn’t have time for your beauty routine in the morning. For long nights and mornings that come way too quickly, VineVera highlights a few beauty ingredients will help you look more awake and refreshed.

Hot coffee with coffee beans.

Caffeine
Coffee is not your only friend in the morning containing caffeine, there are tons of beauty products that contain caffeine to help wake up your skin. Caffeine in skin care ingredients gives you several beauty benefits. First, caffeine restricts blood vessels which reduces redness in your skin, a perfect solution for someone with irritated skin or rosacea. Secondly, caffeine reduces puffiness making it an ideal ingredient in your eye cream. Lastly, caffeine helps skin appear firmer and can reduce the appearance of cellulite. Choose skin care or beauty products with ingredients such as green or black tea and coffee to help wake up tired skin.

The word "Hyaluronic Acid" written on a tablet.

Hyaluronic Acid
Beauty bloggers, magazines and experts have been raving for some time about hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that your body normally produces. Unfortunately, the older you get the less hyaluronic acid your body produces. The reason that hyaluronic acid is great for when you’re looking extra tired is that it hydrates the skin while acting as a skin plumper, filler and firming agent. When you are tired and your skin is looking less than bright, a skin care product with hyaluronic acid can provide the dewiness and suppleness you want.

Woman enjoying a milk bath at a spa.

Exfoliants
There are tons of exfoliants in the world of beauty from gels to scrubs. One of the easy ways to add life to your tired looking skin is to use an exfoliator. A mask with a scrub is great, but when you don’t have the time to pamper your skin, look for gentle chemical exfoliants. Two effective and easy exfoliants are Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) such as lactic acid. As a general rule, AHAs are for you if your skin is on the dry side while BHAs are perfect for you if your skin tends to be a bit oilier.

Wine being poured in a wine glass.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants are not only great for your helping your body function at it’s best, they also are super beneficial in skin care as well. Antioxidants occur both synthetically and naturally and they protect your skin against damage from free radicals and your environment. These skin care ingredients not only help you look more refreshed and awake, they also provide protection against things such as further sun damage. The reason that antioxidants are great for when you’re looking (and feeling) less than energized is they help reduce inflammation in the skin. So if you’re pulled an all-nighter, antioxidants in your skin or beauty products help take down inflammation and the puffy look that tired skin often has. The also can reduce redness, soften your skin and add much needed moisture.

Just because you look less than your best when you wake up doesn’t mean you need to spend time you don’t have to carefully make your entire face look perfect with cosmetics. Having a few well chosen skin and beauty products that contain the above ingredients (bonus if the products include more than one ingredient in the list) to help wake up your skin is all it takes for a perfectly refreshed complexion.

Ingredients That Help Minimize the Appearance of Pores – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman highlighting her common skin issues such as enlarged pores.

You are diligent about your skin care routine. You cleanse, hydrate and exfoliate routinely and you never sleep with makeup on. You eat a well-balanced diet with nutrients and vitamins meant to make your skin look its best. And yet you struggle with the appearance of enlarged pores. The battle seems to be never-ending. First of all, know that you are not alone in this struggle. Enlarged pores are one of the most common complaints made to dermatologists. While you can’t wave a magic wand and get rid of your pores, Vine Vera introduces you to some ingredients that, when used regularly, help to minimize the appearance of your pores.

What causes enlarged pores?
Your hormones are responsible for the regulation of glands that produce oil, also known as sebum. This sebum moves through the lining of each pore and rests on your face. With normal oil production, the movement of sebum from pore to face is seamless and imperceptible. The problem arises when your glands produce excess oil. The oil itself is not responsible for enlarged pores, it is the complications that occur with too much oil. The sebum mixes with other substances, like dead skin cells, and forms a clog in the pore. This clog is what forces the pore to become larger.

What skin care ingredients help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores?

Beta Hydroxy Acid
Salicylic acid, a BHA  that is often found in anti-acne products, in a gel or liquid form is one of the first ingredients you should look for. Products with BHA not only remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face, they also get into the pore and cleanse it. When used in a gel or liquid form, BHAs are not irritating to skin. Because BHAs exfoliate the inside of your pores, the shape of the pore is improved and oil flows much more easily.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic and lactic acid, work in much same way that BHAs work. They also exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and help clear pores, but they also help supply a bit of moisture. For this reason, AHAs are most beneficial to individuals with dry, sensitive skin or those who suffer from sun damage.

Retinoids
Prescription retinoids have been proven to have a positive effect on pore functioning. You may want to consider a trip to your doctor or dermatologist to talk about prescription retinol gels and creams if you have extremely stubborn skin or blackheads that are accompanied by other breakouts. Though these can be initially harsh on your skin, with regular use you will find your skin adapts. You can continue to use BHAs with retinoids if you want some extra help with your pores.

In addition to using these skin care ingredients, also be sure to check your products for items that may clog pores. Purchase items labeled as non-comedogenic as these formulations are far less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, clay masks can be a great help with minimizing the appearance of the pores if used regularly. Clay soaks up extra oil and helps to clean out your pores. Remember that good skin care does show results, it just may take some time to figure out what ingredients work best for your face.

Skin Care Benefits of Malic Acid – Vine Vera Reviews

Chemical formula of malic acid.

Malic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that is commonly found in a number of fruits and vegetables, particularly in apples. Malic acid is considered to be very beneficial for your skin care routine and is used in all sorts of skin care products and treatments. AHAs such as malic acid are well known in the world of skin care because of their ability to treat all sorts of skin conditions and offer numerous skin benefits. In this article, Vine Vera examines some of the most important skin care benefits of malic acid.

Before going into the benefits, let’s examine the science behind using skin care products that contain malic acid. A number of studies were published in the 1990s and 2000s, which indicated that malic acid could be immensely beneficial for one’s skin care regimen. These studies conducted numerous tests and trials and found that malic acid could reverse the signs of aging and also help in increasing the production of collagen. One of the most recent studies on malic acid was published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in the year 2013. In this study, the researchers offered 36 people suffering from melasma a regimen that included topical applications of malic acid and vitamin C. After a period of 2 – 6 months, the routine was discovered to be very effective in treating short-term melasma.

Now that you’re aware of the kind of wonders malic acid holds in store for your skin, Vine Vera helps you understand the specific skin care benefits of malic acid.

Gives you smoother looking skin – Adding malic acid into your topical skin care regimen can give you a less blotchy and smoother looking skin. Experts typically recommend you to use gentle cleansers on a day-to-day basis for cleansing, but if you’re searching for something that is gentle as well as effective, look for cleansers that contain ingredients such as malic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

Exfoliates your skin – You might have heard of Cleopatra bathing in spoiled milk to enjoy the exfoliation properties of lactic acid. Turns out that malic acid can offer similar benefits to your skin. This ingredient is commonly used in at-home peels as well as chemical peels because it has a thinning effect on the outermost layer of your skin. This means that malic acid can burn away the dead skin cells from the outermost layer of your skin, thereby allowing the younger and newer skin cells to shine through. What makes malic acid so special is that it has similar properties when compared to glycolic acid (another AHA), but is known to be less irritating to your skin.

Treatments for common skin issues – Products that contain malic acid can also be used as treatments for common skin issues such as age spots, rosacea, acne and scarring. Since the acid stimulates the growth of collagen, it promotes younger and smoother skin to shine through. This automatically reduces your skin issues and gives your skin a healthier, younger and softer feel.

The Lowdown on Anti-Aging Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman posing with popular anti-aging fruits for the skin. Anti-aging products such as creams and lotions line the shelves in most drug stores and many beauty stores alike. They’ve become somewhat of a craze, with people taking stock in their beauty and skin care regimes now more than ever before. With so many products which lay claim to the fountain of youth, there is really not enough evidence to state for absolute certain that the products actually work. While some products fare better than others in scientific testing, others don’t uphold their claims so well. Many of the essential ingredients found within these products, however, are used in different dilutions, which could in part play a large role in the overall outcome of a product and its outcome. Anti-Aging products have become a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. It’s apparent that people everywhere want to regain their youthful appearance, and that looking their very best is extremely important to them. Vine Vera wants to take a look at the various components that make up anti-aging, what they do, and how and why they are utilized within anti-aging products. Ingredients Typically Found in Anti-Aging Products Although there are many different ingredients which are used in anti-aging skin care lines, there are a select few that stand out more than others. Some of those ingredients include:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA’s Alpha Hydroxy Acids, more commonly known as AHA’s, are generally derived from various fruits and also sugars found in milk, and are are all natural. You can normally find these ingredients in products meant for exfoliation purposes, such as facial peels, creams, and gels. They help slough off dead skin cells, and allow the second layer – which is the healthiest, freshest, newest layer of skin – to come to the surface, and enable a speeding process in terms of skin cell regeneration. Different AHA’s have different effects, and therefore are used in various ways. This type of ingredient is applied directly to the skin.
  • PeptidesPeptides are miniscule proteins that are said to aid in alleviating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by ‘plumping up’ or ‘plumping out’ the areas in which these lines and wrinkles are located. They work by stimulating skin cell production and acting as a synthetic collagen/elastin complex, which as we age, is not produced near as much to maintain youthful skin. Due to the lack in collagen and elastin, the skin begins to sag and look thinner. Peptides can be found in many moisture creams and serums, and are applied topically to the skin. 
  • Antioxidants Antioxidants are typically a group of vitamins that can be obtained through either eating them in foods, taking supplements, or using creams, serums, or gels infused with the ingredients and applied directly to the skin. Antioxidants work by fighting free radicals, which are harmful molecules which wreak havoc on the skin and body’s immune system causing illness and aging. Antioxidants work as an army of sorts, fighting off the bad guys and keeping things healthy within the body and skin. Some of the vitamins which contain antioxidant properties are vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lycopene and selenium. And there are many others as well. Vitamins C & E are the most widely used vitamins in the antioxidant properties list, due to their ability to work the best and provide the best results.

Woman surrounded by symbols of vitamins beneficial for the skin.

  • Retinol Retinol is one of the most commonly used ingredients in anti-aging products due to its ability to work by targeting the signs of aging within the skin and provide the best outcome for wrinkles, sagging skin, thinness of the skin, and by also boosting the thickness of the skin, leaving behind a more youthful, striking appearance. Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A, and is infused into many creams and serums. Applied topically to the skin, this component is usually applied at bedtime to give it time to work overnight and minimize the stinging or irritation this particular ingredient may cause to some people due to its potency. It is available by prescription only from a doctor’s office, and those who are pregnant should avoid using any form of Vitamin A due to the possibility of birth defects in their unborn child.
  • Resveratrol – Resveratrol is one of the most fantastic of the group of ingredients Vine Vera has discussed thus far today. We love it so much, we have harnessed its power to use in our line of high quality products, and the results speak for themselves. Resveratrol is derived from the skin of wine grapes, usually the darkest types of grapes, and is used in skin care products to fight the signs of aging by fighting pre-mature and established signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet, and thinning skin. There are various forms in which to obtain the benefits of resveratrol, such as drinking a glass of red wine, taking a supplement, or applying it topically to affected skin, however studies show that applying creams and moisturizers to the skin infused with resveratrol have shown the most benefits. Not only does topical application improve the skin at the targeted area, it also softens the skin, leaving behind silky skin that is revitalized and beautiful – restoring to you your youthful appearance.

These ingredients in which we have spoken about today are just a few of those used in anti-aging skin care lines, however, we believe them to be the best at actually doing what they claim to do. VineVera hopes you will take a moment to check out our product line, which is infused with the best in anti-aging at the greatest quality possible.

Lifting Skin Care Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman reviews the best natural ingredients for her skin care.

When it comes to finding the perfect combination of ingredients to create the perfect skin care line, scientists have it all together. Nowadays, there are products available to treat nearly every skin malady known to women. There are products available to enhance, brighten, and even lift the skin. That’s what VineVera would like to talk about today in this article. Lifting skin care products have become increasingly popular due to their ability to give somewhat of a natural face-lift without going through the painful, expensive surgery. Many women find them to be an invigorating way to start the day, feeling as though their skin is given a tightened, lifted look. Vine Vera takes a look at some of the lifting skin care ingredients being found within your favorite skin care brands.

Closeup portrait of a woman bathing in milk

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
There are many different types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids available and included within lifting skin care products. They are naturally derived acids from plants and fruits which are harnessed for their skin firming powers. Different types of Alpha Hydroxy Acids include citric acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid. Usually, they are incorporated into skin care products to help exfoliate the skin, which can also play an integral role in the lifting process. This occurs by helping your skin produce more collagen and elastin, which tighten, tone and firm the skin.

Peptides
Peptides are essentially a form of amino acids and proteins which are responsible for helping the skin learn to repair itself, and work off of muscle memory. This means they are able to help repair crows feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Peptides are generally an important part of any anti-aging skin care product, as well as products intended to infuse moisture into the skin, such as moisture creams. They help to moisturize the skin through their ability to bind to cells and give a youthful appearance. Many women count on their effectiveness as an alternative to expensive, painful Botox injections.

Attractive woman applying emollient-rich skin cream

Emollients
Emollients help to trap moisture into the skin and help the skin retain the moisture necessary to hydrate the skin. This is crucial for women who are in their later years in life, who seek something which can offer an added moisture barrier for their dry skin, which is often times incapable of producing moisture itself. Emollients infuse the skin with moisture, while their opposite, humectants, take away moisture. This is generally not something older women would want to opt for. Good moisturizers tend to contain a good base of emollients to help the skin become well moisturized, and help give smooth, tightened skin.

These three components combined help to make for a fantastic skin lifting product. Of course, there are many other ingredients which are involved in crafting skin care products, and a lot of time and dedication which goes into the development process as well. With breakthroughs in technology forever on the forefront, we can expect great, new products to consistently emerge using the latest technological advances in skin care. Vine Vera hopes this breakdown list of ingredients has helped you to understand the ingredient base used within your favorite products, and why they are essential to helping you achieve lifted, toned and youthful skin.

Top 5 Fruits for Radiant Skin

Did you know that having fruit juice every day could help you get a clean and clear complexion? A facial massage with fruit pulp can also go a long way in cleaning and rejuvenating your face. Fruit facials have also become extremely popular over the past decade. And what better way to pamper your face than treating it with something pure and hygienic right out of your kitchen. Something that is beneficial for your skin and doesn’t cause harm in any manner whatsoever. Apart from the fact that these fruits can hydrate and rejuvenate your face, they also allow you to relax and de-stress. Moreover, they are natural, easy to use and cost effective as well. Here is Vine Vera‘s list of the top 5 fruits for radiant skin.

  
2 Whole Mangoes

Mangos

Mangoes, popularly known as the king of fruits, are not just amazing to eat, they are amazing for your health as well. Mangoes are believed to be extremely rich antioxidants that are full of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. They help you to save your skin from issues like acne, dark spots and blemishes. Furthermore, mangoes go a long way  in adding some shine to your skin and giving it some vigor as well. Mango scrubs can also be used to remove blackheads from your face. Last but not the least, mango pulp can be used as a de-tanning agent as well.

  3 whole apiricotts

Apricots

Apricots are not just good for your taste buds, they are amazing for your skin as well. Apricots are believed to be one of the best things for people with dry skin. Apricots are extremely rich in antioxidants and they can do wonders in terms of restoring your elasticity and helping damaged skin to recover. Apricots are rich in Vitamin A and this helps them to assist with ironing out wrinkles. Furthermore, the natural oils present in apricots can lead to add a protective layer to the outermost layer of your skin.

  1 whole orange and 1/2 an orange

Oranges

Oranges are extremely rich in Vitamin C and orange pulp gives your body with some much needed roughage as well. Oranges also contain collagen and help in slowing the aging process. Furthermore, oranges can be used as a natural scrub and they can go a long way in clearing skin blemishes. Some of the main benefits of eating oranges are reduction in dark spots, lesser acne problems and fewer blemishes. This allows you to get a better skin texture and look healthier and younger in the process.

  2 whole papayas and

Papayas

Papaya extracts are widely used in skin care as facial peels, cleansers, lotions and soaps. But, the natural fruit is also believed to be equally effective and beneficial for your body. It helps you to get a youthful glow and aids in your digestion. Papayas are extremely rich in Vitamin A, beta carotene and Papain. They help to create a tightening and brightening effect on your skin. Furthermore, papayas act as a powerful antioxidant as well as a digestive aid that helps in breaking down the inactive proteins. This allows the skin to fight the damage caused by free radicals and also boosts cell regeneration.

  Whole apple with quartered apple chunk

Apples

Apples are considered to be the richest source of malic acid. Malic acid is a fruit acid that is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid in the world of skin care. It is believed to be gentler than salicylic acid and glycolic acid and it helps your skin to look firmer, healthier and younger. Malic acid basically works by renewing the skin without causing any sort of damage whatsoever. Apples are extremely rich in fiber content as well. This helps the body to clean out the colon and regulate bowel movements. In doing so, apples help your skin to remain pimple free. Apples offer amazing antioxidant action to your skin, prevent tissue and cell damage and work as anti-aging ingredients as well. They minimize your fine lines and wrinkles as well.

Basic Ingredients to Look for in your Skin Care

Woman looking at skin care products When it comes to choosing the perfect ingredient for your skin care product, you’re really spoiled with choices. With so many powerhouses and must-haves to choose from, things can become quite overwhelming. Frankly, the variety of skin care products to choose from makes you want to drop everything and run away. And who hasn’t succumbed to that perfect sales pitch which made them buy products that they don’t need? Luckily for those in the know, skin care is not all that complicated. All you need to understand is what ingredients to look for in your skin care products.

Retinol
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and is considered to be the holy grail of skin care. There are thousands of products that contain retinol or one of its counterparts. Retinol has a molecular structure that is small enough to be able to get absorbed into the deep lying areas of your skin. This brings it closer to your collagen and elastin and allows it to work on pigmentation, wrinkles, skin texture, fine lines, color, skin tone and hydration. Moreover, retinols can also boost the production of collagen and fasten cell turnover to give you healthier and younger looking skin. Some of the main ingredients to look out for on the labels include tretinoin, tazarotene and adapelene (for prescription products) or retinol (for over the counter products).

Vitamin C
There are so many uses and advantages of antioxidants that people simply fail to realize that some of them (for example, ascorbic acid) might be irritants to the skin. There are actually two types of Vitamin C to choose from when it comes to skin care products – fat soluble and water soluble. The Fat Soluble Vitamin C ester realizes Vitamin C’s potential as an anti-aging ingredient. It offers greater antioxidant activity than the water soluble option and also requires lesser doses. Moreover, it resides in the fatty membranes of the skin cell, thereby allowing it to regenerate the depleted vitamin E on a continuous basis. Fat soluble Vitamin C also showcases a greater ability to stimulate the growth of cells which help in increasing the production of elastin and collagen. Finally, fat soluble Vitamin C is considered to be more stable with topical solutions. On the other hand, water soluble Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, might have certain advantages, but it also has some drawbacks when compared to the fat soluble option. It cannot maintain or protect the cell membranes in times of oxidative stress. It can also prove to be a major irritant to the skin. That being said, it is still an extremely powerful antioxidant for the skin.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Alpha-hydroxy acids, also known as AHAs, has become very popular in the recent past, particularly in the United States of America. Creams and lotions that contain AHA can help your skin deal with irregular pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. AHAs also play a major role in decreasing your enlarged pores. However, AHA might lead to sun sensitivity and mild irritation. Therefore, it is essential to try out AHA on a small patch of your skin and ensure that you religiously apply SPF 30 sunscreen every morning while using any AHA product. The ingredients to look out for in those product labels include lactic acids, citric acids, glycolic acids and malic acids. Glycolic acid is the most common type of AHA used in skin care products because it is known to cause the least irritation.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, botanically known as Aloe barbadensis, has been used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments for more than 4000 years. According to historians, Queen Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti from the Ancient Egyptian civilization rated Aloe Vera very highly because of its beauty and skin care properties. Some of the main benefits offered by Aloe Vera include smoothening the skin, moisturizing the skin and healing irregularities. Aloe Vera is also known to be an extremely powerful antioxidant for the skin.

Choose products that contain any of these ingredients and you really couldn’t go wrong with your skin care routines. All you need to ensure is that you don’t end up taking products that actually worsen your skin conditions. For example, a person with oily skin should never choose products that increase the oil levels and are actually made for people with dry skin. Remember, understanding what ingredient to choose and what kind of product to avoid is all you need to say goodbye to all your skin care conditions.