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Nighttime Beauty Habits To Start Now

Woman smiling

While the moon is channeling its inner powers of rejuvenation, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be doing the same. The nighttime is the ideal time for you to bring out your inner eternal Goddess, cleansing and exfoliating away the terrestrial grind and revealing your true heavenly self. Here are some “moon time” beauty habits to help you find your lunar beauty.

Wash Your Face
Resist the temptation to fall into bed without cleansing properly, no matter how tired you are. If you leave makeup on, it will spend the night grinding into your skin, stretching out pores and causing breakouts.

Cosmetic dermatologist Lisa Ginn, MD, advises an oil-based makeup remover which is gentle, and can remove even the most “long lasting” formulas without tugging on skin. Apply the remover to your skin with a cotton pad and follow with a mild cleanser.

Vitamin A
As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which, Ginn says, is the main cause of wrinkles. “If you never stopped making collagen and never damaged collagen, you would never get a wrinkle, your pores would stay small, you’d never get a scar, and your skin would stay nice and tight,” she says. “Collagen is key.”

Woman in bathroom mirror

And how can we keep this precious collagen working for us? Ginn recommends vitamin A which stimulates collagen production, tightening pores, and smoothing fine lines. The doctor recommends applying the vitamin in the form of an over the counter or prescription retinoid nightly. The retinoids also work to lighten brown spots, as an added perk.

Eye Cream
The skin around our eyes is the thinnest of all the skin on our bodies, and becomes thinner with age, making it especially vulnerable to hollowing and under eye circles.

The best treatment for skin repair around the eyes, according to Ginn, is a serum or eye cream with vitamins A, C, E or K. If you choose to use a serum, however, the doctor suggests using a light eye cream in addition to keeping skin moisturized.

Alternate Sleep Sides
Ginn says she can determine which side a person sleeps on by looking ar the lines in her face. While some experts say anti-wrinkle pillows are the solution, Ginn recommends trying to lie on your less favored side. She says that even if you end up reverting to your usual side during the night, you still will have prevented some damage. You can avoid any contact with the pillow by sleeping on your back, if you can manage it.

Hand and Foot Care

Hand and foot care

Foot Care
To keep your piggies lovely, rub your heels and toes with a 12% lactic acid lotion to get rid of dry skin and top with a heavier one, such as one which contains shea butter or glycerin. Cover feet with socks and wake up gorgeous. However, Ginn warns against excessive sock wearing as a possible breeding ground for fungal infection.

Hand Care
The nighttime is the perfect time to slather on that heavy duty hand cream that’s too cumbersome for daily activities. Remember to include your cuticles while you slather.

Let us know how you channel your moon goddess! What’s your nighttime beauty ritual consist of?

Battling Adult Acne

  Women examining acne on her face.

Most of us talk about how we would like to turn back the clock.  Sure, we would all like to look a bit  younger, but there are definitely some things about youth that we are happy to see the back of that denim jacket with the heavy metal patches on it that you wore until it rotted, the self-administered buzz cut, the experiments with green hair dye, and acne.  Yes, if there is anything to be glad about when it comes to aging, it would have to be the end of acne.  But, what if you find yourself having graduated to  adulthood when……THEY’RE BACK! Just when you thought you zapped, squeezed and hid your last pimple, white or black head, they’re back and badder than ever.

Why?

Hormones
Teens are not the only ones whose hormones are aflutter.  According to dermatologist Julia Tzu, MD of Wall Street Dermatology says,”Fluctuation in hormones, such as before one’s menstrual cycle, is the main cause.” Hormonal acne is identifiable by a painful outbreak around the chin neck and back and may occur before your menstrual cycle. High-stress levels can also contribute to hormonal imbalance.  When the stress hormone, cortisol, is released by the body, it is often accompanied by testosterone, a male hormone which leads to the production of more oil, ultimately resulting in more outbreaks.

Using the Wrong Products
If you are prone to breakouts, you should be using products that will not clog your pores. DR. Neal Schultz, of Beauty RX Skincare, suggest looking  for  the words “oil-free”, “non-comedogenic” or “water -based” on the label.

Overcleansing
 Dr.  Rebecca Kazin, MD of the John Hopkins Department of Dermatology says cleansing more than twice a day is too much and can just dry out skin “which can cause it to produce more oil to overcompensate.  Grainy and gritty cleansers  that rub your skin can similarly promote acne.    Try switching to a gentle detoxifying gel cleanser and two is the magic number.

Food
Many of us have heard that there is a direct relationship between chocolate, greasy food and acne, but. before you put down that Hershey’s bar, there is no statistic proof of any of this.  However, you would be well advised to avoid iodine, found in shellfish and greens like kelp and spinach.  Sugary food can also be a culprit.  By raising your insulin level, sugary foods can boost oil- triggering hormones, like testosterone.

Treatment Ingredients

Salicylic Acid
Also known as beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid exfoliates gently to unclog pores.  It is go-to in anti-acne products and can be found in most OTC cleansers and spot treatments and is mild enough to use on your whole face.

Benzoyl Peroxide
This stuff kills acne bacteria whole exfoliating the pores but stick to spot treatment for this one.  It has been known to make skin irritated and should not be used all over the face.

Glycolic Acid
If you are facing the acne meets wrinkles stages, this may be just the thing. It removes dead skin cells on the surface and stimulates the collagen and  hyaluronic acid, improving skin’s texture on the whole.

Retinol
Another godsend for the acne meets wrinkles crowd.  It is one of the most effective treatments for acne and also has collagen building properties, but , be aware, can be too harsh for those with sensitive skin so try testing it on  a small spot on your skin before you commit to it.

Exfoliate
Probably the best thing you can do to fight acne is exfoliated and the best way to so it is with glycol acid.  A glycol cleanser is helpful, but exfoliating pads and serums that really soak your skin are more effective.

Keep Spot Treatment on Hand
As soon as you feel that zit waiting to burst our, zap it with some benzoyl peroxide to start killing bacteria immediately.  Try to look for a gentle formula with soothing ingredients  for adult skin.

In closing, while these treatments are all effective, keep in mind that hormones are some pretty powerful players.  If topical treatment isn’t enough, talk to your doctor.  He may have the best advice on the best course of action.

Best Ingredients to Deep Clean 2015 Away

Even the best of us can slip up and commit some serious skin sins and now is the time to get rid of those 2015 facial care mistakes, mishaps or neglect. If you haven’t already, begin a skin care routine that consists of a cleanser, toner (if necessary), sunscreen and moisturizer because this will go a long way in keeping your skin healthy. However, if you’ve got a little deep cleaning to do, the following skin care ingredients work wonders at really drawing out and ridding your skin of impurities, toxins, dead skin cells and other debris.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid
You may be familiar with salicylic acid because it is frequently used as a treatment for acne, but you can still benefit from this deep cleaning ingredient if you have a clear complexion. Salicylic acid exfoliates your skin by gently removing excess skin. When you topically apply salicylic acid, your uppermost layer of skin swells, then softens and finally peels and removes dead skin cells. Alpha-hydroxy acids work in a similar way, but salicylic (or beta-hydroxy acid) is able to penetrate your pores thus unclogging them.

Charcoal.

Charcoal
Charcoal may be one of the last things you would associate with skin care, but activated charcoal is becoming more and more popular as a deep cleansing ingredient. Activated charcoal has the ability to draw bacteria, poisons, dirt, chemicals and other micro-particles from the pores to the surface of the skin. Charcoal masks have been used for a long time to deep clean the skin because it is so effective at drawing out impurities. Activated charcoal can absorb thousands of times its mass in impurities and harmful substances. When you need a super deep clean, try an activated charcoal mask or use an activated charcoal cleanser a few times each week.

Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is part of a group of acids known as alpha-hydroxy acids which are made from cane sugar. When it comes to deep cleaning pores, glycolic acid has the smallest molecules among alpha-hydroxy acids so it is easy to deeply penetrate the skin and treat blackheads, acne, oiliness, dull skin and fine lines. Glycolic acid reacts with the surface layer of your skin and breaks down the skin by dissolving sebum and other substances that work to hold the skin together. This acid is used frequently to treat acne, minimize pore size, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and increase cell turnover to reveal younger skin. Glycolic acid is suitable for long-term use and the longer you use it, the better the results will be.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is another skin care ingredient used in the treatment of acne because it is such an effective cleansing agent. Your pores become clogged in part due to excess oil production that becomes trapped which prevents dead skin cells from exfoliating and sloughing away from the skin and pores in a normal manner. Benzoyl peroxide is able to significantly decrease oil production, allowing your pores to unclog and clear.

These ingredients truly are remarkable when you need a deep clean, but it is important to keep in mind that some concentrations of these ingredients may irritate your skin initially. For instance, your skin will need time to acclimate to glycolic acid, but once it does the deep cleaning results will be impressive. Deep cleaning ingredients are useful can really take your regular cleansing routine to the next level and provide you with clearer, healthier skin.

Skin Care Rehab

You’ve had a stressful week; work has been crazy, you’ve been taking care of your home and you are aching for the weekend when you can enjoy a night out with the only concern being what activity sounds the most fun or relaxing. You just want to shake off the stress and let your hair down. And so that’s what you do; good for you for taking time for yourself. However, it is possible to go a little overboard on your night out and your liver and kidneys aren’t the only organs in your body affected by too much drinking and eating unhealthy food favorites. Your skin, the largest organ of your body, is also greatly affected by your nights out and these good times can leave your skin looking grey, blotchy, tired and old. Vine Vera has you covered with skin care rehab both for when you return home at night and for extra care the next day.

Woman drinking water

Immediately After a Night Out
You probably already do this before heading to bed after a night out, but it is important enough to mention again. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help reduce any bloat from salt or sugar. Not only does water help reduce bloat, it also helps your skin to look healthier from the inside out. Bonus points for drinking a glass of warm water with lemon before bed as lemons add extra detoxifying properties.

Chances are you have a nightly skin care ritual that seems completely unnecessary and overwhelming after a long night out. Resist the urge to just fall into bed and take some time to cleanse your skin. This is especially important if you have been wearing makeup. If you can’t be bothered to do your regular routine of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing, at least be sure to cleanse. If you absolutely cannot stand the idea of a full face wash, at least use some cleansing water to remove all the dirt, makeup and grime before you hit the sheets. Before you slip under your covers, add moisture back into your skin with a moisturizer. A sleeping pack with ingredients like hyaluronic acid is perfect for replenishing skin after a night out.

Woman washing her face.

The Next Morning
You probably took aspirin the night before, and you may be grabbing for it in the morning as well. Aspirin doesn’t just help your headache, it can benefit your skin after a big night out. If you are in a rush in the morning, you’ll want to skip this but if you have time an aspirin mask is a great way to reduce irritation, inflammation and even out blotchiness. Crush one aspirin and mix with a small amount of your usual toner. Apply to skin, focusing on red and uneven colored patches, then rinse off after five minutes or so.

Next, follow your normal morning care routine for cleansing and toning. Exfoliation is an important part of skin care rehab because it gets rid of dirt, debris and dead skin cells resulting from your night out. A gentle chemical exfoliant, like an AHA or BHA liquid, is a great way to effectively exfoliate your skin while still being gentle. For a bit more oomph during your exfoliation, pick up some exfoliating cotton rounds from any local store (Target, Wal-Mart or drugstores) and use the exfoliant on the exfoliating side of the cotton pad.

Woman applying moisturizer.

Finally, it’s time to seriously moisturize the skin. You can use your regular moisturizer, but for maximum impact look for a product, specifically a serum, that is packed with antioxidants to repair damage. You can just apply as you normally would, however, you can also help revive your face by massaging the serum or cream into your face. A facial massage helps to soothe tired muscles, can help fight signs of aging and ensures that your moisturizer (whether it is a serum or cream) is fully absorbed into your skin.

If you’re applying makeup, using light-reflective products help add radiance to your skin. A light-reflective concealer can work wonders under your eyes and down the center of your nose. Light-reflective powder is perfect for setting the concealer to keep your eyes bright.

You definitely deserve a night out after all that you do! Your schedule is crazy busy and it is incredibly important to take some time for yourself with friends or your partner to just have some fun. And if you have a little too much fun, keep your skin looking great with these skin care rehab tips.

How to use Oils all Over Your Body – Vine Vera Reviews

Massage oils in a spa.

The benefits of oils are seemingly endless when it comes to hair and beauty. Don’t let your face have all the fun, oils are beneficial when applied all over the body as well. How to use oils all over your body may seem like such common sense that a how-to article is laughable. However, there are techniques to applying oils all over your body that result in your skin getting the maximum benefits that your oils have to offer.

Start on Clean Skin
Virtually every beauty ritual, except cleansing, begins with cleaning the area you are going to beautify. When it comes to oils all over your body, you will want to cleanse either in the shower or bath. Use a gentle cleanser that won’t aggravate your skin.

Woman exfoliating her skin in a white background.

Exfoliate
You know you need to exfoliate your face and you should exfoliate your body before doing things such as self-tanning. To get optimal results from your body oils, you should exfoliate prior to using them. You do not need to bust out a harsh sugar or salt scrub every day in order to prime your skin for body oils. Scrubs should be used no more than twice weekly to avoid damaging the skin. Invest in a body wash or gel that gently exfoliates your skin. This not only removes dead skin cells and other debris, but an exfoliating body wash or gel shortens the oil regime by taking care of two steps in one.

Warm Your Skin
This step may seem odd and you’re probably thinking “if I just came out of a warm shower, what do I need to get my skin warm for?” During warmer months this step can be left out, but when the air is cold and dry, it is an important part of the process. Warm your skin by vigorously rubbing all areas of the body where you are going to apply your oil. If you want to feel extra luxurious, you can wrap your body in warmed towels for a few minutes prior to applying oil.

Woman getting an oil massage at a spa.

Application
Oil penetrates warm, slightly moist skin better than rough, dry skin. Apply your chosen oil generously to all areas of your body and allow several minutes for the oil to sink in. When you have waited several minutes, you can pat any excessively oily areas with a towel to remove shine. Even after blotting with towels, you want to wait a few more minutes before putting on clothes. This ensures that you receive maximum benefits without ruining your favorite outfit.

While it may seem like a bit of a complicated process, applying oils all over your body really is not all that laborious. A few quick and easy steps help you achieve maximum hydration and other skin soothing benefits. Some of our favorite oils include:

  • Coconut Oil – Not only does this oil hydrate your skin and absorb easily, it also fights free radicals giving your skin extra protection. Coconut oil is also widely available at your local grocery store.
  • Sweet Almond Oil -This oil is an incredibly moisturizer, particularly when your skin is super dry. Almond oil also relieves uncomfortable skin and helps slow the aging process.
  • Jojoba Oil – An excellent and intense source of hydration, this oil also absorbs quickly into your skin.

Applying oils all over your body may require a bit more effort than simply slapping on some lotion, but the amazing skin you get from taking the time to do so is more than worth the work.