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Signs You’re Allergic To Your Skincare Product

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We all know how difficult it can be to find a skincare product you love. After consigning half your paycheck’s worth of products to the garbage bin, you come upon something that actually works; that anti wrinkle cream that really seems to be making you look younger, that spot treatment that really seems to be getting rid of those spots. And just when you declare yourself an official customer for life, it happens: the itching, the redness, the wheezing, the inflammation – the allergic reaction. Sure, the product did what it said it would, but are you really just trading one problem for another? Here are some signs that you’re allergic to your skincare product and what you can do about it.

Aluminum Compounds
If your armpits are getting red and peeling, it may just be that you’re having an allergic reaction to the aluminum compounds in your antiperspirant, according to Joshua Zeichner, MD, at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

You can try swapping it with a natural deodorant. However, Zeichner says, “They do a fine job of masking odor, but aren’t great at preventing sweating.” If leaky pits are still problem, try a sensitive skin antiperspirant with low levels of aluminum.

Acids
It may not surprise you to note that some of the products designed to get rid of skin cells may be causing more harm than good. Salicylic acid, topical retinoids, and glycol acids all, “can cause skin irritation, dryness, redness, and/or burning if you over-use them, ” says Zeichner.

If you notice a negative reaction to topicals, you may want to consult a dermatologist and follow usage instructions carefully. It may be that you need to start with a lower dosage and gradually build up from there, or decrease usage to every other day or every few days. If you are having an allergic reaction to a glycol peel, you may want to trnon-chemicalal forms of exfoliation, like a gentle scrub or a vitamin C or fruit enzyme peel.

Fragrance
Health researchers at the University of Washington credit the use of synthetic fragrance with the development of skin and respiratory irritation in over 20% of the American population. “And fragrance doesn’t just mean perfume; it’s used in almost every beauty product under the sun, points out Siobhan O’Connor, co author of “No More Dirty Looks.” Fragrances pop up even in products that are labeled “unscented” because companies are known to use fragrance chemicals as masking agents to create neutral “non-scents.”

A word to the wise and fragrance sensitive: avoid products with the word “fragrance”on their label, and look for the term “fragrance-free” instead.

Metallics
Glitter can be a girl’s best friend, but not if she’s allergic to nickel. If you’re allergic to the metal, found in the plating of buttons and snaps and costume jewelry, you may also have an allergic reaction to cobalt, used in personal care products, such as light brown hair dyes and antiperspirants. Aluminum, lead, and chromium are other metals to be wary of.

Do a patch test with any cosmetic or mineral makeup which is likely to contain metallic elements to be sure it will not cause a reaction when you apply it to your face.

Emollients
Perry Romanowski, cosmetic chemist says, “Emollients are ingredients designed to feel good on your skin, but any go them cause breakouts, especially for acne-prone skin. Coconut butter, lanolin, cocoa butter, iso-stearyl isostearate, isopropyl palmitate and myristyl lactate are all emollients to be put on the “use with caution” list.

If you’re breakout-prone, use a noncomedogenic, water-based moisturizer to keep skin hydrated without clogging your pores.

Are you allergic to your skin care product? Let us know how you prevent breakouts and what you use to replace the cosmetics that cause you irritation.

The Science Behind Moisturizers – Vine Vera Reviews

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Moisturizers come in various types, shapes, sizes and compounds. There are millions of women who wake up across the globe every morning, wash their face, and put moisturizer on to hydrate, protect, and infuse their skin with botanicals and ingredients that will allow their faces to look youthful, beautiful, and fresh. There’s more behind these products than meets the eye, and of course Vine Vera wanted to be the ones to uncover the science behind moisturizers and what makes them work, and bring that information to you today in this article.

What is Transepidermal Water Loss?
Transepidermal water loss, otherwise known as TEWL, is the process of moisture being lost from the skin due to dry climates, artificial heaters in the home or office, or the use of products which can often times dry out the skin. This process happens when water moves from the dermis, or middle layer of skin, to the skin’s surface, the epidermis, and then evaporates, leaving behind dry, dull skin that is begging for attention through means of lotions, creams and of course, moisturizers.

The Three Types of Moisturizers
There are three types of moisturizer products in which you will typically buy in a store, catalog, or online. They are:

  1. Humectants
  2. Occlusives
  3. Emollients

You’re probably sitting there thinking, “Whoa. That sounds scientific.” And in fact, it is. To give you a breakdown of the three and explain in terms you can understand, lets take a look at each individual moisturizer type, and what they do.

Humectants
Humectants work exceptionally well for dry skin, because they retain moisture within the epidermis and alleviate the flakiness of dry, itchy skin. They have also been known to help stimulate ceramide production within the body, which in turn give a waxy, protective coating to the skin, giving the skin a more youthful, moist appearance. These products are not usually recommended for those with oily skin.

Occlusives
This is known as the ‘Old School’ moisturizer. They work by forming a protective barrier over the epidermis, or outer layer of skin, that water is not able to get through. Water on the skin can actually dry the skin out, and these types of moisturizers also prevent water from escaping the skin as well. You might know an occlusive in the form of petroleum jelly, more commonly known by the brand name, Vaseline. These types of occlusives can cut TEWL by up to 98% and therefore, are very effective. They can tend to have a thick, greasy feel, however; and therefore, aren’t practical to cover yourself in – which is why they are generally used for target specific areas, and mainly used at night time nowadays. These products are generally geared towards those with severe dry skin, or to those with aging skin.

Emollients
Emollients are meant to penetrate the skins layers, creating softer, smoother skin which feels better hydrated and more supple. They are able to be absorbed by the skin, filling in the gaps and areas where proteins have broken down within the skin’s cells, providing long lasting moisture and a more flexible feel. Emollients work well for most skin types – even oily and greasy skin. You can find many different types and lotions labeled under the emollient category on your favorite drug store’s shelves for purchase. Most body lotions contain emollients.

Choose Your Moisturizer Wisely
Vine Vera hopes this scientific breakdown has helped to give you a better understanding of what each of these types of moisturizers can do for you, and what skin types should use them. Who knew moisturizers could be so scientific? Make sure you choose the appropriate lotion or moisturizer for your particular skin care needs to obtain maximum benefits from the product.

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.

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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.