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Ingredients To Avoid In Your Skincare

Hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, peels, exfoliants, mud, clay, retinol, vitamins A-Z, ceramides, essential oils; sometimes it seems like there are too many skincare ingredients to fit in one product, much less on the human face. Add that to the new layering trend, and, it may even seem like companies are creating more room on the human face for even more products. If you’re confused about which ingredients to look for when you’re looking to buy your next skin care product, maybe you should focus on what not to use. The FDA has only so much say in what goes into and what stays out of your cosmetic products, so for optimal health, you may need to be the one who makes the decisions. Here are some ingredients to avoid in your products to help you narrow it down.

Aluminum
Aluminum is a chemical salt you don’t want to find in your skin care products. It is used for its disinfectant and absorbent properties and is most often found in deodorants and antiperspirants. Recent studies of breast cancer patients detected higher amounts of aluminum is the outer areas of the breast, where deodorant is normally applied. A study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health showed that the accumulation of aluminum in bodily tissues can lead to bone disease, tissue damage, impaired kidney function, and has also been found in the brains of those suffering Alzheimer’s disease. Opt for aluminum free natural deodorants and antiperspirants.

Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is a compound commonly used for lightening of freckles, melanoma, age spots and discolorations which has been found to increase exposure to UV rays and cause mutations in laboratory studies. The chemical has been shown to cause contact dermatitis, and degeneration of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Doctors warn pregnant women to avoid its use during pregnancy and nursing, and the Environmental Working Group has assigned a hazardous warning to the compound. Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid may be a better choice for skin brightening.

Fragrance
Fragrance can be intoxicating, in more ways than one. Apparently, fragrance can contain up to 200 undeclared ingredients, some of which may be hormone altering preservatives called phthalates, and you may have no way of knowing. Since companies don’t have to give a chemical breakdown of fragrances, it is difficult to tell the exact components of the scent. Problems such as coughing, vomiting, hyper pigmentation, allergies, skin rashes, and dizziness have all been known to occur from the use of synthetic fragrances. A word to the wise: avoid the word “fragrance” on the ingredient label unless it is derived from essential oils.

Parabens
Parabens can include propyl, butyl, methyl, and ethyl parabens. This group of preservatives extend shelf life of cosmetics, and are estimated to be contained in over 90% of all beauty products. A 2006 study of the urine sample of healthy adults showed evidence of parabens in over 90 percent of the participants.

Phthalates
You probably don’t want to find any chemicals used to make plastics in your cosmetic supplies. Phthalates are chemicals derived from oil, often found in product like perfume, hair spray, and nail polish and are often used to help the product cling to the skin, nails, and hair. The fear is that these products may be absorbed through the skin, fingernails, and lungs. Animal studies have shown an association between phthalates and kidney, liver, lung, and reproduction system damage. Human studies have shown abnormal development in male infants whose mothers show high levels of phthalates in their bodies. You may especially want to look out for dibutyl phthalate (DBP) di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), and butylbenzylphthalate (BBP) on ingredient lists.

What ingredients are you looking to avoid on your beauty products? Let us know! It may be helpful!

Top Skin Care Ingredients for Guys – Vine Vera Reviews

Father’s Day is approaching and one of the ways you can show the man, or men, in your life your love is by providing him a gift of skin care. Okay, so he may not react as you might when given quality skin care items, but stay with us. Giving the father/s in your life skin care suggests that they are worth investing time into themselves and you provide them with items they may not splurge on otherwise. Besides, if your guy has been grabbing for your skin care bottles, he might be super disappointed by the results.

Man looking at himself in the mirror.

Is Skin Care Different for Men?
The answer is a resounding yes. The skin of men is vastly different than the skin of women, and as such it will have needs that are not the same as the needs of women’s skin care. The International Dermal Institute states that the although the ability of men to be able to grow a beard is one distinction, there are others that are not as evident. From a structural point of view, there are several differences such as collagen density, skin thickness, texture, hydration and loss of collagen as we age.

So, yeah, skin care for men is definitely different than skin care for women. Why? The main difference occurs due to androgens, the male sex hormones. The International Dermal Institute goes on to say that androgens (including testosterone) lead to the presence of a dense network of collagen fibers when compared to those found in the female skin.

Skin Care Ingredients for Male Skin
Now that you know why you need to look for specialized skin care for men, what ingredients should you be looking for?

Man having an apple.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants are important skin care ingredients for both men and women. These powerful substances fight free radical damage through oxidation. The most common antioxidant ingredients to look for include vitamins A, C and E in addition to selenium and zinc.

Man enjoying an exfoliating session in a spa.

Exfoliants
Though  man’s skin is certainly different from a woman’s, all skin should be exfoliated regularly. This can be achieved using scrubs designed to exfoliate dead, dry skin or through the use of chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants are more gentle on the skin than harsh scrubs and can be used daily. These liquids or gels are swiped across the face to remove excess sebum (oil), dirt, dead skin cells and other debris. Chemical exfoliants are typically classified as alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids. Beta hydroxy acids are salicylic acid while alpha hydroxy acids are most frequently glycolic, lactic or malic acids.

Glycerin soap in a spa setting.

Glycerin
Men’s faces may have a denser collagen network than women, but they still require moisture. Glycerin is an excellent ingredient to look for in men’s moisturizer.Glycerin is especially beneficial for use after shaving as it helps to improve the barrier function of the skin.

Show the man/men in your life some love by investing in skin care for Father’s Day. By selecting products specifically targeted for men you make sure that his skin is being completely taken care of according to it’s specific needs.

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.

Anti-Aging Ingredients for the Body – Vine Vera Reviews

Chances are you use some sort of anti-aging product for your face. Whether it’s eye cream, your daily moisturizer or even your sunscreen, you put effort into protecting your skin and preventing your face from showing signs of aging. But how often do you spend the same amount of time protecting the skin all over your body? Most of the time your body gets slathered in lotion and that’s the end. Maybe on a beach day you’ll break out the sunscreen, but the majority of the time you end up ignoring the skin on your body. However, the face isn’t the only part of your body that displays the signs of aging. Below Vine Vera lists the best ingredients to look for in anti-aging skincare.

Woman drinking orange juice and holding a piece of orange in her hands.

Vitamins C and E
Vitamin E is a highly effective anti-oxidant that protects your skin from losing collagen due to harmful UV rays. While it is also a great moisture, it is also a relatively unstable skin care ingredient and is subject to damage or being inactive when exposed to free radicals. Vitamin C helps keep Vitamin E stable and active. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant  that protects the lipid structures of sales and slows down the production of melanin. In slowing down the production of melanin, Vitamin C prevents hyperpigmentation. One of the most common forms of Vitamin C in skin care ingredients is L-ascorbic acid.

Peptides
You may have heard the term peptides where skin care is concerned but not quite understood why this ingredient is helpful. Peptides are molecules that have been built by the binding of one amino acid to another. This forms a short, penetrable chain that is incredibly efficient at stimulating the skin’s healing process and the rebuilding of the dermal matrix, which helps keep skin strong and healthy.

Grounded coffee mixed in curd for exfoliation.

Exfoliants
Many skin experts and doctors suggest that exfoliants are an essential part of a skin care regime. Two of the most popular exfoliants used in anti-aging skin care are glycolic and lactic acid. While you can exfoliate your skin with harsh scrubs or devices, experts recommend being gentle to your skin. When you use a mild exfoliant the result is a resurfacing that creates a healthy, natural exfoliation that removes only excess skin cells while keeping the normal, healthy balance your skin requires.

Glycolic is a small sized molecule. Due to it’s size, glycolic acid penetrates the skin very quickly. While some people appreciate this, experts are now beginning to lean more towards lactic acid as an efoliant as opposed to glycolic acid. The small size of the glycolic acid means that is can be harder to control on the skin than lactic acid.

Lactic acid stays on the skin for a longer period of time than glycolic acid. This is beneficial for your skin because it allows the lactic acid to work more effectively on the epidermis. The slower response of your skin to lactic acid also means that the results you see are far less harsh and there is less damage to the skin. Lactic acid acts as a neutralizer rather than a harsh exfoliant. Both acids do help with signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark age spots or sun damage.

When you take care of your body, you give yourself added health and vitality. Aim to always keep the skin on your body well moisturized. Look for a moisturizer with ingredients like Vitamin E or shea butter, these act as humectants that keep moisture in your skin. Don’t skip the sunscreen because sun damage does not just occur on your face. Healthy skin requires proper attention and products. Help reverse and repair signs of aging with these skin care ingredients.