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Create A Healthy Glow With Gentle Exfoliation

You’re exfoliating for the first time. The devil inside you says, “Wow, this is great. It looks like I took off about ten years in two minutes. I should do this every day. At this rate, I will look 18 by the end of the week.”

The angel says,”No way, this exfoliation rough stuff. You’re going to scrub your face off.”
Devil: I heard Beyonce’s makeup artist says Queen B exfoliates every day and look at her.”
Angel: You’re no Beyonce. You’re going to scrub your face off.

Exfoliation can be very gratifying, but as with all other things, there can be too much of a good thing and the key is finding that happy medium. You want to make a difference, but if you go too far, your cells will stop regenerating and the effects won’t be as gratifying. Here are some tips for gentle exfoliation for a healthy glow.

Woman exfoliating skin
Rules of Exfoliation

Give Priority to Rough Skin Patches
If you begin to see rough patches, you should follow the advice of Ole Henriksen, the founder of the eponymous skincare brand. Go outside in the daylight with clean skin and bring a mirror. This will help you to understand what is going on and the areas where you might need help. I believe that everyone should be their own skincare expert, and this is an essential step for getting to know your skin. ” Exfoliate concentrating on places in which your skin is dull, uneven, or flaky.

Exfoliate in An Upward Circular Motion
Henriksen says, “I think the biggest mistake people make is being heavy- handed. A little goes a long way- let the exfoliating particles do their job. You just want to facilitate the glide access the face, that way your skin feels great and you don’t over treat it.” Henriksen suggests limited exfoliation to twice weekly, and, if you have frail capillaries, it may be a good idea to apply a face oil before you scrub, for extra protection. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, MD, dermatologist and founder of VMV Hypoallergenics recommends virgin coconut oil, which is inexpensive and safe for all types of skin. If you continue to notice redness and sensitivity, you may want to cut down exfoliation to once a week.

If you are looking for a scrub that won’t harm your face with harsh beads, Henriksen recommends mild jojoba beads, adding that, “you want to be sure …that the beads are perfectly round spheres.”

Exfoliating brushes may be a good tool for some, but you should keep a close watch on your skin’s reaction to this treatment and limit use if irritation occurs.

Follow with A Hydrating Moisturizer
To make sure your skin retains moisture, you follow up your exfoliating routine with a good thick moisturizer. Wash your face with warm water and pat it dry with a towel. Apply a cream or anti -aging serum before hitting the hay. Your morning you will thank you.

Exfoliation techniques
Exfoliate At Night
Night is the time when your skin is most receptive to treatments, especially when it comes to speeding cell turnover. This is the best time for the application of topical treatments with retinol and vitamin C.

If You Overexfoliate
If you overdo it, not to worry, just give your skin a break for about a week, Use a cleanser with Vitamin C or green tea that is free of drying agents. You can tone down redness with an over-the-counter cortisone cream.

What rules for exfoliation do you follow? How do put the “X” in exfoliation? Let us know!

Choosing The Right Tools For Exfoliation

When it comes to exfoliation, things seem to be getting pretty sordid. If you follow the Real Housewives of New Jersey, you may have heard Caroline Manzo speak about her preferred method; face shaving, an admission that fellow housewife Teresa Giudice says, “Freakin’ blew my mind!”

This is not the first time we’ve heard of razors in conjunction with the exfoliation of skin. Dermatologists have been known to offer a derma-planing treatment which involves the running of a surgical grade razor over the skin, and both Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor swore by the amazing effects of a daily shave. With all the options out there, it may be difficult to choose the right tools for exfoliation, but, rest assured, there are ways to get glowing skin without running the risk of a five o clock shadow; here are just a few.

Exfoliating Tools

chemical mask
Chemical
Chemical peels involve the application of a solution to peel off the top layer of skin. They contain enzymes and beta hydroxy acids that loosen skin cells, making them easy to remove. Mild solutions are available over the counter, stronger ones are available by prescription.

Mechanical
Mechanical exfoliating tools refer to abrasives, such as loofahs and body scrubs that remove dead skin. Despite their name, abrasives should generally be gentle enough to not cause skin irritation, however, if your skin feels raw after use, the tool may be too harsh.

For the Face
When it comes to facial exfoliation, your best choice is a pair of soft exfoliating gloves or a micro -exfoliating cloth. Pouches are another option, although they tend to be too gentle to exfoliate as effectively as the gloves or cloth. Electric face brushes can be a good idea, but their effectiveness may vary with the type of cleanser, bristle type, and application of pressure.

Expert Advice
Before you choose your exfoliation tools, you may want to consider this advise from board certified dermatologist Mary P. Lupo, MD, FAAD

Take Your Skin Type Into Consideration
Those with dry or sensitive skin should stick with mild chemical exfoliation, such as salicylic acid peels, given by a dermatologist. If you have thicker, oilier skin, you may be able to stand stronger treatments like 2 percent salicylic acid wash or mechanical tools, like a scrub or motorized brush.

Woman using exfoliation mask
Time Exfoliation Correctly
While individuals with thick, oily skin may be able to withstand exfoliating once a day, those with sensitive skin may want to limit treatments to once a week. Also, more aggressive procedures, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels administered by a dermatologist should generally be performed only a few times over several weeks.

Be Careful When Buying Products
Dr. Lupo suggests making sure that the products you buy come from reputable companies. She recommends over the counter products with an acid concentration of no higher then 2% salicylic acid or 10% glycol acid. Board certified dermatologists can help you pick an at home treatment best suited for your skin type and may be able to recommend other treatments for best results.

Do you know any great exfoliation secrets? Please share!

How Do Self Heating Face Masks Work?

In these modern times in which technology proliferates almost ever aspect of our lives, it seems as if everything has a brain. Indeed, there appears to be nothing on the market these days that can’t do what its designed to do without us. There are self -driving cars, self -flying planes, self -cooking ovens, self- cooling cups, self- heating mugs, and even self -cleaning litter boxes. Well, now we can add a new item to the list of products with minds of their own: the self-heating face mask.

If these masks do what they claim to do, they not only have a brain, they can probably write their own book! So what do you think? Is there really something behind these magical masks? Let’s have a look. Woman getting face mask

How Do Self Heating Masks Work?
You may “warm up” to these masks when you learn that there is a method to this madness, and it’s scientific. There are chemicals in the mask that produce an exothermic reaction to water, generating heat instantly. This response opens pores in the skin, allowing the product to better penetrate to the deepest layers.

Skin care expert Joanna Vargas compares its use to her own facial treatments. “I use a steamer to activate products and enzymes I have on the skin. I also use steam to soften everything in the pores to prep for extraction.” The takeaway: If a facial is not realistic, the self-heating mask will provide similar results.

Zeolite is a mineral that is commonly used in these masks. It is derived from volcanic ash and rocks. When zeolite comes into contact with water, its chemical bonds break, releasing heat. Pores open and blood circulates, allowing oil reducing ingredients, such as kaolin, to detoxify the skin.

Why Should You Use A Self Heating Face Mask?
Ok, so they work. But do they work better than temperature stabilized masks? Edward Fallas of Somme Institute says, “Self-heating masks are essential to open pores and activate blood circulation.” Blemishes, oil overproduction or anything that involves pore opening react especially well to the self heaters. The action of the chemicals allow the other ingredients in the mask to work deeper to absorb oil and impurities.

But the real draw here might be the emotional benefit. Relaxing heat is a welcome side effect of this product and also provides much needed comfort on a nippy day.

Woman with face mask
Application
After breaking the seal on the package, squeeze the mask into your hands. You will notice the product will begin heating immediately. Massage the mask into your face for about 60 seconds, adding water if you want to increase the heat. The heat will begin its work, opening your pores. After working it into your skin, rinse with cool water; this will seal your pores. Your skin will feel tingly for a while and most users report instant radiance along with a lovely warming experience.

Sound like the ultimate pampering product to us! Why not treat yourself? And let us know how it goes for you! We’d love to hear from you.

Boost Your AHA

Woman getting a cleansing treatment

Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of several types of acids which naturally occur in foods, including but not limited to citric acid from citrus fruits, glycolic acid from sugar cane, lactic acid from milk, malic acid from apples, and tartaric acid from grapes. But why should you care? Well, interestingly enough, there’s a fair bit of evidence indicating that alpha-hydroxy acids could help even out and firm up your skin when applied topically. While more study is necessary to say for certain, alpha-hydroxy acids seem to be able to remove the top layers of dead skin cells, making them a powerful exfoliant, and cause deeper, living layers of skin to thicken, which may promote firmness, acting as a potential anti-aging ingredient.

So let’s go over a few of the ways you can use alpha-hydroxy acids to better your skin.

Commercial Creams
You can get commercially available creams that contain various alpha-hydroxy acids in moisturizers, peels, etc. For something you’re going to leave on long-term, you don’t want anything stronger than a 8% concentration for most alpha-hydroxys, and 14% for products using the alpha-hydroxy acid acid gluconalactone. Leave-on creams with this concentration are effective for treating sun-damaged and aging skin to help firm it up.

For exfoliation to get softer, smoother skin and/or help reduce the appearance of acne scars, glycolic acid is a good bet. You should use glycolic acid peels once every two weeks, starting with a 20% concentration and then building to 35%, 50%, and finally 70%, leaving the peel on for 2 minutes the first time, and adding a minute every time until you hit 4-5 minutes.

Homemade Treatments
Remember how we said that alhpa-hydroxy acids are found in foods? You can take advantage of this fact by using fresh fruits right at home. You can apply lemon juice to your face (though you might want to water it down slightly, try one part lemon juice to one part water) and rinse after leaving it there for a few minutes. You can also used crushed papaya, tomato seed pulp (the juicy, seedy center of the tomato), plain yogurt (which contains lactic acid), or blended pineapple meat as an anti-aging mask. It might be a little messy and sticky, but the leftovers from your project mean you get an anti-aging treatment and a snack at the same time!

Talk to Your Dermatologist and Listen to Your Body
With all alpha-hydroxy acids (and, for that matter, beauty products in general) listen to your body, and immediately stop and rinse off the product or homemade treatment if it starts to cause uncomfortable pain, tingling, or burning (low-levels of tingling that do not cause discomfort are okay).

Finally, make sure you discuss your skincare with a dermatologist, and don’t forget to detail all aspects of your home care! And with potentially harmful acids (alpha-hydroxy acids are considered generally safe in the right concentrations and when used correctly, but they are still acid, and can quite literally burn you if misused), you should check with your dermatologist before beginning any homemade treatments. Tell them exactly what you intend to try and get the all clear first. It may sound like a pain, but “better safe than sorry” definitely applies here!

Keeping Your Skin Hydrated and Radiant

Woman with glowing skin

It is so important to keep your skin healthy. Your makeup will look better, and your skin will stay looking youthful if you work to prevent damage. Follow these skin health tips to keep your skin looking hydrated and radiant this summer!

Exfoliate a Few Times a Week
Getting rid of dull, dead skin will boost radiance and help your serums and moisturizers sink deeper into the skin. Using a cleansing brush, like a Clarisonic, can be great for daily use, but a gritty exfoliator once or twice can really make a difference in your skin’s texture. Chemical exfoliators also work great if you find traditional methods too abrasive. They can be purchased as a peel-off mask to use weekly, or in toners for daily use. Don’t forget to also exfoliate your body with a body scrub!

Woman drinking water

Drink Water
This tip is obvious, but is so important, so we’re including it anyway. Nothing will give you dull, tired looking skin like being dehydrated. This is especially important in the summer because you can get dehydrated faster. Make sure you bring your water bottle to work with you so you don’t forget to drink before lunch- getting dehydrated in the morning can zap your energy as well as your skin. Coffee in the morning will only dehydrate you! Making a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day can do a lot for your skin.

Try Out Some Vitamin C
There are so many products on the market right now in every price range that are formulated with vitamin C. Because it is an antioxidant, these products can prevent skin damage on a cellular level, and promote radiance and health! Vitamin C products also normally have a great citrus smell that can perk you up in the morning!

Use a Hyaluronic Acid Mask
There is no better way to keep skin hydrated and maintain its elasticity! Using an overnight hyaluronic mask will make your skin look smooth, plump, and healthy!

Woman applying sunscreen

Get Serious About Your Sun Protection
Wearing sunscreen on your face every day is the best way to prevent skin damage. Sun damage can make your skin dry and uneven, plus it causes premature aging, so commit to using a moisturizer with SPF 30 every day. Top it with a foundation with SPF for even more protection. If you want a little color this summer, stick with bronzing primers and glowy powders!

Pack on the Glow!
Now that strobing is popular, there are tons of products out there that will give you a glowing, radiant look. We recommend starting with a nourishing moisturizer (bonus points if it has sun protection). Then, using a brightening eye cream will help cancel out any dull blue circles that can pull your face down. Using a radiance boosting primer will help your glowing look last all day. Keep the glow coming with a light, dewy BB cream and a cream bronzer to give you a sun-kissed Finally, top everything off with a subtle wash of a shimmery bronzer across your cheeks and the bridge of your nose. You’ll be left with a radiant, healthy look that’s perfect for summer!

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.

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.