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You’re Missing The Mark With Your Sunscreen

You may have seen the “epic sunscreen fails” on social media. Those are those pictures of the suntans that start below the shorts, the weird patterns across the back, the white marks left from the brim of a hat on an otherwise red face. Why is it that we’re so bad at applying sun screen? Is it some ancient art that humans are not capable of mastering? Bad sunscreen application can be amusing, but it can also be dangerous. After all, we are using it to protect ourselves. If you find yourself among the sunscreen application impaired, here are a few areas you want to keep in mind the next time you find yourself charged with slathering on the SPF.

Skin Around Eyes and Eyelids
The skin around the eyes in the thinnest and most delicate on the body and eyelid cancer accounts for 5-10% of all skin cancer. According to Dr. Anjali Mahto, spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, “Sunglasses are your best defense. Choose quality glasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays and cover as much of the eye area as possible.” She adds that no malignant skin cancers are quite common, and surgery for their removal can be disfiguring. If the thought of sunscreen getting into your eyes is unattractive, you must sport your sunnies.

Parts
The scalp is another target for skin cancer, and cancer can often go undetected there because it’s a spot that is so hard to monitor. Dr. Mahto says,” Men with thinning hair should wear a hat and make sure sunscreen is applied to the hairline.” Pigtail and braid wearers should also be wary. If you have a severe part in your hair, your scalp will be vulnerable.

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Tips and Behind Ears
Dr. Mahto calls these high-risk areas and reports them as a common site for freckling. Says she, “(Freckling) is more common in men than in women, but everyone should be vigilant. The ears are the third most common place on the body to develop basal cell carcinomas.”

Tops of Hands and Backs of Feet
Many of us already have a horror of aging hands, and the sun will not be much help in this department. With hands, you’re not only at risk for wrinkles and dehydration but an increased risk for age spots. Be kind to your feet, as well. Remember that they haven’t seen the sun all year and are likely to be more prone to a bad burn when exposed.

The Decolletage
Another area of aging concern, the décolletage is often a target for overexposure (to the sun, that is). Dr. Mahto gives specific directions for this part of the body. “The easiest way to ensure this area is properly protected is to apply your sun cream before you get dressed,” she says. “That way you don’t have to work around bra or bikini straps. This is a part of the body that gets full exposure all summer, so use a high SPF regularly.”

Word to the wise….
If exercise or a hobby means that you are spending a lot of time outdoors, Dr. Mahto advises, “The legs are the most common site for melanoma in women, so don’t forget your SPF before you go for your run.” If sweating under your sunscreen is an issue, choose a lightweight formula that doesn’t block pores.

Are you among the sunscreen application challenged? If so, let us know the spots we’re likely to miss!

Surprising Foods With Benefits

Can life possibly get better? First, you find out you can practically live on a diet of stuffed grape leaves and Greek yogurt, and then you find out that dark chocolate can fight free radical damage. At this rate, you’re certain that one day you’ll read a report touting the health benefits of donuts. Unfortunately, if you are counting on this article to be the bearer of that news, you may be sadly disappointed. However, although the perks of fried dough have yet to be discovered, there are some other foods that, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out, are both delicious and nutritious. Here are a few foods with benefits.

Hair
cheese

Cheese
Need a good excuse for ordering extra cheese on that pizza? According to Beautyflash.co.uk, cheese is rich in nutrients that can promote the growth of a long healthy mane.

Oysters
Is it the oysters or is it how good your hair looks? Oysters are rich in zinc which helps strengthen the protein structures in hair follicles, encouraging thick, healthy hair.

Poultry
Keep that head of hair lustrous by eating some poultry. Lack of protein causes the body to ration the protein, which may mean less of it goes to your hair, causing potential hair loss. Eating protein-rich poultry can help counter the damage.

Skin
Avocado and Yogurt

Soy Beans
The high protein and mineral content in soy beans make it a great food for reducing blemishes and evening out skin tone.

Avocados
The healthy fats in this wonderful fruit can help keep your skin plump and moisturized while protecting it from sun damage.

Greek Yogurt
Want to reduce those wrinkles? Get some Greek in you. (Greek yogurt, that is). This protein-packed superfood can make skin firmer and more resistant to wrinkles and lines.

Teeth
green tea

Green Tea
It may be green, but it will keep your teeth white. Studies show that green tea reduces plaque, lower the acidity of saliva, and controls bacteria levels. Research suggests that drinking green tea will make you less prone to tooth decay and gum disease.

Cheese
Now there’s a real reason to say “cheese.’ Cheese is a great source of calcium, which is one of the most vital nutrients for supporting healthy teeth. The gooey stuff is also believed to play a role in raising the pH in your mouth, reducing likelihood of tooth decay.

Strawberries
These beauties contain malic acid, a natural cleanser with enamel whitening abilities.

Nails
Chia seeds and borccoli

Mackerel
The omega-3 fatty acids in mackerel is a great way to put an end to dry and brittle nails.

Chia Seeds
Not only are these seeds packed full of protein, calcium, and magnesium, they also support the production of collagen in your body, helping your nails stay strong and fortified.

Broccoli
If growing long nails is on your list of goals, you should start eating your broccoli. With the aid of an amino acid called cysteine and the benefits of protein, this green veggie may be your key to a perfect 10.

If you’ve got a food that you would like to find out surprising health benefits about, well, we can’t really guarantee it; but, if you’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out your favorite food may be satisfying more than your taste buds, we’d love to know! Tell us what you’re loving to eat and all the fringe benefits that you’re getting while doing it.

The Benefits of Keratin for Hair and Nails

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It is true that women will go to great lengths to achieve great lengths. There is little a woman won’t do in the pursuit of longer hair, nails, and lashes. She will glue, she will paint, she will invest, she will supplement, she will extend, she will photoshop. She will fight tooth and nail for nice teeth and strong nails, and she knows the value of a strong ally. Keratin is one of the toughest forms of biological mater. It gives the horse its hooves and the rhinoceros its horns. Why not use it to give you an extra edge?

What is Keratin?
Keratinocytes are living cells found in the skin that produce a protective layer that provides flexibility and strength and helps to keep water and other materials from getting to the skin. Keratin is the tough protein strand that provides these keratinocytes with their strength.

Keratin is found primarily in the skin, hair, tooth enamel and hair, and plays a role in protecting these body parts against harmful environmental factors. They allow hair and skin to be flexible and make nails, tooth enamel, and hooves of animals hard and strong.

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Keratin Deficiency
Individuals with a keratin deficiency tend to experience slow hair growth, and the hair they already possess is usually weak and brittle. Lack of keratin may also cause weakness and discoloration of fingernails. While there are topical keratin treatments, the best sources for keratin, as is usually the case, are edible.

Fruits and Vegetables
Proteins from vegetable sources are absorbed in the body with the help of Vitamin C. This vitamin is also the basic building block of keratin. Peppers and Brussels sprouts are both rich in vitamin C, as are citrus fruits such as oranges and limes.
Biotin, or vitamin B7, is also a foundation for keratin building and plays a large role in the metabolism of proteins. Onions, cauliflower, and broccoli all have high concentrations of B7. Whole grains are another food source which encourages keratin generation.

Dairy

Meat and Dairy
Low fat dairy products contain amino acids that boost keratin production. Low-fat cheese, yogurt, and milk, will give your body a boost of keratin, as will meat. Fish, poultry, lean meats, animal liver and kidney are all protein rich meats that help to produce keratin.

Other Sources
There are also certain vitamins and minerals that are important for generation of keratin. Because of the high concentration of the protein found in sulfur, sulfur rich foods such as eggs, dried beans, kale and soybeans can all play a significant role in keratin development, as can beans, almonds and walnuts. Gelatin is a another food associated with increased keratin production, and can be found in frosted cereal, fruits jams, molded fruit salads and certain yogurts.

What do you think of keratin? Do you use it to your benefit? Let us know!

Red Marine Algae Benefits for Hair and Skin

Algae mask

While algae may not be the most popular clothing material, perhaps it is not so odd that the Little Mermaid chose to put it on her skin; perhaps it is more puzzling that she did not apply it to her entire body. After all, marine ingredients like algae turn up in so many cosmetic ingredients and are known for their myriad of health benefits, namely for their beneficial effects on skin and hair.

Algae
So what is it about this slimy green stuff that makes us look so beautiful? Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist and editor-in-chief of The Beauty Brains reports that one study showed that algae can “stabilize minerals that aid in skin moisturization,” and, “Another claims that seaweed provides anti-acne properties without the irritation of over the counter drugs. And yet another type of seaweed may help with skin lightening.” Dr. Marcene Alexiades-Armenakas, cosmetic engineer has a theory as to why these plants are so good for the skin. She says, “These creatures (algae) have spent millions of years on the sea surface and evolved mechanisms to protect their DNA from UV damage. These mechanisms are conserved cross species, meaning they work in human skin as well.”

Red Algae Extract
Because it can easily process sunlight, red algae is known to provide antioxidant protection to skin. It has high levels of peptides, carotenoids, sulfated polysaccharides and fatty acids which may contribute to the reason red algae extracts are able neutralize free radicals in the environment. Algae extracts also function as thickening agents in skincare products improving texture and spreadability.

Brown Algae Extract
Brown algae, or kelp, is used as an emollient to soften skin and for anti-bacterial purposes. It is frequently found in serums, toners, lotions and moisturizers as extract as lamaria, extract of algae, or kelp. Benefits of brown algae include hydration, maintenance of skin’s moisture, detoxification and increased elasticity. Its amino acids are credited with renewal of tissue and its fatty acids are shown to fight inflammation. Additional studies by the Science Daily News suggest that substances extracted from brown algae may also protect against skin cancer caused by excessive sun exposure.

BENEFITS OF ALGAE 

For Acne Prevention
Need a natural zit zapper? The anti-inflammatory agents in algae make it capable of soothing acne related inflammation.

For Hair Growth
The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in seaweed is known for thickening and boosting hair growth and the iron and zinc can help maintain hair production and combat the thinning of hair caused by a deficiency if iodine. When applied directly to hair, iodine can fight of microscopic fungus and bacteria that eats away at hair follicles causing thinning and loss, The highest content of iodine is found in brown algae, with dry kelp containing 1500-1800 ppm. At this rate, just one gram of dried brown algae could cover the daily recommended adult requirement.

For Reduction of Toxins
Toxins can cause your skin to look lifeless and dull. Applying seaweed to your skin draws out excess fluid, dead cells, and toxins and makes skin smoother. It is also useful in eliminating toxins from the scalp and promoting healthy hair growth.

For Fighting Cellulite
Algae can be an effective weapon in the endless fight against cellulite. Seaweed can make skin more supple and elastic, helping to smooth skin and restore resilience.

For Adding Moisture
Who couldn’t use a little extra moisture on their skin? The fatty acids in algae not only lend moisture to your skin, but prevents it from losing its natural hydration.

So are you prepared to test the merits of algae. The Little Mermaid did it and look at her!

Are You Forgetting Something?

Your summer checklist probably includes a few barbecues, maybe a pool party, and a juicy beach read. It’s easy for us to remember all the fun parts of summer but below are a few things to remember when heading out for your summer fun.

Woman applying hair conditioner

Hair
We don’t often think of our hair when thinking about sun care, but prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dry, brittle strands. Plus, color-treated hair will fade much more quickly when not properly protected. There are several products on the market these days just for hair. Look for the words “UV protection” on the bottle and shop online or check out a beauty supply store for a wider selection.

Scalp Protection
You’ve likely had a sunburn on your scalp before, so you already know how painful it can be, but it’s also important to remember that skin cancer can form anywhere on our bodies, including the scalp. Sunscreens in a spray application are ideal for reaching the scalp since they aren’t greasy like lotion formulas; however, there are also powder sunscreens you can try if your hair already tends to be oily. You can also top off your look with a hat; just make sure to keep it on while you’re in the sun!

Woman wearing sunglasses

Eyes
Some of us never leave the house without sunglasses, but for those of you who are forgetting your sunnies at home, take note! The sun is bad news for eyes. Squinting, dryness, and age spots all contribute to premature aging around the eyes and repeated exposure to the sun raises your risk of eye diseases, including cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Look for sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible and block 99 percent or more of both UVA and UVB rays.

Ears
Did you know that your ears are the third most likely place for skin cancer to appear? When you’re applying sunscreen to your face and body, make sure to get your ears covered. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and you’ll want to make sure you cover your ears again at that time.

Woman applying lip balm

Lips
Parched, sunburned lips can be a thing of the past if you keep your lips protected from the sun. Keep a lip balm with you at all times that has an SPF of at least 15 and reapply often. Make sure you avoid sparkly or shiny glosses since the reflective nature of those formulas only attracts more sun to your lips.

After-Sun Care
What you do after you’re out in the sun can be just as important as what you do before. Soothing aloe vera gel or after-sun lotions can help your skin stay hydrated and promote quicker healing of burns. You can easily grow your own aloe vera plant indoors and use the gel directly from the plant!
Woman drinking water

Hydrate
You’re already drinking your eight glasses a day, and that’s great, but in warmer weather, we lose more water through perspiration and sheer exertion. Make sure you’re sipping water throughout the day and keep plenty of water-rich foods, such as watermelon, grapes, and berries around to snack on.

The summer months don’t have to leave us dried out and burnt. Keep your skin glowing and your health intact by making sure you remember these tips!

Ingredient Spotlight: Actium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract – Vine Vera Reviews

Burdock has origins in the eastern hemisphere, but now grows most commonly in North America, Europe and Asia. The Burdock plant is best identified by its purple flowers and broad leaves. Burdock is a prickly plant that has been used for centuries in traditional folk medicine. Burdock has also been found to provide benefits for both your skin and hair.

Burdock Roots in a white background.

Burdock Root Extract
Burdock roots are slender, appear to be gray in color and are typically around two feet long. The inside of a Burdock root actually resembles a cream or off-white color. Burdock root contains tanning agents, vitamin C and essential oils. One of the active compounds in Burdock root extract is sesquiterpene lactones. These are active plant chemicals known for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. The antioxidants in Burdock root extract inhibit the growth of both bacteria and fungi which is useful for many skin and hair conditions.

The most important reasons that  Burdock roots are beneficial to both your skin and hair. This brief list contains the properties in Burdock root extract that provide the highest level skin and hair care benefits:

  • They have natural anti-bacterial properties
  • They are naturally anti-septic
  • They have natural anti-inflammatory properties
  • They contain antioxidants helpful to your skin

It is possible to infuse Burdock root into either oils or water using heat. However, this process is often complicated, messy and highly time consuming which leads many cosmetic and skin care producers to choose powdered Burdock roots for their formulations in items such as hair conditioner and acne treatments. Burdock root extract is water soluble, highly concentrated and is easy to add to products like lotions, creams, soaps and facial toners.

Woman looking at her skin in the mirror.

Benefits of Burdock Root Extract
We’ve mentioned that Burdock root extract has some pretty awesome properties naturally and it is these that provide such excellent skin care and hair care benefits.

Burdock root extract has anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties which make it an excellent choice for conditions of the skin such as psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and acne. Perhaps the most frequent use of Burdock root extract in skin care or cosmetics is to treat acne. In addition to being anti-bacterial, Burdock root also has anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce the redness, swelling and irritation of conditions such as acne and rosacea. Burdock root extract in lotions or creams may be useful in helping alleviating conditions such as bug bites, canker sores, poison oak and poison ivy rashes, general swelling of the skin and small wounds to the skin.

Burdock root extract is also thought to have numerous benefits to your health and one of the leading indications for Burdock root extract is as an aid in the fight against cancer. Natural medicine praises Burdock root extract for the potential benefits this substance has in the oncology field.

Burdock root extract is definitely something to be on the lookout for when scanning the ingredient list of your beauty products. It helps so many conditions in a gentle way thus preventing further skin upsets or irritation.

Vine Vera on Best Oils for Hair and Skin – VineVera Reviews

Various types of oils for healthy skin and hair Many people are plagued by things such as dry skin and hair during the winter months, and even all year long. There are proactive ways to combat this problem – one of them specifically is using hair oils and skin oils. Some people prefer to use natural, organic oils over products made with the inclusion of various types of oils in them. This post focuses on those types of oils, and what ones work best for the skin and the hair. Vine Vera understands your desire for clear, concise information, and therefore we are here to provide that to you.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is a fantastic all-natural oil in which you can use for both the skin and the hair. It has wonderful moisturizing capabilities, and can be applied just as you would a lotion or a cream for the skin and is absorbed rather quickly. The reason this type of oil is so healthy for the skin and hair is due to its ability to offer anti-inflammatory qualities. This is great for those with scalp conditions, and skin conditions such as eczema. It’s rich in Vitamin E and beneficial fatty acids. There are various types of olive oil in which you could choose to use, but it doesn’t make much difference in terms of skin or hair care – they are all beneficial. When it comes to different flavors, they might be used for different forms of cooking – but for skin care, it doesn’t make much difference. Opt for a high quality, organic olive oil if you are able for optimum skin and health benefits.

Coconut Oil
When it comes to coconut oil, you want to opt for pure, unrefined coconut oil such as organic/virgin brands and options. This is because the ‘other’ brands sold in stores are essentially robbed of all beneficial nutrients and you are thus paying for nothing beneficial to your skin or hair. Coconut oil is fantastic for your skin and hair and can be used like a lotion, conditioner, and hair serum. It moisturizes dry hair and curly hair, and provides exceptional hydration and works better than typical facial moisturizers due to its long-lasting moisture capabilities. Most typical face creams have more water than anything else, and although they feel hydrating once applied, as soon as they dry, they leave your skin feeling parched again. Not so with coconut oil; in fact, you will feel smooth all day long. You can use it all over your body as you would with any type of lotion or cream. You can also use it in the shower, as it has wonderful exfoliating capabilities if applied with a soft loofah.

Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is another oil which can be used on the hair and skin. It’s exceptionally moisturizing, contains beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants, and various other benefits such as:

  • Used to treat stretch marks
  • Used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Contains high levels of Vitamin E, which is known to moisturize the skin and lock the moisture in

There are many benefits to this fantastic oil as well.

Opting for natural, organic oils are always the best way to go when choosing oils for skin and hair care, and as with any product, do some research on these products to see what others have to say about it and also check out the many benefits of each oil to see which one would be best for you and your needs. Vine Vera wishes you beautiful skin and hair, and we hope these tips helps you achieve them!