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Skin Care/ Beauty Ingredients and Trends to Look for in 2016

It’s so exciting to see the innovations coming from skin care and beauty experts. New ingredients, new formulations and increasing the effectiveness of products are all things that the skin care and beauty industries are constantly working on. Each year there are ingredients and skin care/beauty trends that seem to be the only thing industry experts, leaders and influencers are talking about. Want to get a first look at the ingredients and skin care/ beauty trends that you should be looking for this year? Check out the top three items to watch when it comes to skin care and beauty.

Niacinamide.

Niacinamide
Niacinamide has been growing in popularity for several years, but it looks like 2016 will be the year that this amazing skin care ingredient really takes the spotlight. Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid and is a serious multitasker in the world of skin care. Major uses for niacinamide include strengthening skin’s barrier function, improving elasticity, evening out your skin tone and decreasing pore size. This potent cell-communicating ingredient is also used in the treatment of acne, which makes niacinamide perfect for those who struggle with both fine lines and wrinkles and acne.

Woman applying foundation.

Makeup with Skin Care Benefits
Sunscreen in products like foundation has been around for quite some time, but you can expect beauty products in 2016 to have more healthy skin ingredients than ever before. Previously, cosmetics that included skin care ingredients did so in very small concentrations, but cosmetic companies today are formulating products with levels of anti-aging ingredients that can actually make a difference in your skin care. Experts believe that it might take some effort to sort out the good ones, but foundations, BB and CC creams, tinted moisturizers, and even some concealers formulated with meaningful amounts of anti-aging ingredients such as dark spot faders, antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients are stepping up the skincare-makeup hybrid category. One of the most exciting skin care additions is SPF in lip and eye products, which are frequently overlooked when it comes to sun protection.

Essence

Essences
Inspired by K-beauty, layering skin care products was wildly popular in 2015 and this craze is not going anywhere in 2016. Because the layering trend is sticking around, companies are offering products that are incredibly lightweight and water-like to treat skin concerns. Essences are not only important in complex skin care routines that require layering, they are also incredibly beneficial for those with oily and/or acne-prone skin because they deliver potent anti-aging formulas in super lightweight and non-greasy formulas.

Other skin care trends you can expect to see in 2016 include a surge in popularity of products with omega and fatty acids and boosters that supercharge your skin care products. The increased popularity and prevalence of facial masks in 2015 is going nowhere in 2016, so expect to see tons of new masks to address skin care concerns. When it comes to skin care and beauty, some ingredients and trends are just marketing hype, but our top three list are proven to be effective and beneficial to your skin, so you can have the healthiest skin in 2016.

Top Ingredients for Oily Skin

Woman with oily skin

While it can be difficult to determine combination or dry skin, oily skin is pretty obvious to those who have it because it’s pretty easy to see, and feel, the oil that is produced by your pores. Those with oily skin often experience:

  • Dull complexion
  • Shiny complexion
  • Enlarged pores
  • Blackheads or other blemishes

However, what is not always obvious is how best to treat the excess oil production. Using the strongest, harshest products you can find will only result in further damage (and more oil), so you want to be sure you select products that really are targeted for the oily skin concerns you have. Luckily, Vine Vera has you covered. We investigated what skin care ingredients provide the most benefits for those with oily skin and the top three are listed below.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid truly is a skincare superstar. If you checked out our last post, we discussed how hyaluronic acid is one of the most beneficial ingredients in caring for dry skin. So it would seem a bit odd to have the same ingredient listed for oily skin, but there’s a reason this skincare ingredient comes with hype. Because hyaluronic acid moisturizers in a different way, and without the heaviness, than traditional moisturizers. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to the skin and holds it there for long periods of time and it is important to make sure that you hydrate oily skin because other products you use for oily skin may take away some moisture.

Salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid that aids skin in exfoliation. If you have oily skin, exfoliation is super important because oily skin tends to have a thick layer of dead skin cells and thick pore lining. Regular exfoliation removes these dead skin cells and other debris from your face and unclogs your pores. The reason that salicylic acid is the best exfoliant for oily skin types is that it works not only on the surface of your skin, but also deep down into your pores helping to remove any impurities. It is important to note that while regular exfoliation is a crucial part of skincare for oily skin, it is not a good idea to use a harsh scrub frequently. Doing so results in damage to your skin and over-drying of your skin, which leads to an increase in oil production to make up for the moisture loss. A gentle, BHA exfoliant in gel or liquid form is a great way to exfoliate your pores daily (or as often as you prefer) without being too harsh on the skin. If you’re new to using chemical exfoliants or salicylic acid, start slowly to avoid irritation.

Niacinamide
Also known as B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a cell-communicating ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen and improves the skin’s barrier function. However, the reason that niacinamide is beneficial to those with oily skin is that recent studies suggest that niacinamide is that it actually absorbs sebum. When your skin is oily it produces more sebum, or oil, than necessary and the result is a shiny, oily face. Using a skin care product that contains niacinamide may help absorb excess sebum keeping your face a bit more matte.

In addition to being on the lookout for these three ingredients, it’s a good idea to stay away from products with oil or heavy moisturizers like petroleum. Generally, products that are good for oily skin will include an “oil free” claim somewhere on the product or the packaging. Remember to cleanse, tone (if you use a toner), exfoliate and moisturize oily skin. It can be tempting to skip a moisturizer, but once you find one with the right ingredients, you’ll love how great your skin looks. A regular cleansing routine that incorporates key products will leave you with healthier, smoother looking skin.

Top Ingredients for Acne Prone Skin

Woman examining acne

It’s a common misconception that acne prone skin is synonymous with oily skin. While oily skin definitely is more prone to breakouts than dry or normal skin, not all people with oily skin experience acne. Similarly, it is entirely possible to have dry, sensitive skin that is prone to acne. Acne is something that nobody wants to experience and it can be difficult to get rid of due to the vast amount of factors that can be causes of acne. To help you heal your skin and boost your confidence, Vine Vera did a bit of digging and located the top three ingredients that those with acne prone skin should look for in skincare products.

Niacinamide.

Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3. Niacinamide is a cell-communicating ingredient that provides several skin benefits. Skin care experts state that “[a]ssuming skin is being protected from sun exposure, niacinamide can improve the skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolorations and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture.” Recently, niacinamide has begun to make a name for itself in the fight against acne. It increases fatty acid levels in your skin, stimulates micro-circulation in your skin and treats uneven, acne-ridden complexion due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does niacinamide help fight acne, it can also reduce hyperpigmentation caused by acne and it also provides anti-aging benefits.

Sulfur
Sulfur can be super helpful for acne prone skin, but it is one of the more unpleasant ways to treat acne. The first drawback of sulfur is without a doubt the smell. If you have never smelled sulfur, just imagine rotten eggs and you’ve got the idea of what sulfur smells like. The second drawback is that it can be irritating to skin, though it depends entirely upon formulation and frequency of use. Sulfur is a mineral that decreases excess oil production by your glands and that fights inflammation while also exfoliating the skin. The good news is that many skin care products combine sulfur with other ingredients that help to lessen or mask the scent, making it far more pleasant to use. A spot treatment with sulfur is a an effective way to zap zits.

Salicylic acid.

Salicylic Acid
One of the most prevalent ingredient in skin care products designed for acne prone skin, salicylic acid is a form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The reason this is frequently used in the treatment of acne prone skin is that it effectively exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells and other debris that rests on the surface of your skin and inside your pores. Additionally, salicylic acid is available in large range of products, meaning that there are formulations for oily skin and skin that is dry. A 1 to 2% liquid or gel exfoliant is one of the best ways to deliver the acne fighting power of salicylic acid. While these are safe enough to use every day (and multiple times a day), it’s best to start slowly and increase a tolerance to avoid any unnecessary irritation.

Acne prone skin can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but using the right products helps reduce breakouts. Antioxidants are also important ingredients to look for in products for acne prone skin as they prevent further free radical damage and soothe skin. A regular skincare routine with high quality products and formulations can mitigate problems for those with acne prone skin.

Best Ingredients for Wrinkle Reduction – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman examining her wrinkles in the mirror.

If you, like most of us, want to look more youthful and radiant then the following post is for you. Of course you know that part of taking care of your skin and maintaining a youthful look is eating properly, limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol, avoiding smoking and of course having a skin care routine in place. A good skin scare routine generally consists of a mild, but effective, cleanser, possible a toner, sunscreen and a moisturizer. Chances are if you are super cautious about maintaining a youthful look you also include an eye cream or treatment and a lip treatment. It is great to have all of these products, but these skin care products could be far more beneficial if you look for certain skin care ingredients. The following skin care ingredients all target wrinkles to reduce their appearance and help you look younger.

Mother and daughter applying a cream on their skin.

Cell-Communicating Ingredients
As you age your skin is repeatedly subjected to harmful environmental agents, sun damage, loss of moisture and other skin problems. These issues cause your skin cells to become damaged and result in irregularly shaped, rough and mutated skin cells. One way to improve your skin cells is to include cell-communicating ingredients in your skin care products. Cell-communicating ingredients indicate to your skin cells that it is time to start generating healthier, younger skin cells. In doing so, you prevent significant wrinkles and reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles. Some of the most common cell-communicating ingredients to look for include:

  • Retinol and other variations
  • Niacinamide
  • Lecithin
  • Linolenic acid
  • Phospholipids
  • Carnitine
  • Adenosine
  • Most peptides
  • Cyclic phosphate

Dermatologist holding vitamins packed in the shape of a pill in her hand. Healthy Skin Concept.

Antioxidants
Topically applied antioxidants are absolutely essential for the skin and many skin care products contain at least one, if not many, antioxidants that benefit your skin. Forms of vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants that show up in skin care ingredients frequently and that work excellently together. Other antioxidants to look for include green tea, soy extract, grape extract, pomegranate extract, beta carotene and selenium. Antioxidants are important because they help to reduce the daily damage done by free radicals. These ingredients also help your skin heal from damage and increase your skin’s production of healthy collagen. Collagen is important at reducing the appearance of wrinkles because it helps plump skin and give it a more full, youthful appearance.

Injection placed on a skin cream. Hyaluronic Acid Concept.

Moisturizing Ingredients
Of course you moisturize your skin but some ingredients go a bit farther when it comes to moisturizing your skin. One of the most commonly talked about moisturizing ingredients in beauty and skin care right now is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid provides intense moisture while also “filling in” and “plumping up” fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. In fact, hyaluronic acid is now the preferred filler for minor cosmetic procedures over Botox.

The skin care ingredients that will benefit your skin best may take some trial and error to discover. Always remember to wash your face at night and apply sunscreen each time you head out the door to protect your skin from damage and further wrinkles.

Most Important Skin Care Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

You take care of your job, your kids, your significant other and tons of other obligations. With all that you do it can be incredibly difficult to find the time to take care of yourself and your skin. Some nights you may not even have enough energy to wash your face. Vine Vera believes that if you choose beauty and skin care products that contain certain ingredients, you can easily take care of your skin. These ingredients help you achieve maximum beauty benefits with minimal effort.

The formula of Vitamin B3 on a blackboard.

Niacinamide
Niacinamide has several names by which it is called. Most products use the word niacinamide on the label, though this ingredient is also known at vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. Niacinamide is an important skin care ingredient that communicates with your cells. This beneficial skin care ingredient has multiple benefits for your skin. It can improve skin’s elasticity, revive your skin tone, even out your skin texture, lighten discoloration and increase the skin’s barrier function. Niacinamide increases the levels of ceramide and fatty acids in your skin, which helps your skin to retain water. In addition to all of these benefits from this one ingredient, current research is being conducted to test whether niacinamide can help lessen acne.

Woman looking at her bottle of sunscreen.

Titanium Dioxide
Chances are you now own at least one product that already contains titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is one of the most popular minerals used for sun protection. Before titanium dioxide goes into skin care products and cosmetics, it is purified to remove contaminants such as iron and lead. Often, you will find that titanium dioxide is present in mineral sunscreens along with zinc oxide. Sun protection factor (SPF) is an often skipped but crucial step in any beauty routine. You should use sunscreen, or products containing sunscreen such as your facial moisturizer, 365 days of the year. Ideally, you would apply products containing titanium dioxide on your body as well. It goes without saying that titanium dioxide is one of the best skin care ingredients as it protects your skin from UV damage, which can result in sun spots, premature aging and skin cancer.

Hand drawing the chemical formula of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid
We’ve already discussed this essential skin care ingredient but it bears repeating. Applied topically, hyaluronic acid smooths and softens your skin by creating a moisture barrier. Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your body, it is less likely to be rejected as a foreign substance. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient in beauty products such as moisturizers and eye creams. This ingredient is also the top choice among dermatologists and plastic surgeons as a wrinkle filler. Hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin and plumps fine lines and wrinkles.

Woman enjoying a milk bath.

AHA/BHA
Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids are organic acids that work to exfoliate your skin. AHAs differ as skin ingredients. The most popular AHAs are glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acids. BHA for beauty purposes refers exclusively to salicylic acid. Both of these organic acids work as gentle exfoliants on your skin. AHAs are water soluble, making it great for individuals with normal to dry skin while BHA is oil soluble which can help with oil production and acne.

Vitamin icons circulating around a woman's head

Retinol
Retinol is an active form of vitamin A. Retinol helps skin increase the production of both collagen and hyaluronic acid, both of which leave the skin supple and smooth feeling. Additionally, retinol encourages new, young skin cells to turnover and replace dead, unhealthy skin cells. Retinol also contains exfoliating properties. In addition to all of this, retinol also improves the firmness of your skin, treats acne, reverses damage from the sun and environment and decreases hyperpigmentation, dark under eye circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

The best thing about these skin care ingredients is that they are often combined in products. This means that with one face cream you will get all of the benefits of each ingredient, without having to slather on a ton of product or taking a long time to get ready in the morning.

Most Fashionable Skin Care Ingredients Right Now

Mask on face with slices of various fruits on top With the different ingredients out there, it can become quite difficult what to choose and what not. Moreover, with trends and fashion dictating almost everything we do, women across the world try to seek out some of the most fashionable ingredients, believing that they cannot go wrong in selecting something that dictates world fashion in terms of skin care. In most cases, their reasoning is correct. Vine Vera found a number of fashionable skin care ingredients that are performing miracles on the human skin around the world. However, before you choose one of these ingredients, you need to ensure that the product suits your type of skin. Remember, the ingredient is only as good as its compatibility with your skin.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid, a type of BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) is extremely beneficial in treating skin care problems such as acne and irritation. Salicylic Acid works well with normal skin and oily skin and it can penetrate through the sebum which clogs your pores and clear blackheads. Using Salicylic Acid on a regular basis allows you to decrease the severity and frequency of your acne problems. However, make sure that you avoid Salicylic Acid if you’re suffering from aspirin allergies or dry/ sensitive skin.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide, another form of Vitamin B3, can help you to prevent the formation of brown spots and reduce the appearance of wrinkles on your skin. Niacinamide is also known to be highly beneficial in clearing up your blemishes and reducing skin inflammation. This magical ingredient helps to increase the production of ceramides in the skin, which in turn improve the barrier function of the skin and prevent water loss. Niacinamide can be found in all sorts of serums, cleansers, lotions and moisturizers. It is usually known to be a well tolerated approach to soothing skin problems. According to a study conducted in the year 2010, women who used Niacinamide reduced the appearance of wrinkles when compared to women who used simple anti-aging creams.

Green Tea

Green Tea, also known as EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) is suitable for all types of skin. Green tea works wonders in terms of reducing sun damage, soothing irritation and taking care of skin aging. Green tea is also believed to be one of the most potent ways of photo-protection. According to studies, products that contain 5% of green tea can help to prevent skin cancer when applied along with sunscreens.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

Alpha hydroxy acids are known to be one of the best exfoliators in the world. These acids occur naturally in the form of malic acid (apples), Glycolic acid (sugarcanes), citric acid (citrus fruits such as oranges) and lactic acid (milk). AHAs help to give your skin a smoother texture and allow it to look more radiant. Moreover, they also help in boosting the collagen production and allowing your skin to retain moisture. AHAs produce a chemical peel to exfoliate the outermost layers of your skin. However, you would not want to use AHA cleansers along with retinols as this could lead to skin inflammation or irritation.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera might be one of the oldest known skin care ingredients, but it still remains to be one of the most fashionable ones. Haven’t you noticed? All the oldies are making a comeback in terms of fashion. Aloe Vera is just one of those that simply refuses to go away. Aloe Vera has been used in skin care for generations. It can help you to soothe skin burns, treat cuts, comfort your rashes and reduce sunburns.