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Foods That Prevent Breakouts

So you really did it. Last night, you were watching SNL and you heard the siren’s call of the Ben and Jerry’s fudge core ice cream and you went to town. You walked over to the freezer- one person, one spoon, one mission: to eat the whole thing. And that’s exactly what you did, and now you’re staring at it. That big old zit -right in the middle of your forehead.

You heard that food doesn’t cause acne, hormones do, and you believe it, but every time you eat chocolate, there it is, the huge pimple serving to remind you and your friends how you spent your Saturday night for the rest of the week. If only you could undo it! Well, acne sufferers, while food may not cause acne, some foods may actually prevent it? While there is no evidence that you can make that pimple go away by gorging on the following, there is some proof that certain foods can lead to clearer skin.

1. Flaxseed Or Fish
Not to be confused with omega-6 fatty acids which can cause inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids can actually reduce inflammation and reduce acne breakouts. Omega-3 can be found in flaxseed, walnuts, and fatty fish.

woman drinking green tea 2. Green Tea
Green tea contains the powerful antioxidant EGCG. Researchers in South Korea applied an EGCG containing cream to rabbit ears and found it decreased the size of the sebaceous glands, which are commonly enlarged in acne sufferers. The antioxidant also was proven to reduce the production of sebum. A follow-up study on humans found that EGCG noticeably improved acne in a split face, 8-week trial. If drinking green tea throughout the day seems a bit challenging, try applying cool, moist tea bags or a green tea moistened cloth to affected areas for 10-15 minutes.

3. Oysters
Good for more than one thing, it seems. Oysters contain zinc, a mineral that has been shown in studies to reduce acne. It is recommended that acne sufferers get zinc from food rather than supplements, which can provide more that 100 mg of zinc per day, a dosage which may result in side effects. You are best off getting your zinc from oysters, veal liver, roast beef, roasted squash and pumpkin seeds, dried watermelon seeds and toasted wheat germ.

woman eating a juice 4. Juice
Juicing is the new black, and it can also clear up your acne. Dark, leafy green veggies, found in some juices, contain beta-carotenes which are anti-inflammatory and help reduce oil while clearing toxins to form the body.

5. Probiotics
Mostly known for their ability to reduce inflammation in the gut, it has now been hypothesized that probiotics may also reduce acne. Research has proven that those who suffered from reactions to toxins found in the gut were also likely to display acne symptoms. Because, prebiotics and probiotics are effective in fighting oxidative stress and inflammation, scientists think that they may also be effective against acne. Probiotics are most often found in kefir, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, miso soup, pickles, tempeh, and yogurt.

Prepping Your System For Cold and Flu

Woman receiving a flu shot.
Just the other night, Adele had to cancel one of her shows because of a cold.  She posted a video of herself red eyed and teary eyed apologizing to her fans and assuring them that it was absolutely necessary to take the night off so that she would be able to carry on with her tour and that she would make it up to them.  Poor Adele!  Poor fans!  If only Adele had prepped her immune system!

 Now that the summer is more or less in the can, we all need to start thinking about winter fun and kissing is no fun with a runny nose!  But take heart!  With a little preparation, you can keep your winter fun and healthy!

Get Your Flu Shot
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Because flu season usually occurs between October and May, it is best to so it by October, but better late than never!  Hate needles?  This year the shot will be offered in nasal sprays and needle-free forms.  Even if you don’t have a primary care physician, you can get a flu vaccine in a health department, pharmacy, or urgent care center.

Make Sure You’ve Got The Gut
Your gut helps your body digest food, as well as regulating your metabolism, hunger, weight and immune system. Dr. Frank Lipman of  the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York  says, “…probiotics keep your gut humming.”  Probiotics are bacteria that help reduce inflammation and prevent infection and may also reduce the severity of cold and flu.  Fermented foods, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are all good for probiotic health.

Healthy women drinking orange juice

Think Zinc!
When we get hit by colds and flu, most of us reach for the Vitamin C, as we should.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects and antibiotic quality. But, studies show there’s a new nutrient on the block.  Zinc has immune boosting and protective effects that can stop the replication of cold cells.  If only Adele had taken 25 mg of zinc per day, she might have been belting it out the other night.  Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, Spinach, oysters, nuts, and beans.

Use Lavender Oil as a Hand Sanitizer
Lately, we have added hand sanitizer to the list of things we don’t want to leave out home without.  However, hand sanitizers contain triclosan, which has been shown in studies to cause hormone disruption in animals.  Dr. Lipman says,”The antibacterial craze has created harsh products loaded with toxins that increase the risk of creating resistant bacteria (and) over-dry and crack the skin, making transmission of viruses ….easier.”  Lipman advises using plain old soap and water and try lavender oil as a hand sanitizer and moisturizer.

Get Your Z’s and exercise
Exercise boosts your immune system.  If you feel well enough, you can even try and get some stretches in while your blowing your nose!  Research shows that moderate exercise leads to fewer colds, but don’t skimp on sleep! Sleep is essential for a strong immune system.  Aim for at least 7 hours and go for a 20-minute power nap if you fall short.

Keep Surfaces Clean
The easiest way to get to the flu is to touch a contaminated object and then put your fingers near your mouth and eyes.  Surfaces with the most germs include phones, computers, and desks,  Tea tree oil makes a great disinfectant cleaner.  it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that has been shown to treat psoriases, nail fungus, and acne.

If only Adele had known!  But you do and Adele would probably want you to do everything you can so you can stay healthy this season.  So sleep, eat well, exercise, take your zinc and your flu shot and you can be belting it out with Adele all winter long!

Next Level Ingredients to add to Your Skin Care Routine

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it definitely deserves pampering and a little extra TLC. The first step in having great skin is by eating a balance diet full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. But equally important to what you put into your body is what you put onto it. A good skin care routine doesn’t have to be 12 steps every night, but you should definitely get started on developing a routine that works for you. Because we’re passionate about skin care, we’ve uncovered some of the newest skin care ingredients that take your skin care products to the next level.


Okay, so these have been around for a while but they are getting renewed attention when it comes to adding them to skin care products. Precious gems such as emeralds, diamonds and pearls are being touted as excellent exfoliants. When these gems are crushed, they turn into a very fine dust and when added to other skin care ingredients, they are perhaps the most gentle exfoliant you could desire. Crushed pearl is also being credited with brightening properties. It should come as no surprise that skin care products containing crushed gemstones are a significant investment.

Though the name is reminiscent of the newest aircraft, this ingredient was actually thoroughly researched by one of the most familiar names in the beauty industry, Avon. In fact, the research conducted on this substance is Nobel-prize winning and is sure to provide impressive results to your skin. Aminofill-33 is a unique ingredient in that it unlocks unused collagen and repairs skin, rapidly. The Avon products already containing this ingredient claim that results can be seen in as little as three days to one week.

Probiotic bills

You may already take a probiotic as a health supplement, but new research is showing that probiotics are beneficial when applied topically as well. Probiotics are thought to benefit your skin by balancing the pH level. Additionally, probiotics can actually improve your immune system when used on your skin.

You definitely know what copper is and you may be thinking that it does not belong on your face, but don’t be so quick to judge. When used as a skin care ingredient, copper is generally in the form of copper peptides. Copper peptides are derived from a type of acid and are majorly beneficial for your skin. While copper peptides are not an antioxidant, they work in much the same way. Copper peptides help your skin retain more collagen, keeping your skin firmer. They also promote the healing of wounds, provide protection against free radical damage and encourage tissue repair.


Yeast Fermentation
We know, it sounds pretty gross, but Pitera (the result of the yeast fermentation process) is one of the newest ingredients to come out of Japan. Pitera evens your skin tone providing an overall brighter look to your face.

It can be super beneficial to try new skin care ingredients and products, but don’t forget your tried and true ingredients that produce reliable results. Ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E, resveratrol and other antioxidants are still incredibly beneficial to the skin. For the best results, look for product formulations that contain both new and trusted ingredients.

Probiotics for Skin Care – Vine Vera Reviews

Probiotics Skin care specialists all over the world have been preaching on the wonders that probiotics offers to your diet, but were you aware that topical probiotic solutions can also be used to improve your skin? According to researchers, maintaining a proper level of balance between the bad bacteria and the good bacteria in your body can offer all sorts of benefits not only to the digestive tract, but also to your skin and your overall health. Vine Vera examines the use of probiotics in skin care. 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria organisms that are known to offer a wide array of benefits to the body. A disruption in the balance between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria can lead to a variety of diseases as well as inflammation. Probiotics are known to be effective in reducing the inflammation, helping with autoimmune diseases and restoring your intestinal lining.

Do probiotics really help out with skin care?

Vine Vera came across a number of studies which noted that probiotics played a role in reducing skin inflammation, irritation and redness. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, probiotics represent the latest beauty breakthrough because they have shown to decrease inflammation and redness, reduce skin sensitivity and promote clear looking skin. Some studies also suggest that probiotics may also lead to reduced lines and wrinkles. The biggest benefit of adding probiotics into your diet is that they increase the number of healthy bacteria in your gut. This reduces the inflammation that is directly responsible for a number of skin conditions. Dr. Whitney Bowe, an assistant professor of dermatology, mentions that there is some compelling evidence which shows that probiotics hold a lot of promise in rosacea and acne treatments. 

What are the different skin conditions probiotics can help out with?

The development of topical probiotics is one of the most exciting areas of probiotics research. A number of manufacturers are already experimenting with different strains of probiotics in their skin care products and you can find this ingredient in peels, lotions, moisturizers as well as your cleansers. Vine Vera lists some of the main skin conditions where probiotics may be able to help.

1. Acne – Certain studies conducted in Korea, Italy and Russia showed that probiotics used in combination with regular acne treatments might let you get rid of the issue faster and help your skin to develop a better tolerance to acne treatments.  Preliminary studies with probiotics have also shown that they may be able to reduce the active skin lesions and form a protective shield that prevents the acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.

2. Eczema – A group of researchers examined pregnant women taking probiotic supplements for a period of 2 – 4 weeks before delivery and for 6 months after delivery, provided they breast-fed the infants or added the bacteria in infant formula. The results of the study showed that probiotic supplements could help to reduce the odds of developing eczema for babies born in families that have a history of itchy skin.

3. Rosacea – Studies also suggest that probiotic supplements might help in controlling the flare-up and symptoms of rosacea. These supplements can reduce the redness that is usually associated with rosacea and also work to strengthen and improve the skin barrier function in order to reduce the dryness, stinging and burning sensations.

4. Anti-Aging – Finally, the use of probiotic products might help the skin to counteract the effects of aging. However, more research is required before it can be said with certainty that probiotics actually help out with anti-aging.

Although further studies are required to determine the best formulations and exact benefits that probiotics have to offer, there is no doubt that probiotics are the hottest new ingredient being promoted in the world of beauty and skin care. Vine Vera shall certainly keep you updated as new studies about this ingredient come about.