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Most Effective Winter Ingredients

Cold weather has arrived and more is on the way. If your skin tends to suffer significant damage when the temperature dips, you know the frustration of trying to keep your skin well moisturized and healthy. Fortunately, we have you covered with our three most effective winter skin care ingredients, all of which are all natural. These ingredients add moisture, lock in moisture and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy despite the rough winter weather.

Shea butter.

Shea Butter
Shea butter is a rich, creamy superfood for your skin. It is derived from the seeds of the fruit grown on Shea trees. Originating in Africa, shea butter has been used for centuries as an effective way to care for skin. Shea butter is nutrient rich and it contains the vitamins A, E and F in addition to essential fatty acids your skin requires. Due to the vitamins and fatty acids found in shea butter, it is an incredible ingredient to add moisture to your skin during the harsh winter months. It also helps your skin to retain moisture and its own essential oils to prevent further dryness. Shea butter contains oleic, linoleic and stearic acids and it aids your body in collagen production. With consistent use, many people notice not only is their skin more moisturized, it is also much smoother in consistency. You can use shea butter all over your body and if you have very dry skin, you could use it on your face. If you have oily skin, you may want to use shea butter only around the eye area as it might be too rich for your skin as an overall facial moisturizer.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil
If you haven’t heard of meadowfoam seed oil, you aren’t alone but you may want to pay attention. Meadowfoam seed oil is a carrier oil, like sweet almond or jojoba oil, and it is incredible for moisturizing dry winter skin. Like jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil is a bit waxy in texture and is excellent for adding moisture to your skin. Because of the nutrients and antioxidant properties of meadowfoam seed oil, this winter skin care ingredient works to improve the barrier function of your skin. This mean that at the same time meadowfoam seed oil adds moisture to your skin, it also retains that moisture for significant periods of time. Again, to receive the nutrient benefits of meadowfoam seed oil, you want to be sure you are purchasing cold-pressed and unrefined oil.

Coconut oil.

Coconut Oil
Unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil is an excellent skin care ingredient at all times of the year, including winter. This all-purpose oil can be used for a huge variety of skin care needs from removing stubborn eye makeup to acting as a moisturizer for your entire body. If you have acne-prone skin and are using coconut oil on your face, be sure that you are purchasing unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil as refined coconut oil may clog pores. One of the components of coconut oil that make it such a great ingredient for winter skin is the concentration of vitamin E. Vitamin E helps repair skin damage and prevents skin from cracking due to extreme dryness. Your skin isn’t the only thing to dry out during the winter; you may find that your hair does as well. Slather some coconut oil on your hair and wait 30 minutes before washing for a deep conditioning treatment.

These three natural skin care ingredients are an excellent way to increase moisture and improve the health of your skin when the elements outside make it difficult to do so. Be sure to avoid anything that strips your skin of moisture such as products that contain alcohol or fragrances. Invest in some spa gloves and socks and apply one of these all natural skin care ingredients before hitting your sheets at night. Cover with the gloves and socks and you will wake up to incredibly moisturized and smooth skin. Enjoy your softer, healthier skin all winter long when you use one, or more, of these incredibly effective winter skin care ingredients.

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.

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.

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.

Shea nuts and shea butter in a glass bowl


This week’s Ingredient Spotlight column features Shea Butter – yes, that elegant, natural, smooth and velvety substance that is known to be extremely beneficial for your skin.

Shea Butter, also known as the African Karite butter, is a fat that is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree. The tree is indigenous to countries like Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Faso and Benin and it is mostly found in the western parts of sub Sahara Africa. The main use of Shea Butter outside of the African continent is in the cosmetics and skin care industry. Shea butter seems to be quite similar to the normal butter that you eat. It has a yellow or a creamish color and is a solid creamy substance. The color of the butter depends on the way it is processed. Raw or unprocessed Shea butter has a yellowish color while processed butter has a creamish color. The biggest difference between the two is that processed Shea butter removes all contaminants as well as the weird smell.

Shea Butter is known to be extremely rich in Vitamins A and E. Both vitamins are considered to be highly beneficial for the skin as they act as antioxidants that undo the radical damage caused on the skin’s surface. According to studies, topical application of Shea Butter also helps people to combat the signs of aging and removes age spots and fine lines. Furthermore, Shea butter can be used to protect the body from the sunlight and also be used to hydrate the skin by preventing water loss.

Shea butter boasts of being extremely therapeutic as it can help to restore damaged or cracked skin. It also boasts of an SPF of 5 which makes it an excellent option to use along with sun protection creams and lotions. Other benefits of Shea butter include soothing dermatitis and eczema and minimizing stretch marks.

Now that the benefits of Shea Butter are much clearer, do you want to know how exactly you can use Shea Butter to benefit your skin? Here are some of the most common applications of Shea Butter.

Lip Balm – Shea Butter can help you to keep your lips protected from the weather and hydrated. It prevents your lips from drying up or cracking. You can also use it on your dry elbows.

Hair Nourishment – Shea Butter is popularly used for hair nourishment purposes. All you need to do is mix some Shea butter in your hair conditioner to give your hair a silky and shiny look. Don’t forget to apply some Shea butter on the roots of your hair to ensure that it has more volume and looks thicker.

Massage Balm – Shea Butter is popularly used as a massage balm. Many spas around the world add essential oils to Shea butter to induce aromatherapy benefits and take care of a variety of skin care solutions.

Sun protection – Shea Butter has a natural Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 5. This makes it an ideal supplement to your sun protection creams and moisturizers and allows you to protect your skin from the sun as well as ensure that it remains nourished and hydrated.

Moisturizing and hydrating your skin – Rubbing some Shea Butter on your cheeks, hands and elbows can help you make them look hydrated and bring back that long lost glow. The best way to do this is to add a bit of Shea butter to your hot baths. This should help you to hydrate and nourish your entire body.

 Do you use Shea Butter as part of your skin care routine? Tell us more in the comments below!