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Vitamins in Skin Care Products

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In 1933, a statement was released involving the “study of vitamins” and the “constant development of new and novel methods for their administration.”  The statement went on, “One of these is the application of ointments or creams rich in vitamin containing substances directly to the skin.” It followed that this practice would help to correct, “mild skin morbidities, large pores, lines, wrinkles, sallowness, etc.” Twenty years later, Helena Rubenstein’s released her Lanolin Vitamin Formula with vitamin A.  It would set you back $1.50 for a one month supply and $2.50 for a two month supply. We’ve come a long way since then! Well, whatever your “skin concerns” may look like, there’s probably vitamin for that today.

According to Mary Lupo, MD and professor of dermatology at Tulane University, “the body only delivers only a certain percentage of vitamins to your skin, no matter how much you ingest.” Our bodies do their best, but in order to guarantee that we’re hitting the target, we need to make sure that we help out by putting these vitamins there ourselves.  One of the best ways of doing so is by looking out for certain vitamins in your skin care products.

Vitamin E
Otherwise known as tocopheryl, vitamin E works in several ways to provide antioxidant benefits to the skin.  Although both natural and synthetic forms of the vitamin are beneficial, the natural form is more potent and longer lasting.  Vitamin E helps to protect skin from environmental pollutants and is found often in sunscreen because of its ability to defend skin against UV light.  Pair it with Vitamin C for a one-two punch against aging.

Vitamin B3
Vitamin B3 is best for reducing redness and boosting hydration. Also known as niacinamide, vitamin B3 increases productions of fatty acids and ceramides, which are both play major roles in the skin’s protective barrier. Says Leslie S. Baumann, MD and director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute, “As that barrier is strengthened, skin is better able to keep moisture in and irritants out.”  The results of one study showed that moisturizers containing B3 tempered the redness caused by rosacea.  In addition, the wonder vitamin interferes with the transfer of pigment to cells in the skin, decreasing the appearance of dark spots.

vitamin c

Vitamin C
Also listed as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a superstar for diminishing  the look of dullness, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and fine lines. Vitamin C is a proven preservative of skin’s resiliency and helps to smooth and firm skin, while evening out skin tone, increasing hydration  and making it visibly more radiant. Hema Sundaram, MD, advises looking for moisturizers with this vitamin in the list of ingredients and see the benefits for yourself.

Retinol
Retinol, or Vitamin A, more commonly, is probably the gold standard of ingredients for skin, providing benefits to combat everything from bumps, rough texture, wrinkles, and fine lines  According to Doris Day, MD and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University Langone Medical center, “There are more than 700 published studies on retinoids.  They’re tried and true ingredients.  Anyone who wants younger looking skin should use one.”

Vitamin K
If you want younger, brighter looking eyes,  you may want vitamin K. One study concluded that daily use of vitamin K in an eye cream over four months lightened under eye circles significantly, but because of the retinol content in the cream, it was unclear which vitamin was responsible. However, Dr. Berman says the retinol may ease Vitamin K’s ability to be absorbed by skin and prevent darkness.

Let us know what vitamins your skin has been taking and how they’re working for you.  We love to get your comments and suggestions.

Ingredient Spotlight: Squalane

Checking out ingredient labels on skin care product With winter approaching, you may notice that your summer skincare products aren’t quite doing what you need them to. It’s pretty universal that skin gets drier the colder the weather gets. From freezing temperatures and lack of moisture outside, to hot air inside, it can be really difficult for your skin to achieve a good balance. What most of us need during winter is added moisture, but not everybody can use the exact same ingredients or product formulations, but there is one ingredient that seems to come close to being perfect for everyone.

What is Squalane?
Squalane is an oil that occurs naturally in the body in addition to vegetable oils (most notably olive oil) and in certain shark livers. Squalane and squalene are related: Squalene is the non-hydrogenated form of oil from shark livers. The reason most beauty products use squalane rather than squalene is that the latter has a tendency to oxidize quickly after exposure to the air. Squalane is purified oil that is appropriate for use on even the most sensitive skin.

What is Squalane Used For?
Squalane occurs naturally in the body, however, production of this oil significantly slows down during the aging process. Your levels of squalane peak around the age of 20, and then begin a rapid decline.

Most commonly, squalane is used as a moisturizing agent in cosmetics. Perhaps the most appreciated benefit of using squalane as a moisturizer is that although it is an oil, it has absolutely no oily feel and fully penetrates your skin rather than just sitting on top of it. It is thought that squalane is most beneficial if you experience dry skin or mild eczema because the oil is non-irritating and is fragrance free. But, just because you wouldn’t classify your skin as dry doesn’t mean you can’t make use of this wonderful ingredient. Squalane oil is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t cause your pores to clog. If you have oily skin and are hesitant to try an oil, then squalane oil is perfect for you because it moisturizes without the signature heavy, oily feeling.

While squalane is most famously used as a moisturizing agent, it is a powerful antioxidant as well and several recently conducted studies have shown that it may be effective at combating the signs of aging. Because squalane is able to penetrate deeply into the skin, it is thought that this oil helps diminish and reduce the amount of fine lines and wrinkles and age spots that you experience. Additionally, squalane may help prevent future damage from free radicals and ultraviolet (UV) light.

Is There any Danger in Using Squalane?
At present, there are no reported side effects associated with using squalane. However, there is an environmental concern regarding squalane that has been harvested from shark livers. To avoid this, select squalane that is derived from vegetable oils, most commonly olives. If a product does not specify what the source of the squalane is, play it safe and avoid it (if you have an objection to using shark livers to harvest the oil).

Where can you Find Squalane?
Beauty companies are rapidly taking advantage of this healthy skin ingredient, so be on the lookout for it to be listed among the ingredients on labels. If you are interested in going straight to the source, you can purchase pure squalane oil from various places such as health and whole foods stores, or even online at Amazon.com.

Beauty labels, like all labels, put the ingredients that have the largest concentration in the formula first and then the ingredients follow in a descending order. To make sure you’re receiving all the benefits of squalane, look for formulations that don’t place squalane at the tail end. Perhaps one of the greatest things about squalene oil is that it is an inexpensive option for skin care. Simply pick up a bottle of pure squalane oil (most bottles retail for anywhere from $10-$30, although there are certainly more expensive options as well) and make a custom moisturizer. Add a few drops of squalane oil to your favorite moisturizer to receive maximum moisture. Be prepared and meet winter weather head on by stocking up on moisturizing agents, like pure squalane oil, now.

Water Based Products: The Latest Craze in Skin Care – Vine Vera Reviews

Water based skin care products If you’re suffering from hopelessly dry skin, this post might come as a welcome surprise for you. People across the world are giving into the wonders of water based skin care products that are considered to be particularly beneficial for people with dry skin. You might counter the craze with the argument that every skin care product contains water, but some water-based products are actually offering revolutionary results. From high-tech water based moisturizers to gentle water based cleansers, Vine Vera reviews some of the best water based products that you can add to your skin care routine. 

Water based cleansers
Water based cleansers are an ideal way to get rid of your makeup and cleanse your skin at the same time. These products are easy to use and extremely affordable. Better yet, you don’t even need to rinse these cleansers after applying them on your skin. 

Water based cleansers-cum-peels
The skin care market has seen the introduction of water based cleanser-cum-peels that not only cleanse the skin, but also help out with other processes like exfoliating the skin, conditioning the skin and toning the skin. These hybrid solutions might even help you to cut out a few steps from your daily skin care routines.

Water based sleeping masks
Water based sleeping masks have also become popular all over the world. These overnight masks contain ionized water and ceramides to allow the skin to restore its natural moisture level overnight. They even offer a beautiful scent that soothes your senses through the night.

Water based facial masks
A number of water based facial masks leave the skin feeling quenched and hydrated. These products offer an instant bath to your face and contain extremely effective skin care ingredients like witch hazel extract, cactus extract, chamomile and marine collagen.

Water based makeup primers
Water based makeup primers are silicone-free. They have been formulated to allow the skin to increase its moisture levels and protect its natural moisture content throughout the day. Using these primers might even help your skin to look refreshed and rejuvenated throughout the day.

Water based peels for your lips
The lips are another body part to benefit from water based products. A number of lip exfoliators offer enzyme and acid free exfoliators that are ideal for the sensitive skin on your lips. All you have to do is brush this serum on your lips, massage it gently and rinse it off. The result leaves you with soft lips. Better yet, these water based peels are fragrance-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free.

Water based lip primers
Water based lip primers plump up the lips and leaves them coated with a cool water based formula that is rich in antioxidants and peptides. As the water evaporates, the primers leave behind a conditioning balm that adds volume, preps the lips for color and smoothes the lips.

Water based gels
Water based gels contain ingredients like olive oil extract and hyaluronic acid to protect and nourish the skin. They are known to offer immediate effects and leave your skin glowing.