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Five Steps To A Great Skincare Routine

There is nothing new about the “less is more” concept. Even before Susie Faux termed the phrase “capsule wardrobe” in the seventies, people have realized the wisdom of quality over quantity and the freedom derived from having less. So why is it that so many people are obsessed with multi-step beauty routines?

Of course, if you have the time and patience, you’re welcome to spend as much of it on skin care as you like, but, if you don’t, there is nothing wrong with keeping it scaled down. Remember, you own your beauty routine, it doesn’t own you. So, if you believe in keeping it short and sweet, here’s are five steps that will help you maximize while you minimize.

Woman cleansing skin

Cleanse
Cleansing skin is the most basic step in a skin routine. It should be done twice daily, once in the morning and once at night, to give skin time to heal and breath without being clogged by makeup and debris.

Cleansing should be done with clean hands. Begin by wetting skin with warm water to open the pores. Apply a cleanser appropriate to your skin type using upward circular motions. Some products will be more effective if you leave them on for a minute or two to allow penetration. Remove with damp cotton pads or by splashing your face with cold water. (Cold water will close up pores.) Pat dry gently with a clean towel.

Tone
Toning restores your skin’s pH balance, which is usually altered during the cleansing process. This step can also make your skin more resistant to bacteria. Some toners will only restore your skin’s pH, others will kill bacteria, still others may contain an extra ingredient to prevent acne. Choose the one that suits your skin, and, if you have sensitive skin, be sure to use a specially formulated toner.

Apply toner to entire face with a cotton pad, taking care to avoid your eyes. Do not rinse off.

Woman moisturizing

Moisturize
Moisturizing is the most important step in the beauty routine, and should not be omitted, even if your skin is oily. There is quite a variety of moisturizing products, such as gels (oily skin), creams (dry/sensitive skin), and serums (normal/oily skin). Some may contain anti wrinkle, and anti acne agents, others may tint, or tan, skin.

Apply moisturizer to the face and neck, after toner has dried, using a circular motion. You may want to follow up with a separate moisturizer targeted toward preventing swelling and aging in the eye area.

Exfoliate
Once or twice weekly, use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells. Make sure not to use anything too harsh, which can irritate skin and tear skin cells.

Remove makeup and massage the exfoliator gently into your face using an outward circular motion for about thirty seconds. Remember, gently is the key word here! If you’re using an exfoliating wash cloth, soak it in warm water and rub it in small circles on your face. Be sure to target creases by your nose and other areas on which blackheads tend to develop.

Face mask

Face Mask
Peel off masks are the best option for unclogging pores, and are the best for oily or acne prone skin. Those with dry skin will benefit most from moisturizing masks.

Choose a natural, mild mask. Keep applications down to once a week or less; frequent applications will result in over cleansing your face. You can make your own, in the interest of keeping it natural, or use a store bought one, following directions on the package.

What do you think of the five-step skin routine? Is less more, or is more more? Let us know what you think?

The Skincare Products You Need To Manage Summer Breakouts

It’s summer and you’ve just had your first official breakout of the season. You calculate that with treatment, most of the pimples will go away in four to seven days, with at least another week for the scars to disappear. You figure that by that time, you most definitely will have broken out again, and that by the time it takes for the first set of scars to heal, you should probably have a whole new round to contend with, and by the time those goes away, summer will probably be over.

Acne can be a drag no matter what season it is, but the sweat and friction of summer sure doesn’t make it any easier to contend with. If you are determined to spend at least part of the season breakout free, here are some of the best skincare products for managing summer breakouts.

Woman checking skin

Accutane
Accutane is the only treatment for acne that results in long-term remission of acne symptoms. It was originally discovered in 1979 when patients treated with the drug reacted by showing significant to permanent clearing of acne symptoms. It was originally given only to people with severe acne, but has become more recently prescribed for less severe cases. It is controversial because it is known to cause lifelong side effects to the user.

How It Works
While how Accutane works on a cellular level is still much of a mystery, there are four known ways that it affects the development of acne:

  • It reduces the size of the skin’s oil glands by 35-58% and reduces the amount of oil produced by these glands by about 80%.
  • It decreases the amount of acne bacteria that lie in the oil of the skin.
  • It hinders the production of skin cells inside the pore, which prevents pores from becoming clogged.
  • It is an anti-inflammatory.

2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is second only to Accutane as an effective treatment for acne. It is the only medication capable of penetrating the skin and delivering oxygen. Because acne related bacteria cannot live with oxygen present, benzoyl peroxide can kill 99.9% of the bacteria almost immediately. Generous application is recommended.

Woman smiling

Oil Free Acne Wash
An oil free acne wash can be used as a regular cleanser for acne prone skin. Its active ingredient is salicylic acid which helps to get rid of existing acne, while preventing future breakouts from happening.. Acne washes are usually noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores and many contain soothing ingredients to prevent over-drying and irritation.

Spot Acne Treatment
Spot acne treatment is the traditional acne treatment is used dry pimples without drying your whole face. It penetrates pores to kill acne bacteria and help to prevent new ones from forming. The active ingredient is spot treatment is benzoyl peroxide, which can irritate skin in large amounts. Look for treatments containing about 2.5 % benzoyl peroxide for minimal dryness and redness. Spot treatment is usually oil free and noncomedogenic.

Spot Eliminating Gel
This on the spot treatment can be used to clear breakouts and prevent emerging ones. Gels are a newer technology and alternative to cream treatment. They are generally preferred because of their clear color and, many claim, superior formula. The active ingredient is salicylic acid, and the gels often claim faster action than their lotion counterparts, which contain benzoyl peroxide. These gels are noncomedogenic as well.

If you’re suffering summer acne, we hope this has been helpful. Let us know how what you’re doing to manage your summer breakouts this year,

Add Apples To Your Overall Skin Care Routine

In language, history, folklore and mythology apple references abound. We routinely compare “apples to oranges,” we believe that ” an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and we’ve all heard of the garden incident that caused the downfall of mankind. William Tell shot an apple from his son’s head, and apples also have the distinguished honor of sharing a name with the first child of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Add Apples To Your Overall Skin Care Routine

Whether as a symbol of beauty and rebirth or temptation and sin, there is little doubt that the apple holds an important place in our history for many reasons. And now we can add a new one to the list: apples are great for the skin.

Apples for Skin Care
Apples are rich in nutrients known to benefit the skin. Copper maintains melanin production to keep the skin protected against the harmful rays of the sun. Vitamin C restores collagen levels, boosting elasticity and rebuilding collagen levels. Vitamin A rejuvenates damaged skin tissues and promotes skin cell growth.

Oily Skin Face Pack
If your skin, tends to be oily, combine a freshly squeezed teaspoon of lemon juice with a teaspoon of yogurt, and a teaspoon of grated apple. The lactic acid in the yogurt will absorb excess oil and brighten and moisturize skin. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes, Rinse with lukewarm water, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer.

Apple mash

Sensitive Skin Face Pack
Got sensitive skin? There’s an app(le) for that. Boil a small apple until it’s tender and remove from hot water. Let it cool and peel it. Using a fork, mash the apple in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of ripe banana and a teaspoon of pure coconut cream. Mix to a smooth paste. Rub it into your skin and let it sit for twenty minutes. Use lukewarm water to rinse and pat dry.

Normal to Dry Skin
You can make a skin pack for normal to dry skin by combining a teaspoon of grated apple with a half teaspoon of organic honey. Mix to make a paste. Apply pack to your skin and allow to sit for about fifteen minutes. You can also use this recipe as a spot treatment for acne by applying the paste to the affected area and allowing to sit for twenty minutes.

Additional Benefits
Apples contain an exfoliating astringent that can help prevent acne and contains malic acid (AHA) for skin renewal. Apple cider vinegar can be used to relieve itching skin and scalp, regulate skin pH levels and exfoliate and soothe skin.

Apple cider vinegar

For Anti-Aging
A skin brightening, anti-aging mask can be made by combining a mashed apple with a teaspoon of orange, lemon, or grapefruit juice, one tablespoon of ground almond meal two crushed basil leaves and one tablespoon of cream, yogurt, or milk. Mash and apply to face. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry.

Are you using apples to maintain that glow? Let us know your apple skincare recipes. We love to share!

Tips for Controlling Common Skin Conditions

Dr. William’s Pink Pills For Pale People,” “Dr.Scott’s Electric Corsets and Belts, “Dr. Ayer’s Pectoral Plaster,” “Dr. Watson’s Worm Syrup.” It seems like, since time immemorial, there have been people ready to cash in on the belief that “for every problem, there is a solution.” However, attractive as it the phrase may sound, unfortunately it is not always true, and skin conditions are no exception. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make to make them better. Here is some expert advice on how you can handle some common skin conditions under control.

Under-eye bags

Under-Eye Bags
Under-eye bags are the result of fat that gathers in the lower eyelids, and become more prominent with age. According to Curology founder, David Lortscher, gravity, loss of collagen, and genetic factors are all responsible for the these pillow like protrusions, and the bad news is, they cannot be permanently eliminated and masks and eye creams usually don’t help. However, there are ways of minimizing the puffiness.

According to Lortsher, “proper head elevation during sleep, sleep itself, and decreased dietary ingestion of salt and alcohol are simple lifestyle changes that can help.” He adds, “Topical creams can also reduce swelling.” If more intense treatments are an option, the doctor allows that, “Surgical correction or blepharoplasty can lead to a semi-permanent solution. But, remember, with age and volume loss the under-eye bags can reappear.”

Melasma
Melasma is characterized by dark facial pigmentation. It is triggered by sun exposure, hormone treatments and pregnancy and may last for decades. While melasma research is still ongoing, topical treatments, such as the prescription medication Tri-Luma, are looming on the horizon and experts recommend sun avoidance and protection to keep the condition to a minimum.

Dermatologist checking skin

Stretch marks
Stretch marks appear when the tissue below your skin, called the dermis, tears after being stretched by rapid growth or weight gain. Lortscher explains that, “Stretch marks are difficult to treat because they are actually scars,” and, like most scars, may fade with time, but never fully disappear. But there is hope.

Lortscher says cosmetic fractionated layers offer the “best hope at improving the depressed and thinned texture of the skin and topical tretinoin may help to some extent through its collagen stimulating effect.”

Rosacea
Rosacea is the general term used to refer to the appearance of redness of the face, small, acne like bumps and dilated blood vessels. Rosacea affects the capillaries under the skin surface and, “As you might imagine,” Lortscher says, “there is no topical treatment that will remove these little blood vessels.”

Although rosacea is not completely curable, there are several ways to manage it. One way is to avoid triggers such as sun exposure, spicy foods, stress, and hot showers. Redness can also be decreased by using topical products containing metronidazole, tacrolimus, azelaic acid, and glycol acid.

Woman scratching her arm

Eczema
A catch all phrase applied to most skin inflammation, eczema can be caused by almost anything from stress to food allergies. Although not curable, eczema is easily controllable with topical antibiotics, emollients and steroids.

Keratosis Pilaris
About 50% of the population suffers from the genetic acne- like skin condition known as keratosis pillars. KP is usually found on the thighs and upper arms and consists of dry, rough bumps resulting from the accumulation of dead skin cells, and, as Lortscher says, is,”incurable and persistent, even with treatment.”

Thankfully, alpha hydroxy acids are helpful in sloughing off dead skin cells and allowing them to shed, so glycolic and lactic acids can be effective, as can coconut oil, although coconut oil should not be used on the face. More good news: the condition also tends to go away when the sufferer reaches his or her late 20’s or early 30’s.

Reducing Forehead Breakouts

Woman having a breakout

Picture this: you get up one morning, ready to start your day, happy and energetic, you eat breakfast, shower, and whatever else you do in the morning before your skincare routine, and then you look in the mirror and…oh, is that a pimple on your forehead? Wait…is that…another one? And another? Ugh. Insert your favorite swear words here. Loudly.

Why the Forehead?
It’s never a fun surprise to find you’ve broken out overnight, and the forehead is one of the most common areas for this to happen. Several of the tips we’re about to give can apply to pretty much any of your face, but we’re specifically focusing on the forehead because it’s incredibly common to think you’re doing a good job on your skincare, and manage to dodge pimples everywhere else on your face, only to find a bunch of ugly, pus-filled bumps on your forehead one morning.

The reason for this is that a lot of sweat and debris collects on the forehead. It can be especially bad if you have bangs, if your hair gets uncomfortably oily, or if you spend a lot of time outside (especially in hot weather), but even if none of those are true, the forehead is still a prime candidate for breakouts simply based on the curvature of the human head and distribution of sweat glands.

Woman cleansing her face

Cleanse, but Don’t Cleanse Too Much
Obviously, you want to cleanse your face for various reasons, and obviously, one of those reasons is preventing breakouts. But did you know that over-cleansing can actually cause breakouts? Sounds weird, but let’s take a moment to examine what causes breakouts in the first place, and it might make a little more sense.

Pimples form when there’s some kind of blockage in a pore, and the pore swells up with sebum (skin oil) and often gets infected, which is why it fills with pus, too (a rush of white blood cells to fight the infection). While the pore can be clogged by many things, it is often clogged by its own sebum, when it over-produces. If you remove excess sebum, but don’t strip all of it, you’re good, but if you strip it all away, the body responds to the lack of oil by churning out a bunch of it to compensate, and there you go, recipe for a breakout. So cleanse, but don’t do it too harshly.

Also consider ingredients like salicylic acid, designed to fight the infection at the root of a breakout, functioning as both cure and preventative.

Try a Sweatband
If you spend a lot of time outside or in warm buildings, etc, etc, and especially if you practice any sports, slap on a headband. It keeps hair out of your eyes, sure, but it also pulls double duty and protects the breakout-prone forehead from getting the brunt of the accumulated sweat and gunk.

Exfoliate
Exfoliation is a good idea regardless, but it’s especially recommended for breakout prevention, because removing dead skin cells before they flake off one by one and risk clogging pores is a pretty good tactic when it comes to pimples.

The Truth about Mineral Oil

Woman looking into a microscope

There’s been much debate about whether or not the colorless, odorless mineral oil is actually good for skin, and the answer seems to vary depending on who you ask. However, there are quite a few fans out there, and with good reason. For a long time, mineral oil has been used as part of many a beauty regimen and using it has numerous benefits including helping to make the skin feel softer. Here are some truths that you should know about mineral oil so you can make a choice about whether or not you feel it’s the right product for you.

Highly Refined
Mineral oil is made from petroleum, specifically, it’s a product result of distilling of petroleum. It is one main reasons why some are turned off even before using it. Even the association is enough to have them choose something else. However, mineral oils that are used in beauty products are purified and highly refined, which leads to…

Mineral Oil and Cancer
The extensive purification process that mineral oil goes through allows it to be completely safe for use in beauty products. According to the Report on Carcinogens, Thirteenth Edition on the National Toxicology Program site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mineral oils that are untreated and mildly treated are “known to be human carcinogens.” There are different grades of mineral oil, and while some are untreated or mildly treated, those in beauty products are, as previously stated, purified and highly refined. According to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer on their List of Classifications, Volumes 1 – 115 page, “Mineral oils, untreated or mildly treated” are labeled as Group 1 while “Mineral oils, highly-refined” are labeled as Group 3. According to their classification system, Group 1 is described as “Carcinogenic to humans” while Group 3 is described as “Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.”

Mineral Oil and Acne
Another one of the biggest debates regarding mineral oil is that it blocks pores and could cause acne. One of the best ways to tell about the chances of that happening is to look at its comedogenic rating. The system ranges from 0 which means that the oil won’t clog pores to a 5 which means that there’s a very high chance of the oil clogging your pores. When it comes to the comedogenic rating of mineral oil, it has a score of 0. So you really don’t have to worry about acne and breakouts while using skincare products which use mineral oil.

The Feel of Mineral Oil
Mineral oil can feel greasy (some will be put off by the feel more than others), so if you have oily skin, it may not feel particularly comfortable to use, but on other skin types, it shouldn’t feel off-putting. To see how it might feel on your skin, do a patch test instead of immediately slathering it all over your skin. It can also give you a good idea about whether the mineral oil and your skin are compatible.

There are several myths out there about mineral oil, but the truth is that many people who use it won’t experience problems, and instead, can reap the benefits of using it. If you’re thinking of using mineral oil on your skin, it is best to consult your dermatologist first. This is an especially important step if you have skin sensitivities or you’re taking medication. You want to make sure you don’t do anything that could cause your skin to get irritated, so a quick and simple conversation with your dermatologist work wonders and also let you reap the benefits of mineral oil.

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.

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.

Calming Skin Care Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Calming ingredients Your skin is subject to innumerable attacks every single day. Extreme weather conditions, UV rays, pollutants and free radicals all can irritate your skin. When your skin is irritated it often is red, inflamed and uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a number of calming skin care ingredients that reduce inflammation, calm redness and eradicate itchy, dry or peeling skin.

Aloe Vera
There is a good reason that aloe vera is the most commonly reached for after sun product. The aloe vera plant is composed of spiky, green leaves that contain a gel-like sap. It is the gel of the aloe vera plant that significantly benefits irritated skin. The skin-boosting ingredients in aloe vera are:

  • Salicylic acid
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Uric Acid
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium

Most commonly applied topically, aloe vera soothes redness and reduces inflammation. In addition, aloe vera binds moisture to the deeper layers of skin which helps to heal skin conditions such as minor burns and cuts. You can look for aloe vera in the ingredients of skin care items, or you can head to your local grocery store and grab some fresh aloe vera. Simply cut into the leaf and apply the gel directly to your irritated skin.

Oatmeal
Chances are you had chicken pox as a child and it was nearly impossible not to itch them. Your parents most likely soothed your irritated, itchy skin with calomine lotion and oatmeal baths. Oatmeal has been used since the ancient Egyptians discovered the benefits. Oatmeal is most commonly ground up and then added to skin care products. It contains the following skin soothing ingredients:

  • Protein
  • Lipids
  • Vitamins
  • Antioxidants
  • Beta glucan

Oatmeal is used to soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin and is so effective that it can be used by those with eczema and dermatitis. The beta glucan found in oatmeal keeps skin hydrated and moisturized because it helps improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Soy
Soy is another ingredient that was popular among our ancient ancestors. The Chinese used to (and still do) use soy for medicinal purposes. Scientists are just now starting to recognize all of the impressive skin care benefits of soy, one of which is its ability to calm skin. Soy contains:

  • Proteins
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

As with oatmeal, soy is calming and helps keep your skin hydrated by repairing and protecting your skin’s moisture barrier. Soy is also amazing at reducing redness from irritation and giving you an even complexion.

Chamomile
Turns out that chamomile isn’t just soothing in your teacup, it also has calming properties when used for skin care as well. Several unique chemicals assist chamomile in calming your skin:

  • Quercetin
  • Flavanoids
  • Apigenin
  • A – bisabolol

Unfortunately you can’t just drink your way to more calm skin, you have to use it topically to obtain the benefits. Chamomile reduces both redness and inflammation as well as relieving dry, itchy skin. Chamomile also stops the release of histamines, which irritate your skin. In fact, some scientific research suggests that chamomile, applied topically, gave eczema and dermatitis sufferers the same kind of relief that hydrocortisone did.

It would be amazing if your skin stayed, clear, hydrated and even at all times. Unfortunately, that is not a reality for many. Using skin care that contains skin calming ingredients, like the ones listed above, help combat signs and symptoms of irritated skin.

Ingredients That Help Minimize the Appearance of Pores – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman highlighting her common skin issues such as enlarged pores.

You are diligent about your skin care routine. You cleanse, hydrate and exfoliate routinely and you never sleep with makeup on. You eat a well-balanced diet with nutrients and vitamins meant to make your skin look its best. And yet you struggle with the appearance of enlarged pores. The battle seems to be never-ending. First of all, know that you are not alone in this struggle. Enlarged pores are one of the most common complaints made to dermatologists. While you can’t wave a magic wand and get rid of your pores, Vine Vera introduces you to some ingredients that, when used regularly, help to minimize the appearance of your pores.

What causes enlarged pores?
Your hormones are responsible for the regulation of glands that produce oil, also known as sebum. This sebum moves through the lining of each pore and rests on your face. With normal oil production, the movement of sebum from pore to face is seamless and imperceptible. The problem arises when your glands produce excess oil. The oil itself is not responsible for enlarged pores, it is the complications that occur with too much oil. The sebum mixes with other substances, like dead skin cells, and forms a clog in the pore. This clog is what forces the pore to become larger.

What skin care ingredients help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores?

Beta Hydroxy Acid
Salicylic acid, a BHA  that is often found in anti-acne products, in a gel or liquid form is one of the first ingredients you should look for. Products with BHA not only remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face, they also get into the pore and cleanse it. When used in a gel or liquid form, BHAs are not irritating to skin. Because BHAs exfoliate the inside of your pores, the shape of the pore is improved and oil flows much more easily.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic and lactic acid, work in much same way that BHAs work. They also exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and help clear pores, but they also help supply a bit of moisture. For this reason, AHAs are most beneficial to individuals with dry, sensitive skin or those who suffer from sun damage.

Retinoids
Prescription retinoids have been proven to have a positive effect on pore functioning. You may want to consider a trip to your doctor or dermatologist to talk about prescription retinol gels and creams if you have extremely stubborn skin or blackheads that are accompanied by other breakouts. Though these can be initially harsh on your skin, with regular use you will find your skin adapts. You can continue to use BHAs with retinoids if you want some extra help with your pores.

In addition to using these skin care ingredients, also be sure to check your products for items that may clog pores. Purchase items labeled as non-comedogenic as these formulations are far less likely to clog your pores. Additionally, clay masks can be a great help with minimizing the appearance of the pores if used regularly. Clay soaks up extra oil and helps to clean out your pores. Remember that good skin care does show results, it just may take some time to figure out what ingredients work best for your face.