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Top Summer Skin Care Ingredients – Vine Vera Reviews

Summer is seriously just around the corner and it is time to start re-evaluating your skin care routine. Sure, you may need some of the same products you use year-round, but summer skin does have a certain set of needs to be aware of. Here are a few of the most beneficial summer skin care ingredients to be on the lookout for.

Woman applying sunscreen.

Sun Protection
You knew we were going to say something about sun protection and sunscreen. And, you also know that you should be applying sun protection to both your face and body no matter what season it is. However, if you don’t follow the rule of year-round sun care, it is especially important to look for ingredients aimed at sun protection during the summer. The sun is out more frequently, the days last longer and you have more skin exposed in warmer weather, all of which add up to the fact that sun protection is an absolute necessity. Two of the most common skin care ingredients to watch for include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

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Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another skin care ingredient that is majorly beneficial during the entire year, but especially so during the summer. Vitamin C, when applied topically, aids in collagen formation and growth which helps keep your skin supple and radiant. Additionally, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published a study online that states vitamin C also helps prevent the formation of sunburn cells. Still, these are not the only benefits in using a skin care formulation that includes vitamin C: other benefits include improved skin elasticity, reduction of fine lines and visible improvements against photo-damaged skin (discolored skin).

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Caffeine
You may have noticed that caffeine is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient when it comes to skin care. There are a few reasons for this and the most relevant reason with regards to summer skin care includes the fact that caffeine has a sunscreen effect when applied topically. While caffeine mimics sunscreen and provide a bit of added protection, it is not a substitute for traditional sun protection. In addition, recent studies have found that when used on cells that had UV damage, caffeine was able to destroy the damaged cells without any harm to the surrounding healthy cells.

BHA representation.

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHAs)
Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids are beneficial chemical exfoliants, but when summer rolls around it is usually advised to stick with a beta hydroxy acid exfoliant than AHAs. This is because many AHAs, such as glycolic or lactic acids, increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and BHAs do not. Using a BHA is helpful during summer because the warmer weather tends to lead to increased sebum (oil) production and a BHA exfoliant helps to clear pores of sebum and other debris such as dead skin cells.

Another important thing to remember during summer when it comes to skin care is to drink plenty of liquids. Not only does water help prevent your body from becoming dehydrated, it also helps keep your skin hydrated as well.

Sun Protection Besides SPF – Vine Vera Reviews

To prevent premature aging, sun spots and skin cancer, you need to protect your skin every time you expose it to the sun. UV rays cause serious damage to your skin even if you tan instead of getting a sunburn. It is far easier to be proactive and prevent sun damage than it is to repair damage from the sun later. But what happens when you find yourself without sunscreen at the last minute? Vine Vera rounds up the best ways to protect your skin from the sun besides using an SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Fresh tomatoes on a wooden table.

Add Vitamins and Antioxidants to Your Diet
Fresh tomatoes are plentiful during summer and you can add these to your diet to help prevent sun damage. The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes has been studied and does provide acute sun protection, particulalry in women. Aim for about 55mg (3 tablespoons of raw tomatoes) daily to keep your skin from ending up as red as a tomato.

Olive oil being poured into a bowl.

Add Saturated Fats into Your Diet
We know, summertime means that you want to maintain a lean, healthy beach body but there have been some studies that indicate increasing saturated fats into your diet helps protect you from sun dangers such as melanoma. A study involving mice lead researchers to conclude that a diet that was higher in saturated fats provided a bit of protection against sun damage and problems such as melanoma. Don’t go crazy with the fats but try to use olive and coconut oils where possible in your cooking.

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Break Out the Wine
Wine contains proanthocyanidins which are thought to provide protection against harmful UV rays. Additionally, red wine contains resveratrol which has provides a number of other health benefits also is being considered as a photoprotective agent. Once the resveratrol is incorporated into your skin cells it provides protection against UV damage. If you don’t want to grab wine for your day at the beach, proanthocyanidins are also found in blueberries and nuts such as hazelnuts or pistachios. Take a tasty treat with you and provide extra protection.

Vitamin supplements in a bowl.

Choose the Right Vitamins or Supplements
Vitamins or supplements that may help protect your skin from sun damage include vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. It has been thought that supplementing your diet with vitamin D increases your tolerance towards the sun. In addition to this, vitamin D may also provide UV protection reducing your chance of sunburn. In a laboratory study, vitamin D also helped decrease the incidence of tumor growth. Get your omega-3 fatty acids by adding oily fish such as tuna to your diet or look for a supplement containing DHA to help protect your skin from sun damage.

In addition to these dietary methods of protection, there is also some research indicating that there are natural oils that contain a level of SPF. Some of the oils that may provide protection include coconut oil, red raspberry seed oil and almond oil. Whatever method you choose, remain consistent to reduce sun damage. And while some of these methods may not turn out to be perfect, as many are still being researched, it can’t hurt to take some plump fresh blueberries to the beach or sear a delicious tuna filet on your grill.

Best Ingredients for Mom’s Skin – Vine Vera Reviews

We know that your mother is gorgeous. However, most women are constantly looking to improve their appearance or find new skin care and beauty products to try. Giving your mother a skin care item or new beauty product can be a bit tricky. Sure you guys probably resemble each other, but you might have completely opposite skin types. We’ve rounded up some popular skin care ingredient all-stars that benefit nearly every skin type.

Woman applying sunscreen in a beach.

SPF 
By now everybody is well aware of the dangers that UV rays pose to the skin, facial and body. People of all ages and skin types should be wearing something that contains some level of sun protection factor (SPF). Ideally, sunscreen should be worn everyday on both face and body but many people skip this step. Give mom a product, such as a day cream, that contains an SPF so she can get maximum skin benefits with minimal work.

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Retinol
Retinol is excellent for a large variety of skin types and addresses numerous skin care concerns. Essentially, retinol helps your skin turn over faster and generate healthier skin cells. In addition, retinol has been shown to increase collagen in the skin resulting in firmer skin with a more even texture. There is a large variety of skin care products containing retinol from eye creams to topical retinol gels. An eye cream with retinol is a great gift because everyone, at all ages, can benefit from an eye cream.

Oranges and lemon juice on a kitchen top.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C does more than help boost the functioning of your immune system, it also enhances the skin in several ways. Inflammation is reduced by vitamin C and your skin is better able to handle exposure to the sun. Vitamin C also increases collagen production, lightens skin discolorations and improves both the skin’s barrier response and repair process. A vitamin C serum is a great gift for mom’s who want firmer skin with fewer wrinkles.

Red wine and red grapes on a wooden table.

Resveratrol
This antioxidant has been a popular topic among skin care and beauty experts in the past few years. Resveratrol has multiple protective benefits for your skin. It is a stable antioxidant with incredible benefits like reducing skin damage, providing protection against sun damage and improves the synthesis of collagen. Finding a product with resveratrol, such as a facial toner, is a great way to help your mom’s skin look it’s very best.

Different types of ceramides in a white background.

Ceramides
Ceramides are naturally occurring in your body and account for nearly 20% of your skin’s intercellular matrix. The intercellular matrix is essentially what holds all of your skin cells together. Because of this function, ceramides help maintain your appearance while also adding protection against things such as sun damage, irritation from other products or a severely dry environment. When you give your mother a skin care product containing ceramides, you are giving her a product that helps skin look and act younger.

Even though skin types and concerns are widely different, these skin care ingredients benefit just about every type of skin there is. Many times you will be able to find a product that contains several of these awesome ingredients, giving it a more powerful effect. Help mom look her best with these skin care ingredients.