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What Makes Argan Oil So Beneficial for Your Skin?

Argan oil is one of the most sought after culinary and cosmetic oils in the world. Here are some of the ingredients that make this oil so desirable and some of the ways you can take advantage of its benefits.

Argan Oil
Argan oil has been used as a healing oil throughout the centuries to treat skin conditions. The oil owes its healing properties to its high content of vitamin E and A and its wealth of antioxidants, such as omega -6 fatty acid and linoleic acid. Applied topically, the tocopherol from the vitamin E can boost cell production, promoting healthy skin and hair. Here are some of the top cosmetic uses for argan oil.

Argan oil

Night Time Moisturizer
After your nightly cleanser, pour a drop of argan oil in your palm to warm. Massage it into face and neck using a circular motion. Next, apply a drop to your face from the bridge of your nose to your temple using a tapping motion. Continue to use this gentle tapping to place a drop beneath your eyes. You will find the oil absorbs quickly without leaving a residue and that the A and E vitamins will help to reduce fine lines.

Skin Toner
To reap the benefits of argan oil in your toner, add two to four drops of the oil to eight ounces of toner or, follow this recipe to make your own chemical- free version:

Pour a cup of boiling water over a green tea bag and allow to steep for seven to ten minutes. Remove the bag and allow the tea to come to room temperature. Add a drop or two of an essential oil of your choice, add two to four drops of the argan oil and seal in a jar. Use twice daily after cleansing and before moisturizing.

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Improving Acne-Prone Skin
Another benefit of argan oil is its ability to reduce sebum levels and fight acne. The high linoleic acid content can reduce inflammation due to acne while healing damaged skin cells. Simply apply a drop into problem areas, or fight whiteheads by making the skin toner (see above) using a few drops of tea tree oil. The tree tea oil will complement the argan oil with its supply of antioxidants, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Healing Stretch Marks
Argan oil helps restore elasticity to the skin lost to stretching. Warm two to three drops of the oil in your palms and rub on problem areas. The vitamin A and E will prevent stretch marks from forming. If you have already existing stretch marks, massage argan oil and brown sugar to the affected area before bathing. Rinse and reapply the oil to the area before dressing.

Caring for Your Nails
The non-greasy moisturizing agents in this oil make it ideal for treating nails and cuticles. Remove all traces of nail polish from hands and toes and dot a tiny drop into each nail, rubbing into cuticle and nail bed. Allow nails to absorb the oil, then rinse and apply polish as usual. Regular treatment should help your nails grow strong and beautiful, while preventing the formation of painful hangnails.

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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.

Best Ingredients to Care for Your Skin Issues

There are a number of ingredients that can prove to be highly beneficial for your skin care, but there are some ingredients that have commonly been termed as “power players”. These ingredients truly pack a punch in terms of offering you with exciting solutions for all your skin care issues and allow you to enjoy healthy and trouble-free skin in no time at all. Here is Vine Vera’s list of the best ingredients to care for your skin problems.

Strech marks Retinol for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks
Vine Vera believes that one of the best ingredients for your skin is Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A. This exciting skin care ingredient helps you to tackle all issues related to aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, sagging skin, etc. Retinol boasts of having hundreds of studies that prove its various benefits and it is considered to be a must in anti-aging skin care solutions. Retinol works by boosting the cell turnover, increasing the production of elastin and collagen and stimulating cellular repair at the deepest levels of your skin. It is also known to increase the blood-vessel formation so as to give you healthy looks. Make sure that you use Retinol based products at night for best results.

Vitamin B3 Redness red skin
Vitamin B3 is usually found in all sorts of serums, lotions and creams in the form of niacinamide. Vitamin B3 helps your skin to increase the production of fatty acids and ceramides, things that are integral for the outermost protective barrier of your skin. Vitamin B3 is also known to be ideal for those with sensitive or dry skin issues. According to a study, using Vitamin B3 helps to improve the appearance of rosacea, a common skin issue that becomes worse with age. Other benefits offered by Vitamin B3 include anti-aging, reduced redness and fewer dark spots.

cellulite on thighs Seaweed for Cellulite
One of the greatest treasures of the ocean, seaweed, is also known to be extremely beneficial for your skin. Seaweed is one of the best ways of grappling with cellulite problems. Most people prefer to stay as far away from the word “cellulite” as possible, because this skin issue is extremely difficult to get rid of. However, seaweed helps you to make your skin elastic and supple, two factors that can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Furthermore, seaweed is also known to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient which makes it an excellent acne fighter as well.

Vitamin C for Spots Skin Spots
A number of moisturizers contain Vitamin C because of the fact that it can offer the skin with antioxidant effects by controlling the damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C is also known to be an ideal ingredient for those wanting to get rid of skin spots. In a study conducted to test the benefits that Vitamin C had to offer to the human skin, women who treated their sun damaged skin using Vitamin C saw a significant difference in terms of discoloration and fine lines within 6 months of use. Read what Abby from “Twist Me Pretty” has to say about the Vine Vera Vitamin C Collection here.

AHAs (Lactic Acid) and BHAs (Salicylic Acid) for Keratosis Pilaris
Regular exfoliation is one of the best ways to unclog your pores and unclogging your pores is one of the ideal ways to treat Keratosis Pilaris. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are among the best ingredients for those wanting to exfoliate their skin cells. However, this only treats one half of the problem. AHAs cannot get inside your pores. For this, you need to back them up with Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). BHAs offer you with antimicrobial properties which kills the bacteria. They also offer anti-inflammatory properties which are an ideal way of completely eliminating Keratosis Pilaris.