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Why Makeup and Sunburn Don’t Mix

Have you ever heard the expression two wrongs don’t make a right? Perhaps someone should have warned one woman that she about to find out how true that saying is before she learned from her own experience. Recently, a Reddit post showing before and after photos of a woman sporting a sunburn went viral. In the before pic, the woman is shown sans makeup so as to give the viewer an up close view of what a painful sunburn looks like. The after picture shows the same woman after using a full coverage foundation. The result? One might believe they were looking at a skincare advert; the signs of sunburn untraceable; the woman’s skin dewy and soft.

The viewer response? Overwhelmingly positive. Headlines declared, “This is the best foundation for covering sunburn! It completely conceals sun damage!” The response from the dermatological community? A little less so. Even though foundation may provide a great way to cover the symptoms of a sunburn, it actually hinders the healing process.

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Sunburnt Skin Needs to Heal
Dermatologist Dendy Engelman weighs in on the post saying, “Extremely burnt skin is damaged and needs time to heal. Applying makeup, especially if it has chemicals and irritants, can cause more inflammation to the skin. You want your skin to heal properly and quickly. It’s more important to focus on products that soothe and combat damage.”

Even though hiding the inflammation and redness may seem to be the priority, Dr. Engelman advises emphasizing proper skin care over minimizing the burn’s appearance. “Apply some aloe to help cool and heal and use a product with antioxidants to combat all the free radical damage,” she says. If coverage is important, the doctor advises using powder based makeup which goes on more smoothly and is less irritating to damaged skin.

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Two Rights
Fortunately, if you have added insult to injury by first allowing yourself to burn and then trying to conceal it, there is an all in one solution for both problems: apple cider vinegar. Just add a cupful or two to a bath and soak for 10 minutes. Dr. Engelman says that this ingredient will soothe the skin while balancing its pH level.

Avoiding Sunburn
Of course, the best way to avoid the ill-advised use of makeup to conceal a burn is to not get a burn at all. So let’s take a moment to review the ways of doing just that:

  • Always Wear Sunscreen
    Always wear a broadband sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it 15 to 20 minutes before venturing out in the sun. Once out, reapply every two hours, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating. Apply to all parts of your body, including the part in your hair and the tops of your ears.
  • Wear Protective Clothing
    If you’re really serious about blocking the sun’s rays, you need to make sure you wear clothes that you can’t see your hand through. Sheer fabrics will not provide enough coverage Wear a hat to block the sun from your face and wear sunglasses to protect eyes from UV rays.
  • Avoid the Sun When It Is Hottest
    The sun is at its strongest between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon. Try to avoid the sun during these hours and take frequent shade breaks to keep from prolonged exposure. Be especially diligent about rules during these hours.

Let us know what you do when you get an unavoidable sunburn? How do you stay safe while looking great?

Prevent Wrinkles On Your Chest and Neck

In “Gravity,” a video installation Michael Haussman, the artist, asked his subjects were to jump on a trampoline while he shot a video. He edited in post-production, steadying the subjects in the frame so that they appeared to stay still while their fat and muscles remained in motion, The result suggests a time-lapse aging, in which the subject’s body seems to age about thirty years in 15 seconds. It shows us how the aging process alters perception, changing the flawless to the flawed sometimes in a matter of very little time.

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Gravity: it’s skin’s biggest downfall, and causes even the most taught bodies to sag and wrinkle. However, while we can’t fight the gravity, we can fight the effects. Here are some ways to prevent wrinkles on the neck and chest.

Types of Wrinkles
With the aging process, you may begin to notice loose crepey skin and wrinkles on your chest and neck areas. Although some of this can be attributed to loss of collagen, environmental factors are largely to blame. According to AgingSkin.Net, 90-95% of all lines, wrinkles and discolorations are due to sun exposure.

While chest and neck wrinkles usually appear with age, “necklace lines,” characterized by horizontal lines on your neck can start in your twenties, or even as early as childhood. Loose and saggy skin is more often associated with age.

There are several hypotheses as to the cause of aging on the neck and chest. One theory, suggested by Skintour.com, is that chest wrinkles are a result of sleeping position. Impression lines caused by sheets and blankets that faded quickly when you were young, may become a little less temporary as you age, due to loss of elasticity.

Laser treatments, chemical peels and botox injections are all options for treating skin on the chest and neck. A study conducted by the Brazilian Center for Studies in Dermatology found that injecting Poly-L-Lactic acid or PLLA into the neck and chest could also improve the appearance of wrinkles. Adjusting your sleep position from your side to your back may be another option, as are breast pads and pillows.

It is important to realize that most skin products are not just for your face. When you cleanse your face, be sure to include your neck, as should be the case with toners, moisturizers, masks, and scrubs. Look especially for skin care products containing antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals.

Never underestimate the power of a good moisturizer. Note that your neck and chest have fewer oil glands than your face, and are more prone to dryness and irritation. Moisturizers help maintain elasticity and plumpness for ease of mobility and a smoother appearance.

Sun Exposure
Protecting exposed skin from the sun is important to everyone, regardless of skin condition, Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, with 5 to 10 % titanium and zinc on law exposed skin, neck and chest included.

What do you do to prevent wrinkles on your neck and chest? Let us know!

Vine Vera: Vitamin E and the Sun

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The sun is Earth’s best friend and your skin’s worst enemy. It used to be that people thought nothing about relaxing out in the sun all day with no shade and no sunscreen. In that same vein, smoking was prescribed by doctors for its health benefits.

Science has exposed both the sun and smoking for the dangers they truly are. Unlike cigarettes, since the Surgeon General cannot place a label on and regulate the sun, it is up to the individual to make healthy choices regarding sun exposure. Whether you sunbathed in your youth before the dangers were widely known or you accidentally fell asleep in the sun and woke up with sunburn, Vitamin E can help mitigate and reverse the effects of ultraviolet, or UV, light.

Vine Vera on Why the Sun is So Dangerous

Sometimes it is what you can’t see that is the most dangerous. In the sun’s case, that invisible danger is in the form of ultraviolet radiation. The visible light from the sun is not responsible for your sunburn, but rather the rays that aren’t visible but are physically manifested in tans, burns and photoaging.

A lot of people believe that they are safe from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation if they only tan and not burn. Some people will even go to a tanning bed to get a “base tan” before taking a vacation in an effort to not burn. In actuality, any change to the skin’s color is a sign of cell damage. This makes understanding how Vitamin E can protect your skin even more important.

There are two types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA and UVB. UVA is the longer wave which penetrates deeper into the skin. It is also the more prevalent of the two. Research connecting UVA with skin aging and wrinkling has long been established, but only recently have researchers connected it to skin cancer, which was thought to only be a result of UVB exposure. UVB rays are shorter waves and do not penetrate the skin as deeply as UVAs, but are the main culprit behind skin reddens and sunburns as well as skin cancer.

 Vine Vera Products with Vitamin E and the Sun

vine vera Vitamin E has many positive attributes for sun damaged skin, but first it is important to note that it is not a sunscreen. In order to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, you need to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with the appropriate SPF for your skin tone. After you use your sunscreen,  you should then use skin care formulas which contain Vitamin E for its sun protecting benefits, such as the Resveratrol Malbec DNA Redefying Cream from Vine Vera.

Vitamin E decreased erythema ( the reddening of the skin) and photocarcinogenesis (a cancer causing, post UV exposure substance) and is a skin benefiting antioxidant. This is important because UV exposure produces free radicals, which cause oxidative damage and in turn damage to your skin. Although the body can mitigate some of this damage on its own, the presence of antioxidants can put an end to the damage. So make sure you pick up some of your favorite skin care products that contain Vitamin E from Vine Vera to better ensure your skin looks radiant, healthy and younger than ever.

Vine Vera Green Tea Protects Against UV Damage

vine vera Here’s a fun fact: Green tea was brewed more than 4,000 years ago in China under Emperor Chen Nung. It was consumed both as a refreshing and restorative drink as well as used for medical purposes. Even in ancient times, the powerful healing benefits of green tea were understood. The only difference between then and now is that science has shown us exactly why green tea is beneficial to your body and how to best utilize its properties.

We know that green tea contains various amino acids, lipids, enzymes, vitamins and caffeine. Although the research is ongoing, green tea has been proven to play a part in reducing certain cancers, such as ovarian, breast and prostate. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Now there is one more item to add to this impressive list of benefits: Green tea’s ability to prevent and repair sun damage to the skin. Over and over again, the skincare community has proven the skin healing and anti-aging power of green tea extract.

Green Tea Protects Against UV Light

One way that green tea extract prevents and protects against sun damage is by neutralizing ultraviolet, or UV, light. Sun damage in the form of sunburn, photoaging and cancer are a result of the exposure to the UV rays from the sun, not just visible light. Whenever the sun is behind cloud cover and the visible light is decreased, some people believe they are safe from the sun’s harmful rays. In actuality, UV rays can easily pass through clouds. This is why it is important to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen everyday regardless of the season or weather.

Green tea extract has been shown to have a neutralizing effect on UV light, mitigating some of the damage it can cause. This doesn’t mean you should replace your sunscreen with green tea skin care products, but rather apply a layer of a green tea product underneath your sunscreen to boost its protective power.

Green Tea Products from Vine Vera Repairs as an Antioxidant

vine vera Antioxidants play an invaluable role in your body’s overall skin health, but especially the health of exposed skin. UV rays damage skin cells which then produce free radicals.  Those free radicals are unstable and are in search of an electron to stabilize them. They often take electrons from healthy molecules they come in contact with, transforming that healthy molecule into a free radical, and the chain reaction continues and eventually causes damage to the skin cells. The sooner the chain reaction is stopped, the less damage it can cause. Antioxidants can give a free radical the electron it needs without becoming a free radical itself, thus stopping the process.

Look for Green Tea Extract or its scientific name, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, on the ingredient list of your favorite skin care products from Vine Vera.