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Don’t Let Sand Rub You the Wrong Way

Ah, the beach! That salty air! That beach smell! Don’t you wish you could just take it home with you? Many of us wish we could capture the essence of the beach, but when it comes to bringing it your house, there may be certain elements better left at the shore. Sand fleas can feast on human flesh, carrying diseases and transmitting viruses, and you certainly don’t want them making your body their home. Read on to find out little more about these pests and how you can make sure they don’t get in the way of your summer fun.

Sand Fleas On Humans
Don’t judge them by their size. They may be quite small, but sand fleas can cause big problems. Because they are so close to the ground, your ankles, feet, and legs, are their most convenient targets, and they can’t jump more than 20 to 40 centimeters, so unless you’re lying in the sand, your upper body should be relatively safe. These creatures are nocturnal, so you’re most likely to get bitten in the evening, at night, or at dawn.

There are two types of sand fleas bites to look for. The first resembles a mosquito bite. You’ll get these when the flea bites and sucks your blood and they move on to another host. As they do this, they leave behind saliva which prevents blood clotting, and this clotting that may cause an allergic reaction. The second type of bite is inflicted by breeding females. These fleas will burrow themselves into the skin and stay there until their eggs hatch. The bites of the female breeding fleas are characterized by a swollen area with black spots in the middle. The black spots are the fleas.

Both types of bites can cause symptoms like pain, discomfort, and itching. If you have an allergy to sand flea bites, these symptoms can be more severe. When breeding fleas burrow into your skin, you may experience fever and infection, which may develop into tungiasis, which is an inflammatory skin disease that needs treatment to prevent further infection.

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Treatment
If you are bitten by and fleas, here is some advice for treatment

  • Don’t scratch the bites. This will only increase the chance of infection.
  •  Examine the bite for breeding sand fleas who can live under your skin sucking blood for weeks.
  •  Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to control itching, and take painkillers for pain and swelling. See a doctor if treatments worsen. He or she may suggest the use of an antihistamine cream.
  •  A combination of baking soda and water may prove soothing. Just apply to the area and let it work.
  •  Soak in a lukewarm (not hot) oatmeal bath to reduce itching.
  •  Aloe vera may provide relief from itching and help bites heal.
  •  Essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and cedar wood, may all relieve discomfort

Preventing Further Attacks
Prevention is, of course, the best treatment. Here are some suggestions for those who want to avoid sand flea bites.

  • Stay away from the beach in the morning and evening, and when it has recently rained. Sand fleas are more active when the air is moist and cool. If you do visit the beach during any of these weather conditions, bring insect repellant.
  • Cover yourself when lying down or sitting to avoid bites on your legs, back, and feet.

Have you ever provided a home for a sand flea? Let us know your experiences and how you rid yourself of these bloodsucking parasites.

Classic Home Remedies That Just Might Work

vine vera presents Classic Home Remedies That Just Might Work Probably the last thing a teenage girl wants from her mother is advice. Mom wears Mom jeans. Mom wouldn’t know the latest fashion if she saw it on the runway, and she would probably die if she knew about your eyebrow waxing appointment. However, as we get older we come to realize that there is some truth to the saying “Mother Knows Best,” and that may include some things beauty. While you may not find your Mom too eager to apply Punk Rock Purple lipstick or rock some aquarium style nail tips, she may have some, Michelle well, safer suggestions that actually might interest you. Here is some of the best old fashioned beauty advice that may make you the most trendy fashionista of all.

Fresh Cream For Skin
One teenager remembers the advice she got from her Grea-Michelle Duffy says that living on a farm gave her grandma’s sister access to the cream from the top of fresh milk. After 95 years of doing so, she still had “beautiful, soft skin, with barely a wrinkle,” says Duffy.

Rhubarb for Wrinkles and Redness
Some people owe their mothers their lives in more ways that one. After being diagnosed with a fatal case of childhood leukemia, Boldijarre Koransky, currently president of Eminence Organic Skincare, took the advice of his mother and grandmother and started eating the foods from their garden. “They fed me organically, biodynamic foods, believing that by providing me with the purest nutrition on earth, I would get better.”

And better he got. Years later, Koronczay is still a believer in the power of the plant. Rhubarb, he says, is “a good source of ascorbic acid and Vitamin C which makes it great for fighting wrinkles.” He also points out that when applied topically, rhubarb’s astringent and disinfecting properties can help to heal blemishes and wounds.

Witch Hazel
If rhubarb doesn’t do the trick, Witch Hazel surely will. It became Kelly Scarpelli’s “favorite astringent because it had natural oils that didn’t dry out her skin,’ and confesses, “After my mom told me Witch Hazel would unclog pores and get rid of blackheads, I used it every day.”

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Egg White Face Mask
Seeing was believing for Lindsay Troyer Shannon. She says, “My mom whisked one raw egg white and applied it to her face until it dried.” Troyer Shannon says that this application done weekly gave her mom, “the most amazing skin.”

Apple Cider Vinegar
When the greasy buildup from the continual use of shampoo became a problem for Mickey Duncan, her mom set her straight with some apple cider vinegar. “She taught me to use apple cider vinegar to give my hair a good cleaning. The use of apple cider vinegar is recommended once weekly to clear hair of shampoo buildup.

Cod Liver Oil
Dr. Peggy Fuller talks of her childhood cod liver associations. “We all lined up to take it. The taste was not bad to me, but oh, that smell.” Eventually, though, the immune supporting anti oxidants in the gel caps won Peggy over. ” I developed an affinity for it, and believe it lessened my childhood asthma.”

Coconut Oil
Casey Higgins grew up watching mom, Rita, use coconut oil to take off her makeup. When Casey decided to adopt a more holistic life style, she too took up the practice. She just rubs the oil into her skin wherever there is makeup and then wipes it off with a warm wet cloth to clean her face daily.

Shawna Steward learned to listen to her mama back when she was in summer camp. She recalls her mother having to pick her up from the pool, “because I woke up from a nap with throbbing red lobster legs.” When Shawna got home, she found herself sitting “in a tub with about two inches of lukewarm water, draped tea-soaked towels on my legs,” which she let “soak for twenty minutes until they stopped singing.”

Do you have any old fashioned remedies that your mom taught you? Let us know how cool you found out your Mom was when it came to beauty know how.

Beauty Tricks For Days When You Are Short On Time

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You wake up in the morning, and no matter what time it is, it’s not enough time to get ready and go to work. You look hopelessly look at your array of makeup products, and head out the door, silently hoping your Korean aunt never finds out about this. As you get in your car, you struggle to apply your mascara in the rearview mirror, looking longingly as the Starbuck’s recedes in the distance. Finally, you make it to your building, catch a look at yourself in the lobby mirror, and see….a hot mess. If you’re a busy woman, you’re always short on time, but you can’t afford to look your best. When it comes to beauty shortcuts, you need to take ’em wherever you can get ’em. Here are a few beauty tricks you may want to take advantage of.

Exfoliate Before the Foundation
We all know haste makes waste. Do something quickly and you may have to redo it; you need to get it right the first time. That’s why you need to exfoliate before you apply foundation. Sure, it a may seem counterintuitive to add a step in order to save time, but, as foundation wearers will testify, bases are sure to highlight any patch of dryness on your face, making it necessary to take off the foundation, slather on moisturizer, and start from scratch. Makeup expert Jane Park says, “It (pre-exfoliation) saves time because of your lipstick, makeup, everything goes on smoother after. ” Park uses a konjac sponge for exfoliation gentle enough to use every day. Simply, dampen, smooth it over your face and you’re set for a flawless application.

Use a clear sunscreen as a primer, moisturizer, and facial SPF
We’re always being warned of the importance of applying an effective sunscreen daily, but thick formulas can take ages for the short of time beauty maven to rub in, leaving that telltale white residue marking you as a makeup amateur. Fortunately, newer formulas solve that problem, by offering a sheer consistency that eliminates the chalky whiteness altogether. Even better, because the sunscreen is hydrating, you can skip moisturizing. The sunscreen provides enough hydration to sub for the moisturizer, or you can mix it with your base makeup for extra protection.

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Multifunctional Mascara
If you’re used to doing full face makeup, this hack will give you the basic effect in a fraction of the time. Instead of doing brow, shadow, eyeliner, and mascara keep things to a minimum by just focusing on your brows and lashes. Use a tinted brow gel to embolden your brows while keeping them tame and use a mascara with multiple wand functions so you don’t have to layer on multiple formulas for a finished look.

Go Monochromatic
It’s great to experiment with contrasting makeup if you have the time. For days when the time is short, multipurpose sticks are a great option. Just dab the color on straight from the tube or use your fingers to apply it to your cheeks, lids, and lips. You’ll find these colors are so sheer and easy to use, you can apply them sans mirror!

Dry Shampoo and A Blow Dryer
Dry shampoo can be a big time saver, but you need to do it the right way. Although you may think you can spritz some dry shampoo on oily roots and be done, hairstylist Jacob Rozenberg says that this will result in large patches of powder that will take ages to absorb. He advises spraying the dry shampoo a minimum of eight inches away from your head, letting it sit for 60 seconds, and then distributing it through your hair with a brush or blow dryer while using your fingers to rake the powder through for even application.

Do you have any time-saving beauty hacks for us? We’d love to hear them! Let us know how you cut your prep time and manage to arrive flawlessly.

The Natural Mineral That’s Good For Your Skin

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Good skincare can be hard to come by. Quality ingredients can be costly, and some products don’t even contain a high enough percentage of the good stuff to be effective. But, what if you found out that there was a good skincare product that covered about 71% of the earth, and that there was no scarcity of it, in fact, there were oceans of it. The list of the benefits of salt water for your skin is becoming more and more widely acknowledged lately and might be worth investigating. Read on to find out why you might want to bring a jar the next time you’re at the beach.

Salt’s Effect On the Body
Ok, so let’s start with the basics. What is salt? Salt is a combination of chloride and sodium found in at least three percent of our oceans. When the water evaporates, the salt crystal is left behind, and it is in these natural salt crystals that vital nutrients are found. With a rich mineral content including key minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium, salt has been known to boost weight loss, improve levels of blood sugar, reduce symptoms of asthma, and regulate cardiovascular health.

All salts are not created equal
Ok, so before you go rubbing table salt on your skin, you should be aware that table salt is bleached and highly processed and has probably been stripped of anything that could possibly be of benefit to your health. In fact, when doctors warn against salt, it is probably table salt to which they are referring. When it comes to skin care, you’re better off with the unprocessed salts.

Sea Salt
Natural sea salt is a good choice for skin care. It is made of many of the minerals naturally occurring in our bodies already, including calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which help in cell communication and healing. Sea salt will prevent mineral deficiencies which can result in dry, dull skin, blotchiness, and irritation, improving hydration and strengthening skin’s outer layer.

Pink Himalayan Salt
Only recently popularized in Western culture, people from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, have been reaping the benefits of pink Himalayan salt for over 2,000 years. Also unprocessed, it is full of the skin strengthening minerals that the body needs.

Benefits of Salt Water
So, you may be wondering how exactly this natural commodity works on your skin. Here are some of salt water’s reputed benefits:

Salt water can

  • Close open pores
  • Absorb excess oil
  • Kill bacteria that causes acne
  • Lessen the appearance of scars
  • Exfoliate dead skin
  • Restore skin’s pH levels
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase hydration
  • Speed the healing process

Drinking Salt Water
While you may have guessed that it is not advisable to drink anything you might find in the ocean, you’re the own brew of salt water may help to detoxify cells and improved digestion, in fact, there’s even a name for it. A warm glass of salt water, known as “Sole” is the new way to start the day and begin internal healing. A natural form of salt added to warm water will aid digestion, reduce inflammation, detoxify cells, and improve your sleep and bone health.

These Ingredients Have Neuroprotective Benefits

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The central nervous system. That complex combination of the brain and the spinal chord, studied extensively, but understood only partially, constantly and mysteriously working to generate our movements, emotions, and desires. While a system so multifaceted can be so fascinating, it can also be extremely prone to malfunction. So many things can go wrong with a system so complicated, and unfortunately, our limited knowledge makes many of these difficult to treat. Neuropathic disorders and diseases continue to plague so many with so few solutions. That is why it is so important to protect ourselves against these disorders. Here are some ingredients with neuroprotective properties.

Glutamate Antagonists
Glutamate antagonists are the main treatment to used to control cell death in CNS disorders. Overexcitation of glutamate receptors causes calcium to increase, which has major consequences on the nerve. Glutamate antagonists inhibit the binding of glutamate to receptors and may help to avoid excitotoxicity. Some treatments with promising results include:

Estrogen
Estradiol helps to prevent excitotoxicity by inhibiting glutamate receptors, such as NMDA.

Ginsenoside Rd
Studies show that ginsenoside Rd may help to inhibit glutamate excitotoxicity, and has proven to be an effective and noninvasive treatment for ischemic stroke patients.

Progesterone
Progesterone has been shown to prevent secondary injuries in patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants work to protect the body against oxidative stress, which is the main cause of neuron degradation. The effectiveness of antioxidants depends on the disease, gender, age, and ethnicity. Here are some of the most common antioxidants that have been shown to be beneficial in the reduction of oxidative stress in at least one neurodegenerative disease:

Fish Oil
Fish Oil contains n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that can prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress. It has potential to be neuroprotective and is the subject of many studies on its effects on neurodegenerative diseases.

Resveratrol
Resveratrol can prevent oxidative stress in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral ischemia.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E has varying effects depending on the neurogenerative disease that is being treated. It is most effective On Alzheimer’s disease and may be somewhat beneficial in treating ALS, but it is ineffective in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

THC
THC can exert neuroprotective effects on ischemia of the brain by acting on glutamate receptors, cation channels, and other pathways,

Stimulants
Certain stimulants are neuroprotective in appropriate doses.

Nicotine
Nicotine has been shown to offset Parkinson’s disease in humans and monkeys. It is available in patch form.

Caffeine
Caffeine is protective against Parkinson’s disease and induces neuronal glutathione synthesis by promoting cysteine uptake.

Selegiline
This has been shown to delay early onset Parkinson’s disease by an average of nine months.

Are neuroprotective ingredients important to you? Which ones would you use? THC? Nicotine? Caffeine? Let us know what you think.

Protecting Your Lips

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When we think of health care and beauty, many of us overlook our lips. In fact, 70% of beach goers who slather on sunscreen products will overlook their lips. However, in a study conducted at the University Of Texas Medical Branch Department Of Dermatology, researchers evaluated the knowledge of ultraviolet light as a risk for lip cancer and found that many beach goers were unaware of these risks. Read on to find out what sun damage can do to your lips and how you can keep your lips moist and healthy.

When it comes to skin cancer, ultraviolet rays are the most pertinent risk factor. Because lips don’t have melanin, they are highly vulnerable to sun damage caused by exposure to UV. The Mayo Clinic warns that the sun’s UV rays can affect the production of collagen on your lips leading to the formation of wrinkles on or around the mouth as an early aging sign.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying an SPF lip balm every day, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours. Drinking water often will also help in protecting lips from sun damage as well as keeping them soft, smooth and hydrated. Here are some other tips for you in finding a lip balm product that will protect your lips:

  • Stay away from shiny lipsticks that have high gloss with little or no color as they will attract UV rays. You’re better off with a matte product.
  • Buy lip products that have a base of paraffin, petroleum jelly or beeswax. Beeswax. These will stay on your lips longer and seal moisture longer than thinner glosses and balms.
  • If your lips become dry and start to peel, use sugar and olive oil to exfoliate lips and remove accumulated dead skin cells.

Here are some other tips on how to keep lips looking healthy:

  • Stop Licking Your Lips: Robert Brodell, M.D., a dermatologist from Warren, OH, warns that licking your lips can damage the protective barrier and dry out the lips. The saliva’s digestive enzymes break down this barrier. Opt for a lip balm instead.
  • Use A Humidifier: It can replace moisture in dry indoor air and keep lips and skin hydrated.
  • Limit Your Use of Matte Lipsticks: They can dry your lips extremely, which is why they should be used sparingly when lips are chapped. Try alternating them with hydrating lipsticks or add a moisturizing lip balm layer underneath.

Here is a guide to treating common problems associated with your lips:

  • Cut in the Corner of the Mouth: Keep lips hydrated and apply hydrocortisone cream to affected area.
  • Wrinkles Around Lips: Apply creams with anti-aging ingredients like retinol. Chemical peels can be helpful as well.
  • Thin lips: The best option for thin lips is a collagen injection, which costs about $300 and can last up to six months. Consumers should be aware of possible side effects including excessive swelling and temporary redness of the lips.

What do you do to keep your lips looking luscious? Let us know in the comments section below.

Vine Vera with Top Ingredients to Care For Mature Skin – VineVera Reviews

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As we age, our skin care needs change. Mature skin needs more attention, time, and devotion to fight the aging process than younger skin, and requires a great deal more care. If you truly want to restore a youthful glow to your skin, there are things you can try to reverse the process, and they work. More importantly, there are ingredients in which you can use on a daily basis that will allow you to look and feel noticeably healthier skin. Vine Vera Skincare would like to offer you some advice on the different types of ingredients you can and should be using every day to give your skin a healthy appearance and fight the aging process for those with mature skin.

Retinol
Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that works to combat fine lines, wrinkles, skin spots –either from the sun, or from age – and it works by boosting skin cell regeneration and the time it takes between formation and regeneration of new skin cells. It is best used at night, and is dermatologist recommended for any mature woman’s skin to help curb looking older. There are many products on the market containing Retinol, and by experimenting with different brands and products, you can find the one that works best for you. It should be used after cleansing and before applying a good, thick moisturizing cream.

Sunscreen
While you probably didn’t see this one coming, sunscreen contains imperative ingredients for mature skin. The skin, as we age, is more susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer, and any type of exposure to the sun requires a good sunscreen. Many daily facial moisturizers contain SPF properties, and are imperative to fight aging and even to help reverse the effects of aging. You should always opt for a 30 SPF or higher when buying bottles of sunscreen, and always be sure to apply it to any and all areas of the skin which are to be exposed to the sun. Opt for a brand such as La Roche Posay, which is a fabulous sunscreen and perfect for mature skin.

Antioxidants
By infusing your skin every morning with antioxidants, you will help to repel wrinkles, spots and potentially even skin cancer. You could eat antioxidant rich berries, such as blueberries, in your morning cereal which would be fantastic for overall skin and body health, but by actually incorporating products containing antioxidants topically to the skin, you are giving yourself a one up as these components will absorb directly and work where they are supposed to. Look for products containing Vitamin C, green tea, or pomegranate for the ultimate in Antioxidant protection.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids
Products containing glycolic acid, which is a form of alpha-hydroxy acid, are potent enough to snuff out wrinkles, smooth out lines, and help other anti-aging components applied to the skin penetrate the skin quicker and work more effectively. Opt for a glycolic acid peel, and you will be sure to have refreshed and rejuvenated skin in no time. Be sure not to overuse any type of alpha hydroxy acid or you could end up damaging your skin. Once per week is enough.