Vine Vera Presents: Tanning Without the Sun – VineVera Reviews

Many women enjoy the overall good feeling they get when they see a sun kissed glow on their skin. Some women even become addicted to the process of tanning, and righteously proclaim themselves ‘Tanaholics’ or ‘Tanorexic’. In the summer months, they line the beaches in their bikinis, hoping for the chance to score some killer tan lines. When the winter months roll around, unless they’re located in warm locations such as Florida, Hawaii, or Southern California, they are left with few options to maintain their perfect tan. That’s when the privilege of sunless tanning comes into play to take the sun’s place for a while. Vine Vera brings you a guide on sunless tanning to ensure that your tan comes out beautiful and glowing.

Attractive young woman with tanned skin enjoying on sunlight by the sea

What is Sunless Tanning?

Sunless tanning is a tan obtained through use of means rather than the sun. There are three popular methods of tanning which require no sun whatsoever, and provide the customer or consumer with a great tan to last them through the winter months. Most of these methods will need to be repeated often to ensure the tan doesn’t fade.


Most Popular Method: Tanning Booths

First and foremost, the most popular method of sunless tanning is attained through use of UV lights in tanning booths. Tanning booths are capsules in which you can lay down or stand up while wearing protective eyewear to tan your skin through use of UV light bulbs. There are risks associated with tanning booths, just like there are with direct sunlight contact, so be sure this is something you are willing to deal with if, as an end result, you end up with problems resulting from this form of tanning.

There are special creams and lotions you can purchase for use at the tanning salon which provide different experiences. Some of them offer a bronzing effect, while others provide a heat sensation. Some feel tingly, and others feel like nothing at all. They usually smell fantastic, and come in a variety of scents. There are many designer label brands of tanning lotion, so be sure to look for your favorite.

Stand up tanning booths offer more room to move around for those who feel too enclosed by the typical lay-down booths. There are various time settings in which you can spend in a tanning booth, ranging from 10-20 minutes at a time. It is not recommended to tan more than once per day. Normally, a tan will be accumulated over the course of a week with daily tanning. You can maintain your tan by going to the tanning salon once per day, or every other day. Many tanning salons offer monthly subscriptions to their services based off of your desires and needs.


Method 2: Spray Tanning

Many women who are either impatient to wait for their tan, lead busy lifestyles, or who don’t want to deal with the harmful UV rays the typical tanning booths have to offer opt for spray tans. Spray tanning is done by literally having color sprayed onto your skin by a machine which passes over your body, blowing a tan colored product onto your skin much like a large airbrush gun. Results from spray tanning are typically seen within one day, and last longer than using a tanning booth. There are also products available at spray tan salons to maintain your spray tan after it has been completed.

beauty brushes and self tanning bronzer

Method 3: Sunless Tanning Products

Until recently, sunless tanning products weren’t as popular as tanning booths or spray tans due to the foul smell of the products and their ability to leave streaks and lines, causing the color to appear spotty and discolored. The products were also known to cause an orange tint to the skin, which was a dead giveaway as to the method and product used. Many women didn’t like dealing with these annoyances, and so they stayed away from these products. Now, there are many home tanning products which are odor free or nicely scented, very effective, don’t leave streaks, and also give a natural, even looking tan appearance.

These types of products usually come in either a lotion or foam form. They work the same, however the claim is that foam tanning products are more easily seen when applied to the skin, therefore enabling you to not miss any spots and be in control of what is applied to where.


Why use Sunless Tanning Products or Options?

Sunless tanning options give the woman something to hold her over until she is able to make it out into the sun in warm weather once more. Sometimes, even when it is warm out, women will choose to use sunless tanning rather than spend time in the sun. Some women enjoy the salon experience more, while others may be ashamed or self-conscious about certain aspects of their bodies and would rather complete their tanning regimen at home through the use of products. Whatever the case may be, tanning is an invigorating feeling, and there’s just something about having bronze skin that we as women all love.

What are your favorite tanning methods? Tell Vine Vera Skincare as you sound off below.

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Celebrate National Cat Day

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National Cat Day is here, and Vine Vera believes it deserves to be celebrated by all those who love and admire their special feline friends. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to show your whiskered friend just how much you love them, as well as a history of how National Cat Day came about.


National Cat Day: A History

Founded in 2005 by Colleen Paige, celebrity pet expert and author, October 29th was dubbed National Cat Day. This holiday was created to inspire others to recognize the fact that far too many cats need adoption. Since its inception, National Cat Day has gained aThere are lots of ways to celebrate National Cat Day with your feline friend. Here are some of our favorite ideas here at Vine Vera Skincare:

  1. Celebrate by throwing a party for you and your cat. Buy some of your cat’s favorite treats, or favorite gourmet cat food. Order some takeout from your favorite Sushi restaurant for yourself, and eat together at the table. This is an adorable way to spend some quality time with your special friend.
  1. Buy your kitty cat a gift from the heart. Perhaps a new mouse toy, or one with bells and dangly strings. Whatever you choose, your cat will love it – not only because they are getting a new toy, but because it’s from their favorite human.
  1. Have a special spa day for you and your fluff ball. There are many pet friendly spas that not only offer the royal treatment for you, but for pets as well. Being pampered never felt so purrrfect!
  1. Take a mini vacation with your cat. Research pet friendly hotels in the area in which you live, and spend a day away with your cat, where you can play, cuddle, and nap together. Cat’s love nothing more than curling up on your lap, or snuggling with you in bed where they can drift away with their best friend to dreamland.
  1. Create a special slideshow of all your favorite pictures of you and your cat from the time they came into your life up until now. Add some of your favorite music, and you have yourself a special tribute to your special pet. To make it even more fun: watch the video with your cat, and get the family involved in this sweet tribute project. It’s a heartwarming, fun experience everyone in your home will enjoy.


Show Your Cat How Much they mean to You

 No matter what you choose to do for your furry friend, or how you choose to spend the day, National Cat Day is all about showing love to your loyal cat, and show them how much they mean to you. Even if you’re pressed for time, any action, big or small, is meaningful and will be a memory made.

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Vine Vera Reviews the Top Skin Sins – VineVera Reviews

There is no denying the fact that your skin is the mirror of your health. There are all sorts of things like genetics, stress, pollution, hormonal changes, medication effects and exposure to the sun that can affect your skin’s appearance. But, did you know that your diet can also lead to changes in your skin? Dieticians around the world believe that a healthy diet can help you enjoy a clear, glowing and healthy looking skin. They also believe that a poor diet can lead to all sorts of issues such as dry skin, acne, rashes and swelling. Your skin is definitely unique and there are many products that might not suit you, irrespective of whether or not they help out others. However, there are a few “skin sins” that you should definitely avoid, irrespective of the type of skin you have. These “sins” can alleviate your skin issues and also lead to all sorts of health problems. Vine Vera reviews the top skin sins in this article.

Skin Sin # 1 – Fried Food

Fried food contains a lot of fat which can impact the skin negatively. Research has already shown that fatty  food and fried food can increase the amount of irritants that build up underneath the hair follicles and oil glands of the skin. This triggers common skin issues like acne. On the other hand, a diet that is rich in things like whole grains, fruits and vegetables can help you get rid of these irritants, thereby reducing your skin issues. 

Skin Sin # 2 – Lack of Exercise

A proper exercise routine is good for your health and your skin. It offers you with a burst of endorphins that makes you feel good as well. Regular exercise promotes the circulation of nutrients and oxygen in the skin and it also helps you to get rid of waste products. This further slows down the aging process and makes skin healing faster. 

Skin Sin # 3 – Dehydration

Our hectic modern day schedules are the main culprits behind dehydration. We are always running from one place to the other and are always falling back on our deadlines. As a result, things like drinking water and preventing dehydration seem to be too trivial. Another issue that is responsible for dehydration is excessive consumption of alcohol. When we consume alcohol, it not only rids our body of water, it also leads to a loss of vitamins. One of the vitamins that gets lost because of dehydration is Vitamin A. As you already know, Vitamin A is responsible for maintaining hydration and repairing the skin structure. Thus, preventing dehydration and staying hydrated can ensure that you look younger and brighter. It is also important to regulate the intake of liquids. Try to add more natural items like water, herbal teas, etc. and reduce the intake of things like sodas, alcohol and coffee. If you want something better than water, simply add limes, lemons or mint to keep things interesting.

Skin Sin # 4 – Refined Sugar

Glycemic Index refers to a rating which shows the rate at which sugar is being released. A number of things like biscuits and fizzy drinks have a higher GI index, which causes the sugar level of your blood to spike. This leads to skin issues like inflammation and it also produces a group of enzymes which break down the skin collagen. The best solution is to try and avoid food items that are high in refined sugar and substitute them with things like honey instead. You could also include fruits like cherries, pineapples and mangoes in your diet to satiate your sugar cravings.

Skin Sin # 5 – Excess Salt

The human body consists of 50 – 75% of water and it needs a decent amount of salt in order to retain the water. However, when one consumes excessive amounts of salt, the body ends up retaining more water than it should. This leads to issues like swelling and puffiness in the skin. The ideal solution is to avoid eating food items that are high in salt. Another option is to substitute the table salt with natural sea salts.  The amount of sodium in both options might be the same, but sea salts also offer you with minerals that can promote healthy growth and development.

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Vine Vera Reports on Keratosis Pilaris – VineVera Reviews

Skin with keratosis pilarisYou had never really given any thought to the little white bumps you’ve had have on your upper arms your entire life, until your husband so sweetly pointed them out. So, you sit down and do some research on the internet, and come up with results that sound something similar to what you’ve got: Keratosis Pilaris. Is it possible you have this common skin condition? Vine Vera examines what exactly Keratosis Pilaris is, and what you can do about it.


What it Is

Keratosis Pilaris, otherwise known as ‘Chicken Skin’, or KP for short, is a common skin condition which exhibits itself by forming small, pimple-like white bumps on the body. This condition tends to affect areas such as the upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks. Although this condition is not dangerous or harmful, it can be quite annoying for the sufferer, as it is unsightly, and it’s not very easy to treat. This condition usually resolves itself by age 30, or into the early thirties.


How Does Someone Get It?

People who produce excess Keratin compounds within their bodies are more prone to developing Keratosis Pilaris. It’s not currently known why some people produce excess amounts of this naturally occurring protein. If you have dry skin and also have an excess of Keratin in your system, your odds are higher to develop this condition. Other ongoing medical conditions can also bring this about as well, such as dermatitis.


How to Treat It

The condition can be controlled and treated, however it isn’t always easy to find a solution, as the condition itself is hard to treat. There are some tried and true remedies that do, in fact, work.

  • Retinoids – Retinoids, when applied topically (to the skin) prevent the hair follicles from being clogged. This aids in the prevention and treatment of the disorder, because keratin needs to clog the pores in order to affect the skin as Keratosis Pilaris.
  • Acid Based Exfoliants – compounds such as Alpha Hydroxy or Salicylic Acid have been known to work well for this condition. They may come in a cream or gel form.
  • Laser Therapy – Laser therapy has been shown to be very effective in treating KP. This treatment method, however, may require repeat sessions in order to effectively treat the condition.


Use Your Best Judgment

Though there are a few treatment options, if you aren’t truly bothered by your KP, you may just opt to leave the condition alone. Some people experience itching from the bumps, and become uncomfortable. If this applies to you, treatment may be something you want to think about. If you find you are not bothered by it at all, perhaps it’s best to simply leave it alone, and live with it. Again, it isn’t a dangerous condition, nor is treatment actually required. Even if you opt for treatment, KP is known to resurface – and if you opt for expensive treatments, this can be disconcerting and stressful.

Choosing a treatment option or opting to leave it alone altogether is a personal decision, one that you must make yourself.

No matter what you choose to do, KP doesn’t need to affect the way you feel about yourself, or your quality of life. Many, many women, men, and children experience this – it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Breathe easy in knowing things really could be worse.

Life is beautiful – and so are you. Don’t let KP run your life or get you down. Love your skin, and be proud of who you are.

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Vine Vera on Stretch Marks – VineVera Reviews

Stretch marks can be embarrassing and cause a woman to lose confidence in themselves. Wearing clothing that exposes the areas, such as a bathing suit, shorts, or a crop top may cease to happen. Stretch marks effect some women so badly, it can even interfere with their sex lives and cause complications in their relationships.

Hand with sign: stop stretch marks

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are caused by the body’s inability to properly expand when excess weight is gained. The skin and tissues tear due to needing extra room for the expanding body mass beneath. Many women during pregnancy develop stretch marks on their stomachs, and even on their sides and back. Stretch marks have become increasingly common due to the fact that two thirds of Americans are overweight today. This is an extremely disturbing fact being that obesity has doubled since only 1980. (Source: Centers for Disease Control)


Ways to Hide Stretch Marks

Wearing clothing that covers the areas of the body where the stretch marks are located is the best way to actually hide them. There are also body cosmetics which are said to hide the stretch marks. Some work well, according to reviews, and others – not so much. There is also the option of airbrush makeup, which can hide virtually anything. This is, for the most part, impractical as most women don’t have an airbrush setup at their homes.

Tanning at a salon or lying out in the sun can also help to camouflage the appearance of stretch marks as well. The darker the skin, the more difficult it is to see the stretch marks.

belly with stretch marks

Ways to Fade and Remove Stretch Marks

If you have light stretch marks that don’t cut too deep, chances are you are able to diminish them to nearly nothing. There are scar creams and stretch mark creams available in drug stores, department stores, and online to help fade the stretch marks to the point where they are barely noticeable. There is also the option of cocoa butter, which can help to fade the stretch marks as well. As a side note, the use of cocoa butter lotion during pregnancy can actually prevent pregnant women from developing stretch marks in the first place. There are also other options as we will discuss below.


Difficult Stretch Marks

Sometimes, there are stretch marks that are difficult to alleviate due to the fact that they are too deep, too dark, or too large. In these cases, you could perhaps speak with your dermatologist to discuss further options.

Some of these other options include laser therapy, and surgical removal of the stretch marks. Both of these options are extremely expensive, and it is a personal choice to opt for this kind of surgery. Make sure you discuss the pros and cons of these types of treatments with your doctor, and find out the possible side effects and negative things that can come along with these types of treatments.


Life Without Stretch Marks

If you have stretch marks, life doesn’t have to feel depressing and difficult. Try some of the above treatment options, and chances are you will find something that works well for you.

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Redness Relief

RosaceaRed skin can present itself in different ways, and could be attributed to many things. For women who struggle with reddened skin who haven’t previously been afflicted with this unfortunate condition, it can be stressful to understand the reasons as to how and why this is happening. There are various reasons as to what can cause skin to take on a reddish hue, and today Vine Vera will be exploring a few of these reasons, as well as what can be done to alleviate the problem and restore normal coloration to your skin, if not correct it completely.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, otherwise known as Hypertension, occurs for various reasons. Some ongoing disorders may cause high blood pressure, such as thyroid or kidney disease. Other times, the cause is stress related. If you have an intense line of work where you are under a lot of pressure, or a stressful family and home life, your likelihood of developing high blood pressure is increased. When no cause is determined, this is known as essential hypertension. High blood pressure normally has many symptoms, or it may not exhibit itself at all through any symptom. Reddening of the facial skin is a common sign of high blood pressure, and will need to be treated by a medical doctor. Once you regain control over your blood pressure, either through means of medication, diet and exercise, or all three, chances are your reddened skin will return to its normal state.

Rosacea and Psoriasis

Rosacea and Psoriasis are conditions which affect the skin. Rosacea generally affects the T-Zone of the face, which is the nose/cheek regionm and it presents itself in the shape of a T. This is generally treated with medications from dermatologists, or by use of good cosmetics. Unfortunately for some, rosacea is something some women must live with because the treatment options aren’t for everyone. As with every medication, there are side effects. Your doctor can help you understand the best course of action with treating your Rosacea.

If medication fails, this is easy to cover up with a color correcting facial stick, which can be found in many cosmetic lines. These color correcting sticks combine green hues with skin tone hues to correct the apparent discoloration for the duration you are wearing it. It hides redness in any area, and isn’t noticeable under foundation of any kind. This is a great option for women who don’t want to go the medication route.

As far as Psoriasis is concerned, there are various forms. From Pustular Psoriasis, to plaque psoriasis, and beyond, the location and intensity in which psoriasis can afflict the skin varies from person to person. Psoriasis is categorized by its red appearance, as well as itchy patches and flaky skin. With that being said, seeing a dermatologist is your best bet as they can provide the appropriate course of action and treatment plan for each individual suffering with this disease. As Psoriasis is categorized as an auto immune disorder, it must be treated from within, while also treating topically with various serums, gels, and creams. The good news is, Psoriasis flare ups typically are not ongoing, and so at some point you will see some relief. Until then, following the treatment plan outlined by your dermatologist and using good cosmetics should be able to help you mask the problem for a while.

Dry Skin

Dry skin can cause skin to appear red and irritated. The best way to treat dry skin is with a good moisturizer. Being cautious of the face washes and cosmetics you use on your face is also a good idea. Don’t use anything acidic on dry skin; rather, infuse the skin with as much moisture as possible. Look for moisturizing face washes, and couple that with moisture infusing facial cream at night. Incorporating more water into your day, at least 8-10 glasses worth, can help with dry skin dramatically. A lot of women tend to suffer from dry skin in the winter months when the air becomes dryer and the heaters are turned on in their homes. Using a humidifier may also help your skin regain some of the moisture it has lost. When the skin is no longer red and irritated, it will be able to revert to its normal state, looking as gorgeous and beautiful as ever.

Have Hope

While these are only a mere few of the causes of redness, we hope you will gain some hope from the treatable conditions listed and know that these things can be fixed, for the most part. Makeup can work wonders for red skin, so experiment with different cosmetic products intended for red and sensitive skin, and hopefully you will find a solution that works for you.

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Should I Have This Mole Removed? – Vine Vera Review

Doctor looking at a mole on patients back

Moles are usually associated with melanoma, considered to be one of the deadliest forms of cancer. In fact, almost half of all melanomas arise in these moles. Many people wonder whether or not they should have their moles removed from their skin. However, it is not possible to remove all the moles that exist in the human body. Vine Vera suggests that you should consider the following factors before removing any mole from the body:

  • You feel that the mole looks really unattractive.
  • The mole is located in a place where it gets irritated by clothing.
  • The mole is located in an area of trauma.
  • Your physician feels that the mole looks unusual or suspicious.
  • The mole has changed frequently over time. This change might be in the form of persistent itching, shape, color, size, bleeding or ulceration. Moreover, if the first mole appears on your body after you’ve crossed the age of 20, you should always get it checked.

Common Warning Signs

Here are a few common warning signs with regards to moles. As the melanoma develops in the body, the changes in these moles can be recognized easily. Thus, it is essential to detect the mole in its early stage so as to cure it by basic excisions. The main warning signs of dangerous moles are –

  • When the mole is divided in half, the two sides do not match.
  • The mole goes through a change in terms of shape, color or size.
  • The border of the mole is blurred, irregular or ragged.
  • The diameter of the mole is more than 1/4th
  • The color of the mole has different colors and/ or shades.

People Who Face a Higher Risk of Developing Melanoma

There are a few people who have a higher risk of developing melanoma when compared to others.

  • There are numerous moles located all over the body (more than 70 – 100)
  • The mole tans instead of burning when exposed to the sun.
  • There is a family history of melanoma.
  • There is a family history of dysplastic or atypical moles.

Remember, most moles are harmless. They might be unattractive or irritating, but they are usually not known to be dangerous. If you suspect changes in your moles, visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can easily decide whether or not a mole is dangerous for you. If you feel like removing a mole, the process is quite simple and painless as well. Most adults have benign moles and it is very rare for these moles to transform into melanoma. The best way to decide on when to remove your moles is to base it on its appearance, its size and the fact that it has changed.

Removal of a mole is usually done under a local anesthetic and it only takes a couple of minutes. The mole is removed on a piece of skin which is usually the shape of the eye, so that the skin can be stitched closed. Thus, excisions of a mole which is 7mm in size would most likely leave behind a scar of 2mm. However, if melanoma has been detected in the mole, the excision would be much wider.

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