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Expert Advice For Fixing Sun Damaged Skin

“Beautiful skin today. Young-looking skin tomorrow.” This is a slogan from a vintage ad. Talk about false advertising! When looking back at some of the old ads for tanning products, it is sometimes hard to believe that extended periods of sun exposure were actually encouraged as recently as the 1970’s. One has to wonder if all those hunks and babes having fun in the sun in the ads are now singing the woes of damaged skin. Well, if you are one of those hunks or hunkettes battling with the results of a misspent youth, take heart, your days of woe may be over! Read on for some expert advice about fixing sun damaged skin.

Woman smiling in the sun

Dead skin buildup can make skin look uneven and blotchy. In addition, the remains of self tanning products tend to collect in dry areas of the skin, like elbows, causing the to appear dull and even dirty. Scrubs, loofahs, alpha hydroxy cleansers, and home dermabrasion kits are all recommended to remove those dead skin cells and leave skin looking smoother and brighter.

Bleach Brown Spots
Skin lightener can help to lessen the appearance of brown spots. Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD for the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends over the counter products containing kojic acid used in combination with Retin-Q, hydroquinone, and a mild steroid cream to lighten discoloration and unwanted color.

Exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine can all result in skin dryness. Moisturize with a hand and body cream, and a foot cream for dry heels and feet. Moisturizers with AHA and serums with hyaluronic acid can help to plump skin around eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and continuous use may even help the skin synthesize collagen, an important protein for maintaining skin elasticity.

Dermatologist checking skin

LED (Light-Emitting Diode)
Dr. Sarnoff recommends using these electronic light sources, which are available in home units as well as in salons. The low energy LED, Tanda is noteworthy for its effectiveness against fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

Dermatologist Vist
If you have a skin problem, there is probably a laser treatment for it. IPL, or photodynamic therapy can work on anything for discoloration, to wrinkles, to removal of scaly skin patches

Sunscreen With SPF of 15 or Higher
Sunscreen is key for maintenance of young looking skin and may even lower risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen reduces your amount of sun exposure, allowing skin time to heal and giving your immune system time to fix existing damage.

How did you go from Tantastic to fantastic? Let us know!

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Vine Vera’s Shopping Tips – Vine Vera Reviews

Shopping with many shopping bagsA long day of shopping can sometimes seem a bit daunting, and is bound to be energy-draining, but with some good preparation and by following a Vine Vera’s simple tips, you will have nothing but an enjoyable experience.

Think wisely when it comes to choosing the best time to go shopping. Avoid weekends and rush hours, as the shops will be packed with people and it could lead to a stressful experience. The weekdays will be much calmer, and the sales staff will be able to attend to your needs in much more detail.

Before you leave for the shops, some simple preparation will make your day run much more smoothly. If you are shopping for specific items, make a list and try your best to stick to it throughout the day, no matter how much temptation you may encounter! Do some preliminary research on the items you are seeking, and find out which shops you will need to visit. If you aren’t searching for particular items, evaluate your closet before you leave the house, so that you know which types of garments you could do with buying.

If you find that you usually end up overspending on shopping trips, set yourself a budget. Take a certain amount of cash with you and leave your credits cards at home, except for one which you should keep on you in case of an emergency. Remember that a new pair of shoes does not count as an emergency!

It is important to dress appropriately for a shopping trip, in clothes that are not only comfortable to wear over a long period of time, but also easy to remove in a changing room. To begin with, wear comfortable undergarments that are well fitted and work with different outfits. A nude color is usually best, as it won’t end up detracting attention away from any of the clothes you try on. Wear a loose fitted top that can be taken off easily without getting stretched, and choose some pull-on pants or trousers rather than tight jeans or leggings. This will make trying on new clothes much more convenient.

Simple flats, with no laces, buckles or extra straps, are always the best shoe option for a day of shopping. If you are shopping for something that you will be wearing heels with, bring a pair along with you in your handbag, rather than wearing them for the whole day. Your handbag should not be too heavy, and a style that slings across your body is best, as this will leave your hands free for easy shopping.

Keep your accessories to a minimum, as they are easy to forget about when you are leaving a changing room. Keep your hair tied up in a simple style, as it can often get in the way when trying on new clothes. Wear a minimal amount of make up so that you don’t end up leaving make up smudges on new merchandise, but make sure you still feel happy and confident in the way that you look.

Save all of your receipts when shopping, in case you need to return any items. Make sure to never shop on an empty stomach, and take frequent breaks for either food or re-hydration. Keep your energy levels and spirits high, as a good mood is the best tool to have when searching for fabulous new items for your wardrobe or home.

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Vine Vera’s Favorite Chianti Wines – Vine Vera Reviews

Various bottles of Chianti wine

To be a truly authentic Chianti, the wine must originate from the Chianti region of Italy. This region is located near Tuscany. Traditionally, Chianti wine bottles were rather stout and were encased in a straw basket, known as a fiasco. Now, Chianti wines are produced in more standard shaped wine bottles. In the 1970s, Chianti wines had somewhat of a bad reputation for being too harsh tasting. Modern Chianti wines are crisp, smooth and infused with herbs, making them a perfect accompaniment for a large variety of meals. Chianti wines use mainly the Sangiovese grape, though there are often blends of grapes. However, in order to label a wine as a Chianti, it must possess at least 80% Sangiovese grapes. Below, discover some of the most sumptuous and delightful Chianti wines available and consequently some of Vine Vera’s favorites.

Felsina Berardenga Classico 2010

Produced by the illustrious Tuscan estate of the Fattoria Felsina Winery, this Chianti is a smooth and luxurious wine. The Fattoria Felsina Winery is winner of the coveted Tre Biccheiri award 17 times. Known for their impressive understanding and respect for the Sangiovese grape, the Fattoria Felsina Winery makes exquisite Chianit wine. The Felsina Berardenga Classico 2010 is a fruity, rich red wine that heavily features mixed berry flavor and spicy notes.

Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

Castello di Monsanto is a relatively young Tuscan winery that focuses on creating wines with superior quality grapes and a judicious use of technology. This emphasis on harvesting exceptional grapes is evident in the magnificent Chianti Classico Riserva 2008. This Chianti is nearly garnet in color and features a complex bouquet of black cherry and spices, with red berry and fruit flavors following. Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva is styled classically, featuring the aesthetic of traditional Chianti wines.

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2009

The Selvapiana winery is located directly in the heart of Chianti Rufina region of Tuscany and was established in 1827. This Chianti is a version of an award-winning Chianti of the same name from 1990. Wine Spectator gave the Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 1990 a spot in the top 10 wines of 1992. This Chianti is a blend of 95% Sangiovese grapes and 5% Canaiolo, both of which are native to the Chianti region. The Selvapiana Chianti Rufina features a light, fruity flavor featuring black cherries, spices and earth. It has an incredible aroma and is a complete sensory experience.

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2009

The Badia a Coltibuono winery is situated in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, right in between Florence and Siena. This historic property is full of tradition and prides itself on producing some of the best wines from Tuscany. The Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2009 is the color of radiant rubies and has a smooth, supple flavor. Red fruits and spices are the main notes in this wine and the acidity is well balanced with the aromatic highlights.

Chianti wine has a rich history full of innovations and flavor combinations. Initially, Chianti was a white wine. However, today it is a delicious red wine known for its combination of fruit, earth and spices. Enjoy a glass of wine with an expansive history and a truly distinctive unique flavor with one of Vine Vera’s favorite Chianti wines.

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Vine Vera on Must Have Men’s Grooming Gadgets

Men's grooming itemsWith all of their hair straighteners, curling irons, and LED light therapy masks, it sometimes seems like women get to have all the fun when it comes to beauty gadgets. However, the men’s grooming industry has exploded and is growing bigger every year. Gone are the days when the extent of a man’s grooming collection is a cheap razor and a bar of soap. Men want to look great and feel the amazing confidence that comes with a solid grooming routine. This means that there are tons of new products on the market for men to test out. Here are just a few examples of the cutting edge grooming products for men.

Straight Razors Are Back

What’s old is new again. The straight razor and the safety razor may be tools from a time gone by, but many companies are bringing these old-fashioned favorites into the 21st century. For decades, men were encouraged to use cheap disposable razors or electric razors with cumbersome cords. While new technology often trumps the old, many men have come to appreciate the incomparable close shaves of straight and safety razors.

If Electric Is For You

If you are keen to keep the past in the past, then you can always spring for a top-of-the-line Panasonic ES-LA93-K Arc4 Electric Shaver. If you’re prepared to drop $200 on a shaver, then this is the one you should go for. It is wireless, can be used wet or dry, and automatically cleans and dries itself. Look no further for luxurious, no fuss shaving.

Losing Hair? No Problem!

Is your facial hair under control, but you’re having some issues a little further up? Losing hair can be a tough experience and there are plenty of products on the market that claim to help. Skip the toupee or hair growth shampoos and try something cooler. Like…lasers! The HairMax LaserComb claims that users will see results in just a few months. Whether it works or not, wouldn’t it be awesome to own something called a LaserComb?


Long ear and nose hairs can ruin the polished look of even the most dapper man. Invest in a quality ear and nose hair trimmer like the Mangroomer Pro. This trimmer has 3 interchangeable heads that are guaranteed to keep and stray hairs at bay. You can even use it to tame eyebrows, sideburns, and unruly beards.

Fix Those Fingernails

You don’t have to run to the nail salon for a weekly mani/pedi, but a modern man should have clean, presentable fingernails. Nail clippers don’t seem like a particularly interesting product, but paying close attention to small details is what will take your grooming routine to the next level. Grab a product like the Tweezerman Zwilling Pour Homme Fingernail Clipper. This product works much like the standard, daintier clippers. The difference is that these clippers have a wide, sturdy base that is easy to grip and maneuver. The sleek, masculine design means they’ll look great in your bathroom alongside your other gadgets. Pick up the matching toenail clippers to make sure your nail game is locked down.

This is just a sampling of the thousands of new grooming gadgets for men. Experiment, have fun, and always groom like a gentleman.

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Best Dating Apps for 30-Somethings – Vine Vera Reviews

Looking at dating app on tabletHave you noticed the epidemic of dating sites where you are constantly being harassed by weird, jobless guys who live in their mom’s basement and immediately message you dirty pictures? Apparently a lot of women are fed up with those kinds of experiences that gave online dating a bad name in the first place. The following apps and websites open up a whole new world of dating possibilities.

If you are sick of going on the same boring dinner and drinks dates, then you should check out HowAboutWe, an app that focuses on the date activity rather than on in-depth compatibility profiles. You post fun, unique date suggestions and whoever is interested can send you a message. This site is ideal for out-of-the box thinkers and those who crave new adventures and experiences. Even after you’ve met your perfect guy, the two of you can continue the adventure on HowAboutWe’s sister site You&I, which features fun dates for couples.

Tinder is an excellent app. Now, hear me out. Tinder has a reputation for being a shallow “hot or not” app that is only good for hookups. While it certainly can be used to spontaneously meet a hot stranger, many people have built long-term relationships (and even marriages!) off of a Tinder match. Here’s how it works: you swipe left if you don’t like the guy and swipe right if you’re into him. Besides seeing his picture, you also learn the guy’s name, age, and whether or not you have any of the same Facebook friends or interests. The great thing about this model is that you can only message one another if you both swipe right. This means that even though plenty of guys may be ogling your photo, they can’t talk to you unless the interest is mutual.

Perhaps you find that dating sites simply have too many options and you don’t have the time to sift through all of the losers to get to the good guys. Coffee Meets Bagel solves that problem by sending you only one special match (bagel) at noon each day. You won’t get tons of emails or notifications harassing you. If you like the bagel who has been selected for you, you can express your interest. If you’re both interested, you’ll be allowed to contact one another. It’s that simple! You can still experience the enjoyment of online dating, even if you don’t have the time or patience to spend hours a day screening men.

Many women miss out on great guys because they are nervous to approach men. A new app called Siren encourages women to take control of their online dating fate by allowing only the women to make the first move. Women can see the men’s profiles and pictures on the site, but men can only see the women’s answers to the Question of the Day. If a woman likes a man’s profile, she can make her entire profile visible to only that man. Women can also issue a “Siren Call”, which lets men in the area know that the woman is available to meet for a date right away. Civilized flirting and female empowerment are encouraged on Siren.

Whichever app you choose, remember that online dating is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. You may come across a few duds, but there are thousands of amazing men on these sites waiting for a wonderful woman like you! Give a few of these apps a chance, and you just may find the man of your dreams!

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Vine Vera Helps You Develop an Age Appropriate Makeup Routine – Vine Vera Reviews

Going through her makeup routine at the bathroom mirrorWhen was the last time you carried a backpack of books down a crowded hallway full of jocks, nerds, and cheerleaders? If the answer is more than ten years ago, then why hasn’t your face gotten the memo? If you haven’t updated your make up routine since sophomore year, it might be time to re-evaluate your look. Let’s tone down the glitter eye shadow and frosty lipgloss. Conversely, if someone has guessed your age and the number was shockingly high, perhaps your “grown-up” makeup routine is actually prematurely aging you. Caking on foundation and drawing on tons of thick black eyeliner isn’t doing you any favors.

You aren’t old enough to have tons of wrinkles or imperfections that you need to conceal, but you definitely aren’t a kid anymore either. Looking great as a younger adult isn’t about hiding your face under a mask of cosmetics, nor is it about trying to actually look like a teenager. The key is choosing the right products that will enhance your natural beauty and keep you looking amazing at any age.

Start with a Nice Canvas

The most important component to a great make up look has nothing to do with make up at all. Think of your skin as the canvas and the make up as the paint. You can’t paint a masterpiece on a dirty canvas! The first thing you want to do is make sure that your skin care routine is working in your favor. Department stores, high-end make up shops, and even drugstores all have great options for face washes, scrubs, face masks, and lip exfoliators. Some products are great for oily skin, while some are perfect for dry skin, so you should research the best options for your skin type and condition. Now that your canvas is looking clear and beautiful, it’s time to paint!

Foolproof Foundation

The choice of foundation can seriously make or break your look. Stay away from thick, cakey foundations that make you look like a doll – in a bad way. You are a young vibrant woman, so choose a natural looking foundation that shows off your skin. Of course, if you have blemishes or acne, you can use a concealer and foundation to camouflage those imperfections, but don’t pile on those products so heavily that people can tell that you are wearing an inch of make up. You want to actually look like a real person. Cream, liquid, or powder foundations are all wonderful options, so choose a formula that allows your youthful glow to shine through.

Beautiful Eyes

Next, let’s talk about your beautiful eyes. Experimenting with eye shadows and eyeliners is undoubtedly a lot of fun, but a pretty look can quickly take a turn for the worst. Whether it’s the goth girl with raccoon-like black circles around her eyes or the homecoming queen with a blinding amount of neon sparkle on her lids, teen girls are known for being a little heavy handed with their eye shadows. You don’t have to give up your favorite colors, but trading in the glittery formulas (they’re still perfect for the holidays!) for their matte counterparts will give you a more adult look while still retaining your individuality. You may also want save the brighter, more vibrant shades for nights and weekends and use neutrals during the work day. Neutral toned shadows are beautiful, but they won’t distract your co-workers during your next big meeting.

Look After Lips

Choosing the perfect lip products can be a little tricky. One way to get a pulled-together adult look is to opt for lipstick rather than the gloopy, frosty, or glittery glosses that teenage girls tend to love. Glosses were all the rage for several years, but sophisticated lipsticks have come back with a vengeance. There is no lack of beautiful lipstick shades and textures to choose from. Be careful not to wear a formula that is too drying or mattifying, as it can emphasis lines and prematurely age the lips.

These are just a few quick tips to creating an easy, age-appropriate routine. Don’t use make up to hide or to relive your teenage years. Remember, the key to staying young is keeping the “you” in youthful. Create a routine that will highlight your unique beauty and personality for years to come.

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Vine Vera Top Picks for Workout Gear – Vine Vera Reviews

Now that a New Year is upon us all, most people are trying to get rid of all of that unhealthy post-holiday weight gain, and get back to the normal pre-holiday body we all had. Perhaps you’re finally taking the initiative to get healthy after being excessively overweight for quite some time – and if so, we commend you on that! Losing weight can be a fun, great way to gain back self-confidence and self-worth. It’s important to ensure you are losing weight the right way, however, by implementing healthy steps such as working out into your daily life.

Vine Vera has found some of the coolest picks for workout gear and we would love to share these with our readers. After all, half the fun of working out is gearing up and looking cute at the same time!


Coral Rosche Nikes with Floral ‘Nike Swoosh’

We know, we know. Spring time isn’t here yet, neither is summer. However, it’s not too far off! And why not put a bit of spring in your step with these adorable Spring/Summery running shoes? After all, one of the most important components to working out is ensuring you have a fabulous pair of shoes that will hold your weight well and provide all of the support with the ultimate comfort available. Any girl would be thrilled to own this amazing pair of shoes – and she’d look fabulous at the same time!

Seamless Jogging Suits

These outfits are off the charts in terms of comfort, wearability, cuteness factor, and style. You can mix and match colors and they hold everything together with the ultimate in support and comfort. Every woman who is deciding to work out should definitely own a couple of these fantastic suits, and have them on rotation. These suits are perfect for running, walking, Pilates, and Yoga. Hey, you could even grab two outfits that would match the colors in those gorgeous Nike’s we talked about above! Sweet!

Polar Loop activity tracker | Polar USA

Polar Loop Heart Rate & GPS Monitors

Anyone who’s decided to run, walk, or even join a gym and do the same there will definitely want to invest in one of these amazing monitors. Not only do they track your heart rate with accuracy, they also provide GPS tracking and devices which track your every movement throughout the day, allowing you to really track how active you are. They have different models available, from lower end to higher end – but one thing’s for sure, all of their products are of the highest quality and are a must have when working out!

4-Pack Tritan Unbreakable Infuser Water Bottles $21 Shipped

Tritan Infuser Water Bottles

Not only are these amazing water bottles unbreakable, but they are equipped with an area to add some fresh fruit to your water! How cool is this? For those who find it difficult to drink water alone, this is the perfect, healthy solution to flavor your water the natural and healthy way. And for all you klutz’s, have no fear – no matter what you drop this bottle on, it won’t break! This is a fabulous addition to any fitness routine.

Vine Vera hopes you found these awesome workout items as fabulous as we did. Now, get into gear, and get that butt into shape for the New Year!

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