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Streamline Your Beauty Routine

If you keep apprised on beauty news, you’ve probably been intrigued by the 10-step beauty routine. While it is hard to deny the apparent agelessness of Korean skin, keep in mind that Koreans prepare for this from an early age. While Western children are learning how to consolidate their earnings and 401Ks, Korean children are busy learning how and when to apply their essences and ampoules and the benefits of the double cleanse.

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True, modern Western women do need to be concerned about their skin, but they also need to be concerned about being superheroes, and sometimes that doesn’t leave time for a ten-step beauty program. If we’re going to multitask, why shouldn’t we ask the same of our beauty products? Here are some ways of streamlining your beauty routine for maximum beauty with minimum energy.

All In One Cleanser
Eliminate the need for multiple products by purchasing and all in one cleanser. Find a whole family friendly soap in a neutral scent to act as a shampoo, bubble bath and body wash.

Dry Shampoo
Need to clean, but have no time to wash and style. Spray some dry shampoo into your roots to absorb excess oil. You can also boost volume by massaging dry shampoo into your roots with your fingers to add a little texture to fine, thin hair.

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Jumbo Eye Pencil
Avoid the hassle of separate shadows, liners, and highlighter. Use a bronze or nude jumbo eyeliner crayon to do triple duty. Use it as an eyeshadow by coloring lids from crease to lash line and then contour cheeks by drawing a light line just below your cheekbones and blending back toward your hairline.

Triple Nutrition Oil
A blend of natural oils. like olive, almond, and avocado, can work on your dry skin and your flaky scalp. Use it head to toe for great skin and lustrous hair.

Tinted Lip Balm
Just one tube of tinted lip balm can bring color to your cheeks and lips. Just dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for a natural, rosy tone.

Tinted lip balm

Complexion Correction Perfection
Surpass your basic lightweight foundation by using one which incorporates an anti-aging complex with a broad spectrum SPF to protect from sun exposure.

Glow on the Go
For instant radiance, try a blotter paper booklet filled with pages pressed with blush and highlighting powder. Simply tear out a page and rub on areas where the light naturally hits. Use the reverse side to blot excess oil.

What do you use to streamline your routine? Tell us your favorite time savers!

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Timeless Age Defying Beauty Tips

Charlize Theron

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Ah, Hollywood’s timeless age-defying beauties! The women who have seen it all, done it all, and lived to tell about it, five marriages and ten grandchildren later. The Christie Brinkleys who proudly pose with their grown daughters on the beach with barely a discernible age difference to be found! The Jane Fondas who can still wear the psychedelic space bikinis from their Barbarella days! The Heidi Klums who can still play a mean guitar in their underwear! How do they do it? While that info may be known only to the stars themselves, there are some tips you can follow for achieving your own timeless age-defying beauty.

Makeup

Base
A high-quality primer will camouflage fine lines and prevent makeup from creasing. Try one with an SPF for sun protection and added anti-aging benefits. When it comes to foundation, pick one tailored to mature skin and apply with your fingers, using a moist makeup sponge to avoid a caked-on appearance. If foundation is not your thing, try a light concealer to hide under eye circles and blemishes. Concealer with yellow tones are best for balancing redness and brightening.

If you have noticed the color in your cheeks decreasing as a result of age, you may want to add some blusher. Creams have to benefit of allowing you to gradually increase color, while powders last longer. Bronzers and highlighters can also help to create a youthful look, but try to avoid glittery formulas. Instead, look for finely milled products that build up to create a light sheen.

Jane Fonda

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Eyes and Brows
Eyebrows grow sparse over time, so fuller brows can create a younger appearance, but try to avoid overdoing it with the brow pencil, which can look harsh. You’re better off gently filling out brows with a matching powder and blush for a subtle touch.

Spidery lashes will also add years. When it comes to mascara application, apply just one coat and then wiggle the brush at the lash base to add definition and volume.

If reading glasses are among your daily accessories, be aware that they can magnify eye makeup imperfections. Avoid this by trading in your severe liquid liner for a more forgiving, softer kohl pencil. In addition, be wary of bright eyeshadows which can smudge and smear during the day. this can be avoided by using a primer formulated for the eyes. Use a q-tip moistened with makeup remover to mop up the excess.

Lips
While strong lipstick can bring color to your face, it also tends to bleed into the fine lines around your mouth. You can prevent this by using a good lipliner around the corners of the mouth and cupid’s bow.

Although matte lipsticks are popular, glossy finishes tend to be more flattering and create the illusion of fuller lips. The best way to achieve a natural look is the find a shade of pink that matches the color of the inside of your bottom lip; your perfect neutral.

Halle Berry

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Daily Advice

Beauty Sleep
No matter what new products and procedures come out, it seems that sleep is always number one on the list of anti-agers. Try and get 8-10 hours every night. Also, try to sleep on your back or side with a pillow propped under your ear, as sleeping with your face against the pillows can cause “sleep lines” with may evolve into wrinkles.

Fruits and Veggies
Antioxidant-rich diets are a known component in the prevention of disease and premature aging. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, which fight free radicals that attack cell membranes. They also protect the nervous system, the immune system, and prevent the brain from oxidative damage leading to memory loss.

How do you achieve your timeless beauty? We want in on your secrets! Let us know!

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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.

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Exfoliate
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.

Hydrate
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.

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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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Aging And Skin Elasticity

If there is an observation to be made about aging, it is that there is an increase in the elasticity in your waistband of your pants and a decrease in the elasticity of your skin. Unfortunately, while our pants get stretchier it seems our skin just gets saggier and we begin to wish that the skin on our faces was as plump as the skin on our mid-sections. If you are noticing the effects of gravity on your skin, there is hope! There are a few things you can do to make sure the skin on your face stays as resilient as the elastic on your sweatpants.

Protein
Your skin is made up of two main proteins; collagen and elastin. Elastin gives your skin its stretchiness and collagen provides your skin with structure. As you get older, these proteins begin to break down, as does your bodies ability to produce them. While you may not be able to control the intrinsic causes of aging skin, such as genetic makeup, there are factors that you can mitigate.

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Aging Caused By the Sun

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even a minimal amount of exposure to the sun without proper protection can cause premature aging. Photoaging, or aging caused by the sun, not only breaks down the collagen existing in your body, but also prevents the production of new collagen. The result? Saggy skin.

Dehydration
The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology says skin needs about 10 to 15 % water content to maintain its supple appearance. Dehydration causes skin to thin, putting it at risk for sagging and wrinkles. Even if you are getting adequate amounts of water, you may still experience dehydration caused by drinking too much alcohol, exposure to inclement weather or disease.

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Smoking
Yellow stains, thinning skin, and lip lines are all things that a smoker is likely to develop. A study in the journal Archives of Dermatology says that smoking inhibits collagen synthesis. In addition, lighting up increases enzymes called (wait for it) matrix metalloproteinases (spelling bee word) that can degrade collagen and other proteins in your skin. The researchers also found that these changes occurred independently of absence or use of sun block.

What Can You Do?
It is never too late to change, and, thankfully, there are some small alterations you can make to maintain skin elasticity. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun is at its harshest. Drink plenty of fluids, including lots of vitamin C enriched juices to help build collagen and use moisturizers for hydration.

Certain skin creams can be used to replace antioxidants lost through smoking and sun exposure. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, creams with alpha-lipolic acid, co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ100 and selenium are effective at restoring antioxidant compounds Laser resurfacing and radio frequency are other options for improving skin appearance.

How do you bounce back when your skin doesn’t? Let us know how you keep your skin supple and plump!

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Is Anti-Aging Medicine Safe?

For those tired of searching for the fountain of youth, there’s an appealing alternative that seems to be gaining momentum. Anti-aging medication seems to hold all the answers, even though it’s surrounded by questions as well. These treatments require minimal effort, typically cause no discomfort and provide impressive results. Or do they? Here are the facts surrounding anti-aging medication and what the future might hold for such treatment.

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What Qualifies as Anti-Aging Medication?
While many people know the basic health recommendations for staying young, like eating well, not smoking and drinking in moderation, these lifestyle factors don’t qualify as anti-aging medications. Instead, hormonal therapies, injections and supplements are just some examples of anti-aging medication that can come recommended when searching for a more youthful glow. A mixture of hormones injected into the body are said to lower body fat percentages, help with muscle development and increase overall energy. Injections like Botox have become household names and promise to prevent wrinkles and soften existing skin creases.

The list of supplements that promise to turn back the hands of time is almost endless. With the sudden wave of anti-aging medicines infiltrating the market, it can be nearly impossible to know which to try and whether or not associated risks outweigh the anticipated outcome.

Why Consider Medication
The most obvious and intriguing reason for considering anti-aging medication is the possible outcome. If a simple procedure or addition to someone’s daily routine can change their outer appearance in an appealing manner, then certainly it’s worth a try. Some procedures even have additional benefits. For example, studies have shown that Botox injections can help to increase collagen production, which can help with more than just wrinkles. Botox has also been shown to relieve migraine headaches and prevent excessive sweating. Many medications and supplements that are considered anti-aging medications today had different origins and therefore, can aid in other certain conditions. For example, studies in animals have shown that Metformin, a generic drug for diabetes, could be the pill version of the fountain of youth.

Overall, anti-aging medications, as long as they are provided by a reputable physician, can help someone achieve their goal of a more youthful appearance. With reviews, before and after photos and clinical studies, confidence in these medications is growing by the day.

Why Holding Off Doesn’t Hurt
But it’s not all smooth skin and happy reviews for everyone. In some cases, the dangers associated with certain anti-aging medications are serious. For some medications, possible side effects include joint pain, internal swelling, carpel tunnel, infertility and kidney problems. While not scientifically proven, hormone treatments have been associated with the development of certain types of cancers. Many supplements are developed by physicians and are not required to be regulated by the FDA. This comes with its own list of serious risks and without proper documentation of specific side effects, it becomes that much more difficult to treat the dangerous ones. While there is no way to know if anti-aging medication will help someone release their inner youth or cause serious damage, many feel that the pros significantly outweigh possible cons.

Only time will tell if these medications are more of a coincidence or scientific turning point but one thing is for certain. Anti-aging medications are not disappearing anytime soon, especially if the wrinkles do keep disappearing.

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Reevaluating Anti-Aging: The Age Fix by Anthony Youn

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There’s a lot of information out there about the idea of cosmetic anti-aging; that is, preventing your body from showing visible signs of aging too early. Put another way, keeping yourself looking younger longer. But where there’s a bounty of information, there’s a bounty of misinformation too, and cosmetic anti-aging is no exception to this rule. For every certifiable fact or legitimately useful tidbit, there are a hundred misleading, false, or unsubstantiated claims.

The Age Fix, by Anthony Youn, proposes a solution to this predicament by providing an allegedly comprehensive and accurate guide to the do’s, don’t’s, how-to’s, myths and facts of cosmetic anti-aging.

Proceed with Caution
Of course, while the promise of such an extensive and endlessly useful guide to prolonging youthfulness might be incredibly tempting, a word of caution and advice to proceed with some hopeful skepticism. In other words, there is often much good that can be gleaned from resources such as this, even advice from experts is not flawless, especially if there is not a consensus of expert opinion, so go into a book like this with an open mind, but also a critical one.

Myths and Facts
One of the prime promises of The Age Fix is that the text will help you separate the myths from the facts when it comes to cosmetic anti-aging. Ever wanted a comprehensive guide that tells you what “facts” are actually true, and what are just bogus pseudoscience not worth a second look? The Age Fix promises this and more, and while it may not cover every myth in need of busting, from the looks of it, it would be an excellent place to start getting an idea of what’s true and what’s pure fiction.

How to Age Gracefully
The best way to think about The Age Fix is as a guide to aging gracefully. Before explaining this concept, it might be best to ensure understanding of what aging gracefully isn’t. With the current level of medicine and technology our society is limited to, no matter how closely you follow even the best advice about aging will not prevent you from growing older and someday dying. The sooner you accept that fact, the easier the time you’ll have with cosmetic anti-aging attempts. What aging gracefully is, however, is making sure that you retain confidence and feel good about yourself and your body all your life, and that you keep age signs like wrinkles from happening for awhile, and when you do get them (it’s inevitable), you accept them in stride, own them, and look beautiful in spite of them.

Anthony Youn’s The Age Fix is an excellent guide to graceful aging. Staying cognizant of the above warning, you’re likely to find a lot to love in its pages.

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Vitamin C as an Antioxidant and More – Vine Vera Reviews

It’s no secret—and Vine Vera has certainly made mention of it—that vitamin C is essential for health and general well being; when ingested or otherwise absorbed into the body, it boosts immunity and benefits the cardiovascular system, eyes, and even prenatal health. When applied topically to the skin, it brightens discolorations, nourishes, and smooths wrinkles (which, incidentally, is why Vine Vera has a collection of products that feature Vitamin C as a key ingredient).

But did you know that vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant? Yes, you read that right, vitamin C, the essential vitamin, immune boosting supplement, and wrinkle-defying, sun spot-brightening powerhouse ingredient to skincare and cosmetics also happens to work alongside other powerful antioxidants like resveratrol to fend off nasty free radicals and slow aging in its tracks. In fact, vitamin C has so many health benefits—both when ingested and used in skin care products—that Vine Vera saw fit to compile a list of them for your benefit.

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Essential Mineral and Antioxidant
Regular ingestion of vitamin C is essential for survival. It’s an electron donor, which makes it a potent water-soluble antioxidant. Antioxidants help prevent cell degradation and death due to free radicals, pesky little particles that contribute largely to the aging process. As an essential mineral, vitamin C is necessary for metabolism and everyday bodily function. As an antioxidant, whether ingested or applied topically, it tends to—like other antioxidants—prolong the life of individual cells, decreasing the rate of cell death, thereby slowing down the aging process and keeping you feeling young and vigorous.

In light of the fact that vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, consider this: Vine Vera has an entire collection of products that contain ample amounts of both vitamin C and the super-powered antioxidant resveratrol.

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Immune Booster
Research into the effects of vitamin C is still in progress, but so far it’s incredibly promising. Studies have shown that vitamin C contributes to an increase in overall health, and can help the body fight against heart disease, stroke, eyesight problems, and even cancer. It’s actually recommended you take a supplement to achieve about 500 mg of vitamin C daily for the maximum benefit; currently established daily values for vitamin C are based on its necessity as an essential mineral, but even higher quantities than are necessary for simple survival can be beneficial in numerous ways. Further, vitamin C is water-soluble, and this means there is less risk from taking more than the required daily value. The safe upper limit for vitamin C intake is 2,000 mg in a day.

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Skin Brightener
Another great property of vitamin C? When applied topically, it brightens dark spots and other discolorations, and evens out skin tone for an overall healthy-looking glow that lasts. As such, when used in skincare products like Vine Vera’s vitamin C collection, it’s pulling double-duty as a brightener and antioxidant! Such topical applications of vitamin C products can be more targeted; while taking vitamin C supplements or getting it through your diet (such as by eating lots of citrus fruit) is hugely beneficial to your overall health, applying it topically can specifically target your skin, applying all of vitamin C’s wonderful benefits right where you want them.

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