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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.

Woman smiling in nature

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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Pre and Post Hike Skin Care

When you want to boost your mood, there really is nothing like getting outside and being in the fresh air. Hiking is one of the greatest activities you can enjoy both for its physical benefits and for its mental benefits. Spending hours with nature will significantly improve your mood, but if you’re constantly worrying about sunburns or your face is seriously dry, you can spend more time worrying and less time enjoying everything around you. Take a look at these pre and post hike skin care tips to ensure your day is spent happily and healthily.

Woman getting ready for a hike.

Prevention and protection are the most important aspects of pre-hike skin care.

  • Cleanse – Cleansing is always the first step in a skin care routine, and you will want to be sure that you cleanse your face before you hit the hiking trails. Use a gentle cleanser so that you don’t strip your skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dry skin. If you use a toner, then follow your cleanser with your toner to keep your skin looking fresh.
  • Serum – You don’t have to do this step, but an antioxidant-packed serum can significantly increase your skin’s level of protection. Look for a serum that contains vitamin C, which is a very potent antioxidant that fights off free radical damage. In addition to the free radical protection, vitamin C boosts your skin’s natural UV protection, which can make your sunscreen even more effective.
  • Moisturize – Hydrating your skin is especially important before you head outdoors. High altitudes can sap your skin of moisture, so you want to be sure that you’re using a moisturizer containing a humectant like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or honey. Humectants work essentially like a vacuum cleaner; they suck moisture out of the surrounding air and attract it to your skin. Once added moisture is in your skin, humectants store it in deeper layers of the skin so you maintain hydration long after you apply your moisturizer.
  • Protect – If you only do one thing before you go on a hike, make it applying sunscreen. Ultraviolet radiation is the number one cause of premature aging, and beyond making you look older, without sunscreen, you put yourself at a serious risk of skin cancer and other damage. If you have sensitive skin, try using a physical sunscreen with the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as these are more gentle on the skin. If you use a physical sunscreen, you can apply your sunscreen right before you head out, but if you use a traditional chemical sunscreen, be sure to apply the product at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Remember to reapply every two hours that you are in the sun for optimal protection.
  • Avoid Retinol – This is a good rule to follow any day, because retinol products won’t work effectively when exposed to sunlight. Additionally, these make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight, so you may even want to skip skin care with retinol the night before a hike as well.

Woman resting after a hike

Post-hike skin care is all about refreshing and recovery.

  • Cleanse – Cleansing is the first thing you want to do when you return from a hike. Remove all of the dirt, grime, debris, oil and product from your face for a fresh, clean feeling. Your regular cleanser is perfectly fine for this step, you don’t need to use something harsh to get your skin clean. If you use a toner, you can apply this right after cleansing.
  • Exfoliate – Exfoliating your skin after a hike is a must. This will remove the layer of dead skin cells and debris that has built up on your face and will help to unclog your pores as well. To be sure that you don’t do damage to your skin, look for chemical exfoliants like alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. Lactic acid is great for those with sensitive or dry skin because it exfoliates and hydrates at the same time. If your skin is more on the oily or acne-prone side, look for salicylic acid, because this chemical exfoliant can penetrate your pores to clear them out.
    Moisturize – The weather, sun and other environmental aspects can really dehydrate your skin, so you want to be sure to end your post-hike skin care routine with a good moisturizer. Again, humectant ingredients are great for use to provide long-lasting and intense hydration.

Hiking is an excellent way to exercise. Not only do you get to spend time walking and burning calories, but you get to enjoy all of the splendor of nature. Viewing the greenery, sunlight and wildlife is a serious way to boost your mood. You don’t want to spend your hike worried about getting a sunburn or dealing with uncomfortably dry skin, so use these pre and post hike skin care tips for a worry-free day.

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Cold Weather Skin Routine

Winter weather isn’t only a bummer when it comes to your commute to and from work after a snowstorm, the environment also has a serious impact on your skin. “As winter temperature falls and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and, ultimately inflammation,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research at New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. San Francisco dermatologist, Katie Rodan M.D. agrees, “the air is frigid and dry outside and any kind of indoor heat leaves it even more parched. Your skin’s protective barrier cracks, making it less able to repair itself. It becomes a vicious cycle unless you do something to prevent it – or treat it fast.” A few key changes to your skincare routine can help keep your skin glowing no matter how dark the days get.

Woman cleansing skin

Consider Your Cleanser
“Skin is drier this time of year, so you need to be careful about potentially drying cleansers, like foam formulations,” advises Zeichner. For your winter skincare routine, you want to select a cleanser that is gentle on your skin but that also thoroughly cleans your skin. Dry skin types respond well to oil-based or milky cleansers, while creams and gels suit oily or combo skin types. Follow your cleanser with a toner or a facial essence that contains ingredients to calm your skin.

Keep Exfoliating
It may seem counterintuitive, but exfoliation is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin during the winter. Dry, dead skin cells accumulate on your skin giving your face a dull, dry appearance and adding heavy moisturizers or creams isn’t the answer to keeping your skin glowing. To reveal healthier skin, you need to first clear the debris resting on the surface. While you may associate exfoliating with abrasive scrubs, there are far more gentle ways to exfoliate your skin. Chemical exfoliants like glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids are all gentle on your skin and work by dissolving bonds that hold dead skin cells together rather than roughly scraping them off. If you aren’t already using an alpha- or beta-hydroxy acid to exfoliate, winter is the perfect time to add one to your routine.

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Moisturize and Protect
Adding moisture back into your skin is essential during the winter and there are several ingredients to look for if you need to replace your moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid, glycerin and honey are humectants, which means that they are able to draw moisture from the surrounding air to your skin. Hyaluronic acid, for instance, can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water meaning that your skin is well hydrated and that your skin retains this moisture. Lactic acid, while an exfoliating agent, is a great ingredient to look for in your moisturizers because it adds moisture in addition to exfoliating. Despite winter being dark and often dreary, your skin still needs protection from UV rays. Wear a sunscreen every day to protect your skin from UV rays and the harmful damage they can do to your skin.

Winter does pose some unique challenges when it comes to your skin, but you can fight against the elements by making some adjustments to your skin care routine. Don’t forget to use a lip balm or chapstick that contains an SPF – your lips are affected by winter weather as well. Look for well-formulated products that contain high-quality ingredients to add to your winter skincare routine for radiant, glowing skin during the winter and all year long.

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Anti-Aging Makeup Tips – Vine Vera Reviews

Many hands helping a woman apply her makeup and complete her beauty routine.

No one really enjoys getting older. Well, that’s not exactly true, because there are some wonderful benefits that come with age. Wisdom. Experience. Wrinkles. Wait, that last one is precisely why people don’t like getting older. Young skin is beautiful, elastic, and firm with total smoothness. Those lucky little ladies. Older skin can develop a few irritating problems like age spots, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and dryness. It’s true that youth is wasted on the young. So if you find that your skin is getting a little older, Vine Vera offers a few tips to counteract the aging by using specific makeup and tips to make skin appear more youthful and glowing.

A jar of moisturizer cream in front of beautiful white orchid flowers.

Moisturizer Is Your Friend
Repeat after us. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, and then moisturize some more. When skin gets older the best thing you can do for it before you even think about applying your makeup is hydrate your skin correctly. First that means washing it twice a day with a creamy gentle cleanser that won’t strip your skin. You want it to feel smooth and soft after cleansing, not tight and dry. If it feels that way, then you are using the wrong cleanser. Then your next step is to invest in a serum or skin oil. Slather your skin daily with this liquid gold before even applying your moisturizer. After your serum or skin oil, apply a daily moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15. Ideally SPF 30, because your biggest defense in preventing future damage to your skin is to shield it from the sun with a daily SPF. Don’t go outside without it. Or you could add a protecting antioxidant-rich day moisturizer and slather on some sunscreen separately. Choose among our vast selection of moisturizers and pick out one that suits your skin type just right.

Anti-Aging Makeup

Foundation Is Not Spackle
Don’t expect foundation to be like spackle, layering on so much in the hopes that you’ll fill in all the wrinkles. In fact you want the exact opposite. You need a foundation that doesn’t fall into lines, but rather has enough hydration in it to plump them up. Look for a foundation that has some illumination to it to give you a soft candlelight finish. You don’t want a matte foundation because that will make your skin look older and lifeless. A few good anti-aging foundations to try are Clinique’s Even Better Foundation which has ingredients to diminish and fade age spots, Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation that has micro-fill technology to achieve silky radiant coverage, and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Foundation that also hydrates with jojoba and honey.

Cream Formulas Give A Glow
Cream based eyeshadows and blushes provide a natural radiant finish for dry skin. Plus, many of these cream based formulas are very long wearing utilizing the latest in technology to extend the wear of your makeup. Giorgio Armani’s new Eye Tints  are gorgeous, last all day (16 hours!), and come in a variety of sensational colors.

So the next time that you are choosing makeup for your delicately aging skin take some of these tips into consideration. Using the proper moisturizer, and makeup can truly take years off of your face without having to go under the knife.

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