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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.


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.

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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.

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.

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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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Clean Up Your Diet For Better Skin

One can hardly deny the popularity of emojis these days. It seems like there must be an emoji for every feeling we can possibly express and , if there is not, development is surely in the works. There’s the traditional smiling face, the smiling face with tears of joy, the face savoring delicious food, the kissing face, the flushed face; the list goes on. But what about the “dairy face”, the “wine face”, the “sugar face” and the “gluten face?”

Doctor and skincare specialist Nigma Talib abides by the theory that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on our complexions. The naturopathic doctor to celebrities such as Sienna Miller and makeup artist Charlotte Tilsbury says, “The second a patient walks into my clinic, I can immediately tell the sort of foods they tend to over-eat just by checking how their skin is aging.” She claims the most damaging food groups are gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol with each taking its toll on the face in its own signature way.

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Wine Face
Wine face is usually characterized by droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, feathery lines across the cheeks, lines or redness between the eyes and reddish nose and cheeks and deep nasolabial folds (lines running from nose to mouth). The dehydrating effects of the alcohol are responsible for the lines and wrinkles while the high amount of sugar in alcohol damages the collagen, causing the droopy eyelids and enlarged pores. Talib advises those who are beginning to exhibit the symptoms of the wine face to practice the 80/20 rule, which dictates abstinence for 80 percent of the time and indulgence for 20. She also suggests choosing wines with lower sugar like sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, pinot noir or merlot.

Sugar Face
If you can’t keep your hand out of the cookie jar, you may be showing the signs of sugar face. Typical symptoms include a gaunt look to the face, sagging beneath the eyes, painful pustular spots, a pasty facial hue, and lines and wrinkles on the forehead. Sugar causes glycation, a process in which glucose attaches itself to the collagen in your skin and makes the fibers inflexible and rigid causing the skin to sag. It also causes blood vessels around the face to constrict because the cortisol in the body is being diverted into more important tasks. This results in a lack of circulation to the face, causing it to look dull. On top of that, sugar also affects fat distribution, so the face loses the fat that normally keeps it plump. The solution to sugar face? No surprise! Cut out the cakes, fruit juices, carbs and processed food.

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Dairy Face

If you have swollen eyelids, white spots and bumps on the chin and dark circles beneath the eyes, you may have a dairy face. This probably means that your body is struggling to digest dairy products. The result could be a release of inflammatory chemicals which cause puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes and dark circles. Just a glass of milk can contain a cocktail of chemicals capable of disrupting the balance of your hormones. This can result in an overgrowth of bacteria trapping skin cells which blocks up the pores. Talib’s advice? Take a 3 -week break from dairy. You may never go back!

Gluten Face
If you are not gluten friendly, you may notice dark pigmentation around your chin and puffy red cheeks. Gluten is a protein that can increase inflammation in the face and leave it looking red and swollen. It can also affect pigmentation cells in the skin because of the toll it takes on your immune system. The only cure for this, no more gluten. Cut it out of your diet and watch your cheekbones reappear!

So turn your emoji from Sugar Face into Happy Face with this sage advice. Let us know what your new emoji face looks like. We love to get your comments!

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What Happens When You Go Gluten-Free

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Going gluten-free.  Some need to do it, some prefer to do it, and some swear that they wouldn’t do it if gluten disappeared from every food product on this earth.  Late Night comedian Jimmy Fallon quipped, “It’s been discovered that 10% of the population is allergic to gluten and 90% of the population is sick of hearing about it.” Whatever your take on gluten, there is little doubt that its certainly controversial.  So let’s clear some of the dust out about the g-word.

Those who need to avoid gluten
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Celiac is an intestinal disease that can be triggered by eating gluten. Wheat allergy is a negative immune reaction to  wheat proteins that can also be triggered by eating gluten. It affects the skin, respiratory or gastrointestinal tract.  Sufferers of celiac and wheat allergy are diagnosed as gluten sensitive along with anyone who may experience distress when eating gluten.  People with gluten sensitivity need to avoid gluten.

Those who prefer to avoid gluten
You may have heard of the gluten-free diet being tossed around.  Many of the followers are people who have self diagnosed a digestive problem as gluten sensitivity while others claim that cutting gluten out of their diet has made them feel less bloated and depressed and has even helped them lose weight.

What’s wrong with the gluten-free diet?
It seems that studies find that gluten-free diets can be very low in fiber, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, zinc, phosphorous and vitamin B12.  This is because unenriched starches and grains are used in “gluten-free'” products and tend to have lots of calories, but not many vitamins.  The result is that gluten-free diets can actually lead to weight gain.  Experts find that in the case many of those who report weight loss as a result of going gluten-free, the shedding of pounds is due more to cutting out excess calories found in flour based food. Registered dietitian Cynthia Sass says ditching carbs, like pasta and bagels, “automatically cuts excess carbs… ups fiber and nutrients and results in soaring energy.”  On the other hand, if you replace products with gluten in them with gluten-free versions, you will probably get more fat and sugar.

How to check if you need to go gluten-free?

  • Have your family physician perform a checkup.
  • Consult an allergist if you have a wheat allergy and a gastroenterologist for celiac and other gastrointestinal disease.
  • If you are not diagnosed with celiac disease or a wheat allergy, see a dietician to determine whether or not you are getting a balanced diet with nutrients, foods rich in fiber and are staying physically active.

If you need to go gluten-free
If you are diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, you are best advised to see a dietitian.  Sheila Crowe, of Celiac Disease’s Medical Advisory Board says, “The average doctor a) does not have the time and b) the knowledge to counsel them (the gluten sensitive) on the nutrients they’ll need, the addition of fiber and, what grains are naturally gluten-free.”  Make sure that you have substitutions for anything vital that may be lacking from your diet as a result of giving up gluten.

Feel free to let us know if you’ve gone the gluten-free route out of necessity or otherwise and what your take on it is.

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Secrets To Looking Younger Than Your Age

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Legendary comedienne Lucille Ball once quipped, “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.”  Oh, we do love Lucy, but let’s face it, times have changed.  Nowadays, celebrities wear their age like a badge of honor.  It seems that we are seeing more and more celebrities 40 and above who look as if they have managed to elude the aging process.  How do they do it? While Cindy Crawford swears by the Zone Diet, Halle Barry works out four times a week, Jane Seymour plays golf,  and Meryl Streep does laps in the pool.  Whether it’s a workout routine, a diet regimen or just a love of life,  something is working to keep women over 40 in mini skirts and bikinis.  Let’s investigate the possibilities.

Fat is not a dirty word.  Yes, some fats are bad, but healthy bodies need essential fatty acids to promote the production of the skin’s natural oil barrier and keep it hydrated and plump.  EFAs can be found in salmon, mackerel, flax, walnuts, poultry and cooking oils.

Hope you like cardio.  It looks like the exercise pros are putting more and more emphasis on High Interval Intense Training to beat aging.  That means that you’ll have to go in fighting.  No more slow long jogs; hard and fast is the new name of the game.  Try sprinting for 30 seconds and then jogging for three minutes until you’ve done a total of 30 minutes. This should add ten years to your life.

Your skin needs 4 essential nutrients;  retinol, alpha lipoid acid, madecassol and Vitamin C. Retinol prevents wrinkles by peeling off dead and damaged skin to reveal a younger-looking layer underneath.  Alpha Lipoic Acid reduces fine lines, improves skin texture and tightens pores.  Madecassol is an Asian plant that keeps your skin plump and Vitamin C stimulates collagen growth and protects your skin against free radicals.  Look for all of these on the label of your next skincare investment.

Sleep More
When Jane Fonda was asked how she does it on the Late Late Show, she answered, “Well, I sleep A LOT.  What more motivation do your need?  Your skin suffers the most when you lose sleep.  Just look in the mirror.  Sleep deprivation leads to dark circles, eye bags,fine lines and wrinkles. When you slip, hormones begin cell and tissue repair and fresh skin cells replace older skin.  Sleepytime is also the time when collagen production is at its highest. Facial muscles relax, smoothing wrinkles and, by lying down, your skin is spared the negative effects of gravity.

Portion Control
As you age, your metabolic efficiency begins to drop by 5-10%.  The more you eat the more your body has to break down.  Doctor Jeffrey Morrison, a New York physician suggests a diet composed of 1/3 proteins to get the best metabolic performance, and cutting down intake of carbs and sugar. For portion control, try using smaller plates and utensils and separating meals onto small dishes.  Always stop and ask yourself if you are really hungry before eating something.  Your body know when you’re full.

Lie about your age?  Why would you?

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Skin Care Tips for Brides-to-Be

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Your special day is coming up quickly and you, understandably, want your skin to look as fabulous as possible. It can be nerve-wracking enough trying to make sure your wedding goes smoothly, but then when it comes to your skin, it may feel like you have no control over it whatsoever. The good news is that you do! There are several skin care tips that you can adhere to as a bride-to-be to help increase your chances of having the gorgeous skin you desire.

See a Dermatologist
If you have specific concerns about your skin, you’ll want to see your dermatologist about 6 to 8 months before your wedding so you can address the issues as soon as possible. The two of you can come up with a tailored plan so your skin can look as wonderful as you want it to for your big day.

Don’t Try Any New Products
The closer your wedding gets, the more you may feel inspired to try different products in an effort to improve your skin’s appearance. This may not be such a great idea. You don’t want to have any type of reaction on your skin from products that you thought would help. Stick to the products that you’ve been using that you already know work for you.

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Moisturizing could help your skin look amazing for your wedding day. Apply it throughout the day, but make sure to do it right after you step out of the shower. Pay special attention to areas that usually need a little extra TLC, such as your feet, elbows, knees, and the backs of your arms.

Load Up on the Sunscreen
Chances are you don’t want a sunburn for your wedding day, and you may not even want tan lines, so it’s a good idea to make an even more conscious effort to load up on the sunscreen in the months leading up to the ceremony. Opt for at least SPF 30, apply it about 30-minutes before you will be exposed to the sun, and don’t forget to continuously reapply it every two hours throughout the day.

Woman meditating

As a bride-to-be, you’re probably feeling quite stressed as your wedding day approaches. However, that’s not going to do anything good for your stress levels or your skin. Meditating can help, and the best part is that you can do it anywhere whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or while you’re in the bathroom stall at work.

Change Your Diet
Adjustments in your diet could result in a big improvement in the look and feel of your skin. For example, load up on green tea and vegetables, but you may want to stay away from dairy and junk food. The sooner you incorporate healthy changes before your wedding, the better it could be for you.

As flawless as you probably want your skin to look for your wedding, keep in mind that you’re still going to look and feel amazing, especially when you catch the eye of the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle.

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Tips We’ve Learned from Male Models – Vine Vera Reviews

Models of all genders are a source of inspiration and envy, and embodiment of aesthetic prowess that can be both awe-inspiring and intimidating. There’s a lot we can learn from them in terms of beauty and skin care, and today, Vine Vera is going to be turning an eye on male models in particular, and examining what today’s men might be able to pick up from them. If you’re a guy trying to look his best and wondering what he might be doing wrong, or if you have a man in your life who fits that description who you’ll pass this info along to, read on for some lessons that male models have taught us.

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Eat Well
You know that old adage “you are what you eat?” It’s really quite true, and today’s male models know it well. How do you think they maintain such flawless, glowing skin and defined physiques? It may be obvious that over-indulging in certain foods will have a negative impact on your weight, but what’s less obvious is that it also really impacts the quality of your skin.

It’s okay to indulge in guilty pleasures like sweets or high-fat foods, but be smart about it. It might be tempting to eat, say, a box of donuts every day, but wouldn’t it be both healthier and make the donuts seem more “special” and taste better if you only had them once or twice a week? Practice this kind of thinking with any and all guilty pleasures in your life that you know aren’t doing your health any favors, and eat a varied diet with protein, fruits, veggies, and a decent amount of healthy fats like Omega 3s.

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Exfoliate and Moisturize
Exfoliation and moisturization are far too often forgotten by a lot of guys, but try not to fall into that trap. If you want healthy, glowing skin, these steps are just as important for you as they are for the ladies, and you can bet the male models do it too. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and other debris from your skin, allowing the younger, healthy skin underneath to shine through. As an added bonus, it’s a great thing to do before shaving, and will reduce your risk of getting ingrown hairs from your shave, which is always a painful and annoying surprise anyway.

As for moisturization, well, your skin’s not going to look healthy and happy if it’s all dried out, is it? Use lotion all over your body, and facial moisturizer on your face to get and maintain that youthful glow. Oh, and ditch alcohol-based aftershaves; they just dry your face out and contribute to the problem. Instead, look for a good moisturizer that soothes and hydrates your skin post-shave. Plenty of companies make facial moisturizers that are specially designed to be used right after you shave, so give them a try.

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Drink Water
This one’s an easy one to forget, and it’s important for your general health as well as your skin’s appearance. Moisturization isn’t just something you do on the outside; without drinking enough water, your skin will look dull and dry even if you slather the lotion on like nobody’s business, so keep some water in a glass or bottle nearby all the time and drink up when you’re thirsty.

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Vine Vera Explains How a Healthy Diet Can Lead to Great Skin

Young woman eating a healthy saladReports state that at least 1/3rd people suffering from skin blemishes or acne find a connection between the food they eat and the condition of their blemishes. Although there are no studies to prove the connection between certain food items and skin condition, dermatologists across the world believe that the diet definitely has a major effect on the skin. But, exactly how can a healthy diet lead to great skin?

Well, in most cases, skin blemishes occur because of problems with the turnover of your skin cells. This leads to things like retained cells, which cause your oil glands to block and ends up trapping the sebum under your skin. This sebum triggers skin conditions such as acne. There are a number of ways to improve your skin, one of which is to eat the right kind of food. Since the human body is constantly under construction, it requires the necessary nutrients and vitamins on a regular basis. However, despite its importance, a healthy diet accounts for just 25% when it comes to great skin. The other 75% depends on things like the environment, sun damage, stress, sleep patterns, skin care routines and hormonal changes.

Despite accounting for just 25% of the problem, regulating your diet can go a long way in preventing skin problems. The more you eat junk food and fatty food items, the less vitamins and nutrients your body has to play with. This leads to health and skin issues and causes infrequent breakdowns and skin issues. To keep the skin properly nourished and protected and to ensure that you look younger and healthier, you need to focus on offering your body with the following nutrients.


Beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant that is extremely critical for the overall health of your skin, gets converted into Vitamin A and involves itself in the process of repairing and growing your body tissues. Beta-carotene can also go a long way in protecting the body from sun damage. Some of the best sources of beta-carotene include mangoes, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, red bell peppers and cantaloupes.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your body to increase the protection of collagen which allows your skin to look healthy and beautiful. It also acts as an antioxidant and protects your body from free radical damage. According to studies, Vitamin C fortifies the food and gives the skin enhanced protection to fight oxidative damage. Therefore, offering the right amount of Vitamin C to your skin is extremely important. The best way of doing that is to eat things like oranges, broccoli, snow peas, bell peppers, mangoes, watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is responsible for protecting the cell membranes and guarding the skin from the damage caused by the harmful UV rays of the sun. According to studies, Vitamin E works best when combined with Vitamin C when it comes to offering the body with anti-aging protection. The best way to obtain Vitamin E is by eating food items such as wheat germs, olive oil, spinach, nuts, whole-grain cereals and Swiss chard.


Selenium is an antioxidant that protects the skin from the damage caused by the UV rays of the sun and maintains the elasticity and fairness of the skin. Selenium can even help the skin to protect itself from some types of skin cancers. Some of the best sources of selenium include crabs, whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat bread, eggs, mushrooms, oysters, tuna, turkey, eggs and wheat germs.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 Fatty Acids help your skin to maintain its cell membranes and build barriers to allow the water and nutrients to come into the skin, but keep the toxins out. Omega-3 fatty acids also help in reducing inflammation, reducing the number of skin breakouts and protecting the skin from sun damage. According to studies conducted for skin cancer, people who had diets that were rich in omega-3 fatty acids lowered their risks of getting squamous cell skin cancer by 29% compared to those who did not have adequate quantities of omega-3 fatty acids in their body. Some of the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids include soybeans, wild salmon, mackerel (except king mackerel), herrings, sardines, walnuts and anchovies.

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