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Dry Brushing For Overall Wellness

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It’s always nice when you buy a new cosmetic product and it comes with a brush. Brushes are great for applying products for a professional finish, but we all know it’s really the product we care about, right? After all, we usually don’t buy that $20 dollar eyeliner because we have to have the brush. But what about if the brush is the product? Dry brushing may be the newest thing in skin exfoliation, detoxification, stress relief, and reduction of cellulite, and just think, you’ll never have to worry about running out of product again. Take a look at some of the benefits of dry brushing, how to do it, and what to look for in a good dry brush. You may never go back to lotion!

Good For Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is the part of your body in charge of eliminating cellular waste. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, waste and toxins build up causing inflammation and disease. Dry skin brushing decongests your lymphatic system, helping the skin release harmful toxins.

Exfoliation without the micro beads? Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, opening clogged pores, and improving skin’s appearance for product- free exfoliation.

Promote Blood Circulation
If you’re looking to restore that healthy glow, the dry brushing of skin increases blood circulation to your skin, aiding in the elimination of metabolic waste.

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Reduces Cellulite
Summer is beach time, and you don’t need pesky cellulite deposits getting in the way of your perfect bikini body. Dry brushing may soften hard deposits of fat causing them to become more evenly distributed while removing toxins that break down connective tissue. While some believe the cellulite removing effect to be temporary, as a result of the skin’s immediate plumping reaction to the brushing, The Huffington Post reported dry brushing to be, “one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than -perfect spots on your legs.”

Stress Relief
Dry brush away your stress! Dry brushing has been reported to be meditative, calming the mind and relieving stress. Some even compare it to a whole body massage!

How To Do It
Choose a high-quality brush with natural bristles and a long handle to get those hard to reach spots. Aim to dry brush onto two times a day, gradually working it into your daily routine. Always brush toward your heart, which is most effective for your lymphatic system and circulation. Start at your feet and work your way up, avoiding the delicate skin on your face, or any easily irritated areas. Keep the pressure you apply firm but gentle. Your skin may be pink afterward, but not red or irritated. An average session of dry brushing should last between two and 20 minutes.

Have you tried dry brushing? Let us know what you think? Is this the next big thing in skincare?


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Four Causes of Hyperpigmentation

The bad news is, hyperpigmentation is very common. Hyperpigmentation is a skin disorder caused by an increase in melanin, the substance in our body that is responsible for the color of our skin, and can result in dark spots and discoloration. It can stem from exposure to sunlight, use of drugs and medication, or certain health conditions.

The good news is, hyperpigmentation is very common. This means that it is being acknowledged and addressed. Celebrities Brooke Burke and Kerry Washington have both openly acknowledged their experiences with the condition and have provided graceful and glamorous examples for those in similar situations. In addition, research, motivated by widespread concern, is revealing new findings and treatments with surprising frequency. Here are some types of the condition, and some of the newest treatment breakthroughs.

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Types of Pigmentation
Drug Induced Hyperpigmentation (DIH)
DIH is pigmentation caused by illness and reaction to drugs and certain medications. The resulting skin pattern is typically diffuse and characterized by specific hues.

Otherwise known as age spots, lentigines are spots with a well-defined edge and, while not directly caused by aging, tend to become more prevalent with age. Lentigines are a result of UV exposure and are found on 90% of light skinned people over 60.

Melasma is a result of hormonal irregularities and is associated with pregnancy, thyroid dysfunction, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
PIH results from injuries, friction, acne, even certain skin treatments, such as chemical peels and extractions. It is generally the most treatable form of hyperpigmentation and usually resolves itself with skin regeneration.

When it comes to choosing brightening treatments, the intensity of the exfoliation must align with the sensitivity of the subject’s skin. The mildest treatments include papaya and pumpkin enzyme, sugar cane and lactic acid, and are generally suited to all skin types.

Those with higher tolerance may want to use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or salicylic acid to increase cell turnover.

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Brightening Treatments
There are several recommend brightening treatments for hyperpigmentation. Glucosamine is a commonly recommended brightening treatment which interrupts UV-triggered chemical signals that lead to production of melanin. Hydrolyzed pearl powder is a tyrosinase inhibitor and increases skin radiance. Licorice root extract is an antioxidant known to fight free radical damage. Niacinamide decreases color deposits and reduces inflammation and pigmentation. Vitamin C is another antioxidant known to prevent tyrosinase production.

Peptides are the latest ground breaking found to be effective in the treatment of hyperpigmentation.

Azelaic Acid
This natural fatty acid developed for acne treatment has proven an effective ingredient in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, especially in the case of PIH caused by acne. Studies found azelaic acid to provide results similar to four percent hydroquinone without harmful side effects.

Kojic Acid
Another breakthrough option, kojic acid inhibits production of tyrosinase and can be used in combination with skin lighteners as a hydroquinone alternative. Drawbacks include the occurrence contact dermatitis in certain individuals.

Retinoids work as tyrosinase inhibitors and interrupters of the synthesis of melanin. Prescription tretinoin, while known to be effective in pigmentation reduction, may require up to 24 weeks of treatment before noticeable improvement occurs. Because pigmentation issues can take anywhere from two weeks to a year to resolve it is important that users have reasonable expectations and not expect “overnight results.”

How do you deal with hyperpigmentation? Let us know what works for you!

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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.

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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.

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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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Maintaining a Natural Glow

Highlighting, or strobing, is the current obsession of the beauty world. Who doesn’t want more luminous, glowy skin? While there are tons of incredible highlighting powders and liquids, you can achieve glowing skin without having to apply any cosmetics. To get and maintain a natural glow, you need to properly care for your skin taking a whole-body approach to health. Below, find four of the most important things you can do to maintain a natural glow.

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The number one thing you can do for your skin to maintain a natural glow is to exfoliate. Your skin cells are in a constant birth, growth and death cycle known as desquamation, or cell turnover. Your skin cells begin in a deep layer of your skin, then they work their way up to the surface. When dead skin cells begin to accumulate on the surface of your skin, they dull the appearance of your skin. Exfoliating removes this built up mass of dead skin cells to reveal more radiant and healthier skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, and beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) are chemical exfoliants that very gently break the bonds holding dead skin cells together and then slough them away. Exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

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Hydration is essential for skin that glows from within, so you need to be diligent about applying moisturizer. Look for moisturizers that contain moisture-boosting humectants to get and maintain naturally glowing skin. Humectants are moisturizing agents that are able to draw moisture out of the surrounding air and attract it to your skin. Once the moisture is in your skin, humectants hold it in your skin to keep it hydrated. Three amazing humectants to look for in your moisturizers include hyaluronic acid, glycerin and honey.

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Eat Right
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your body. Being mindful of the foods you eat and the beverages you drink is crucial for glowing skin. To add some instant glow to your skin, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of hot water. The detoxifying that water does will be greatly enhanced by the lemon juice, and your body will rid itself of toxins that can keep your skin looking dull.

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Lack of sleep is another component that can keep your skin from looking radiant. Experts at the National Sleep Foundation recommend that adults receive between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Your skin goes into extra repair mode at night and depriving it proper rest can alter its appearance. Put on an intensive treatment before you go to bed (or before 10:00 PM) for maximum skin health and glow.

Glowing skin is associated with overall health and youth, and you can have your own radiant complexion by following a few guidelines. A healthy lifestyle and the proper skin care techniques will help you to get a gorgeous glow and to keep it all year long.

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Exfoliation for Your Scalp

You know that exfoliating your face is essential to healthy, glowing skin and you exfoliate your body to keep your skin soft and supple, but you’re probably ignoring a major area of your skin that needs exfoliation – your scalp. While you probably don’t care about getting a radiant, glowing scalp, exfoliation of your scalp does so much more than give the skin a glow. Check out why you need to exfoliate your scalp, how often you should do it to get the healthiest scalp and in turn, amazing hair.

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Why Exfoliate the Scalp?
It’s widely recognized that shampooing your scalp daily is not in the best interest of healthy hair, so dry shampoo has become an absolute must-have in many bathrooms. Dry shampoos are truly an essential hair product these days; they can be used when you want a little more sleep, after an intense gym session when you don’t have time to shampoo or to add some texture and body to your hair. However, dry shampoo and other styling products do come with some drawbacks: “The delicate acid mantle on your face is identical to your scalp, which is easily disrupted by products like dry shampoos, especially if the scalp and hair is not shampooed after frequent use,” notes Phyto National Educator, Christyn Nawrot.

Dr. Francesca Fusco, Clear Scalp and Hair dermatologist says, “think of it this way:  You’d never skip washing your face and you’d also never replace face cleansing with a wipe or a blot of a powdery sponge. If you scalp pores become clogged, it can contribute to a kind of scalp acne called folliculitis. This folliculitis can be bacterial or yeast in nature and if it goes without treatment can lead to increased shedding (i.e. flakes).”

Anabel Kingsley, a Philip Kingsley trichologist, simplifies why you need to exfoliate your scalp saying, “exfoliating the scalp removes dead skin cells and encourages healthy skin turnover, creating the ideal environment for healthy hair growth.”

How Often to Exfoliate?
Removing the dead skin cells and product buildup on your scalp can strengthen your hair and help you grow longer hair as well. When it comes to the number of times per week or month you should be exfoliating, experts differ in opinion. Some hair experts believe that exfoliating every other week is enough to keep your scalp free from product buildup, while others, like Kingsley, suggest using an exfoliating treatment every week to keep your scalp clear and healthy. If you are a person who skips shampoo for days at a time, you should consider exfoliating your scalp each week to ensure it is clean and healthy.

If you’re wondering what you’re supposed to use to exfoliate your scalp, you can put your facial care products down. You can look for shampoos or leave-in treatments that contain salicylic acid (yes, the same salicylic acid you may use on your face) to gently remove dead skin cells from the scalp. Other treatments, like the Kerastase Chronologiste The Gommage, actually contain incredibly fine micro-scrubbers that you massage into your hair before rinsing. Phyto also offers exfoliating shampoos with two formulas – one for dry hair and one for oily hair. When you exfoliate your scalp, you keep your skin healthy allowing for better hair growth.

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Vine Vera’s Body Care Tips

Young woman with fabulous skinWe spend so much of time in taking care of our face and neck area that we end up completely ignoring our bodies most of the time. Beauty products might help to enhance the look, but they cannot take care of the body. And not taking proper care of the body is likely to lead to results that you won’t be particularly proud of. Remember, the better you feel on the outside, the better you’re likely to feel on the inside as well. So indulge your body with these simple Vine Vera body care tips and improve your natural splendor.

Regulate your diet
Regulating your diet is extremely important. Food is one of the most important parts of body care. Having a proper diet that gives you the essential vitamins and nutrients that is required for the healthy functioning of the body. The occasional junk food is acceptable, but make sure that you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet on an everyday basis. Don’t forget to add greens and fresh fruits into your diets either. The more you eat them, the healthier you’re likely to become.

Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
Make sure that you’re drinking at least 10 – 12 glasses of water every single day. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep your skin hydrated. This allows you to take care of your body properly. Staying hydrated from the outside is as important as staying hydrated on the inside. While water takes care of your internal hydration, you need a proper moisturizer to hydrate your skin from the outside. Oil based moisturizers are easily absorbed into the skin and they also help in protecting the natural barrier of the skin.

Exfoliate your skin at regular intervals
Exfoliation allows you to get rid of the dirt, grime and dead skin cells that accumulate on the outermost surface of your skin. Getting rid of the dead skin cells also allows your new skin cells to shine through, thereby giving you healthier and younger looking skin. Always exfoliate in circular motions as this helps to boost circulation. Don’t forget to use a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliation.

Indulge in breathing exercises
Breathing exercises can help you to strengthen your immune system and improve your respiratory functions. Hitting the gym is definitely important to stay in shape, but regular deep breathing exercises are equally important. One of the best breathing exercises is abdominal breathing (where your belly inflates while inhaling). This helps to relax the body, strengthen the immune system and improve blood circulation.

Get enough sleep
Sleeping for 7 – 8 hours every night is very essential to allow the body to renew and regenerate itself. A good night’s slumber is imperative to for the overall health of your body. Lack of proper sleep can show on your skin and make you look duller. Try sleeping properly for a few nights and you should feel brighter, fresher and healthier. Apply a hydrating moisturizer just before sleeping to transform the way you look the next morning.

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Skin Care for Men From Vine Vera

Skincare For Men Tips

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Watch TV or read a magazine and you will notice that the majority of advertisements for skin care products feature female models and are directed at women. However,  skincare is just as important for men since their skin takes quite a beating each day as well. Vine Vera Skin Care provides great tips regarding skincare for men so you can keep your skin looking great.

Cleansing is the single most important thing that you can do for your skin. This does not, however, mean simply reaching for a bar of the nearest soap. In fact, many soaps can actually dry your skin out. It is important to find a gel soap that can cut through naturally occurring grease while also being gentle enough to use every day.

Sometimes cleansing is not enough to get rid of built up dirt and grime. Exfoliating removes this build up as well as a layer of dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, new skin underneath. Use a soap with exfoliating beads to scrub away all the debris that gets caught deep in the pores. As an added bonus, exfoliating softens hair follicles so you are able to get a closer, less irritating shave.

Vine Vera Skin Care Tips For Men

Dry skin is a problem that everyone faces. Shaving causes skin to become even more dry and irritated. This is why using a moisturizer is so important. Vine Vera Skin Care reminds you that showering and shaving open up pores and allow moisture to escape, but using a light moisturizer daily can solve this problem and keep skin supple and taut.

Following these three simple skin care tips for men from Vine Vera will immensely improve the look and overall health of your skin. Taking care of your skin is not just a matter of reaching for the nearest bar of soap. It involves cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing in order to keep skin looking great. Doing so will guarantee better looking skin for years to come. You can also take a look at how this Critic Reviews Vine Vera Men’s Collection in this other article.


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