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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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It’s Time to See the Doctor

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Sun protection is a hot bed subject in the beauty and skin care market and we are all aware of taking precautions to protect our skin from the sun. Despite all this, sunburn and even sun poisoning does happen. Find out what to do if it happens to you.

Sun poisoning doesn’t actually mean you’ve been poisoned by the sun. It’s just a term for severe sunburn and it occurs when UV radiation inflames your skin. Some symptoms that might let you know when you’ve crossed the line from sunburn into sun poisoning territory include skin redness and blistering, pain and tingling, swelling, headache, fever and chills, nausea, dizziness and dehydration.

Sun poisoning can be often be treated at home. Remedies include getting out of the sun; taking a cool bath or shower; applying cool compresses; drinking extra fluids; taking over the counter pain killers to relieve pain; using an aloe gel or moisturizer; and covering sunburned areas when you go outside. However, there are some symptoms that might cause you to seek immediate medical attention. These include a sunburn that forms a blister, covers a large area or is very painful; facial swellings; fever and chills; upset stomach; headache, confusion or faintness; and signs of dehydration.

Just fifteen minutes in the sun can lead to sunburn and any more time than that can lead to sun poisoning. It begins with symptoms similar to that of sunburn so it can often go unnoticed at first.  In fact, according to UPMC Health Beat, the short term negative effects of sun poisoning manifest themselves for the next 4-7 days with more severe long term effects extending beyond the first week.

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The best way to protect yourself against sun poisoning is to take preemptive measures. These include wearing protective clothing like hats, sunglasses and long sleeved shirts to block UV rays. Applying broad spectrum sunblock of 30 SPF or higher before going outside is also a great way to protect yourself. Apply on your whole body paying close attention to neck, legs and arms where you are most susceptible to sun poisoning. Be sure to apply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun is at its strongest. Also, check your medications. Acne medications, antibiotics, diuretics, heart drugs and birth control pills are all likely to make you more sensitive to the sun.

There are other types of sun poisoning as well. One is polymorphous light eruption or PMLE. It happens to people who are exposed to intense sunlight they are not used to like fair skinned people living in northern climates. In this case, the sun poisoning will manifest itself in the form of a rash which may be itchy and include bumps and hives.  Solar Urticaria is another form of sun poisoning which can develop within minutes of exposure to the sun. Symptoms may include wheezing, dizziness, itchiness, redness, hives or welts on skin and loss of consciousness. Antihistamines can treat some cases but see your doctor for advice. To treat PMLE or Solar Urticaria, you may want to see you doctor so he can prescribe steroids to go on your skin or phototherapy to desensitize skin to UV light.

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Apps that Help You Relax – Vine Vera Reviews

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Smartphones are our constant companions. They’re always with us and always manage to keep us entertained. They let us share our thoughts and emotions and keep us updated with happenings from all over the world. However, many people have come to the realization that Smartphones often end up adding to the stress they face in their everyday lifestyle. There are always mails to respond to, blogs to read and social media updates to check out. This article from VineVera helps you understand how to transform your Smartphone into a de-stressing device so that you can actually use your Smartphone to reduce the stress. One of the best ways of reducing stress using your Smartphone is by choosing any one of the following apps.

iZen Garden
iZen Garden comes across as an extremely lame app, but it really manages to surprise its users. You might believe that it is impossible to transport the serene elements of a Zen garden into your Smartphone, but it’s quite easy to do so. The iZen Garden app is also known to be highly customizable, which means that you can change the rake depth and width, rock size and rock shape according to your preference. The lite version comes for free, but if you’re looking for a holistic experience, $2.99 is all you need for the full version.

Squeeze and Shake Stress Relief
This iPhone app is a virtual stress ball that squeaks like one of those rubber ducks when you squeeze the screen. It also gives you a relaxing hand massage through its vibrations when you shake the phone while pressing the sides. What makes it so exciting is that the faster you shake, the better and more vigorous the massage. At a cost of just $0.99, the app also seems to be a complete steal.

We spend so much time in creating the perfect workout playlist only to realize that many of the songs on the playlist are simply too slow while the rest are way too fast. Soon we spend more time skipping through songs and less energy concentrating on our workouts. An ideal way to get rid of this day-to-day problem is to download the TempoRun app. This app examines your music library and categorizes all songs into 10 different levels – Level 1 for walking and Level 10 for a full-out sprint. The interface is also known to be simple and easy-to-use, which means that you can choose the perfect level without having to break your workout routine.

Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle is another iPhone app that boasts of a huge fan following. Keep the phone beside you on the bed before sleeping. The inbuilt sensor shall combine with your iPhone’s accelerometer to determine your sleep phase, monitor the movement and record various levels of your sleep cycles. The app then creates a graph which lets you understand the quality of your sleep. You can use this information to determine exactly what actions disrupt your sleep. Better yet, the app also acts as the perfect alarm by waking you when you are in your lightest sleep phase during a pre-set 30 minute window.

White Noise
Dr. Oz is known to be a huge fan of the White Noise app and it’s very easy to understand why. The app offers 40 different relaxing sounds which help in letting you enjoy a more peaceful and comforting sleep. Better yet, you can sync the app to your morning alarm, so that it turns off by itself.

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Vine Vera Brings You Five Lipstick Shades to Try – VineVera Reviews

Various colors of dripping lipstick shadesFall is here, and it’s time to delve into the wonderful, colorful world of autumn colors and looks. This year, there are some incredible color schemes to choose from in terms of clothes and makeup. Vine Vera is here to provide you with some tips on choosing the coolest shades (no pun intended!) for fall 2014.

#1: Nudes

Nude lips are a forever classic, and can work with any skin tone. While the color isn’t vibrant and flashy, nude colors are exceptionally versatile and go with any outfit. The look is clean and classy, and can work for any time of day or night. Nude shades offer a subtle look while dressing up your lips for work, or even for a night out with friends. There are various nude shades to fit any skin tone, and they vary in depth to give you the perfect look you are going for.

#2: Rich Reds

Rich, vibrant red lipsticks come in various shades, and are absolutely perfect for fall. From subtle candy apple reds, to rich, deep merlot tones, there are many color shades to choose from. Our pick this fall is cherry red because we love the vibrancy and brightness of this gorgeous hue.

#3: Peachy Hues

While peach shades aren’t typically thought to be associated with fall, a dark apricot color is a fantastic variation to wean out of the summer months’ colors and to move forward into fall. If you aren’t quite ready for fall just yet, and are longing for the summer days with peaches and pinks, try a dark peach hue on for size.

#4: Berry tones

Like peach, berry tones aren’t normally thought about when it comes to fall color schemes. This year, Fall Fashion Week rocked the berry tones in a big way, and that’s why we give you the go-ahead to indulge in a sweet and flirty berry tone for all of your fall fashions. There are color variations from light mauve shades to more rich and lustrous tones like dusty pink rose and everything in between. We love them all! Give some different berry shades a try, and find your favorite.

#5: Brown Hues

Last but not least, we have just got to add brown and tan tones on this list! What would fall be without a rich brown lip shade? From cocoa to brown sugar to brownish-pink hues, one thing’s for sure – brown is a clever, quick addition to any fall outfit and can tie your entire outfit together in a snap.

Let Vine Vera know more about your favorite lipstick shades using the comment’s box below.

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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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