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Try The “Tissue Test” To Determine Your Skin Type

If you’re trying to choose the best skin care treatment for your skin, whether it be cleansing, moisturizing, or toning, the first step is always the same: determining your skin type. Which should be easy, right? How far off the mark can you be? But truthfully, we’re all a little unsure, and if you’re reluctant to admit confusion, you’re not alone.

You see, as it turns out, determining your skin type can be more difficult than you might think. That’s because skin type changes as you age. Acne-prone teens can grow into adults with dry sensitive skin and clear skinned twenty-somethings can develop breakouts later in life. Heaters, air conditioning, changes in weather and other external factors can also affect skin behavior. If you’re among the many who are not sure which skin type category your fall under, you may want to try the “tissue test” for an accurate read.

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The Tissue Test

  1. Cleanse your face. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face and pat dry. Remove all traces of makeup. This will clear away the daily accumulation of oil and dirt, leaving your skin in the best shape for the test. Be careful to avoid over washing.
  2. Wait an hour. This will give your skin time to return to its most natural state, restoring pH balance after cleansing. Try to avoid touching your face during this time.
  3. Dab your face with tissue.
  4. Pay most attention to your “T-zone,’ the area including the nose and forehead.


Normal Skin
If you have normal skin, your skin will show no oil and no flaking skin, and feel smooth and supple. If you have this, congratulations, this is the most desirable type.

Oily Skin
A greasy tissue means greasy skin. Oily skin is also characterized by large pores and a shiny complexion.

Dry Skin
If your skin feels taut or shows dead skin flakes it means you have dry skin. It is also common for people with this skin types to have small pores. Moisturize, moisturize!

If your skin shows all three traits of the above type, join the crowd. Combination skin is the most common skin type. Usually, this means the skin in the T-zone is oily, while other parts are normals or dry.

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Skin Problems
In addition to having a “type,” there are two common “problem” categories that your skin can fall under.

Sensitive skin
If your skin reacts easily to regular facial products, developing redness, itchiness, or rashes, your skin is sensitive.

Teenager of not, if you see spots, you’ve got acne-prone skin. Look for a good product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid on the market, or visit a dermatologist for advice.

Did you do the tissue test? Did it work for you? Let us know, and tell us what works best on your skin type.


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Caffeine’s Effects On Your Skin

Judging from the lines at Starbucks, people sure like the effects of coffee. It seems that coffee companies cannot find enough ways of incorporating the bean into new drinks. Just when you think you finally figured out the difference between a mocha chino and macchiato, a new drink appears with lines of people ready to dole out their hard-earned cash for the latest blast of caffeine infused sweetness. And while these consumers may be giving themselves an extra pat on the back for the not so recent evidence of coffee’s antioxidant properties, they may be less enamored to hear of how the brew actually affects the skin.

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Tannin is a chemical present in coffee and tea. If the knowledge that tannin is used in tanneries to process leather isn’t enough to convince you that it’s not something you want in your coffee, consider its effects on your skin. Tannins prevent the pores of cells from receiving nutrients. Other things that make tannin such a great leather treatment, and a such a lousy skin treatment, are its hydration removal properties, which can make skin brittle over time.

Liver Spots
Liver spots are a common skin problem for older people. The liver functions as a filter to purify your blood, allowing cells to receive essential nutrients and oxygen. Over the long term, coffee can block the liver with toxins, preventing it from doing its job. The impurities in the blood result in high levels of liver congestion and toxicity which can result in the appearance of the dreaded liver spot, according to Chet Day’s Health and Beyond Online.

Not only does the tannin contribute to skin dehydration, the caffeine in the coffee acts like a diuretic in high amounts, furthering the dehydrating effects. Diuretics cause increased urination which dries out your skin and your body. Although a few cups of Joe a day may not dry you out too badly, try to keep your intake to under 4 cups to avoid problems.

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Ok, so the word is still out on the acne-caffeine connection, but it seems to be the opinion of most experts that, while caffeine may not cause acne, it could exacerbate an already existing condition, according to AbsoluteAcneInfo.com. The toxic effects of coffee on the liver may also contribute to acne because the caffeine can block the liver from purifying blood, which may taint skin cells.

Topical Use Of Caffeine
Why, you may be wondering, if coffee is so bad for the skin, is it a common ingredient in skin care products? Well, it turns out that the antioxidant properties in caffeine make it an effective anti-ager and its ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation can help minimize sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes. Caffeine’s anti- inflammatory qualities often aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite and its dehydrating abilities help to draw excess fluids from fat cells.

So the upshot? When it comes to caffeine and your skin, put it on you, not in you. Let us know what you think? Is the caffeine withdrawal worth the potential skin benefits?

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Vine Vera Explains Skin Age

Womans portrait at 20, 40 and 60What is Skin Age?

Birthdays might be the determinant of your chronological age, but they do not give you insights into your skin age. It is quite possible to have a different skin age simply because of the fact that skin aging is not determined by genetics alone. There are a number of factors that play a huge role in determining your skin age. Controlling these factors allows you to make your skin look younger than your actual age and letting these factors go out of control makes you look much older than your actual age. This Vine Vera guide helps you to understand your skin age, determine the issues that you can expect and understand how to treat your aging skin.


Factors that Influence Your Skin Age

Although smoking and sun exposure are the main factors that influence your skin age, there are a number of other important factors as well. Taking care of these factors and controlling them is the secret to younger looking skin.

  • Genetics – External factors aside, your genetics also have an important role to play in determining the age of your skin. As the body gets older, the skin becomes older and its ability to function deteriorates. The genes also play a major role in determining the issues that affect the skin and the skin type.
  • Sun Exposure – The ultraviolet rays of the sun can damage skin fibers known as elastin. This makes your skin stretch, sag and lose its ability to snap back into its normal position after stretching. The skin also tends to bruise easily and takes longer to heal. The best way to protect yourself from sun exposure is to use broad spectrum sunscreens before stepping out of the house all 365 days a year and avoiding direct sunlight as far as possible, especially between 10 AM – 2 PM.
  • Smoking – Smoking hastens the aging process by causing premature wrinkling and permanent damage all over your body. The nicotine contained in tobacco can starve your skin from oxygen, restrict the blood flow to your skin and make you prone to pruning.
  • Diet & Nutrition – Diet & Nutrition plays a huge role in keeping your skin younger and healthy. If your diet fails to provide the necessary nutrients, the skin can end up looking lackluster and dry.
  • Stress – Stress is known to be a common factor of skin aging. Stress levels are likely to make you susceptible to all sorts of skin issues and breakouts and also make your skin age at a much faster pace.
  • Skin Tone – Some skin tones are less susceptible to aging. The type of skin and the skin tone might not be the main determinants of skin aging, but they are definitely important ones.
  • Skin Care Habits – Your skin care habits can also trigger skin reactions. Contact with irritants, using the wrong skin products or ignoring the importance of skin care products can lead to accelerated aging, skin problems and pale looking skin.
  • Fitness – Lack of proper fitness and the absence of regular exercises can make your skin look dull, dry and pale.


A Quick Test

Take this simple test to discover how young or how old your skin looks. Once you determine your skin age, simply read on to discover the various problems and solutions for your aging skin. Remember, your skin problems are directly tied to your skin age. Understanding what to use for your skin age is the ultimate secret behind getting rid of your skin issues once and for all. The test to determine your skin is quite simple. All it takes is a few seconds and it can easily be done by anyone. Here’s what you need to do. Pinch the fleshy portion of your hand (the area between your thumb and your index finger). How much time does it take for your skin to bounce back?

  • If it bounces back within 2 seconds, your skin functional age is less than 30.
  • If it bounces back within 3 – 4 seconds, your skin functional age is between 30 – 44.
  • If it bounces back within 5 – 15 seconds, your skin functional age is between 45 – 60.


Determining Your Skin Age

Determining the overall age of your skin is quite simple. However, once you do determine your skin age, you need to understand what sort of problems you’re likely to face and the things to do to save your skin from further damage.

  • The 20s Skin – When your skin is in its twenties, it is at its healthiest. It enjoys tremendous levels of collagen support and looks young, fresh and supple.

Skin Care Concerns: Acne, Wrinkle Prevention

Product to Try: The Merlot Collection

  • The 30s Skin – The skin begins to lose its amazing collagen support as it enters into its thirties. To make matters worse, the cell turnover also slows down, thereby making the skin look dry, pale and old.

Skin Care Concerns: Fine lines, uneven skin tone

Product to Try: The Vitamin C Collection

  • The 40s Skin – The skin loses its elasticity by a great deal as well as its ability to retain moisture. As a result, your skin ends up looking tired, old and dull in its forties.

Skin Care Concerns: Loss of radiance, wrinkles

Product to Try: The Pinot Noir Collection

  • 50s and beyond – Once your skin crosses the fifties, it loses a significant part of its elasticity and the rate of cell turnover becomes extremely slow.

Skin Care Concerns: Expression lines, hyperpigmentation, dryness

Product to Try: The Chianti Collection

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