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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.

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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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Expert Advice For Fixing Sun Damaged Skin

“Beautiful skin today. Young-looking skin tomorrow.” This is a slogan from a vintage ad. Talk about false advertising! When looking back at some of the old ads for tanning products, it is sometimes hard to believe that extended periods of sun exposure were actually encouraged as recently as the 1970’s. One has to wonder if all those hunks and babes having fun in the sun in the ads are now singing the woes of damaged skin. Well, if you are one of those hunks or hunkettes battling with the results of a misspent youth, take heart, your days of woe may be over! Read on for some expert advice about fixing sun damaged skin.

Woman smiling in the sun

Exfoliate
Dead skin buildup can make skin look uneven and blotchy. In addition, the remains of self tanning products tend to collect in dry areas of the skin, like elbows, causing the to appear dull and even dirty. Scrubs, loofahs, alpha hydroxy cleansers, and home dermabrasion kits are all recommended to remove those dead skin cells and leave skin looking smoother and brighter.

Bleach Brown Spots
Skin lightener can help to lessen the appearance of brown spots. Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD for the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends over the counter products containing kojic acid used in combination with Retin-Q, hydroquinone, and a mild steroid cream to lighten discoloration and unwanted color.

Hydrate
Exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine can all result in skin dryness. Moisturize with a hand and body cream, and a foot cream for dry heels and feet. Moisturizers with AHA and serums with hyaluronic acid can help to plump skin around eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and continuous use may even help the skin synthesize collagen, an important protein for maintaining skin elasticity.

Dermatologist checking skin

LED (Light-Emitting Diode)
Dr. Sarnoff recommends using these electronic light sources, which are available in home units as well as in salons. The low energy LED, Tanda is noteworthy for its effectiveness against fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

Dermatologist Vist
If you have a skin problem, there is probably a laser treatment for it. IPL, or photodynamic therapy can work on anything for discoloration, to wrinkles, to removal of scaly skin patches

Sunscreen With SPF of 15 or Higher
Sunscreen is key for maintenance of young looking skin and may even lower risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen reduces your amount of sun exposure, allowing skin time to heal and giving your immune system time to fix existing damage.

How did you go from Tantastic to fantastic? Let us know!

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Skin Care Tips For Skiers

Woman skiing

Mountain sports and ski vacations are an excellent way of enjoying the fresh air, catching up on physical exercise and having fun with friends while sipping on hot cocoa.  You’re probably booking your chalet and packing your fave winter accessories, but don’t forget to adjust your skin care routine. We’re dishing out a few solutions to help you hit the slopes with a luminous glow without having to worry about things like sunburns, dehydration and frostbites.

Prep Your Skin
If you are looking for the best canvas for applying your face, makeup artist Elle Leary advises switching to cream cleanser for low temperatures skin care. “They are richer in hydration and in general don’t have as many harsh detergents that make skin dryer.” In addition, to prevent patchiness, Leary suggests that her clients exfoliate three to four times weekly with a gentle facial scrub.

Use BB and CC Creams
Leary notes that getting that perfect makeup look can be harder in humid areas. “Makeup doesn’t really work the way you are used to- it has a tendency to stick to dry spots and not blend into the skin very well.” She suggests swapping out your regular foundation for “BB” and “CC” creams. These tinted moisturizers not only contain SPF, but are full of ingredients to ensure radiant skin and allowing the dermis to breathe, enhancing the natural glow of your skin. Another rule of thumb for skiing? Skip the blush, your cheeks will have a natural flush from the low temps.

Woman skiing

Bold Eyes, Nude Lips
We hope barbie did her makeup right! If your ski date includes a Ken, you might want to play up the eyes and leave lips on the bare side. Lips tend to get chapped, dehydrated, and dry causing lipstick to settle into cracks and lines, not your best look. Also, remember to go with waterproof mascara and eyeliner to avoid raccoon eyes.

Fight Windburn
Dr. Howard Sobel, director of the New York Institute of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery, has a way to head off the red, overly dry feeling your skin gets in windy locations. He attributes it to “a combination of very cold temperatures and low humidity causing a decrease in the natural oils found in the skin resulting in a dry, red irritated texture.” For exposed skin, the good doctor advises a generous layer of moisturizer with SPF 30 reapplied every two hours to keep skin soft and sun proof.

Use Blotting Papers
Skin can get oily, even in the coldest conditions. If you find yourself sporting a midday shine, Dr. Leary says blotting papers are a better idea than powders because they leave your skin with enough natural oil to protect from the elements.

Do tell us all about your skiing adventures. We love to hear it.

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All About Sunscreens – Vine Vera Reviews

Sunscreen: it’s a must have for anyone who likes being in the sun and doesn’t like getting burned, wrinkling early in life, or risking skin cancer. It’s something you probably use all the time (and if you don’t, you should!), but very few of us actually know all that much about it.

Vine Vera has gone over the history of sunscreen and how it developed since the ancient Greeks first started putting olive oil on their skin to keep from getting burnt (but remember, they didn’t know as much about Ultraviolet radiation as we do now, so make sure you use actual sunscreen when you go out), but here we will be taking an in-depth look at how modern-day sunscreens work, and what you need to know to get the most out of them.

Diagram showing how UVA and UVB rays damage the skin.

Ultraviolet Radiation
To examine how sunscreen works and what it does to protect us, we first have to examine what it is about the sun that threatens our skin in the first place. The sun is necessary for life to exist on our planet, and provides warmth, light, and a source of energy to plants, the lowest and arguably most important part of the food chain.

But as necessary and beneficial as the sun is, there is a dark side to the energy it provides us. Sunlight contains a wide spectrum of light waves, most of them totally harmless, but a particular completely invisible type of light known as Ultraviolet (UV for short, split into two types: UVA and UVB), which can actually penetrate skin cells and damage their DNA, triggering severe defensive mechanisms by the cell. The redness of a sunburn isn’t actually directly caused by the UV radiation itself, but is a result of increased blood flow to the area while cells try to fix the damaged DNA, and peeling is a result of the body’s attempt to get rid of skin cells too badly damaged to fix. Regardless, this DNA damage, while usually repairable by your body’s immune system, is not always repaired perfectly, and can occasionally lead to the development of skin tumors, which is why sun exposure increases your risk of melanoma.

Woman taking out sunscreen from the bottle.

Enter Sunscreen
So, how do sunscreens stop harmful UV rays from entering your cells and messing with your DNA? There are a few ways, but—as Vine Vera has explained before—they can all be roughly divided into chemical and physical sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreens contain compounds that produce a chemical reaction when UV light hits them. This reaction turns UV light into other types of energy, which are harmless to your skin, so your skin is saved by your sunscreen giving the UV light something else to react with instead of your DNA.

Physical blockers are a little more straightforward. They’re minerals ground into a soft powder that UV light is simply unable to penetrate, so if you coat your skin with physical-blocker sunscreen, UV light just bounces right off of you.

Woman sunbathing in a beach.

Basic Sun-Care
All of this may be interesting and help you better understand why and how to use sunscreen, but what essential details do you need to know to protect your skin?

That’s actually pretty simple. Sunscreens are graded on a scale called “SPF” for “Sun protection factor,” and all you need to know is that you need SPF 30 or higher to really be protected, you should reapply every couple hours, make sure your sunscreen protects from both UVA and UVB, and if you’re unable to reapply every couple hours (although you really should) for whatever reason, get a sunscreen with physical blockers, since these are more durable. Look for the ingredients “titanium dioxide” and “zinc oxide” and you’ll know you’ve got a physical-blocker sunscreen.

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How To Cover Up Sunburns With Makeup – Vine Vera Reviews

You know the drill, anytime you go out in the sun even if it’s for a little bit, slather yourself in creen to protect your skin. Sun damage in the form of sunburns, will leave you with dry leathery skin that is prone to premature aging, not to mention various types of skin cancer. Not a pretty picture. Yet, what happens if you do get a nasty burn? Can you cover it up with makeup? Absolutely you can. It’s a bad idea to get a sunburn in the first place, you should know better, but if you do you are going to want to cover it up effectively if you have a nice function to go to work or a special event. You don’t want to be the only beat red tomato face in a group of pictures that you know are going to go up on everyone’s Facebook account. Vine Vera Cosmetics presents a few tips to cover up sunburns on your face and body with various types of makeup.

Woman looking into the mirror.

Prep Your Skin
If you get a sunburn it’s important to hydrate skin with a healing lotion that contains aloe. Make sure you read the label to make sure that the product actually contains aloe as the first ingredient since many times lotions say they contain pure aloe, but they don’t. Having some Lidocaine present in the lotion will also help sooth skin by dulling the painful sting of sunburn. Layer it on before you get ready to cover up your burn with makeup. Wait a few minutes to allow a thick layer to soak in completely.

Cover Sunburns with Dermablend

Use a Full Coverage Makeup
The number one choice in makeup to cover up burns, scars or tattoos is Dermablend. This company has been producing their thick body makeup for years, and it’s by far the best out there to cover up any imperfections. Brides especially love it to cover dark tattoos anywhere on their body since it delivers total coverage. It’s a great one to try if you need to camouflage a bad sunburn. Their “Leg and Body Cover” is available at many high end department stores and Sephora usually carries it as well. Have a beauty advisor at one of the stores match you with the correct shade. They have tons of shades to choose from so you are guaranteed a very close match.

Closeup of a large foundation brush.

Tools
The best way to apply your body makeup smoothly is to use a large foundation brush. This way you can layer it on in thin coats to build up the coverage to full, totally covering your sunburn up. You wouldn’t paint your walls without a brush, so why should you do your face and body with anything but the right tools? When you use your fingers the products tends to get wiped away, and can appear streaky. You don’t want to use a sponge either since it tends to absorb and soak up a lot of the foundation causing a lot of product waste. The foundation brush is a must have tool in anyone’s cosmetic arsenal. You won’t ever want to go back to using anything else.

Translucent Loose Powder for covering sunburns.

Setting It For Longer Wear
To ensure lasting results you need to set your face, or body makeup with some translucent loose powder. The powder will keep your makeup on all day long until you go home at night and take it off with a gentle cleanser. Even if you only need a short wear time, don’t skip the setting step, or you run the risk of having your makeup get all over your clothes.

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History of Sunscreen – Vine Vera Reviews

Woman applying sunscreen in a beach.

Sunscreen plays a vitally important role in keeping your skin from developing an unattractive red hue, blistering, peeling, wrinkling early, and even developing skin cancer. It works by stopping Ultraviolet—or UV for short—rays from reaching your skin. The sun can be generally beneficial, providing warmth, light, and helping the body synthesize vitamin D, but ultraviolet radiation is the one downside, and it’s a big one.

You can find sunscreen that stops UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing them through a chemical reaction, or sunscreen that blocks the UV rays entirely, causing it to bounce off harmlessly. You can find sunscreen mixed in to your favorite skincare and beauty products, in lotion, facial moisturizer, foundation and more. But how much do you know about where it came from and how it developed over the years?

Vine Vera discovered that the history of sunscreen actually goes back thousands of years. A lot of plant-based oils and extracts contain compounds that help prevent sunburn, and ancient civilizations discovered this and utilized it as far back as 8th century BCE.

Woman holding a bottle of olive oil.

Ancient methods
Ancient greeks actually coated themselves with olive oil to keep from getting burned, though don’t try this one at home! Olive oil can be great when used as a “face oil” for moisturizing if you don’t break out too easily, but it alone will not protect you from all the sun’s perils, so layer it with actual sunscreen (ideally SPF 30 or higher) if you’re going to apply it.

Ancient Egyptians used various plant extracts to aid in the fight against sun damage, including lupine plants, rice, and jasmine. Interestingly enough, you will find many of these compounds in some of today’s skin care products, so apparently the egyptians were onto something. That said, as with olive oil, we now understand that these compounds by themselves are not enough to prevent the more subtle and long-term damages of UV rays, like wrinkles and increased risk of skin cancer.

Early synthetic sunscreens
In 1928, synthetic sunscreens began to see the light of day, although they were not yet well-known or widely available. They were probably a lot more effective than just coating yourself in oil, but manufacturers weren’t quite as informed on how UV rays worked at that point.

The first widely available commercially-produced sunscreen hit the shelves in 1936 (1932 for Australia), synthesized by the French chemist Eugène Schueller, famous for being the founder of the L’Oreal company. It took time before people really bought in, and the first sunscreen that resembled anything like we see today wasn’t made until several years later, but it was becoming clear that sun damage was an entirely preventable problem, and chemists were working on the solution.

Woman applying sunscreen lotion.

Modern day sunscreens
In 1944, more effective sun-protection products were made for the U.S. Military, to fill a need for protection from sun hazards soldiers in active duty in the tropics faced in World War 2. It worked as a physical sunscreen, but wasn’t very fun to apply; it was sticky and colored red, and probably didn’t feel too nice on the skin.

As scientists and the public at large became more and more aware of the risks of the sun and how preventable they are, commercial products were gradually improved into what we see today, and graded by “SPF,” or “sun protection factor. Today, you can find a great many options in the sun-care aisle to suit your personal needs and keep you out of harm’s way of those pesky UVs.

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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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