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Underlying Causes Of Skin Discoloration

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Hyper: as a prefix, it means over, excessive, above or beyond. Pigmentation: The coloration of tissues by pigment. Put them together and you get hyperpigmentation, the excessive discoloration of skin tissues by pigment.

When it comes to what women want in terms of the appearance of their skin, even tone and uniform color usually top the list. So what can you do if factors come into play that prevents you from having the ideal skin tone? When it comes to correcting hyperpigmentation, the first step is knowing how it is caused.

Acne Related

  • Cause – When acne is the cause of discoloration, the symptoms can often show up long after the blemish is gone. Inflammation is an unavoidable part of acne and the more inflamed the blemish is, the greater the risk of scarring. Although inflammation can be a desirable bodily response to help the pimple fade and heal, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can occur. While PIH does not affect the texture of the skin, it can cause discoloration, which can take a while to fade.
  • Solution – The best cure for acne related hyperpigmentation is a topical product that lightens and brightens. Glycolic masks, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and retinol can all help to reduce dark spots; chemical peels can be effective and, if the spots are red and flat, you may want to consider redness reducing laser treatment.

Sun Related

  • Cause – If your hyperpigmentation is sun related, it is caused by the deposits of melanin on the skin produced by UV rays. The resulting spots occur on the face, hands, and chest and are usually light to dark brown and can make skin look much more mature than it is.
  • Solution – Retinoid, IPL, and fractional laser treatments are the best ways to deal with sun-related discoloration. IPL sends a beam of light through skin that seeks out melanin. As the light is absorbed, it breaks the pigment up, making it less visible. A series of treatments are necessary to make a noticeable difference. In fractional laser resurfacing, lasers send a beam of fractioned energy to initiate a wound healing response to correct hyperpigmentation.

Hormone Related

  • Cause – Birth control, pregnancy, and menopause can all lead to a spike in production of melanin. In fact, many doctors correlate the rise in hyperpigmentation to increased prescription of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. The hormone surge, along with sun exposure causes the skin to darken.
  • Solution – Hydroquinone and retin-A are the most commonly prescribed treatments prescribed by doctors to treat hyperpigmentation, salicylic, glycol, and lactic peels can also be effective, as can IPL and the use of vitamin C based products.

If you are suffering from skin discoloration, let us know how you deal with it. What is the most effective method for fighting hyperpigmentation?


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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.

Woman smiling in nature

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

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.

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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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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You’re Not Safe in the Shade! Vine Vera Reviews

Attractive woman enjoying herself under the shade in a beach.

Many people assume just because they are outside hiding in the shade of their favorite tree, or because they are wearing a hat or are borrowing shade from an umbrella at the beach, they are safe from the harmful, damaging rays from the sun. This just isn’t the case, and Vine Vera wants you to know – you aren’t safe in the shade. Join VineVera as we take a look at the risks involved, and how the rays from the sun can still seek you out, find you, and wreak havoc on your health.

Get Schooled On the Sun’s Effects
Did you know that moving out of the sun and stepping into the shade does not stop the process of skin cell changes within your body? Research has found that your body absorbs the UV rays from the sun, and even if you wear sunscreen, you aren’t fully protected from the damaging effects these rays can have on the skin’s actual cell structure.

Research has also found that the skin, when it has absorbed rays from the sun’s glare, can still continue damaging cells even in complete darkness. That’s a scary fact for a lot of people. This also explains why you may not look red when you leave the beach or pool, but you discover a sunburn later in the day. The skin damage can take place for up to three hours after exposure – leaving you with higher chances of contracting the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma.

Within this research and at the conclusion, it has been found that Vitamin E based lotions may be able to help deter the sun’s effects on the skin, and the cell damage itself. Though further research is necessary to say this with absolute certainty, this gives researchers and scientists something to build on, and provides hope for the future.

How You Can Protect Your Skin
Now that spring has arrived and summer is almost around the corner, it is so important to make sure you have a plan before you go out in the sun. Protecting your skin with the highest level of sunscreen possible is essential. Opt for something at least 50 SPF or higher, if you have light to fair skin. You will want to apply this lotion before sun exposure, and every 60 minutes thereafter. If you are planning on spending time in the water, be sure to use waterproof sunscreen, or apply your sunscreen product more frequently – or both.

Beautiful woman wearing a white knit dress and a white hat in a beach.

Covering up exposed skin as much as possible will also help you protect your skin. If you are heading out to the beach, cover up with a fashionable cover-up or bathing suit which doesn’t expose too much skin, upping your risk for skin cancer and sun damage. Wear hats and sun glasses to protect your face and eyes, and always bring an umbrella.

Another great way to get daily sun protection on your face is to wear a daily moisturizer that is infused with built in sun protection. This will ensure your face is always protected, even if you forget to apply your sunscreen before you go out to do some gardening or even just to take your dog for a walk.

Of course, staying out of the sun as much as possible is always the recommended method of skin protection, but we all know the spring and summer months draw us outside for family activities, gardening, barbeques, and more. By taking the initiative to protect ourselves, we give ourselves the best chance of protection. Staying out of the sun as much as possible will also ward off pre-mature aging in which the sun can inflict by excess damage, and fight wrinkles, crows feet, and fine lines.

Vine Vera wants you to have fun in the sun this spring and summer, but we can’t stress the importance of responsible time in the sun enough. Take care of yourself, and your loved ones – because cancer plays no favorites; it wants everyone. Be safe, and protect yourselves.

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