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Bring Out Your Inner Glow With These Skin Brightening Tips

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Great skin. It’s more of an essence than a feature. It seems to come from within. When a person has great skin, they exude beauty, they glow with it. It’s a radiance, one we often associate with inner beauty as well as outer beauty. Unfortunately, if you have dull, dry skin, your inner beauty is not going to make your skin glow, no matter how great it is, or how hard you try. However, there are things you can do which will. A good skin care regimen can help you to maintain a healthy glow, with just a few simple additions. Here are some steps you can take to guarantee glowing skin and unleash your inner beauty.

It should be no big surprise to hear that one of the ways toward brighter skin is sloughing off dead skin cells. Exfoliation is the key to achieving a bright complexion and when it comes to methods, you can pick your poison. A washcloth can be used to gently exfoliate dead skin, cleansers and scrubs also make good options, as do skin cleansing brushes, or even microdermabrasion treatments for a deep exfoliation. Exfoliating on a regular basis will help your skin shed those dead cells, allowing new, plump cells to surface for a brighter complexion.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a known skin brightening agent when applied topically. An ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C used in many skin products to fight hyper pigmentation, and dark circles, to make skin plumper and more radiant. Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties to fight signs of aging, giving it double threat status as a skin care ingredient.

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One of the key components to the bright skin is cleansing. Dirt, oil, and makeup can clog the surface of the skin, weighing it down and causing dullness. Cleansing twice a day is recommended, and you may even want to consider a double cleanse in the morning if you wear makeup. However, washing your skin can leave your skin dry. While using a mild cleanser may help to prevent the loss of natural oil, moisturizing is key to hydration.

Use a daily moisturizer with an SPF in the morning and a hydrating moisturizer nightly. You may want to consider an illuminating moisturizer for a more intense glow.

As long as its skin friendly, makeup can be a perfect solution to brighten skin daily. Just make sure you don’t go for any heavy creams and liquids that will bog down your natural shine; opt for mineral makeup instead. Just dust some on troubled parts and apply your regular makeup as usual, for a brighter appearance.

Weekly Facial Mask
You can buy all sorts of brightening facial masks at the drug store, of making your own DIY concoction using 11/2 tsp raw honey, 2 tsp juiced a lemon, and 1/4 Tsp turmeric. Just apply to troubled areas or as a mask for 20 minutes and rinse off. The solution can be stored in the fridge.

How do you keep your glow on? Let us know how you work your way to brighter skin!


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Nutrients That You Should Get From Food

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Nobody does it quite like Mother Nature, and Mother Nature does not make pills. Although no one can deny the vast contributions of science, try as man may, he has yet to manufacture a product, or pill, capable of healing and promoting growth in the same way Mother Nature can. That is why when it comes to seeking nutrition, there are some things science just can’t give us; and supplements don’t grow on trees. Here are some of the nutrients you should be getting directly from food sources.

Vitamin C
Citrus fruits are the best source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps your body absorb iron. One large orange contains 97.9 mg of the powerful stuff. That exceeds the recommended 90 mg a day for adult males and 75 for adult females. Other high C options include kiwi, tomatoes, and green and red pepper.


Although not the most obvious source, Kale is a great way to get calcium to support nerve function and muscle movement. One serving of the leafy green contains 150 mg of calcium, which is a little over 10% of the recommended daily allowance. But rest assured, you can still get a good amount of calcium from dairy products, such as yogurt.

B Vitamins
Vitamin B 12 is one form of vitamin B usually taken in supplement form. It is important for the formation of red blood cells and neurological function. Eggs are a good source, and, while some shun them for their high levels of cholesterol, nutritional experts concur that this need not be the case. You can get 0.6 micrograms of B12 (about 10% of the RDA) from one large hard-boiled egg, and 3 oz of trout or salmon will just about do you for the daily intake.

B6, crucial for brain development and metabolism during pregnancy can be gotten for tuna, chickpeas, and nuts.

Vitamin A
We need vitamin A to maintain good vision and immune system function. It also plays a part in reproduction and supports the lungs, heart, and kidney.

Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are particularly high in Vitamin A concentration. Just one baked sweet potato with the skin on has a whopping 28,058 IU of vitamin A per serving. That’s 561% of the recommended value. The National Institute of Health reports that 28-37% of the population take vitamin A supplements.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant contain in the body which helps the immune system fight off virus and bacteria. Almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts are all rich in vitamin A, with one ounce of dry roasted almonds containing 34% of the daily recommended value.

Consider trading your magnesium supplements for a handful of cashews. These nuts are rich in the nutrient which is important for maintaining nerve function and healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels.


One ounce of the cashews will provide you with a tasty way to get 74 mg of magnesium, 19% go the recommended daily amount.

Iron is a very popular supplement, especially for women who are at risk for not having enough. Men 19-50 should aim to get 8mg of iron each day, while women of the same age should get 18mg. You can get 3 mg of iron, around 17% of the daily recommended value in half a cup of drained, boiled spinach.

Vitamin D
Although most of our vitamin D needs to come from sun exposure, it is available in fatty fish like salmon and tuna. In fact, you can get 112% of the recommended daily amount from just three ounces of salmon, deliciously.

What about you? What supplements are you trading for foods? Let us know!

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Reversing Wrinkles and Sagging Skin

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Has anyone seen “Snow White and the Huntsman,” or even the trailer? In the movie Charlize Theron plays Ravenna, the Evil Queen,  who learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White, is destined to surpass her stepmom as the “Fairest One of All” and it is little wonder that Ravenna will do everything in her power to prevent this from happening.  Thing is, Ravenna has a lot in her power.  Because of a spell her witch mother cast on her when she was young, Ravanna can drain the youth from the kingdom’s young women that allows her to keep her youth and beauty.

 Now if you have seen the movie, you will know that in some amazing camera work and makeup stunt, the audience gets to witness this process, watching a wizened, old Charlize return to her perfect youth. Although Ravenna is the confirmed “bad guy” or girl, In some way, at that moment the audience roots for her.  The audience wants that spell to work, to believe that aging can be reversed and with some magic elixir, we will all be returned to our youth.  That Charlize will always be beautiful and never succumb to the inevitable affects of aging.

  Of course, we don’t all have access to the youth of all the kingdom’s young women, but perhaps there  are some things that can give us the powers of Queen Ravenna.

We know how saggy skin and wrinkle happens.  This is a good thing, because once we understand the causes of something, we can work toward preventing it.  Saggy skin happens because skin stops producing elastin and collagen which holds your skin up.  Without the connective tissue, skin will loosen and droop. Free radical damage occurs, robbing electrons from healthy cells., resulting in wrinkles, thickening, and discoloration of the skin.

Drink Water
Now this has to be the cheapest, easiest form of a facelift.  Water helps your body get rid of toxins and allows nutrients into your cells making them plump and full. The recommended requirement for daily water intake is 1/2 oz per pound of your body’s weight. (A 130 lb woman should drink 65 oz of water.)

Get your Vitamins and Minerals
How many times do you have to be told?  Antioxidants can actually repair damage from factors like UV exposure, smoking and illness. The best ones for your skin are:

  • Vitamin C  oranges, strawberries, kiwi and brussel sprouts
  • Vitamin E peanuts, pine nuts, olive oil, avocado, broccoli and mangoes
  • Beta Carotene – carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, butternut squash, spinach and kale
  • Selenium – Brazil nuts, turkey, and tuna

Eat Healthy Fats 
Our bodies need omega-3 fatty acids to maintain cell membranes, keeping water and nutrients in and locking toxins out.  They are also anti-inflammatories and protect against sun damage.  Our bodies don’t produce these acids naturally, so where are we supposed to get them? Try 2-3 servings of fish a week and try to get in some flax and chia seeds.

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Twenty minutes of cardio a day and strength training 2-3 times a week does not seem like too much to ask to reverse wrinkles and sagging skin.  It increases blood flow that carries nutrients to the skin cells and helps create muscle.

Snow White never skimped on her beauty sleep.  You know losing sleep can wreak havoc on your skin.  Seven to nine hours per night allows your skin to heal and build collagen, plus no more puffy eyes and dark circles.

Quit Smoking
If not for your lung health, then for your skin. Cigarettes contain damaging free radicals and impairs blood flow to the skin, depriving cells of nutrition.  It also damages elastin and collagen, interfering with skin renewal.

So exercise, eat well, stop smoking and get plenty of sleep and in no time the mirror will tell you that  you are “TheFairest of Them All.”

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Longevity Cream Benefits

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When it comes to advertising, companies stop at nothing to target consumers who are obsessed with the idea of eternal youth. Skin care creams, serums and targeted treatments are now promising to reverse the clock and turn back time to make your skin look younger and to erase signs of aging. Unfortunately, these claims are largely disappointing for the women that purchase these products mainly because they are unrealistic. They say aging is a privilege denied to many, and that is undoubtedly true, however, that doesn’t mean that you want to look super old. Instead of focusing on erasing signs of aging, it’s time to focus on products that genuinely keep your skin as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Skin longevity creams certainly do boast of anti-aging benefits with carefully selected ingredients, but they mainly focus on keeping the skin you have the healthiest that it can be for the longest amount of time possible.
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Ingredients in Skin Longevity Creams
So what is it that skin longevity creams use to keep your skin looking healthy? Many of these products contain known anti-aging ingredients that provide lasting results because they work deeply within the skin to help the structure of your skin stay strong and the cells to look radiant. These ingredients include:

  • Resveratrol – Resveratrol is an anti-aging wonder because it not only supports your skin, but can also increase your skin longevity. Dermatology experts Robert Goldfaden and Gary Goldfaden, M.D., fully support the topical application of resveratrol for healthy skin because it has powerful antioxidant capabilities and it effectively protects damage from wrinkle-causing free radicals. “Resveratrol is also reported to stimulate healthy cell proliferation as well as collagen synthesis by protecting the dermal matrix from harmful enzymes and improving the function of fibroblasts that create healthy collagen.” Collagen is an absolute requirement for keeping your skin healthy, strong, supple and firm.
  • Vitamin A – Vitamin A and its derivatives, particularly retinol, are among the most effective anti-aging ingredients that you can use to keep your skin healthy. Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, smooth roughness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “There are more than 700 published studies on retinoids – they’re tried and true ingredients. Anyone who wants younger-looking skin should use one,” says Dr. Doris Day, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
  • Vitamin C – Another potent antioxidant, vitamin C and its derivatives fight free radicals to reduce current signs of aging and to protect skin longevity by preventing future free radical damage. In addition, vitamin C is also able to smooth and firm the skin, lighten areas of hyperpigmentation and increases your skin’s natural UV protection. Sun damage is the leading cause of signs of aging, so boosting the power of your sunscreen with vitamin C products goes a long way in prolonging the health and youth of your skin.

Skin longevity creams are anti-aging, but they do so with a focus on the health of your skin and not just removing wrinkles. Keeping your skin as healthy as possible creates a youthful, radiant look that lasts longer than products designed to just mask signs of aging. Add a skin longevity cream to your skin care regimen to keep your skin health, protect it from future damage and see instant radiance and youth with use.

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Boost Your Vitamin A

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What is Vitamin A and Why do You Need it?
Vitamin A is an umbrella term for retinoids, which are biologically active compounds that can be found naturally in both plant and animal tissues. When vitamin A comes from an animal source, it is fat-soluble and in the form of retinoic acid, retinal and retinol. Because your tissues naturally produce these compounds, eating too much vitamin A from animal sources can lead to a toxic level of this nutrient. Vitamin A from fruits and vegetables is in the form of carotenoids (or provitamin A) which must be converted by your body into usable retinoids.

The National Institutes of Health say, “vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.” Vitamin A is also an essential component to healthy eyesight, and it is frequently used in skin care because of the effect it has on your cells. Vitamin A “…stimulates the production and activity of white blood cells, takes part in remodeling bone, helps maintain the health of endothelial cells (those lining the body’s interior surfaces), and regulates cell growth and division,” according to The Nutrition Source of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Foods With Vitamin A
In the United States, it’s rare to be deficient in vitamin A, but you do want to make sure you are receiving enough to keep your body functioning properly. To increase your intake of vitamin A, incorporate the following foods into your diet:

  • Tuna – In a three ounce serving of tuna, you receive just under 50 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin A. Tuna is also a relatively lean source of protein and it provides you with necessary healthy fats (polyunsaturated fat) with a very small amount of saturated fat.
  • Sweet Potatoes – To rapidly boost your vitamin A levels, simply cook a sweet potato. One cup of cooked sweet potato contains over 750 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin A. Carotenoids are what provide sweet potatoes with their rich orange color and these root vegetables are high in other vitamins – B6, C and D to name a few.
  • Dark Leafy Greens – There is a reason that people can’t stop talking about kale – it is an incredibly nutritious leafy green that contains minimal calories. A one-cup serving of kale is equal to just over 350 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin A. If you find kale bitter and rough, try cooking it or steaming it to reduce these issues. Alternatively, you could eat spinach, which contains 377 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin A in a one cup serving.

To boost your vitamin A, you don’t need to do anything more than make some changes to your grocery list. You could also add tropical fruits like mango and papaya to your list, because both are excellent (and delicious) sources of vitamin A. Ingesting vitamin A not only benefits your internal organs, it also improves the health of your skin by affecting cell turnover. Enjoy experimenting with vitamin A rich recipes for increased health.

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Addressing Vitamin A Deficiency in Infants in Poverty

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Vitamin A, like every other vitamin, is essential for health and well-being in humans. This isn’t exactly a disputed fact, and if you’ve read many of Vine Vera’s other articles this week, it’s one you’re no doubt familiar with. That said, one thing we haven’t paid particular attention to yet that deserves a spotlight or three is the need for proper nutrition in the youngest part of the population, namely: unborn infants, newborns, and toddlers. These ages are no doubt formative in a number of ways. Psychologically, the experience a young child has at those ages is quintessential for developing into a happy, emotionally balanced adult. And physically speaking, nutrition at that age is so important as to merit very, very serious attention, as improper nutrition at that time can lead to lifelong health problems, or even death.

Think About All the Children, Not Just Yours
That said, in developed countries like ours, infant and toddler nutrition is relatively easy to do right. Granted, it still deserves attention, and you should absolutely talk to your OBGYN while pregnant, and make sure you follow dietary advice to the letter (this is your kid’s future we’re talking about after all), and likewise seek professional medical advice after birth and throughout childhood.

But if you have a reasonable, stable income, this is not hard to do. It requires only that you take the initiative to do it. The rest of the world, though, is not so lucky. Nutrition is a huge issue in undeveloped and under-developed countries; it’s not enough to simply have food, even if one has enough food to keep one full and satisfied. Recall that all the macronutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins) and all the micronutrients (vitamins), in addition to certain essential trace minerals, aren’t just good for health, they’re required, and if lacking any one of them, serious consequences occur, eventually and inevitably leading to death if untreated. Again, we have it easy in developed countries; so long as we have a halfway-decent income, it’s simply a matter of making good choices, and we’re covered nutritionally. Those in poverty do not have that luxury, and may not have an easy solution for nutrient deficiencies.

Addressing Infant Vitamin A deficiency in Undeveloped and Under-Developed Countries
That said, there is promise for this predicament. Studies are currently being proposed that aim to assess the effect of giving newborns a large dose of vitamin A on the first day of life. The research has yet to be conducted, but the idea is that a big dose on that first day could leave infants with a large supply to draw from during that formative time of life. This is a promising notion, because if true, it would help assess the problem in situations where regular supplementation is difficult.

So keep a lookout, and if you have the inclination, do consider donating to any cause that helps people in poverty receive access to better nutrition (not only in regard to vitamin A, but anything that helps the affected people receive a more complete and nutritious diet). Vine Vera hopes you have a clearer picture of the need for it after reading this.

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How Vitamin C Helps Hair – Vine Vera Reviews

Good hair is an important part of looking your best, as you’ve no doubt noticed and agonized over the fact that tangled, dry, splitting, or frizzy hair detracts from your overall appearance. Sadly, hair can be frustratingly difficult to care for at times, stubbornly retaining irritating issues regardless of how many products and techniques you try, and as such, you might be tempted to simply accept frizz, dryness, unruly behavior, or damage as a fact of life, and learn to live with it through a combination of resignation and quick fixes.

Fortunately for you, though, you don’t necessarily have to. As it turns out, the same multitasking miracle ingredient for skin care and general health and well-being also plays a seriously helpful role in keeping your hair glowing and healthy. That’s right: Vitamin C is as quintessential to hair-care as it is skin care. In light of this, Vine Vera decided it would be prudent to explain how and why vitamin C is so important for good hair, and how you can make it work for you.

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Hair Growth and Damage Prevention
Consuming Vitamin C, whether through supplements, diet, or both (it’s recommended you take 500 mg daily for maximum benefit) can actually increase the amount of hair growth you’re able to achieve, in addition to — or more accurately, because of — the fact that vitamin C prevents free radicals (produced when your body metabolizes food) from damaging hair as it grows, meaning that while you have high blood levels of vitamin C, the new hair that comes out of your follicles will be stronger and less prone to breaking from the beginning. This will ensure that it is capable of reaching much greater lengths, since it will be far less likely to break before reaching its full potential.

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Hair Loss and Thinning Prevention
Higher blood levels of vitamin C also prevents long-term hair loss and thinning. Vitamin C helps keep adrenal glands from getting fatigued, and adrenal gland fatigue is a major factor in hair loss with age. Vitamin C also helps regulate blood flow and strengthen and repair blood vessels, which—when concerning blood flow in the scalp specifically—results in thicker and stronger hair.

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Prevents Graying
Yes, you read that right. In addition to all the other amazing hair-related benefits of vitamin C, it also happens to keep your hair from going gray! Vitamin C slows the aging process in the body as a whole, and of course, part of that process is going gray, so it stands to reason that this amazingly versatile vitamin would prevent that as well.

What Are You Waiting for?
Now that you’re aware of the benefits vitamin C holds for your luscious locks (and don’t forget that it’s beneficial for your health in general too!), you should be doing two things. first off, make sure you consume lots of vitamin C every day. You can use a supplement to achieve this, but eat as much vitamin C-rich foods — like citrus fruit and dark, leafy greens — as you can in addition to this.

Secondly, look for hair care products which contain vitamin C as an ingredient! After all, if it’s so beneficial to both your health and beauty when ingested, what do you think it can accomplish when applied to a targeted area like your hair?

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