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The Benefits of Resveratrol for Your Skin

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Often members of groups get referred to by their distinctive qualities. There’s the brainy one, the cute one, the shy one, you get it. If that holds true for antioxidants, resveratrol may be most accurately deemed “the fun one.” Why? Because resveratrol is the one that’s found in wine and chocolate, and those things are probably slightly more fun than the fruits and vegetables that most antioxidants are derived from. Here are some facts about the “fun antioxidant.”

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in Japanese knotweed, red grape skin, peanuts and blueberries. It is produced by plants to to protect them against environmental stresses, and it may do the same for humans. Antioxidants fight age-related damage from free radicals by neutralizing them. Japanese knotweed is the largest resveratrol producer, although you may prefer to get yours in wine.

In Red Grapes and Wine

Red grapes are one of the plants that produce resveratrol to protect against sun damage and fungal disease, which is why wine has a higher level of the antioxidant that most other foods, however small the content. Red wine contains less than 1 to 2 mg of resveratrol per eight ounces, which is still more than the amount found in white wine. Because red wines are fermented with grape skins for a longer time than white wines, antioxidants like resveratrol are more likely to be extracted into the wine, leading to a higher resveratrol concentration in the red stuff than the white.

Humidity is another factor contributing to resveratrol content. It is theorized that grapes grown in more humid environments produce more antioxidants to address the higher rate of fungus growing in these areas. The more resveratrol, the more antifungal properties.

For Wrinkles

Because resveratrol possesses natural antibiotic properties, it works to detoxify the body cleansing it of contaminants and pollutants. This helps skin to maintain elasticity which reduces the appearance of existing wrinkles while preventing new ones from forming.

For Anti-Aging

One of the most-studied resveratrol-related phenomena is its ability to stimulate the SiRT1 gene, which is the gene that kicks in when people lose weight. It is believed that this same gene can slow the aging process. While studies on these benefits are still tenuous, the cardiovascular health benefits of resveratrol have been well documented and are accepted widely.

Sources

Resveratrol is available in dietary supplements from grape seed extract, red wine extract, and Japanese knotweed extract. However, the quality found in these supplements has been know to vary. The antioxidant is not absorbed well orally and the amount the body is able to take in varies with the process of micro ionization the supplement undergoes. It is also available as a transdermal patch and in solution form.

Have you tried the “fun antioxidant” yet? What do you think? Give us your resveratrol feedback.

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Be Beautiful Without Botox

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When it comes to items of the list of things that make life unfair, wrinkles may be at the top. Even more unfair may be the fact that some have access to ways to get rid of them.  We see our favorite celebrities showing up after years of virtual seclusion looking younger than they did when they disappeared and no one bats an eye. Sometimes the urge to “get work done” seems less like a ‘why’ than a ‘why not.’ But if you’re considering botox, there are plenty of side effects that more than provide an answer to the latter. If you find the cons a bit overwhelming, here are some alternatives to the neuro-toxin injection.

Retinol

Retinol is often considered the “gold standard” in anti-aging. According to New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD, “People commonly confuse it as and exfoliator, but what it really does is push skin cells up to turn over in a healthier way, and it helps grow collagen to flatten wrinkles.” The over-the-counter version is retinol, while retinoid is the name for the prescription version. You may want to use these with hydrators to combat the redness and flaking often associated with the use of retinols.

Bee Venom

Sounds weird, but it’s definitely safer than botox. Some experts say bee venom is a natural anti-inflammatory and has anaphylactic properties that can cause temporary relaxation of lines caused by tightened facial muscles. Day says, “I think there needs to be more research done on this, but there is scientific evidence that shows it could help wrinkles.” And, bee lovers out there have no reason to fear, the venom extraction is done through a process that protects the well-being and life-span of the bee.

Peptides

Wrinkles usually form, in part, because of a decrease in collagen production. “Peptides work to decrease fine lines and wrinkles by building collagen,” say Jeanine Downie, MD. Peptide serums target lines formed by tension including smile lines around the lips and eyes and brow furrows.

Algae and Kelp

There would seem to be a certain poetry in learning that our oceans are the home of particularly powerful wrinkle fighters. Day says, “If you think about where algae and kelp grow, they’re able to survive and flourish in the harshest conditions—which means huge anti-aging benefits when you harvest the plant extract. I’m into telomere technology and take supplements every day—it’s promising, though we need more science on it.”

Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant-based phytochemical found in red wine, apples, tea, and onions. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial in diet, skincare, and even the treatment of eczema. Downie explains, “Quercetin doesn’t biologically decrease wrinkles, but it’s kind of like using a primer before applying make up—it definitely helps plump up skin and fill in lines.”

AHAs

Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of compounds often used in acne and wrinkle-fighting products and in professional chemical peels. Examples include lactic acid, citric acid, glycol acid, and mandolin acid. Downie says, “All alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate the top layer of skin to produce more even and smooth skin.”

Niacinamide

Naicinamide, also known as vitamin B-3 has been known to treat a variety of skin conditions by enforcing the skin barrier and preventing skin cells from swelling. Day says, “Niacinamide helps decrease wrinkles by negating the inflammation that causes the free radical activity that leads to deeper and more pronounced lines.”

Still leaning toward botox? Let us know! And if you’ve tried any of the other ingredients, let us know what worked best for you.

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Using Antioxidants to Boost Your Skin Care Routine

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You were born a fighter. How can you tell? Because you come with a built-in arsenal. Sure, the sun may be a formidable opponent, and oxidative stress is no walk in the park, but your skin can handle it. That’s because Mother Nature looks out for her babies. Antioxidants are molecules found in plants and animals, ourselves included, that protect our skin against free radical damage. Although our bodies produce their own, it doesn’t hurt to get a little outside help. Here’s how you can be sure to take full advantage of what your Mother (Nature) gave you.

Vitamins C and E and Selenium

Research shows that vitamins C and E, and selenium are among the most effective antioxidants when it comes to protecting skin against sun damage, and may even reverse wrinkles and discoloration. Karen E. Burke, MD, PhD, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine recommends supplements which contain 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E and 100-200 micrograms of selenium to speed up skin repair and prevent further damage.

Coenzyme Q10

More familiarly known as CoQ10, Coenzyme Q10 is a natural enzyme which promotes cell growth and protects cells from cancer. According to a study published in the journal Biofactors, using 0.3% concentration of CoQ10 helped to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles in participants.

Alpha-lipoic Acid

This antioxidant can be applied topically in cream form to protect against sun damage. Research has shown creams with a 3-5% concentration of alpha-lipoic acid have led to noticeable improvement in the appearance of sun damaged skin.

Retinoic Acid

Often referred to as the “gold standard” in anti-aging, retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin A and has been proven to effectively treat age spots, wrinkles, and rough skin resulting from sun exposure. The Journal of Dermatological Science published a study which found the antioxidant actually restored elastic fibers in the skin, and minimized the appearance of wrinkles. Retinoic acid can be found in cream and gel form, and is usually used once a day, although its high potency can lead to skin irritation in sensitive skin.  Burke suggests starting with low concentrations, (0.01% in gels and 0.1 % in creams) every second or third evening until you can gage your skin’s reaction.

Flavanoids

Bust out the green tea and chocolate! A three-month German study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that women who drank hot cocoa with a high concentration of flavanoids had smoother, softer skin than those whose hot cocoa with a lower concentration.  Another study, from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that skin treated with a green tea extract was better protected against sun exposure than untreated skin.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are typically sound in foods such as chicken, eggs, and fortified grain products and are essential for skin cells and cells throughout the body. One study, done by researcher in Kawasaki, Japan found that a vitamin B-6 derived topical application protected against skin damage from the sun and decreased wrinkles in hairless mice.

How are you using what Mother Nature gave you to stay beautiful? Let us know which antioxidants you think are most beneficial. We love to hear from you.

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A Most Powerful Anti-Ager

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Vitamin C has been a known essential nutrient for tissue repair and one of the safest and most effective medicines since its discovery in 1912. And now vitamin C has a new feather to add to its already impressive cap: skin protector.

Vitamin C is An Antioxidant

Although antioxidant is often a term referred to for its ability to protect against damage inside the body, it is now being more widely recognized for its link to aging and the skin.  Antioxidants fight cell damage from free radicals including sun exposure, UV rays, cigarette smoke, and pollution by neutralizing oxidative stress, a known cause of aging.  Dendy Englemen, MD, explains, “Free radical scavengers are in search of a missing electron.  Antioxidants like vitamin C neutralize the damage by donating their electron, thus minimizing the damage a free radical can do on skin proteins, such as collagen or elastin.”

Vitamin C Boosts Collagen

When it comes to signs of aging, crow’s feet, wrinkles and loose skin top the list.  According to Dr.Dennis Gross, MD, “All of these things boil down to collagen. It’s the holy grail of youth.”  Collagen is a structural protein which gives skin its firmness. As we age, the amount of collagen we have decreases, leading to laxity and lines. “Vitamin C stimulates collagen,” Gross says, ” it works on the cells in the skin that have become lazy with age and tells them to make more collagen.”

Vitamin C Helps Shrink Pores

Dr. Gross also attributes the loss of collagen to the appearance of large pores.  He warns that while most products are relatively ineffectual in the battle against enlarged pores, he says that, “By stimulating collagen and thickening your skin, vitamin C can help pores look smaller and better.”

Vitamin C Brightens Skin

Besides being a major player in protecting skin against UVA and UVB exposure, vitamin C can also lighten and brighten skin tone.  Gross reveals, “It works directly on the mechanism that causes uneven skin tone sun spots, melasma, and hyperpigmentation.” Dr. Engelmen recommends starting applying a moisturizer with an antioxidant complex at a young age.

Vitamin C Partners with Retinol

While Dr. Engelman enforces the truism of vitamin C and Retinol as the “two gold standards for skin care,” she is quick to differentiate between the two.  “While both reduce signs of aging,” she says, “vitamin C acts as a protector for your skin and neutralizes issues before there is a problem and improves current skin conditions.  Retinols act as an exfoliating tool to rid the skin of damaged cells and stimulate production.”  Dr. Gross recommends, “using both.”

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What is Vitamin A?

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You might be serious about your veggies and your diet, but your skin care regimen might still be missing a few essential ingredients. Vitamin A, popularly called the anti-ager, is commonly used in night creams and moisturizers due to its anti-aging benefits. With more than 700 studies to its name, vitamin A is as good as it gets for anyone looking to achieve younger-looking skin. However, there are a few things you need to know about this vitamin before adding it into your everyday regimen. This beautiful infographic from Vine Vera helps you find out all there is to know about Vitamin A, from the helping you discover its various skin care benefits to introducing you to the best sources of this anti-aging wonder.

Infographic on vitamin A

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Botanical Skin Care Ingredients

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Vine Vera has always believed in making the most of traditional beauty and skin care ingredients as well as modern day change agents to offer customers with products that can bring about a positive change in the way their skin looks. This beautiful infographic from Vine Vera Skincare takes you back to the five best botanicals for your skin care. Adding skin care products that contain any one of these botanicals should go a long way in improving the way your skin looks and feels.

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5 Minerals Your Skin Craves

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Minerals have always been extremely important for the skin, and they have often been overlooked when compared to the attention received by vitamins. Minerals are responsible for carrying out essential body functions through enzyme reactions and they facilitate nutrients throughout the cell membranes. Vine Vera brings you an exciting infographic that showcases the 5 minerals that your skin craves.

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Top 5 Collagen Boosting Foods

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Collagen is one of the most important factors which ensures that your skin looks young. Collagen is produced naturally in the human body, but its production decreases as the body begins to age. This decrease is what ultimately leads to the signs of aging. Research shows that it is entirely possible for you to replenish this decreasing collagen through a combination of food items and skin care products. Check out this beautiful Vine Vera Infographic to find out which food items can help you to boost collagen.

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Skin Care Oils for Your Skin

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Most people end up using the wrong oils on their skin when it comes to skin care. When it comes to skin care oils, different oils are suitable for people with different kinds of skin. This Skin Care Oils Infographic from Vine Vera helps you to understand which oil is the most suitable for your particular requirements.