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How to Maintain Your Summer Glow Throughout the Winter Months

Woman in winter

Have you been missing that gorgeous golden glow that seemed to effortlessly radiate from your skin all summer?

Winter may try to take that from you, but you don’t need to let this happen. Instead, read on to learn what you need to do to keep your summer glow consistent throughout the year.

Develop a Hydrating Daily Skin Care Routine

Woman cleansing face

One of the main reasons behind dull skin is a lack of moisture.

Moisture keeps your skin cells looking plump, soft, smooth, and radiant. However, with the air being so much drier in the winter, moisture evaporates out of the skin at a much faster rate, leaving skin cells dull and dry.

One of the best ways to counter this is to develop a hydrating skin care routine that you can follow each day. Ideally, you’ll create two – one for the morning, and one for at night.

A good winter skin care routine goes as follows:

However, the secret lies in making sure that each of the products you use really is hydrating.

The best way to do this is by checking out the ingredients list. These are some of the most hydrating skin care ingredients that you should hopefully be seeing listed on your hydrating skin care products:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Ceramides
  • Squalane
  • Fatty alcohols
  • Lactic acid
  • Plant oils

Stay Hydrated from Within

A hydrating skin care routine will seriously benefit the skin cells that live on the outer layers of your skin, but what about the ones that lie deeper down?

Unfortunately, the majority of topical skin care products simply aren’t able to penetrate all the way through to the deepest layer of your skin, leaving those skin cells lacking. What makes this worse is that many of those skin cells are vital for some of the most important functions your skin carries out, such as cell regeneration, collagen production, and more.

This is why internal hydration is so important too.

This tends to be easier in the summer than in the winter, since you naturally feel thirstier in hot weather.

If you’re someone who often forgets to drink enough water, here are a few tips to help you to remember:

  • Mark a water bottle with time-focused goals
  • Set reminders on your phone
  • Make water more exciting by infusing it with fruit
  • Try to drink a glass of water before each meal, as well as when you wake up and before you go to bed
  • Download a hydration app

Stay Active

Woman walking dog in winter

Did you know that exercise gives your skin a near-instant glow?

It does this by increasing blood flow, and your blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Once it delivers this nourishment, your blood then carries away any toxins, which keeps your skin cells functioning well and looking good.

Increasing blood flow improves all of this even further, giving you a beautiful natural glow.

Do you struggle to stay active in the winter?

The temptation to forgo exercise in favor of snuggling on the sofa in front of the TV can be too strong for many to resist. The secret to getting around this is to find a winter exercise that you genuinely love – this will give you that motivation you need to get moving.

A few winter activities to try out include:

  • Teaching yourself a different indoor exercise, such as yoga or dance, making use of the many online resources available
  • Winter hikes through nearby national parks
  • Taking your dog for new and interesting walks. If you don’t have a dog, there are many people in need of help who do – volunteer to walk their dog instead
  • Winter sports, such as skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet

Are you guilty of letting your diet slide during the winter months?

Comfort foods are a popular winter warmer, but it’s important to keep your diet balanced and healthy throughout the year.

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, “you are what you eat”. This not only applies to the health of your body, but that of your skin too.

A healthy diet will quickly be reflected through your skin, with problematic skin conditions clearing up.

Don’t worry, healthy doesn’t need to mean boring. Here are a few fun and healthy ways you can jazz up your favorite meals:

  • Choose whole grains over white and refined, whether it may be bread, rice, pasta, or anything else
  • Opt for healthier cooking techniques, such as baking and roasting instead of frying and grilling
  • Try recreating your favorite fast food meals
  • Challenge yourself to try one new healthy ingredient each week
  • Cook with unrefined, extra virgin oils

If you’re still struggling to pack all of the nutrients you need into your daily meals, it would be worth considering dietary supplements. In fact, there are a few supplements in particular that could really benefit your skin, such as:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Beta-carotene
  • Prebiotics and probiotics
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Biotin
  • Hyaluronic acid

Dress for the Weather

Woman in snow

You may want to look your best, but it’s important that your outfit is designed to protect your skin and body from the winter elements.

Not only will wind and snow make you feel cold, which will instantly zap away that summer glow, but consistent exposure will dry your skin out, making it even harder to get your glow back.

Owning a good selection of winter accessories can help to make sure that you’re never caught out, even on the wildest of days:

  • Gloves and mittens
  • Hats
  • Scarfs
  • Socks
  • Umbrellas
  • Windbreakers

Keep spare items of each one in your car, at work, in your handbag, and anywhere else you can think of. This way, you will always be able to protect your skin.

Exfoliate…But Not Too Much

It’s easy for the skin to take on a rough and dull appearance over the winter. Exfoliation provides instant gratification, removing all of those dry skin cells to leave your skin looking fresh and radiant.

There’s no denying that exfoliation is extremely beneficial for your skin, but you need to be careful with this in the winter.

Why?

Because exfoliation leaves your skin without its protective outer layer, making it vulnerable to the elements. Wind, rain, snow, and cold temperatures will take their toll even more.

If you’re exfoliating once a week and taking care to nourish and protect your skin afterwards, then you won’t have any problems.

However, if you’re over-exfoliating, you’ll likely notice your skin soon start to become raw, sensitive, and easily irritated. You could experience everything from excessive dryness to eruptive breakouts, all because you’ve severely disrupted your skin’s barrier at the worst possible time of year.

If you think that you may be over-exfoliating, stop exfoliating immediately. Give your skin some time to recover before re-introducing exfoliation into your skin care routine. Make sure that you take things slowly and gently this time around!

Learn How to De-Stress

Woman drinking tea in winter

Just about everyone could do with learning how to de-stress. Not only is stress a serious problem for your mental health, but it affects your physical health too, as well as your skin.

How?

In a few different ways:

  • It triggers your body to produce more cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol increases sebum production in your skin. This makes your skin oilier, increasing acne breakouts
  • Stress commonly leads to sleep deprivation, which is the most common cause of puffiness and swelling underneath the eyes
  • Stress prevents the skin’s protective barrier from properly functioning, which means that more moisture starts to evaporate out of the skin. This leaves the skin looking dry and rough
  • Stress weakens the immune system, which causes rashes and redness to appear on the skin. This same immune interference also triggers flare-ups in other skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis
  • The cortisol produced by your body during times of stress damages the proteins that give your skin its smoothness, firmness and tightness. Prolonged periods of stress will quickly lead to fine lines and wrinkles

Surprised?

People usually are, not often realizing just how much of an impact stress has on the skin.

But how do you learn how to de-stress?

It’s definitely easier said than done, and takes some commitment. Everyone is different, meaning that the activities that de-stress your best friend may not work for you at all.

So, make a list, write down the following de-stressing methods, and try one at a time whenever you feel stressed. Decide which ones work best for you so that you can narrow down a shortlist of fail-safe de-stressing techniques.

  • Do some exercise
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Meditate
  • Do something relaxing, such as taking a shower or reading a book
  • Do something creative
  • Try some breathing exercises
  • Write down what you’re feeling
  • Take a short walk outdoors

Treat Your Skin to a DIY Facial Massage

Covid-19 has placed quite a few restrictions on people, meaning that your face has probably been missing those ultra-relaxing massages that accompanied your regular facials.

Of course, those massages weren’t simply for pleasure. A facial massage stimulates the lymphatic system, allowing your body to clear away toxins at a much faster rate. This then invigorates both your skin and your immune system, giving you that healthy and happy glow.

The way in which a facial massage increases circulation will also give you a brighter and more vibrant appearance, while smoothing away the visibility of fine lines.

Whether you want to keep things simple or go all out with a 20-step massage routine, a quick search online will reward you with a number of different facial massage videos that you can follow and learn from.

You’ll then be able to incorporate the techniques you learn into your daily skin care routine.

If you really start to get into the facial massage realm, you can take things a step further by investing in a facial massage device. There are numerous at-home skin care gadgets out there that are designed to massage the skin and boost lymphatic drainage, and they’ll give your fingers a break too!

Use Makeup for Some Extra Help

Sometimes, you need an instant fix. While improving your skin care routine and lifestyle is always the best way to achieve and maintain a consistent summery glow, you can always turn to makeup when you need immediate results.

This doesn’t need to be anything complicated…

Simply applying a tinted lotion can give your skin an illuminated appearance. Alternatively, add some illuminating makeup drops to your favorite moisturizer – go for a darker shade if you want to shimmer with a beachy bronzed look.

If you’re good at highlighting, then this is another way to get your glow on. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with multiple highlighters, either using different shades on different parts of your face, or blending a few different shades together. This will add even more depth to your winter glowy look, making it appear beautifully natural.

You may have said goodbye to summer, but that doesn’t mean that you need to say goodbye to your summertime glow. Instead, follow the tips above and you’ll soon be back to your glowing self, with this radiance being one that you’ll then be able to easily maintain throughout the years.

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Soft, Touchable Winter Skin

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Winter can be a great time for romance.  Snowflakes, fireplace, cuddles, staying indoors; in fact, unless you’re an avid skier, romance might be your number one wintertime activity!  However, winter may not be a great time for skin. Here are some tips for maintaining soft touchable skin this winter.

When temperatures drop, so too does the humidity. Between the dry air and indoor heating, your skin is likely to suffer.  Linda Gold Stein, MD and clinical research director for the dermatology department at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital says, “Once weather starts to change, I see patients coming in complaining of dry, itchy skin.”

Humidifier

One of the most effective things you can do to combat moisture loss in to install a humidifier.  Humidity levels should be set at 45 5to 55% and the temperature to 68 degrees. It is also a good idea to seal in moisture before going outside by protecting your mouth, hands and face with a scarf and gloves.

Avoid Steamy Showers

As Stein Gold puts it, “I know it feels wonderful to stand in a really hot shower…but it can dry out the natural oils in our skin more quickly.” A quick cool cleanse will solve that problem. Keep water temperature lukewarm and try to get in and out in five minutes.  This should give you enough time to clean without moisture loss.

Avoid Drying Soaps

When it comes to soaps and cleanser free is the key.  Stein Gold recommends “a mild, fragrance free soap that moisturizes as it cleanses.”

Lock In Moisture

Showering brings moisture to the skin, but drying off immediately after strips skin of that moisture. Nanette Silverberg, MD, dermatology professor at Colombia University says, “The surface of your skin absorbs some of the water, which will be lost if you don’t seal it in.”  Stein Gold recommends towel drying, but leaving skin a bit damp and applying moisturizer to skin while it is still moist.

Look for formulas that contain ceramide for sensitive skin and lactic acid, urea, dimethicone or petroleum jelly for dry skin to seal in moisture and strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer on your face, which won’t cause breakouts or clog pores and look for an SPF of 30.

Go Soft

Avoid scrubby sponges and loofahs.  According to Silverberg, “Friction strips the skin and enhances the dryness.”  Her advice?  Go with your hands or a soft wash cloth.  They should do the trick without drying your skin.

How do you keep your skin supple in the winter?  Let us know what you do to seal in moisture and keep skin touchable.

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Winter Foods That Help Your Skin

Halved and whole avocados on table

It seems apparent that whoever determined the traditional holiday menu was not too concerned with skin care. High salt and sugar content are no strangers to the winter table and no friends to your skin.  However, there is still plenty more winter to go, and plenty of winter foods to keep your skin glowing.

Olive Oil

How else do you think the Italian women combat the fierce winds from the Mediterranean? Olive oil is great for your skin all year long, and is essential when winter dryness sets in.  With loads of vitamin A and E in addition to natural fatty acids, olive oil is a key ingredient for skin hydration. For authentic Italian skincare, look for products that contain olive oil, or use extra virgin olive oil in foods and dressings.

Grapefruit

Citrus is great for everything in the cold weather, your skin included.  The Vitamin C in grapefruit protects skin from radical damage, while the lycopene keeps skin smooth. Grapefruit is also high in potassium to help prevent age spots and wrinkles caused by UV rays and amino acids, which will keep skin smooth and soft. Eat the wonder fruit for breakfast, or in fruit salad, or drink its juice on a regular basis.

Avocado

Avocado has vitamins A, C, and E as well as mono- saturated fats to help skin maintain moisture.  It also contains magnesium, potassium, and folic acid, which all contribute to the general health of your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And besides, what doesn’t taste better with avocado?

Carrots

Carrots are a great source of antioxidants like Vitamin A which keep skin vibrant, prevent pigmentation, and keep the skin tone even.  They also contain carotenoids, like lycopene and beta-carotene, which protect against UV rays, and potassium, which helps skin lock in moisture. Carrot juice can be great on its own or blended into a veggie smoothie, while raw carrots can add some crunch to almost any salad.

Broccoli

Although broccoli has seemed to have take a backseat to its more glamorous cruciferous cousins, its effects on the skin should not be underestimated. Packed with vitamins A and C, and natural estrogens, the vegetable stimulates collagen, strengthens the skin cell membrane and prevents UV damage. Broccoli also contains B vitamins to eliminate dry, flaky patches commonly associated with winter skin. Try it roasted or steamed for optimal nutritional benefits.

Almonds

A handful of almonds are a great energy boost that can do wonders for the skin.  The vitamin E in the nuts will protect skin from the sun and may also contain anti-aging properties to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Let us know what you’re eating to keep your skin beautiful this winter!  We love to hear from you!

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Challenges of Winter Skin

Beautiful fashionable woman in hat

We all know that winter weather can be a challenge mentally and physically.  It can drain our spirit and cause us physical discomfort.  While we may be tough enough to withstand a little pain, our delicate skin may not be as able to defend itself without a little help.  Let’s take a look at what you can do to help your skin survive the cold weather and remain glowing and resilient.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is one of the most common challenges associated with winter weather.  Dr. Chris Adigun, MD at the department of dermatology at the NYU Medical Dept., suggests switching to a heavier moisturizer. He recommends lotions in jars or tubes over pump formulas, which are often diluted with alcohol and water. Shower with lukewarm, not hot, water, keep showers short, use a gentle cleanser, and apply lotion while your skin is still damp. Adigun also advises skipping the washcloth saying, “you don’t need to lather up and scrub all over your body – all that does is remove your skin’s natural oils.”

Flaky Skin

Severe dryness can cause skin to flake, even if you are using moisturizer.   To remove your skin’s damaged top layer, use an exfoliating face wash.  If you notice excessive dryness, try to keep exfoliating down to once or twice weekly.

Chapped Lips

Cracked, dry skin can appear on your lips as well as your cheeks. Lip balms with vitamins A and E, beeswax, cocoa butter, dimethicone or petrolatum can help, but you can make it even more effective by moistening your lips with cool water before you apply it. Marina Peredo, MD says dampening your lips will make the top layer of skin more permeable and can help seal in hydration.

Dealing with Eczema and Psoriasis

If you are prone to psoriasis and eczema flareups, it can be hard to keep skin moist in the winter. Take short lukewarm showers and pat yourself dry rather than rubbing.  Apply moisturizer immediately. Dr. Gary Goldenberg, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, recommends over the counter or prescription hydrocortisone cream to treat flareups and experts advise avoiding stress and getting a flu shot to keep immune function strong. Also, because low levels of sunlight can worsen psoriasis phototherapy with a UV light can be helpful in the winter.

If You Are An Outdoor Person

 If you are a skier or runner, you need to take extra precaution when it comes to protecting your skin. Dr. Goldenberg says, “For those people, it’s actually smart to put something like Aquaphor or Vaseline on their skin before they go out.” And don’t forget the outside and inside of the nostrils to help keep nasal passages from drying out. Broad spectrum sunscreens are important too, especially at high altitudes where the air is thinner and UV rays are stronger, especially if you are surrounded by sun-reflecting snow.

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to winter skin issues?  Let us know all about how you deal with winter skin challenges when it comes to braving the cold.

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Winter Beauty

Beautiful serene winter scenery with snow falling thickly on pine trees

To celebrate the Winter Beauty Theme, Resveralife offers you with an exciting Live Well Article that has been titled “Live Well: Safe Exercise Routines for the Winter Months”. This article helps you learn more about the best and safest exercises that can help you protect and maintain your body during the winter months.

We are extremely excited about an article titled “The A – Z of Winter Skin Care” that is scheduled to appear on Vine Vera Cosmetics later on in the week. Vine Vera reveals the top tips of taking care of your skin in this A – Z Winter Skin Care Article and saves you from getting bogged down due to the cold weather. Don’t forget to check out this exciting Vine Vera article to protect your skin from the drying effects of winter.

Another Vine Vera website to watch out for is How to Use Vine Vera. This website shall be celebrating our Winter Beauty Theme throughout the week by offering you with a 7 part “Winter Beauty Guide”, wherein each part helps you to understand how to deal with different aspects of your winter skin care routine.  The website shall be posting an article for different aspects of your skin care routines each day – Cleansing, Moisturizing, Exfoliating, Facial Masks, Things to Remember for Winter Skin, Dealing with Different Skin Types during the Winter Months and Winter Beauty FAQs.

Vine Vera WordPress is slated to come out with an article titled “Vine Vera Beauty Hacks”. Vine Vera understands your need to spend those precious minutes in front of the mirror during the mornings, but there are a number of beauty products that can be used for things that go above and beyond the purpose that they are intended for. This article from Vine Vera Skincare acquaints you with the best beauty hacks that can help you get through your morning routines faster and have a moment of peace during that super hectic morning schedule.

Finally, Vine Vera Stores is scheduled to come out with an article titled “Top 10 Most Beautiful Winter Destinations for Nature Lovers”. If you’re a nature lover and love to travel to exciting destinations around the world, this article shall acquaint you with the most beautiful destinations to visit this winter season. So pack your bags, book your tickets and get going.