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VMV Hypoallergenics Answers: Why Is Coconut Oil Such A Wonder Ingredient?

For those with sensitive skin, VMV Hypoallergenics is a dream come true. Founded by a leading dermatologist/dermatopathologist, all of the brand’s formulas are created to be as allergen-free as possible, omitting 76 of the most common allergens, including fragrances, dyes, parabens and preservatives. This week, the brand is kindly sharing its unique insight into the world of complexion issues—and dispensing pertinent advice for people of all different skin types and concerns.

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Our idea of a wonder ingredient? Virgin coconut oil. You can slather, drizzle, and sauté your way to better skin and nutrition with this miracle-worker. Here are just a few of its many uses.

Daily Moisturizer: Loaded with fatty acids that are native to skin, Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO, for short) replaces lipids that we lose to aging and dehydration. It also creates a healthier balance of saturated-to-unsaturated fatty acids in skin cells, which repairs damage from aging, the sun and other environmental factors. In addition, VCO provides anti-aging benefits like enabling skin to form more anti-inflammatory cell hormones to reduce skin damage.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Answers: What Does Hypoallergenic Really Mean?

For those with sensitive skin, VMV Hypoallergenics is a dream come true. Founded by a leading dermatologist/dermatopathologist, all of the brand’s formulas are created to be as allergen-free as possible, omitting 76 of the most common allergens, including fragrances, dyes, parabens and preservatives. This week, the brand is kindly sharing its unique insight into the world of complexion issues—and dispensing pertinent advice for people of all different skin types and concerns. 

One letter can spell a world of difference. In Greek, the prefix “hyper” means more. “Hypo” means less. Hence the term “hypoallergenic,” which is quickly becoming a buzzword in the world of skincare. “Hypoallergenic” is frequently confused with claims like “dermatologist-tested”, “skin-safe” and “natural”, but there is a fundamental difference. Click through to learn more!

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VMV Hypoallergenics Answers: How Can I Create Skin Goals?

For those with sensitive skin, VMV Hypoallergenics is a dream come true. Founded by a leading dermatologist/dermatopathologist, all of the brand’s formulas are created to be as allergen-free as possible, omitting 76 of the most common allergens, including fragrances, dyes, parabens and preservatives. This week, the brand is kindly sharing its unique insight into the world of complexion issues—and dispensing pertinent advice for people of all different skin types and concerns.

You really can achieve your skin goals. But like most resolutions, you need a clear action plan. Start by setting S.M.A.R.T. skin goals: Skin-specific. Measurable. Actionable. Realistic. Time-Bound.

Skin-Specific: Make sure your goals take into account your particular skin’s behavior, history, and current state.

Measurable: Keep a journal and work closely with your dermatologist and your VMV aesthetician to make sure you monitor your progress more accurately. Reading about how your skin is improving can really boost your confidence and keep you motivated, or help you fine tune your regimen.

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VMV Hypoallergenics Answers: What Is Sensitive Skin?

For those with sensitive skin, VMV Hypoallergenics is a dream come true. Founded by a leading dermatologist/dermatopathologist, all of the brand’s formulas are created to be as allergen-free as possible, omitting 76 of the most common allergens, including fragrances, dyes, parabens and preservatives. This week, the brand is kindly sharing its unique insight into the world of complexion issues—and dispensing pertinent advice for people of all different skin types and concerns.

What is sensitive skin? Sensitive has become a bit of a catch-all term to define a wide variety of skin conditions, from medically-managed diseases to acne and everything in between. It does cover a broad range of concerns but, strictly speaking, ‘sensitive’ refers to skin that tends to experience sensations like stinging, burning, prickling, tingling, itching, or slight pain, with or without redness, swelling or other signs of irritation. (A tendency towards acne isn’t usually considered sensitivity.)

What causes sensitive skin? There are several possibilities including contact or photocontact dermatitis, which are allergic or irritant reactions to chemicals (including natural extracts—remember natural ingredients are also chemicals). Most people who develop such reactions have an allergic tendency, often with a background of atopic dermatitis, asthma, rhinitis, or reactions to drugs or to their jewelry, foods, clothing, cosmetics, or other things. Dry weather can either cause or worsen sensitivity. And if skin gets so dry that it cracks, microorganisms can enter the fissures and cause more dryness and sensitivity.

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3 Easy Steps To Concealing Dark Circles

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Blame it on the fact that I live in the city that never sleeps, but it seems like catching eight hours of rest will always remain an elusive goal for me. I’m constantly battling a chronic case of under eye circles, and I know I’m not alone. Women cite lack of sleep as the number one cause behind looking fatigued, but to some extent dark circles are also in our genes. As you age, the delicate skin beneath your eyes thins out, exposing the trapped blood vessels underneath. Luckily, you don’t have to show your dark circles to the world. Just follow these three easy steps to looking bright-eyed and well-rested 24/7!

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Ingredient Decoder: Coconut Oil

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I don’t believe every piece of beauty hype I read, but it’s hard not to pay attention when you keep coming across rave reviews of a certain ingredient. Over the past few years, every magazine has extolled the virtues of coconut oil. Caribbean women coat themselves in it from head to toe, and more and more of us are adopting it as a staple in our beauty routines (not to mention the fact that it’s a model fave). Used on your face, coconut oil acts as an anti-aging moisturizer. On your body, it smooths dry skin and heals rough patches. In your hair, it functions as a leave-in deep conditioner. Plus, the oil smells really, really good!

Since my next tropical vacation is nowhere in sight, I decided to track down the purest coconut oil product I could find on these shores. The winner: VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie’s Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil. This product may have a tongue twister of a name, but I love how it contains just two ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil and monolaurin, a coconut-derived antibacterial agent. I’ve been using it in place of my regular hand cream, lip balm, and moisturizer, and it’s already done wonders to soften my skin. With my curiosity piqued, I did a little digging around.

Little known facts about coconut oil:

  • Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is more potent than the refined, heat-pressed kind. Since it’s not subjected to heat, virgin oil has more beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants to boost collagen and skin elasticity. Besides the VMV oil, you can find other versions at your local health food store or Whole Foods
  • The oil solidifies into a milky white butter in cold temperatures, but you can still use it! Just heat up the bottle in warm water or scoop the product out.
  • It’s edible in its natural form (duh), but you probably didn’t know that eating coconut oil helps repair skin cell damage from the inside out. Sadly, the health benefits probably evaporate if you use it in a cookie recipe. 

-Mai

Another product we love with organic coconut oil: Truth Art Beauty’s Coconut Body Buff.