What Is Causing Your Sunspots And How To Stop Them From Appearing

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You can call them dark spots, freckles or age spots but no matter what name you attach to them, there is no denying that sun is powerful enough to penetrate your skin and leave you with darker, discolored patches of skin.

The severity of your dark spots can depend on a few things, your age, how often you have been in the sun unprotected, and even your skin tone can play a role but no matter what the cause is, there is a solution to reduce the visibility of sunspots and protect yourself from developing more of them.

What Are Sunspots?

sunspots, sun damage, skincareSunspots can come in all shapes and sizes, While some may look small like freckles, others can be larger and they mostly appear on your face, neck, and hands. No matter their size, they are all forms of sun damage and almost everyone will experience them at some point in their life.

While age spots are common and can be completely normal, it’s important to keep an eye on them. If you notice age spots, you need to make sure that you don’t actually have a serious skin issue. This is especially the case if the spots are very dark or have recently changed their appearance in which case, you should visit your dermatologist.

Tip: You can avoid sunspots by adding a layer of SPF 30 over your Repair & Release Cream daily. 

What Causes Them?

sun damage, sunspots, skincareSunspots can be caused by a number of things but the most common is exposure to UV rays. When the UV hits your skin, it causes darker pigmentation which is why most people notice their sun spots in summer months when the sun is strongest and they are outside the longest.

Even if you’re slathering yourself with SPF daily, the sunspots you see can actually be from damage that occurred years ago. Unlike freckles specifically which tend to show up directly after sun exposure, some age spots can take years to form on your face or may not be visible with natural lighting (like the image above). Those kinds of sunspots are often the hardest to get rid of.

How To Prevent and Treat Them

sunspots, sun damage, skincareThe easiest way to prevent sunspots is to limit your skins’ exposure to the sun. This can mean applying (and re-applying) sunscreen throughout the day. We recommend minimum protection of SPF 30 for your face and most face sunscreens are perfectly safe and effective when used on your neck, chest, and hands as well. A large sun hat goes a long way as well for sun spots on your face and neck.

To treat sunspots that have already appeared on your skin, you want to make sure you’re using products like our Repair & Release Cream that include ingredients like Aloe Vera and Vitamin C which are proven to not only sooth and lighten the spots exposed to the sun, but also help limit the amount of melanin that develops, which is the pigment that makes skin darker.

 

What do you do to limit the appearance of sunspots? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Three Top Beauty Trends That You Can Pull Off At Any Age

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Every year, tons of magazines and websites collect data from all sorts of searches and questions to forecast the biggest and hottest trends for the coming year. More times than not, these trends are difficult for most people to pull off (hello, purple eyeshadow) and leave you feeling insecure and silly if you’re testing them out over the age of 30.

In an unusual twist, three of the biggest trends they’re predicting for 2019 are so easy and practical, it will have you looking and feeling your best throughout the new year, no matter your age.

Trend #1: Dewy Looking Skin

glossy skin, dewy skin, skincare trends, trends 2019Remember when you used to pat your face with shine control sheets or apply pounds of matte powder to your face to dull the oil shine? Well, this year the biggest skin care trend is all about that healthy, dewy glow!

Makeup artists stress that this look is not something they can create for everyone and actually requires you to have well-hydrated skin to pull it off. Using a super hydrating oil cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser and following it up with twice a day application of our Repair & Release Cream will help make sure your skin stays moisturized allowing for smooth makeup application and a glowing, on-trend look.

Trend #2: Bold Lip Color

2019 beauty trends, beauty trends, bold lips, lipstickThere is something so chic about a bold, red lip and this years trend is going to have us gushing over color choices all through the year! Beauty experts predict that you’re going to see lots of color on lips while eyeshadow and blushes are leaning towards a more natural look.

For your best bold lip, use a liquid lipstick. When it comes to wearing time, liquid tends to stay on much longer than traditional lipstick which means your wine glasses will be spared and you’ll be doing much fewer touch-ups throughout the night. Reds, dark purples or even bright pinks are three easy to wear colors that suit every skin tone.

Trend #3: Grey Hair

beauty trends, beauty trends 2019, grey hair, hair trendsThis one might be bad news for your hairdresser but great news for your bank account because grey is as trendy a hair color as you can get for 2019. When googled released their most searched beauty terms for the past year, they reported that searches for grey hair increased 879% since the year before!

Whether you’re rocking your natural locks or need some help from the salon to get your perfect grey shade, it’s easy to assume this will be one of the lowest maintenance hair trends we’ve seen in years for another over 40. So let that silver shine through and embrace natures beauty with trendy grey hair!

 

What beauty trend are you most excited for in 2019? Share it with us in the comments below!

Three Things To Never Do If You Have Dry Skin

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Dry skin is one of the most common skin types and can affect people of any age. Dry skin is often characterized by lack of hydration in the skin which leads to flakes or rough and red spots on the face.

Living with dry skin can be very manageable and easy to deal with if you know what triggers your skin and how to avoid it. If you suffer from dry skin, here are three things you want to avoid at all costs in your daily routine.

Don’t Cleanse Twice A Day

cleansing, wash your face, dry skin, Skin types that are drier have a tendency to dry out even more if they’re over-cleansed. With dry skin, you want to try and limit cleansing to once a day and we highly recommend washing at night.

This allows you to remove makeup and dirt from the day and let your skin balance it’s natural oils while you sleep. Also, make sure to avoid foaming cleansers at all costs as they dry out the skin much more than an oil-based cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser. 

Don’t Wear Heavy Foundation

foundation, makeup tips, skincare tips, Makeup is a great tool to help you look and feel your best on days when your skin won’t cooperate. While using makeup to enhance your looks isn’t harming your dry skin, heavy makeup can actually make your dry skin look and feel worse.

Skip the foundation and find a great tinted moisturizer or BB cream that enhances your skin tone and provides ample moisture at the same time. Make sure to also avoid powder products that can cake into fine lines and draw attention to flaky skin.

Don’t Expose Skin To Extreme Heat

hot shower, dry skin, steamWhile in the winter months it may seem like a great idea to have a long hot shower, it’s actually harming your skin and make it drier than it should be.

When showering or washing your face, avoid hot water at all costs. Instead, opt for using a washcloth with luke-warm water to remove makeup or rinse off your cleanser.

Lukewarm water will be less extreme on your skin and instead of shocking it with unexpected heat, it will keep your skin more balanced and your moisture levels even. If you find that your skin is dry even after a warm shower, apply your Repair & Release Cream directly after your shower to provide your skin some extra hydration.

 

Beauty Sleep Is Real And Here Is Why Your Skin Craves It

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Did you know that your body does the most work while you’re sleeping at night? That’s when it’s at its strongest to fight sickness, recharge muscles, and of course, keep your body healthy and balanced.

As we age, sleep becomes one of the most important allies on the pursuit to youthful, supple skin. Sadly for most of us, work, family and life have us often neglecting how much sleep we really need, hurting our bodies and our skin.

Here are just a few of the ways a good night sleep can help you achieve your skincare goals and take years off your appearance.

It Repairs Your Moisture Levels 

hydration, face care, anti-aging, beauty sleepWhen you sleep, you actually sweat more than when you’re awake. The good news is while you’re sleeping, your body is hard at work balancing and recovering it’s natural moisture levels.

If you’re lacking sleep it can also affect those moisture levels in your skin and lower your complexion’s PH level.  When your PH levels drop, skin becomes imbalanced and doesn’t produce the moisture it needs. This leads to drier, unhealthy skin that highlights wrinkles and lines instead of concealing and treating them. If your skin is on the dry side, make sure you’re using a hydrating moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream.

Getting a solid 8 hours a night can help keep your skin hydrated and healthy and give it the time it needs to repair.

It Helps Your Eyes Look Younger

eye bags, eye wrinkles, puffy eyesYour eyes are the first thing people will notice when they meet you but they can also be the thing that gives your true age away. The eye area is made up of thin, delicate skin that can wrinkle and sag worse than any other part of the face.

When you’re not getting enough sleep, the eye area reacts with pesky dark circles that can be difficult to hide. Because your skin is also lacking moisture from lack of sleep, it can increase puffiness from dehydration and lead to some serious eye bags.

To keep your eyes looking brighter, less puffy and younger, make sure you’re getting enough rest and do your best to sleep on your back instead of your face or sides. This will help keep blood flowing to the eye area and help keep dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles at bay.

It Slows Down The Aging Process

beauty sleep, collagen, aging process, anti-agingWhen you’re not getting enough sleep, it messes with your bodies natural ability to produce important proteins like collagen. As we age, naturally our bodies produce lower amounts of collagen so when you add sleep deprivation to that, your skin is really going to be lacking collagen supply.

Lack of collagen can lead to more wrinkles and lines because this is the main protein that helps fight signs of aging and adds elasticity to the skin. When your skin lacks collagen, it starts to shows more noticeable signs of aging by becoming thinner and less firm.  When skin is thin, it appears less smooth and supple and showcases wrinkling more prominently.

To keep your skin producing as many natural anti-aging properties as possible, make sure you’re getting plenty of rest. Sleep will help increase your collagen production and help you reach your skincare goals, even when you’re in dreamland.

Tip: The best support for collagen production comes from products that help your skin naturally produce more. Look for ingredients like Matrixyl 3000, featured in our Repair & Release Cream.

 

How important is beauty sleep to you?! Share with us in the comments below!

 

Exercise Is Secretly Making Your Skin Look Younger and More Healthy!

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Are you one of those people who love their daily workout? Even if you’re not, this might be the encouragement you need to start getting active because workouts are your secret weapon to flawless, youthful skin!

It doesn’t matter if you’re training for a marathon or casually enjoying an active lifestyle because even small amounts of physical activity seem to have a direct impact on your skin!

workout, fitness, skincareIt Can Reverse Signs of Aging

Consistent exercise not only stops the skin from aging faster but it can actually reverse signs of aging too! When you’re active, your body produces more collagen which can improve the look of wrinkles and tighten your skin.

Even if you haven’t been active your whole life it’s not too late! By building a solid routine now, you can help prevent future wrinkles because we all know aging never stops!

yoga, fitness, workout, skincareIncrease New Cell Production

When your heart rate goes up, your skin will glow! When you participate in daily exercise, it promotes blood flow to your skin resulting in some amazing effects on the skin! The extra blood flow allows your body to produce new, fresh skin cells at a faster rate.

When your skin cells are fresh and new, they help keep dull skin at bay and leave you with a flawless, youthful look.

workout, skincare, sweatClean Toxins From Your Skin

Toxins can appear in your skin as free radicals and cause a laundry list of problems for you ranging from wrinkles to breakouts. When your pores are filled with dirt and toxins, it’s very difficult to reverse signs of aging and can make wrinkles even worse.

When you sweat, your body is naturally cleansing itself and releasing those toxins from your skin in a healthy way. While you may not love the feeling of being sweaty after a workout, know that it’s totally worth it for the skin of your dreams!

 

Have you noticed the benefits exercise has on your skin? Tell us in the comments below!

Banish Visible Forehead Lines With These Three Simple Steps

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Forehead lines can run deep and be difficult to hide. These wrinkles are often affected by facial expressions and are also some of the first wrinkles people notice when they begin to age.

As time passes, these wrinkles can be more and more difficult to reverse and conceal. While some people opt for dangerous fillers to help deal with forehead wrinkles, we’ve gathered a few tips that are far less extreme to make your forehead appear smooth and wrinkle free!

The most important thing you can do to minimize the look of wrinkles is to keep your skin well hydrated. Cleansing with harsh soaps or foam cleansers can dry out wrinkles making them appear worse than they are.

To keep skin hydrated and healthy, make sure to begin your routine with an oil-based cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser that will leave skin touchably smoother after rinsing. This will help protect your skins moisture barrier and hide wrinkles on the forehead.

The best way to hide wrinkles is to work to heal them. There are lots of healthy and effective ingredients on the market today that have been scientifically proven to reduce wrinkle depth. Experts agree that one of the best ways to fight forehead wrinkles is topically by applying a water-based moisturizer to the area.

We highly suggest using our Repair & Release cream packed with Matrixyl 3000 and Argireline which are some of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients available to Americans. Applying this twice a day to clean skin is 50 times more likely to help you see fewer wrinkles on your forehead.

The phrase “fake it until you make it” can be easily applied to your wrinkles too. While the larger goal is to find a long term successful solution to wrinkles, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help as you work with your skin to achieve results.

If you’re looking for instant help in hiding and minimizing your forehead wrinkles, look no further than concealer! To make sure your concealer is able to mask fine lines, start with a good primer and apply it to the forehead. This will help fill in lines in the forehead and allow your concealer to stay on for long wear. This might not help reverse the problem but it’s a great quick fix for a special event or if you’re on the go!

 

What are your tips for dealing with forehead wrinkles? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Everyday Activities That Are Actually Making You Age Faster

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Did you know that on average humans make at least 21 facial expressions a day? With all that movement in your face, you’re bound to get a wrinkle or two but some of the most “harmless” expressions or actions you’re making every day are the reason behind your wrinkles.

Knowledge is power which is why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things you should STOP doing right away, and take more notice of, to help keep your skin looking young and stop wrinkles in their tracks!

Drinking From A Straw

lines, wrinkles, skincareEvery time you sip on a straw, you pucker your mouth making tiny lines all around your lips. While sipping from a straw on occasion won’t cause too much harm, if you’re drinking your beverages daily with a straw, you can expect those lines to worsen, deepen and become more visible.

Sleeping On Your Side

sleep, wrinkles, lines, skincareSleeping on your side can be comfortable but if you do it often, especially on the same side every night, your chances of forming wrinkles are much higher. This is especially bad for creating sagging skin around the mouth and making the eyes appear more wrinkles and puffy.

You Let Your Skin Get Dry

stress, stress and skincare, dry skinLetting your skin dry out is one of the easiest ways to not only form new wrinkles but to make existing ones look even more noticeable. When skin is dry, cracks, creases, and fine lines appear to be much worse than they are. A hydrating cream like our Repair & Release Creadelivers moisture to your skin all day long, making your face appear hydrated and youthful!

You’re Under Too Much Stress

stress, skin, anti-agingLet’s face it, with the holiday season approaching, who doesn’t feel a little stressed out? But if you’re feeling that on a regular basis, your skin is going to start showing the effects of stress in the form of wrinkles and lines. Using calming practices like meditation or yoga to relax when stress hits are sure to have your skin glowing from the inside out.

You’re Not Wearing Sunglasses

uv protection, squinting, anti-agingIt does not matter if you live in hot weather or cold weather, the sun still shines almost daily and that can cause a lot of squinting if you don’t have proper eye protection. If you’re headed outside, make sure to pack your sunnies because squinting to keep the sun out can cause serious wrinkles to the eyes and forehead. Because squinting is something people do so often without noticing, it can produce some of the deepest and most difficult wrinkles to get rid of.

Breaking bad habits can be hard and take time but the sooner you start, the better your skin will look. The best news we can tell you is that by using your South Beach Skin Lab routine twice a day every day, you’re helping to fight against all these factors that contribute to aging.

Are Your Skincare Products Being Ruined On Your Bathroom Shelf?

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Your bathroom is where most of your self-care takes place…your showers, your hair and also your skin routine. The problem is, the bathroom is likely the most humid area in your home and that can spell trouble for products you may have lying around your counters.

So what happens when the humidity gets to your skin care products and how can you do your best to prevent it? We’re going to share with you exactly what happens to your products when they’re exposed to the heat and how to prevent them from being ruined.

How do products hold up against heat/humidity?

humidity, skincareThe short answer is not well. While most products are tested in extreme heat and cold (mostly to make sure they can withstand delivery and arrive at your door in any weather conditions) they are not made to last going from hot and humid back to room temperate over and over again.

When you think about the conditions your skincare can live in, think about how you store food. Some items in your fridge would go bad faster if it alternated days on the counter and days in the fridge in different temperatures and the same goes for your products.

What happens to them?

skincare, rotten skincareRepeated exposure to the humidity in your bathroom can cause the breakdown of the active ingredients inside the products leaving them less effective and more likely to go bad before the expiration date.

Humidity causes more moisture to get into your products, even if the lid is on tight. If moisture is present then ingredients begin to dissolve, and they’ll decrease the quality and shelf life of the product and sometimes, you won’t even be able to notice just by looking.

Some signs your products have spoiled from heat are a change in color, consistency or smell.

How can you avoid it

skincare, product storageThe most simple way to make sure your products are safe from heat and humidity and do not spoil is by taking a moment to make sure they’re stored in a safe place. Some products like an eye serum can be stored in the fridge which adds a cooling effect when applying that will help even more with reducing bags and puffiness.

For skin creams and cleansers, make sure you’re keeping them in your vanity with a closed door if you’re keeping them in your bathroom. We also suggest storing them bedside making it easy to apply right before bed and first thing when you wake up after cleansing.

What tricks to do you use to keep your products fresh? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

What Is Skin Mapping And What Can It Tell You About Your Face?

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Skin mapping is an ancient practice used for centuries in Chinese medicine. It’s the practice of examining the face to read factors from the inside of the body that are contributing to what you see on the outside of your body.

Skin mapping can help helpful for all, but especially helpful if you ever suffer from breakouts or clogged pores. Face mapping has been proven to get to the bottom of where your skin issues are coming from and help you solve them.

Below are three areas of your face you need to make sure you’re analyzing that can help you discover exactly what your skin and body really need for a healthy glow!

The T-Zone

face mapping, tzone, skincareThe T-Zone consists of two areas of your face, your forehead and the area between your eyebrows, all down your nose. Using the technique of face mapping, the two different areas can reveal two different things about what your skin and body need.

If you experience breakouts on your forehead, face mapping concludes that could mean you’re under a lot of stress or staying up way too late. Instead of staying up late, try listening to some relaxing music and reading a book to help you fall asleep earlier and get a solid 8 hours of sleep.

If your breakouts happen to be between the eyebrows and on the nose, this could indicate there is an imbalance in your liver, kidneys or spleen. You’ll want to watch your diet and make sure you’re taking a multivitamin and getting lots of nutritious foods and drinks into your body to help resolve the issue.

The Cheeks

face mapping, skincare, cheeksWhen your cheeks are experiencing breakouts, it’s your body letting you know something about your lifestyle isn’t doing what it needs to support healthy skin. If breakouts are on the outer parts of your cheek, it can be because of factors like smoking or drinking.

Those types of breakouts indicate an imbalance in the liver and lungs and are a warning sign to your body that you need to make some simple lifestyle changes. Avoiding things like greasy and spicy foods, getting more exercise and drinking lots of H2O is sure to clear up these breakouts in no time!

The Chin

face mapping, skincare, breakoutsBreakouts on your chin can happen just below the mouth or even occur closer to your jawline. What face mapping tells us about this area is that skin issues that arise here are related to your digestive system and colon. These digestive issues show up as clogged pores and the chin is one of the most common places people experience breakouts.

The easiest and fastest way to clear and avoid further disruption to your skin in the chin area is to make sure you increase your intake of fruits and veggies. Because they have high amounts of fiber, it will help optimize the performance of your large intestine, colon, and stomach to digest food better and keep skin young and clear!

 

Have you tried face mapping before? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

 

Why You Need To Ditch Your Drugstore Brand Skin Cream

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Drugstores…they’re convenient, close by and are packed full of items we know and love. Sure, it’s one of the easiest and most affordable places to purchase skin care products but often those low prices are linked to low quality and it’s important to take note of why these brands can be harmful.

We’re not suggesting you go and splurge your entire paycheck on high-end lines at Sephora or other retailers, but it’s important to be aware of why these products can be harmful. Here are a few reasons to be careful when purchasing skincare from your local drugstore.

They Lack Active Ingredients

skincare, anti-aging, active ingredientsMost luxury brands boast a number of benefits from specific ingredients like peptides, vitamin E and aloe vera that work specifically with functions of your skin to provide everything from diminishing wrinkles to hydrating dry skin.

Most drugstore brands fall short in the ingredients department. They’re often using harmful ingredients like parabens, bad sulfates and often lack active ingredients that really have the power to provide results, especially for wrinkles and lines.

Powerful ingredients often come at a higher price point, making it difficult to believe that a drugstore brand is able to pack effective ingredients into their products at such a low cost. These products can either lack the necessary ingredients or purchase lower quality ones that will not deliver results.

They Have Very Long Expiration Times

skincare expiration date, skincare, anti-agingRemember when people would experiment with McDonald’s food, leaving it outside or on a table for months at a time and the food never seemed to rot or age? It’s because their meat, bread, and toppings are packed with harmful preservatives that most people deem “unsafe” to consume. If you’re wary of food lasting that long, you should apply the same mentality to your skin products.

Your first red flag with a drugstore brand should be a long expiration time. That often means the cream has more preservatives than it does anti-aging ingredients which means it will last for years on your shelf but won’t ever take years off your appearance. We always suggest looking at the expiration date and if the cream is suggested to last more than 12 months, you might want to skip it.

They Don’t Provide A Comprehensive Routine

drugstore skincare, skincare, anti-agingSkincare isn’t solved by one miracle product like the snake oil salesman would like you to believe. The fact is your skin requires specific care and often a comprehensive routine in order to really turn back the clock or care for highly demanding skin.

Most drugstore brands are known for their one key item which doesn’t make the cut when it comes to caring for your skin. Nowadays, more and more higher end brands are providing results by targeting different problems through a multi-step routine.

Even here at South Beach Skin Lab we always suggest that those who are seeking drastic results use our products as a full routine and emphasize consistency as the best way to see results.

The moral of the story is, if they’re promising you the world in one $5 bottle, buyer beware.