Three Places Your Face Is Secretly Getting Sun Damaged

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Sun Damage is one of the worst environmental factors for your skin. Not only is it the leading cause of skin cancer, but it is also responsible for making you age years faster than you should be.

We all slather on SPF for a day at the beach, but it turns out most of the damage is done in places you would never expect. This is why it’s important to use UV protection at all times throughout the day, no matter what time of year.

Here are some surprising places you’re most susceptible to sun damage…

At Work

sun damage, uv damage, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingThink you got lucky with the window seat in the office? Think again! Not only can it do damage to your eyes if it’s very bright, but it is also hurting your skin and causing you to age faster.

Most office windows may be tinted to keep sunlight out, but they aren’t able to keep UV rays out. That means even if you’re inside all day, you’re still suffering the negative effects of sun damage.

The good news is many makeup brands include SPF now in foundations so you’re able to get some coverage from that. Just make sure that you re-apply with a regular SPF throughout the day and wash your face thoroughly at night with an Olive Oil Cleanser to remove all the leftover makeup and sunscreen to avoid clogging pores.

In The Car

sun damage, uv damage, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingIf you’re not slathering on the SPF for your commute to work or home, you might want to rethink that. When you’re driving, UV rays are penetrating your skin through car windows and sunroof. In fact, people often have more sun exposure on the left side of their face due to exposure from UVA rays shining through their car’s driver’s side window.

To avoid any damage to your skin from the sunshine in the car, keep a bottle of SPF in your glove compartment or center console. That way, you can create a healthy habit of re-applying sunscreen every time you get in the car for a commute or a road trip.

Cloudy Weather

sun protection, uv protection, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingJust because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that UV rays are not there. In fact, experts say that most people suffer the worst sun damage on overcast days because they wrongly assume the sun isn’t strong enough to cause them harm.

UV rays can penetrate, even when it’s dark and cloudy so no matter what the weather outside, you still need to apply your sunscreen! We suggest applying an SPF of at least 30 on top of your Repair & Release Cream every morning and re-applying every few hours throughout the day.

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.

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.

Beauty Sleep Is A Real Thing And Here Is How It’s Going To Transform Your Skin!

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Eight hours of sleep is generally the goal, but stressful work days, busy lives and kids can all make getting proper rest difficult. Nowadays, you’re available 24/7 through your cell phone but you still need to make sure you unplug and get enough rest.

Sleep is like food for your brain, your body, and your skin. By making sure you’re getting enough rest, you’re feeding your body the time it needs to rest, regenerate and heal.

Lack of sleep isn’t good for anyone, so we’re here to share with you all the amazing things that happen to your skin when you catching up on those much needed ZZZ’s!

Your Skin Is Getting A Break From Stress

beauty sleep, stress, skincare, anti agingWhen you’re awake and stressed out from work or life, your body produces extra amounts of a hormone called cortisol. Science has also proven that when you don’t get enough sleep, your body has a similar reaction to stress and begins to produce extra amounts of the cortisol hormone.

Signs of increased cortisol from lack of sleep include a sunken look to your skin, dullness, puffiness, and inflammation. By getting your eight hours of sleep a night, you’re helping keep cortisol levels at bay and wake up looking younger and more refreshed!

Your Cells Regenerate

sleep, skincare, anti agingSleep has the ability to help repair your body but few know that it’s actually helping repair your skin too. During the night hours, your skin experiences “cell mitosis” which separates your skin cells and regenerates new ones leaving you with renewed skin when you wake up.

Experts believe the best time for cell mitosis is between 11pm and midnight so when you tuck in for your 8 hours, try to do it before then! During cell mitosis, your skin needs those extra nutrients and a good nights rest is the only thing that can provide it.

Your Anti-Aging Products Are Working Overtime

skin cream, sleep, anti agingWhen you sleep, your skin is renewing and that is the optimal time for them to absorb all the benefits from your anti-aging products. The best part? You simply need to apply these products before bed and you can wake up with glowing skin!

Even if you’re using quality skin care products, they will always be more likely to provide results from night time use. During the day when your skin is exposed to sun and UV rays, it can break down your products active ingredients, making night time the perfect chance to heal your skin while you snooze!  So slather on your Repair and Release cream before you go to bed and let the peptides do the rest of the work!

 

How many hours of sleep a night do you need to wake up feeling refreshed? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

 

How Your Facial Expressions Are Making You Look Older and How To Stop It

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No one wants to look like an expressionless robot or be worried all day about their facial expressions but the reality is, those repeated facial expressions are one of the top culprits for facial wrinkles and lines. We express so many of our emotions through our facial muscles, like smiling in joy, frowning in worry, or squinting in concentration, and that’s exactly where the most prominent wrinkles tend to show up: in smile lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.

Before you go running to the plastic surgeon to beg for botox, you should know that there are easy ways to treat and reduce the effects of facial expressions right at home. Here are our best tips for keeping your face looking young no matter how often you are squinting to read your emails.

Wear SPF 

sunscreen, spf, anti-agingWe already know that SPF protects you from the sun’s damage and can decrease the dark spots on pigmentation issues on your face but did you know it can also help protect the collagen in your skin?

Collagen helps keep skin youthful by providing elasticity to your skin. If your collagen levels are protected, you will not see the effects of your facial expression causing as many problems to your face because it’s able to repair itself with existing collagen.

Be Active

skincare, workouts, anti-agingStaying active and getting exercise has tons of benefits to not just your body, but your skin too. When you start to exercise, it increases blood flow in your skin and raises your body temperature. As a result, the increased blood flow to your skin can actually help it look it’s best.

When blood flow is increased to the skin,  it allows a lot more oxygen to reach your skin cells. This helps with “cell metabolism” which is a term used to describe the carrying away of debris from skin cells which will help you lose that dull complexion and reveal glowing and youthful skin.

Moisturize

moizturizer, facial expressions, anti-agingWhen skin has some elasticity to it, it’s far less likely to be damaged by something like facial expressions. By being religious about your moisturizing and applying a peptide-packed moisturizer twice a day, it will help protect your skin from links and wrinkles while you laugh, cry and squint your way through the day.

If you’re using a moisturizer that has anti-aging properties, you’re going to get the double benefit because not only with the hydration to your skin allow for more elasticity, but the powerful ingredients in your moisturizer and helping to repair existing damage while you are busy getting on with your day.

 

What Are Peptides And Why Does Your Skin Need Them To Look Younger?

Skincare sure does love its buzzwords and one that has seemed to appear more often these days is Peptide. We know they’re good for our skin and can take years off our appearance, but what actually is a peptide? How does it work? We’re here to give you all the info you’ll need on this powerful little anti-aging helper!

What is a Peptide?

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A peptide is a link of amino acids that come together to help form proteins. They are able to transport nutrients in your body and send signals to other cells. Peptides are made up of four elements, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. In short, amino acids can form peptides, and peptides can form proteins like collagen.

Peptides are becoming a more prominent component of many skincare creams because they play such an important role in collagen production. Using skincare that includes peptides has the potential to boost your skins firmness, smoothness, and strength.

Peptides and Collagen

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When collagen is depleted by age and environmental factors like free radicals and sunlight, it never fully replaced in the body. As a result, smooth, young skin slowly becomes thinner and wrinkled over time.

Under 30, most people will experience ample amounts of collagen in their skin but as you get older, your body starts producing less natural collagen requiring some extra help from our peptide friends to create the look and feel of younger skin.

So How Can I Use Peptides To Look Younger?

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When peptides are applied topically to your skin, it tricks it into thinking that it’s a collagen break down and that your body needs to manufacture new collagen. So you can successfully minimize wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides.

Two of the most powerful peptides available are Matrixyl 3000 and Argireline. While Matrixyl will help to soften and smooth visible wrinkles and lines on the face, Argireline safely relaxes facial muscles resulting in youthful looking skin. Some experts have even mentioned these two peptides as the safest and best alternative to fillers and botox, without the hefty price tag.

In my time working at the University Compounding Pharmacy, I learned how to effectively combine multiple peptides effectively into one formula.  Learning how to do this was the basis for me creating my Repair and Release Cream, an all in one anti-aging with Matrixyl 3000, Argireline and Synake combined into a powerful anti-aging formula.

Have you seen great results using peptides in your skincare? Share with us in the comments below!

These Two Reasons Could Be Why Your Not Seeing Results With Your Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

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It’s sometimes scary to look back on how many products you’ve purchased and tried out in your pursuit of youthful skin. Over the years, most women have accumulated thousands of dollars of products but it’s so rare to find something that actually works.

While your intentions may be good, sometimes the results you’re looking for are from the results you end up seeing. There are two major reasons why you might not be seeing a reduction in wrinkles, sagging and dark spots so we’re here to make sure you know how to optimize your routine to get the skin you’ve always dreamed of.

You’re Only Using One Product To Solve Many Problems

vanityBack in the olden days, they used to called this the snake oil salesman, the man who promised to cure all your ailments with only one product. Flash forward to present day and most of the drugstore brands you know are no different. They promise one cream or serum will fix every problem when the reality is, you need more than just one thing to see results.

A routine with multiple products is the only way short of cosmetic surgery to achieve multiple results. Want to fix your sagging eyelids? Your moisturizer won’t be able to do it alone. That’s why we often preach of a comprehensive routine for your skin that includes proper cleansing, a moisturizer with anti-aging peptides and ingredients, and a specialized product for the eye area which has a unique composition of skin. Only by addressing your multiple concerns with multiple products will you begin to see results.

You’re Not Consistent About Your Skincare

schedule, skincareSkincare can’t provide results if it’s a once in a while thing. What will make the difference no matter what products you’re using is making sure you’re using them in a regimented, regular way.

Your skin, like anything else, learns to adjust to a routine. When skin only gets cleansed and nourished sometimes, the damage you undo with your routine has time to not only come back but get worse.

If you’re using the right products and the right amount of products, then the only thing missing is the consistency. Make sure you’re using your products both morning and night and try without fail to make sure you’re using them without a day off here and there. The more your skin adjusts to the products and their powerful ingredient, the better your skin will look and feel years younger!

I kept these two routine ideas in mind when I created South Beach Skin Lab products. Considering each product focuses on different areas of the skin and aging symptoms, all you have to do is apply morning and night consistently for a healthier more radiant look.

 

Julianne Moore Uses These 3 Rules To Keep Her Skin Looking Flawless Into Her 50’s

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This redheaded star has been named one of Hollywood’s most beautiful time and time again but what we can’t understand is how Julianne Moore doesn’t seem to age a single day! At 57 years old, this award-winning actress credits a few secrets to her eternal youth and they are so simple that you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start sooner!

She Stays Out Of The Sun

celebrity skin care, julianne moore, anti agingAs a redhead, this is a big one for Julianne. You can almost call her red hair and pale skin her iconic look but she swears by keeping UV rays at bay and slathering on SPF. Moore has joked in interviews that she prefers to walk around on the shady side of the street and even goes as far to avoid sitting on patios or outside seating at cafes to avoid baking in the sun.

Any skin care junkie knows that avoiding sun exposure has dramatic results on how quickly your skin produces wrinkles and helps keep your face clear of free radicals. Staying out of the sun is also the only way to prevent dark spots and pigmentation issues which judging by her flawless face, Julianne doesn’t worry about anymore.

She Never Messed With Her Face

julianne moore, celebrity skincare, anti agingSome celebs have regrets of having work done too young. As a result, they often look older now than they should, but not Julianna! Since her early days in Hollywood, she’s been outspoken about being against plastic surgery and taking pride to age gracefully.

“With few exceptions, people always look like they’ve had [plastic] surgery. They don’t look any younger,” says Moore. “Age is about lifespan, about the journey we take.” We couldn’t agree more.

She Never Skips Her Skincare Routine

julianne moore, celebrity skincare, anti agingThere are only two nightly routines that Julianne claims she’s religious about… wearing her retainer and her skincare routine. These good habits seem to be doing her wonders because even as she approaches 60, her skin looks as dewy and youthful as a 20-year-olds!

When interviewed about what routines she’s regimented with, Moore says “It’s so boring to say, ‘I always wash my face,’ but I do. But some people don’t. I put on some eye cream, a nice anti-aging moisturizer, and put my retainer in and go to bed. “. It’s easy to see that staying consistent to her routine has paid off big time for this gorgeous star!

 

We’ve Heard This Skincare Buzzword Before, But What Actually Is Collagen?

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Like so many dermatologist buzzwords, we hear about Collagen all the time. We’re told we need to increase our production of it and that we are constantly trying to protect it, but how many of us actually know what it is?

Collagen is like the glue for your body. It is a protein and it accounts for one-third of the total protein in the human body. Collagen is in your bones, muscle, skin, and tendons.

But it is different from many proteins in our body because of the extremely high levels of amino acids that makeup the collagen protein molecule. All of which help our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, as well as gut health stay as healthy as possible

Why do we lose collagen?

We naturally lose collagen as we age and production of it slows down when we get older, but there are lots of other ways you can be harming your collagen production.

Make sure you’re keeping safe from UV rays which can wreak havoc on collagen production. Also, make sure to watch things like your sugar intake or bad habits like smoking which can also cut down your production of collagen.

Aging alone can affect your collagen levels too. Around the age of 40, your collagen production will decline and most women notice a dramatic difference after menopause. Your skin will get looser, more wrinkles will appear and you will have less elasticity in your skin, resulting in lines and wrinkles throughout the face.

So how can you help the production of collagen in your skin to keep you looking youthful and wrinkle-free?

Eat The Right Foods

berries, collagen production, collagen, anti agingThere are lots of foods that can help increase your collagen production. Anything with high protein, Vitamin A or Vitamin C will do the trick like berries, almonds or avocados. Dark green vegetables have also been known to benefit your collagen production too.

 

Face Massage

collagen production, collagen, face massage, anti agingNot only does it feel GREAT, but giving yourself a face massage can actually stimulate the collagen in your skin and help plump already existing wrinkles. It also helps increase the circulation in your face which can do wonders to fight future signs of aging.

 

Use The Right Ingredients

collagen, collagen prodction, anti aging, face creamWhen purchasing and applying skincare products to your face, make sure they have a specific function to aid in producing collagen. Ingredients like Matrixyl 3000 which can be found in the South Beach Skin Lab – Repair and Release Cream and has been lab proven to increase the production of collagen and help plump wrinkles and lines with continued use.

4 Reasons Why Your Products Should Contain Green Tea As An Ingredient

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Green Tea is considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet because it contains so many nutrients and antioxidants but did you know it can also do wonders for your skin?! That’s why it’s one of our standout ingredients in both our Olive Oil Cleanser and our Repair and Release Cream.

This miracle ingredient can help your skin looks and feel it’s best and because it’s all natural, you don’t have to be worried about using it daily to achieve the results you want.

So how does Green Tea help you reach your Skin Care Goals?

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It Helps With Anti-Aging

Thanks to its high amount of antioxidants, Green Tea makes for an amazing sidekick to fight signs of aging! It can help control inflammation and helps fight wrinkles by increasing cell turnover.

It Protects You From Sun Damage

Green Tea can be very helpful in fighting sun damage and reducing dark spots on your face. It doesn’t block UV rays the way sunscreen does so you should still make sure you wear your daily SPF, but it has the ability to combat the free radical damage that your skin faces after sun exposure.

It Helps Treat Skin Disorders

Green Tea is packed with anti-inflammatory properties which makes it very effective at calming your skin. When you include an ingredient like Green Tea in your skin care routine, it can assist with the redness and inflammation from skin disorders like rosacea and psoriasis.

It Reduces Puffiness and Inflammation

Green Tea contains high levels of both caffeine and packs tons of anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, it does amazing work to reduce inflammation and puffiness from your whole face. It can not only improve the way your skin feels but how it looks too!

So if you want to incorporate green tea into your skin care routine make sure to pick a bottle of our Repair and Release Cream or Olive Oil Cleanser!

Are you using products that contain Green Tea? Let us know in the comments below!