Get Glowing Summer Skin From The Inside Out!

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We all know that what we put in our bodies is just as important for our skin as what we put on them. Thankfully in the warmer seasons, we’ve got ample options when it comes to skin-healthy foods that are going to help your complexion look its best.

To stay glowing from the inside, these tasty treats have little to no prep time and can be purchased at any grocery store. They are high in vitamins and antioxidants and will leave your summer skin glowing from the inside!

Tomatoes

sun protection, sun care, skincare foods, food for good skinIs there anything more tasty than a ripe, summer fresh tomato? Turns out they’re not only delicious but they’re also a great source of antioxidants, especially lycopene which helps protect skin from the sun. Lycopene can also cure dark spots, lines, dryness and rough skin.

Not only are tomatoes good for protecting skin from sun damage but they work wonders at reversing it too. Applying raw tomato to your face will dimish dark spots and wrinkles and leave your skin looking years younger.

Coconut Oil

coconut oil for wrinkles, wrinkle care, coconut oil, skincare foods, summer skincare foodsDid you know that cooking with coconut oil is one of the most healthy and safe oils you can use? Coconut has tons of benefits for the body, skin, and hair but did you know that it can be used both topically and internally to eliminate wrinkles?!

Coconut oil has been proven by experts to rebuild connective tissues on and inside the body which are often the cause of deep wrinkles. By cooking with coconut oil (and even using it to moisturize your body!) you’re getting all the benefits of coconut oil and helping return your skin to its wrinkle-free glory.

Cherry

cherry, cherries, skincare foods, skincare super foods, summer skincare foodsWhen we think of cherries, we always this of summer! This tasty stone fruit can work wonders on your skin thanks to a high dose of vitamin C and potassium which are essential for healthy skin.

Vitamin C from eating cherries will help get the collagen production in your skin up and will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. The best part about this skincare superfood is that it’s great to travel with to work, the beach or the park this summer. Getting great skin on the go has never been easier!

What are your favorite summertime skincare foods? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

3 Skincare Tips You Can’t Afford To Skip After A Workout

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Keeping fit is important for the health of your body and the health of your skin. Breaking a sweat can have a ton of benefits but if you’re doing these common things after a workout, chances are you’re compromising your skin in a big way.

You don’t have to compromise your workouts or your skincare to get the results you want. Here are a few tips to remember post-workout to keep your skin looking wrinkle free!

Be Gentle With Your Skin

workout skin care routine, post workout skincare, exercise, skincare tipsWhen you workout, you’re used to having a tight grip on your weights and machines. One of the most common mistakes you’re making after a workout is being too rough on your skin when you’re cleaning off the sweat or applying your moisturizer.

You want to touch your skin as gently as possible after a workout and avoid anything drastic like exfoliation. Feeling sweaty can have you thinking you need a harsh exfoliant but using an oil-based cleanser that digs deep into pores will remove any dirt and sweat left over from your workout and leave skin soft to the touch.

You’re Touching Your Face Before Washing Your Hands

workout skincare, post workout skincare, skincare after the gym, fitness skincareIf you stop to think for a moment how many other people put their hands on the same gym equipment you did today, you’d probably be pretty grossed out. Recent studies have even suggested that free weights in the gym are as dirty as a toilet!

By touching your face before washing your hands, you’re transferring all that disgusting bacteria directly to your face and it is bound to cause breakouts and skin infections. Make sure before you start your post-workout skincare routine, or touch anything for that matter, that you wash your hands with soap and water directly after your workout is done.

Don’t Skip Moisturizer!

repair and release cream, south beach skin lab, best skincare, best skincare usa, natural skincare, anti-aging skincareNo matter how dewy and soft your skin feels after a workout, it’s super important that you don’t skip your Repair & Release Cream after you break a sweat at the gym. During your workout, your skin sweats and the moisture it loses needs to be replenished after your sweat session.

Most people skip moisturizer after the gym because they’re worried it will clog pores but experts agree this is actually the most ideal time to apply peptides and nutrients to your skin. With all the toxins removed from your sweat session, the powerful ingredients have time to get to work to repair wrinkles and damage and prevent more signs of aging on your face.

Dr. Ryan Answers Important Questions About Botox + Aging

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Sometimes we’re tempted to go to extremes in the pursuit of youthful, wrinkle-free skin. One of the more drastic options when it comes to anti-aging is Botox and it is one of the most commonly discussed topics with Dr. Ryan Shelton in his practice.

Dr. Shelton knows a thing or two about skin safety and getting results so here’s here to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Botox to help you make the best decision.

Can Botox remove existing wrinkles or is it purely preventative?  

botox, wrinkles, wrinkle care, botox questions, wrinkles, anti-agingRemoving anything from your body is going to be painful and expensive and to really “remove” wrinkles, you’ll be looking for laser treatments or facelifts.

Botox will simply freeze the muscles you inject it to doing two important things. The first is that it will smooth out existing wrinkles to the point where they are much less noticeable.  It will also freeze the muscles that it was injected into, limiting movement and helping to prevent future wrinkles from excessive facial expressions. In short, Botox can’t remove anything but it can help smooth for now and prevent for later.

How does Botox affect the overall health of your skin?

oily skin, botox side effects, botox, botox face, fillers, wrinkles, linesUsing botox can have some seriously harmful effects but most people will experience mild reactions like increased oil production where the injection was done, or redness and itchy skin.

To minimize the downsides of Botox on your skin, switch to an oil-based cleanser to help keep your oil production under control and revive your skin back to a balanced pH level. Using a moisturizer with natural ingredients will also limit the negative side effects you’ll notice from Botox.

Botox isn’t a permanent solution. Does this mean you need to continue getting it?

botox, safety of botox, needles, skincare hacks, anti-agingDespite what some doctors would like you to think, Botox is not a one-time solution that will keep you looking wrinkle-free forever.  Botox, like any skincare endeavor, requires upkeep and effort to maintain results. While Botox can provide you a few months of fewer wrinkles, you will be required to go back for touch-ups every few months which can carry a hefty price tag.

Unless you’ve got thousands of dollars a year to designate to your Botox treatments, I suggest sticking with an effective and proven skincare routine that is going to provide long term results and not just a temporary solution.

While Botox may seem appealing, just remember that it’s going to cost you big bucks and most of the time, you can achieve similar results with your South Beach Skin Lab Routine.

Is A Silk Pillowcase The Secret To Younger Looking Skin?

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There is always something new in the world of skin care and the battle against aging skin. Recently, the most trendy product has been the silk pillowcase,  popping up all over the internet claiming it works wonders for your wrinkles and skin. Having fallen victim to unnecessary products that don’t actually help, we couldn’t help but be a little skeptical.

Although soft and beautiful, silk pillowcases can come with a hefty price tag and before making a big investment, we’re going to break down if changing your pillowcase to silk can make a difference in your skin.

The Silk Pillowcase Claim

silk pillow, silk pillowcase for skin, silk pillow for wrinklesIn recent months, beauty gurus have been hailing the silk pillowcase as the fountain of youth and an easy adjustment to your routine that can provide serious results if you’re trying to fight wrinkles.

The promise behind silk pillowcases is that it will help your skin look and feel younger by providing a softer, less harsh place to rest your face. They seem to believe that your cotton pillowcase is the cause of early signs of aging because of how harsh it can feel on the face as you move in your sleep. They believe using silk allows your face to glide across the pillow with less pulling and therefore, fewer wrinkles.

The Facts

silk pillow, silk pillow for wrinkles, anti-aging, silk pillow for skinThe science behind the claims of using a silk pillowcase can be difficult to back up. Unlike skincare products with scientific evidence that they reverse wrinkles, there is very little information or literature from legitimate sources on the benefits of splurging on a silk pillowcase to fight wrinkles.

While experts believe that there isn’t any real harm to switching pillows to silk, they also don’t believe there is any benefit that can even come close to using a comprehensive anti-aging skincare routine. In fact, most doctors say your hard earned money is much better spent on quality products than unproven frills like silk pillowcases.

The Verdict

pillow wrinkles, silk pillow, silk pillowcase, anti-aging skincareWhen it comes to your skin, you need to trust your gut and do what feels best for you. Despite not having scientific evidence to back up the claims of a silk pillowcase, if you find that your skin is improving after the switch, there is no harm in continuing to use it.

If you’re on a tight budget, stick to splurging on products vs. fads like the silk pillow. Skincare experts agree that regardless if you jump on this trend or not, a pillowcase will never be a suitable replacement for a peptide-rich skincare routine that will nourish and heal your skin directly on contact.

 

Would you try the silk pillowcase trend? Let us know in the comments below!

Three New Ways To Stop Sagging Skin For Good

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As we age, collagen production decreases and wrinkles and sagging skin can form. Sagging skin can have you feeling insecure and not yourself, but it also can have you looking much older than you are if you’re not taking a few easy preventative measures.

We take your sagging skin very seriously at South Beach Skin Lab so we’ve rounded up some of the most effective treatments for sagging skin to help you put your best face forward.

Use Antioxidants 

antioxidants, skincare, anti-aging, southbeachskinlabEvery single day, your skin is exposed to so many external factors that contribute to the health of your skin. When pollution and toxins reach your skin, they produce free radicals that are the culprits of wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin.

Antioxidants help fight and neutralize free radicals to stop them in their tracks and help prevent the sagging skin they cause. In fact, even using an antioxidant moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream once daily has been proven to prevent free radicals and firm skin. Because of powerful collagen and antioxidants, it prevents cell damage and keeps your skin safe and healthy while providing essential collagen to keep skin firm and youthful.

Wear Sunscreen

spf, sun care, spf protection, wrinkles, dark spots, sagging skin, south beach skin labSPF is your BFF when it comes to all signs of aging, and sagging skin is no exception! Environmental factors, especially UV rays, are responsible for so much damage to our skin that protecting ourselves is the #1 defense against sagging skin and wrinkles.

Every single time you go outside, cloudy or sunny, you should be wearing at least SPF30. Think applying SPF once a day is enough? Think again! You should be re-applying sunscreen (don’t forget about your neck and chest too!) at least every 2 hours throughout the day or you won’t be properly protected.

Hydrate + Moisturize

moisturizer, hydrate, sagging skin, anti-aging, skincare, skincare tips, anti-aging tipsSagging skin doesn’t just show up overnight, it’s a result of not having cared for your skin properly in the past and that’s leading to dehydrated, dull and sagging skin. Your body needs 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, imagine what your skin, the largest organ in your body, needs!

To keep your skin nourished and hydrated, using a moisturizing cream, no matter how powerful, isn’t enough. Chances are you’re using a regular foaming cleanser to wash your face and that’s likely what’s causing dehydration and sagging. Make sure to switch to an oil-based cleanser which has been proven more powerful and gentle. It will remove dirt, makeup and leave your skin soft to the touch after the very first use. Make the switch and say goodbye to sagging skin for good!

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.