The Smartest Skincare Tips From Our Favorite Celebrities!

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Celebs are known for their perfect, glowing skin. They are also masters at getting older without any signs of aging – but what are their secrets?

There has got to be something to these celebrity skincare secrets, so we compiled some of the best ones to help you look and feel your best from home!

Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon is one celebrity who has been in the public eye practically her whole life. The most surprising thing about her career in Hollywood is that while being in the public eye, she has managed to keep her skin wrinkle-free, and her complexion looking decades younger than she is. You might be surprised to know that her skincare routine is actually really simple.

Reese keeps her skin routine to an easy-to-copy 3 step routine. First, she uses an oil cleanser to remove makeup, hydrate her skin, and clear free radicals, which can cause wrinkles, from her skin. Next, she does a simple face massage to get her blood flowing and to brighten her skin and then follow up with her moisturizer routine. Following up with moisturize after cleansing makes sure the youth-promoting ingredients in her skin cream penetrate deep enough to show results.

Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston has been in front of the camera for decades but her glowing skin has always been the feature we most envy! Not only does she look years younger than she really is, but her skin always seems to have an amazing glow that makes her look even more youthful. Jennifer has tried lots of different facials but what really makes the difference for her skin is her hydration habits.

Jennifer never ever skips her moisturizing routine and takes it very seriously. She applies moisturizer not just to her face, but to her entire body multiple times a day. When it comes to her face, her moisturizer of choice is packed with peptides, amino acids, and anti-aging ingredients focused on repairing damage and protecting against new wrinkles and lines forming.

Demi Moore

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Some celebrity skincare routines are more strange than others and Demi Moore’s definitely has some strange elements. In an interview, Demi admitted her key to great, youthful skin is applying three layers of skin moisturizer every single night. This might sound excessive, and we agree – but when we look at her skin, we have to think that maybe there is something to this.

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. When your skin is hydrated, it will show fewer wrinkles, help mask lines, plump skin and improve your overall complexion. While we think three layers are way too much, making sure your skin is hydrated should be your top priority. If you are using a moisturizer that is made for anti-aging like our best-selling Repair & Release Cream, you can be assured your skin is getting maximum moisturizing benefits while also delivering nutrients and peptides to your skin. Keeping skin hydrated will have you glowing like Demi in no time!

Three Skincare Mistakes That Make You Look Older

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Are your goals to revive skin to a younger, healthier version? If so, you might be making mistakes in your routine that are keeping you from seeing results.

These mistakes may seem small, but they can have serious implications on the results you see. Here are the top mistakes to avoid if you want to look younger!

You Aren’t Cleansing Properly

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There is a reason dermatologists all agree that cleansing is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine. Cleansing allows you to wash away free radicals, pollution, dirt, and makeup so your skin and pores can breathe. By clearing away debris on your face, it will also help you fight wrinkles and allow for your anti-aging products to penetrate deeper into your skin.

One of the biggest mistakes of cleansing is using a bar of soap or foaming cleanser that strips your skin of natural oils and only cleans the surface of your face. Using an oil-based cleanser will help you remove more dirt and oil from deeper in your pores and will help you notice an improvement in wrinkles, lines, and the hydration of your skin.

Not Moisturizing

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Dry skin doesn’t always feel dry to the touch, and sometimes the dehydration can hide in the deeper layers of skin. As the spring weather starts to creep in, you might feel the urge to skip a day of moisturizer but that could be hurting your skin and your chances of seeing results.

If you want to see great results in your anti-aging routine, it’s crucial you never skip a day of your moisturizer. Not only will dry skin make wrinkles and lines look much worse, but your moisturizer is packed with anti-aging amino acids and peptides which will make all the difference in the results you see.

You Don’t Reverse Age Spots

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Nothing can age your face quite like dark spots and age spots. They are a telltale sign of sun damage, aging skin and damage to the dermis. If you want to look and feel your best, you’re going to need to find a solution to dark spots that actually works – and we’ve got just that!

If you’ve had trouble with dark spots, opt for our Dark Spot Corrector which will help return your skin to a younger and clearer complexion. Made with 5 different forms of stabilized vitamin C, it works to repair and fade age spots while brightening the rest of your complexion for a youthful glow. If you aren’t working to fight dark spots and age spots, you may never get the results you’re working so hard towards.

Here’s Why You Want To Avoid Squeaky Clean Skin

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There is a myth in the skincare world about squeaky clean skin. From commercials to magazines, you can find image after image of a woman washing her face with a foamy cleanser and revealing how clean her skin feels. The reality is that “squeaky clean” is really bad for your skin.

Your face should feel different and cleaner after cleansing, but here’s why skin that’s too clean can backfire.

It Strips Your Skin of Oil

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No matter your skin type, your skin naturally produces oils that it needs to fight dryness, add a healthy dose of shine, and help keep skin healthy. When you wash too vigorously, or with a traditional soap or foam cleanser, it strips your skin of all these important oils and can leave it vulnerable to sensitivity, dry flakes, and pronounced wrinkles.

Wrinkles can show up when your skin is too dry because it dehydrates the lines making them look worse than they really are. Instead, opt for an oil cleanser like our Lavender Oil Cleanser. Instead of stripping skins oil, it will remove dirt, makeup, and buildup without stripping oil. You’ll be able to feel a difference in your skin after the first wash!

It Can Increase Sun Damage

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When your skin is overwashed and stripped of its natural oils, it can make your skin more vulnerable to the sun. It can increase dryness and dehydrate skin as well as make you more susceptible to UVA and UVB rays. When your skin comes into contact with the harmful rays of the sun, it can lead to accelerated aging, sun spots, and damaged skin.

To make sure you’re protecting your skin properly, later skin with free-radical fighting ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidants. This will not only work to re-hydrate your skin back to a healthy and glowing level but will help to repair and prevent any traces of sun damage on your face.

It Can Dehydrate Skin

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The scary thing about dehydrated skin is that once it becomes dehydrated, it can sometimes take months to return skin back to normal. Dehydration to your skin will not only make wrinkles, spots, and lines look worse but it can mess with your makeup application and leave foundation and blush looking cakey and clumpy.

Dehydrated skin needs more nourishment than you can imagine. Most dermatologists will tell patients with dehydrated skin to use their hydrating moisturizer and cleanser to get the skin back to normal. If you are not sure if your skin is dehydrated, look for signs of sagging jowls, deeper wrinkles near the eyes and on the forehead, and an overall dullness to your skin. Don’t stress if your skin is dehydrated, instead use a nourishing routine for at least 30 days to get your skin back to normal, fast!

If Your Skin Feels Dry, Use These Tricks To Help Hydrate!

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Cold weather is here to stay and one of the most common side effects is your skin feeling dryer than normal. Like the seasons, our skin can change throughout the year but it’s no reason to panic.

Transforming your skin back to healthy and hydrated is as easy as following a few simple steps that you can work into your winter skincare routine. Here are our top tricks for revealing your gorgeous glow even in the dryest of months!

A Hydrating Cleanser

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A traditional cleanser is one that foams up but one of the worst side effects is dry, flakey skin. Traditional cleansers and soap are made with lots of surfactants and chemicals which strip your skin of its natural oils and mess with your pH balance.

To combat dryness from your cleansing routine, use our Lavender Oil Cleanser twice daily. How does it differ from other cleansers? Formulated with lavender oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil, it delivers a healthy dose of hydration as it washes away dirt, makeup and free radicals from your face.

A DIY Mask

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Masking is having its moment in the spotlight right now and for good reason. A face mask can help manage all sorts of skin issues ranging from dryness to acne and even anti-aging. While some masks can end up costing a small fortune from drugstores or Sephora, you can try to achieve the same results at home with ingredients you already own.

One of our favorites for dry skin is a coconut oil and honey mask which can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. All you’ll need is 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1.5 tablespoons of honey. Mix the two together and apply to your face with your fingers or a masking brush and leave on for about five minutes. The powerful hydrating properties of those two ingredients will leave skin glowing and hydrated!

Great Moisturizer Ingredients

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There are lots of options for a moisturizing cream on the market but many of them lack an important key to success…proper ingredients. Drugstore brands fill products with chemicals, sulfates, and even parabens. If you’re looking to combat dry skin, these types of ingredients will only make the problems you already see worse.

In order for your skin to really become nourished and feel more hydrated, it will take the power of ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, and sea buckthorn, which are all-star ingredients in our best-selling Repair & Release Cream. Ingredients like those help penetrate deeper than just the top layer of your skin, which can help improve the overall health of your skin’s moisture barrier. Using our Repair & Release Cream twice daily should help relieve your skin and help you glow no matter how dry the cold winter air becomes.

Is Micellar Water As Good At Cleansing As We Think?

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In the last few years, Micellar water has popped up on beauty shelves everywhere claiming to be the newest and most gentle way to remove dirt and makeup from your face.

Think it sounds too good to be true? So did we! That’s why we put Micellar water to the test to see if it could hold up against our Olive Oil Cleanser. Before we break down our results, we wanted to explain a bit more about what micellar water is and what it claims to do.

What Is Micellar Water?

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How We Tried It

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After wiping our faces down with the cotton pad, we could see some makeup and dirt had been wiped away but we couldn’t help but feel that our skin wasn’t completely clean.

The Verdict

cleansing, south beach skin lab, oilve oil cleanser, skin careWe couldn’t get over the feeling our skin wasn’t clean so we actually took some of our very own Olive Oil Cleanser and used it on the cotton pad to wipe down our face again.

To our surprise, there was even more dirt and oil on the second cotton pad (check out the photo above!) meaning that the micellar water didn’t live up to the promise to completely cleanse your skin of makeup and grime.

Because micellar water lacks some of the components needed to really dig deep into pores and cleanse, don’t go throwing your cleansers out just yet…

Could this be an easy quick fix before the gym or while traveling? Sure! But we absolutely would not recommend it as your only cleansing option for the entire day. Based on our test, it leaves dirt and oil still trapped in pores and if left there, it can lead to breakouts, enlarged pores, and deeper wrinkles so stick with your Olive Oil Cleanser to make sure your face is as clean as can be!

We’re Busting One Of The Biggest Myths About Moisturizers

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There is so much information available about skincare that it’s hard to know what to believe. For us at South Beach Skin Lab, our mission is to not only provide you the results you’ve dreamed of but to also educate you to make the best decisions for your skin.

Since knowledge is power, we’ve decided to bust one of the biggest myths in skincare to make sure you’re armed with the most accurate and up to date information when it comes to your personal routine.

Myth: You Skin Can Get Addicted To Moisturizer

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Truth: Skin cannot become physically or psychologically addicted to moisturizer in the way a person can form an addiction to a substance.

In order for your skin to keep looking as vibrant as it did when you were younger, your skin needs hydration.  Getting older means your skin naturally dries out and most of the time, it’s your brain convincing you that you NEED cream instead of letting you acknowledge that your skin simply thrives when properly hydrated.

What happens is your brain becomes accustomed to seeing you a certain way. Your skin looks visibly healthier and younger when you’re taking care of it properly and you are likely just noticing the difference on days you skip your routine.

What some people will assume is an “addiction” to their moisturizer is really just a dependence. When your skin is accustomed to a quality routine, it knows when it’s lacking nutrients and it reacts by accentuating wrinkles and dark spots.

Looking to cut out using a daily moisturizer? While we don’t advise it unless you’ve got an extremely oily skin type. If that’s the case, apply your cream only in the mornings and make sure you’re still cleansing twice a day with a nourishing cleanser like our Day & Night Olive Oil Cleanser.

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If you’re looking for a long moisturizer, you want to make sure it’s as powerful for anti-aging as it is for hydration, so you can get the most out of a single application.

A day and night option like our Repair & Release Cream uses peptides like Matrixyl 3000 to erase wrinkles while you sleep and ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter help keep skin nourished and glowing all day long.

 

What is the craziest skin care myth you’ve ever heard? 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

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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

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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

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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.