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!

Finally, A Tutorial On How To Use An Oil Cleanser Properly!

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If you haven’t heard of oil cleansing, you’ve probably been living under a rock. This new way to wash your face has received rave reviews from not only industry experts and top bloggers, but from everyday people just like you who have learned the magic power of the oil cleanser.

Unlike traditional foaming cleansers or soap, oil cleansers come in liquid form and feel silky smooth going on your skin. Once rinsed off, you’re left with a glowing complexion and just a touch to your face will prove how nourishing this product can be when used correctly.

For those of you who are new to oil cleansing, we’re going to break down a few key points to know about how to do it properly to make sure you’re getting the most out of your new cleansing method! So grab your Olive Oil Cleanser and let’s get started!

You Only Need A Small Amount

oil cleanser, oil cleansing, skincare how toIf you’re using more than a dime sized amount, you’re likely using too much and wasting product and money. A little goes a long way with oil cleansers so don’t fill up your whole palm the way you usually would.

Applying a small dime sized amount and rub it between your fingertips. Then apply gently to a dry face in a circular motion. You will feel the oil start to glide across your face but will notice that it doesn’t foam up. Don’t worry, it’s not supposed to.

Don’t Keep Rubbing For Too Long

makeup removal, oil cleanser, skincareOil cleansers work like a magnet to attract dirt and grime from your pores. It doesn’t take too much elbow grease for it to work so you want to make sure you’re only applying it to the entire face for a moment or two.

You may notice it takes on the color of whatever is left on your face for the day, so don’t be frightened if you see a bit of your foundation or mascara color coming through, that’s totally normal. Oil cleansers have a reputation for being really powerful at removing even the most waterproof of makeup.

Keep rubbing in a circular motion and make sure to scrub all parts of your face from your hairline to your jawline. Because oil cleansers are often made with powerful ingredients like Olive Oil, you want to be sure to keep it out of your mouth and eyes. For the eye area, you can also use a cotton pad with a few drops of cleanser to remove any mascara or eyeliner before cleansing the rest of your face.

It Works For Almost Every Skin Type

skin types, oil cleansing, skincareHave oily skin? That’s no reason to avoid an oil cleanser! While some people think that putting oil on oil is not a great idea, it actually will help control your oil production over time with regular use. Oil cleansers help fight acne or breakouts and will not clog your pores.

If you have combination skin or dry skin, you’ll be surprised at how nourishing an oil cleanser can be! Unlink soap and foam cleanser, you’re not going to have that hard, dry and rough skin once you rinse the cleanser off.  Instead, your skin looks like it has a halo glow and will feel extremely soft.

There are very few skincare products that can really work for everyone, and that’s why to us, oil cleansers are the holy grail! Just ask the thousands of happy customers who have purchased our Olive Oil Cleanser!

 

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.

 

How Can Skin Be Oily and Dry All At The Same Time?

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered “what the heck is going on?!” Your cheeks are dry and flaky but your forehead looks like you’ve just cooked breakfast on it. Just because you have one face does not mean you have one skin type, and fall is the ideal time for your skin to flare up and feel both dry and oily at the same time.

What Is Combination Skin?

tzone, combination skin, skin typePeople with combination skin usually have an oily T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin, and dry or normal skin everywhere else, like the cheeks. The T-zone typically is oily because of the high concentration of oil-producing glands that exist in this area.

What we were shocked to learn was most people, especially women, will experience combination skin at some point in their life.

What Does It Look Like?

skin type, combination skinCombination skin can be easy to spot if you know what to look for. Generally, combination skins shows up as excess oil in your T-zone, the area of your forehead, your nose and your chin, and shows extreme dryness on your cheeks and other parts of the face.

People with combination skin will often report a lot of shine to their t-zone and complain of flaking skin, redness and irritation on their cheeks and towards their hairline.

How Can I Care For It?

skin care, combination skin, oil cleanserCombination skin can be managed easily and without too much change to your routine. Dermatologists swear by oil cleansing because it doesn’t strip moisture away from the dry areas but also helps control oil production and sebum in the more oily t-zone. In fact, one of the first tips most dermatologists recommend is to stay away from traditional soaps.

You also want to make sure to moisturize. It may seem silly that you’re going to want to put moisturizer on an oily face, but it will protect the dry parts of your face, where your oil cleanser has already removed excess oils in your t-zone. Making this the perfect combo for flawless skin.

If you want to try both and oil cleanser and a moisturizer, we offer the perfect starter pack, it includes our Repair and Release Cream as well as our Olive Oil Day and Night Cleanser at one great low price!  Click here to try our Starter Beach Bag Combo!

 

Here Are The Best Ways To Transition Your Skin Care Routine To Fall

Do you feel that chill in the air? The leaves are about to start falling and that means its time to start transitioning your routine to fit the seasons. The weather affects your skin in so many ways and you want to make sure that you’re one step ahead of Mother Nature to fight signs of dryness, aging and to repair some of the damage that summer sun can cause.

Switch To A Thick Moisturizer

repair and release cream, south beach skin lab, moisturizer, fall skincare routineSay goodbye to those lightweight, oil-free moisturizers! Now is the time to ditch your summer skin care because you’re no longer fighting sweat and humidity. Instead, your new job is to make sure that the temperature drop doesn’t completely dehydrate your skin leaving it flakey and dull.

For fall, use a moisturizer that has a focus on hydrating ingredients, like our Repair & Release Cream. It’s packed with nourishing ingredients like grape seed oil, shea butter, and vitamin E which all help protect your skins moisture barrier. Say goodbye to dry, cracking skin and hello to a youthful glow!

Cut Back On Exfoliation

fall skincare, over exfoliation, dry skinWhen your skin gets drier, exfoliation can actually tear your skin leaving you with flakey and dull looking face. This is the time of year where your skin needs lots of extra love as it transitions to cold weather and over exfoliation can completely backfire causing your dryness to become even worse.

To keep your skin safe from over exfoliation, make sure you transition to exfoliating only once a week. This should keep your skin safe and flake free and if you do find that you need more exfoliation, you can slowly work your way up to twice or three times a week which will give it time to adjust to your new routine and the new temperatures outside.

I designed my Olive Oil Cleanser with this in mind, it’s gentle on your skin but still cleans impurities and toxins from your skin. It’s a perfect solution to be used through the autumn months that won’t dry out your skin or cause cracking.

Make Sure To Use A Hand Cream

hand cream, anti aging, moisturizer, fall skincare, fall tipsWhen the temperature drops, any exposed skin can be at risk to excess dryness and since it’s not quiet glove season, your hands may be taking the hit. It’s important to make sure to throw a moisturizer in your bag so that you can always keep your hands hydrated, even on the go.

Want your hand cream to pull double duty? Opt for using an anti-aging moisturizer on your hands like my Repair and Release Cream. Hands can give away your age as much as your face can so you can combat signs of aging and get that much-needed boost of moisture all with one product.

What is your favorite skincare tip for fall? Let us know in the comments below!

 

How To Fix Dry Skin Quickly With This Simple No Frills Routine

Like flowers, we are all unique. While there are general rules to care for all types of skin, it’s important to know your specific skin type and make sure you care for it in the most suitable way.

Today we focus on dry skin. Let’s face it: Dry skin sucks. It’s uncomfortable, unattractive, and annoying to deal with—especially when it’s on our face—and the sheer number of potential causes is mind-boggling. No matter what your age, dry skin can happen and the symptoms range from a slight dryness when you touch your face to red irritation and flakey skin.

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