Three Moisturizing Mistakes You’re Making That Hurt Your Results

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If there is one skincare step we know most people include in their routine, it’s moisturizing. What you may not know is that your moisturizer needs to be used strategically in order for you to get the results you’re working so hard to see.

Moisturizer is part art and part science. Here are the most common mistakes you’re making in your moisturizing routine and how to correct them to see results!

It Doesn’t Work For Your Skin Type

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Most people know their skin type as oily, dry, or normal but the reality is most skin types are a combination of the ones listed above. Because of this, your moisturizing routine could backfire if you’re using skin type-specific products without realizing parts of your face are a combination. This can lead to flakes, dry patches, and breakouts if you’re not careful.

Instead, opt for a solution that is made for almost every type of skin like our Repair & Release Cream. This powerful moisturizer is packed with beneficial peptides and nutrients to not only reverse signs of aging but to help your skin glow with balanced hydration throughout.

You’re Applying It To Dry Skin

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Most people notice a need for a moisturizer when their skin is dry, but that isn’t the best time to be applying your moisturizer. Your moisturizer works more effectively when you apply it to damp skin and its been proven that it even absorbs better and makes hydration last longer. You should also never apply your moisturizer over makeup because it will clog pores and lead to breakouts.

The best time to use your moisturizer for maximum benefit is right after cleansing. Start with your Lavendar Oil Cleanser to make sure your skin is clean and clear. After cleansing, pat your face dry with a soft towel and then apply your moisturizer directly to the skin in a gentle circular motion. Try not to tug at your skin as this can lead to more wrinkles and lines.

You’re Using A 2-in-1 Product

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A recent trend in the skincare world is trying to shorten up a routine by providing products that perform more than one benefit. A great example of this is a moisturizer with SPF sun protection included. While it may seem like a no-brainer to cut out a step in your routine and use a multi-purpose product, you’ll never get the same kind of benefit as you would using them separately.

With a two in one product, science has proven that mixing ingredients like UV protection and hydrating peptides can ruin the effectiveness of both. That is why so many people complain of sun damage from just using their moisturizer with SPF- it doesn’t perform properly because its effective ingredients have been compromised. To avoid this, stick with a moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream which allows you to apply sun protection of your choice on top of it without clogging pores. This will allow the anti-aging ingredients in your Repair & Release Cream to work their absolute hardest and actually reverse wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.

Squalane Is The Skin Care Miracle Ingredient We’ve Been Wishing For!

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Mirror mirror on the wall, how can I target dryness, uneven skin tone, and stubborn skin issues? The answer you’re looking for is Squalane. This incredible ingredient comes from nature and is one of the most beneficial for your skin.

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. Chances are you’ve been enjoying its moisturizing benefits in our best-selling Repair & Release Cream! Here’s everything you need to know about squalane and how it’s going to make your skin magnificent!

What Is Squalane?

squalane, skincare ingredients, natural skincare ingredients, plant-basked skincareSqualane is a natural, plant-derived ingredient that actually mimics a natural process of our skin known as squalene. Squalane comes from squalene, which we know can be confusing if you don’t know the difference. Squalene is part of our skin’s own natural moisture. It is also found in a variety of plants and even olive oil!

It maintains skin’s moisture barrier and hydration and is also an antioxidant, packed full of anti-aging properties that will neutralize environmental damage and leave skin looking and feeling more supple and rejuvenated than ever.

What Are The Benefits?

squalane, squalene, squalane skincare, natural skincare, plant-based skincareOur bodies naturally produce squalene as we mentioned above, but after the age of 20, our natural production decreases. Using the ingredient squalane in your Repair & Release Cream will help increase the amount of nourishment your skin is getting. The result will be stunning and flawless skin!

This amazing ingredient will instantly hydrate your skin while locking in essential moisture and replenishing your skin. It’s going to help diminish lines, wrinkles and sagging, all while nourishing your skin. Squalane is biology’s best moisturizer—and your skin knows it!

Who Can Use It?

squalane skincare, squalane, squalane for skin, squaleneWant to hear the best thing about squalane? It’s suitable for every single skin type and every skin tone! Remember when he mentioned that our skin naturally produces squalene when we are young? This will replenish the missing nutrient for your skin and provide results for anyone, which is why it is the key ingredient in our best-selling Repair & Release Cream!

For best results with squalane, you want to make sure your skin is getting a dose of it at least twice a day through your Repair & Release Cream. If you suffer from dry skin, perhaps even more! This will help balance the sebum in your skin to keep it functioning at it’s best and restore the texture of skin you had in your teens and 20’s! The results will truly blow you away!

Here’s How To Get Great Skin For Flawless Makeup Application

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Almost every woman in America wears some form of makeup everyday. We use it to express ourselves, feel confident and put together, and simply because we enjoy it. But if your makeup application isn’t as easy as it was years ago, chances are aging skin has something to do with it.

As we get older, wrinkles, creases, and dullness can all factor into how our makeup looks when we apply it. That’s why we decided to give you three easy tips to ensure your skin looks healthy and smooth so you can get that flawless, airbrushed look when you apply your makeup.

A Smooth Complexion

foundation, smooth complexion, good skin for makeup, makeup and skincareWe use makeup to put our best face forward, but if makeup is looking mismatched, cakey or dry then applying foundation and blush can be a nightmare. If you feel like you’re makeup isn’t blending but instead sits on the top of your face, you’ll need a little bit of help smoothing out your complexion.

For makeup that absorbs, glides on skin, and provides full coverage, you’ll need to pay special attention to your moisturizing habits. Ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and argan work to condition skin back to a softer and more supple feeling. This will make applying liquid or powders to your face much easier and accentuate wrinkles far less, which is why we included them in our Repair & Release Cream formulation.

Concealed Dark Circles

concealer, under eyes, eye wrinkles, eye care, eye serum, eye creamOne of the most popular and widely used makeup is for concealer for dark undereye circles. Many times, eye makeup application can be difficult to blend and that’s likely because you are experiencing dryness around your eyes. If your undereye area is dry,  you’ll be seeing creasing and caking when you apply your concealer.

This is because the dehydrated skin is accentuating your wrinkles, causing your makeup to look awful. For a quick and easy fix, apply your Eye Lift Serumabout 10 minutes before your makeup. This will give it time to absorb, working to lighten dark circles and reduce puffiness, while also hydrating skin for a smooth application.

Find The Right Formula

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Instead, opt for skincare that is made in the USA so you can be confident that it’s safe and effective with homegrown ingredients. This will ensure you’re using quality products that were made with integrity and have trustworthy ingredients. Plus, we never test on animals!

Here’s How To Know When It’s Time For A Fall Skincare Routine

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It’s September and nothing throws your skincare routine into a frenzy like changing seasons. Early fall can be especially difficult considering you’re still dealing with humidity, but also starting to feel dryness from the cool fall air at night.

How do you know when your skin is ready for a seasonal change? Look for these signs to know when its time to ditch summer skincare and start prepping for fall!

Flakey Skin

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Fighting flakey skin is as easy as keeping it hydrated with a powerful moisturizer and using it every morning and night. Twice a day application will help keep dullness and flakey skin at bay while allowing for your skin to absorb all the hydration and nutrition it’s been craving.

Breakouts

breakouts, adult acne, fall acne, weather and acneGoing between dry and humid weather daily can throw your skin into turmoil and cause some serious breakouts. When your body changes from cold to sweating, and then back again, it can cause the dry, dead skin builds on your face and then locks in sweat and oil when you’re feeling warmer again. This will cause your pores to clog and produce some of the worst breakouts you can imagine.

To avoid this, keep your skins pH balance even by using an oil-based cleanser. It will help protect your skin from the extremes and keep it soft and supple, no matter which way the temperature goes. It also helps clear away dead skin and dirt out of pores to reduce your chances of breakouts and keep skin looking flawless!

Sensitive Skin

ssensitive skin, fall skincare routineDoes your skin feel more sensitive than usual? Signs of sensitivity can show up as redness, tenderness or bumps on your face and they can be caused by something as simple as changes in the air. Don’t stress, sensitive skin doesn’t have to be permanent and there are some simple steps you can use to make sure you’re protected.

Using a water-based moisturizer twice a day is going to minimize your risk of sensitivity and help to diminish and redness or tenderness you might feel in your skin. There are also anti-microbial properties in our Olive Oil Cleanser that will help clear out any bacteria and dirt that could be leading to your skin’s sensitivity.

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!

3 Tricks To Keep Your Hands Looking Youthful and Wrinkle-free!

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You’re getting lots of rest, your diligent about your skincare routine, and you take anti-aging seriously, so one would think you’ve got all your bases covered… except for a true skin care expert. They know the one place that gives your age away no matter how good you take care of your face is your hands.

Your hands happen to be the most exposed part of the skin on your body, even more than your face! Because of it’s constant exposure to elements, your hands can age quickly leaving wrinkles, dark spots and sagging skin and no matter how great your face looks, this can give away your true age.

Here are a few of our favorite tips to make sure you’re taking good care of your hands and keeping them looking their best.

Moisturize Them

hands, wrinkles, dark spots, anti-agingYour skin looks the best when it’s got a healthy amount of hydration and that is true for your hands too! Like your face, wrinkles can appear deeper and more severe when they are dehydrated. Using a moisturizer at least twice a day on your hands can help keep wrinkles at bay and keep your hands as soft as possible.

If you’re looking for added muscle power in fighting hand wrinkles, you can always use your anti-wrinkle moisturizer like the Repair & Release Cream. Because of the powerful anti-wrinkle peptides like Matrixyl 3000 and Argileine, this will provide extra help to repair your wrinkles than an average hand cream will while still providing all the hydration your hands could need.

Protect Them

sunburn, hands, wrinkles, dark spotsWe cannot emphasize this enough… SPF is your BFF! If your skin isn’t protected from the sun, you’re going to get burned!

Using an SPF on your hands is crucial to avoiding sun damage and causing premature aging on your hands. This helps keep your hands protected from further damage and protects your skin so it’s able to heal itself from free radicals.

To make sure your hands are safe from harmful rays, apply an SPF to the tops of your hands at least 3 times a day, or anytime after washing your hands. If you’re spending the day at the beach or out in the sun, we suggest re-applying every hour for extra protection.

Enhance Them

manicure, anti-aging, aging hands, wrinkles, dark spotsA little pampering and self-care can make anyone feel their best! When it comes to aging hands, something as simple as a manicure can have your hands looking their best and leave you feeling great about yourself!

By treating yourself to a manicure, you can take a few hours to yourself and unwind. Not only will that do wonders for your mental health, but the result of a professional manicure will also leave your hands looking amazing and give you a confidence boost. Pick your favorite shade of polish and enjoy being pampered!

 

How do you combat wrinkles and lines on your hands? Share it with us in the comments below!