Is Makeup Bad For Your Skin? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Since our teenage days when we first experimented with too much blush and blue eyeshadow, we were always told that makeup can be cause for concern when it comes to your skin.

Some believe that applying makeup daily can leave you with deeper lines and wrinkles while others think the two have nothing to do with each other. We dove into the research to find out the truth once and for all…

Skin and Makeup

amy schumer, makeup and skincare, skincare tips, makeup tipsFor the most part, makeup is completely safe for your skin. When people run into skin issues from makeup, it can be caused by an allergy to one of the ingredients or a harsh reaction to the makeup itself.

Like skincare, it’s important to take note of ingredients in your makeup and make sure that it’s not only safe but that the product is formulated for your skin type. While South Beach Skin Lab products are formulated for all skin types, most makeup brands aren’t. These days, even makeup is customizable to dry skin, oily skin or even acne prone to minimize the chance of skin problems.

What Can Happen?

breakouts from makeup, makeup and acne, makeup and breakouts, south beach skin lab, skincare, anti-agingUsing too much makeup, or the wrong makeup can have serious consequences for the health of your skin. Pimples don’t often happen as a result of makeup, but in fact, the makeup seals your pores which become filled with dead skin and oil. Those are how breakouts happen and can be one of the main side effects of the wrong products.

Some people can also experience redness, inflammation, eczema or rosacea as a result of ingredients used in their makeup products. Something to remember is that ingredients in makeup are not regulated in America, so it’s best to educate yourself of irritating ingredients like parabens to avoid skin issues.

How Can You Fix Your Skin?

skincare fix, makeup and skincare, anti-aging, makeup, skincareJust because you’re experiencing skin issues right now does not mean that it’s your fate. A few easy changes to your routine can make sure that your skin is protected, even if you need a little makeup to look and feel your best. For starters, read makeup ingredients and ask questions when you purchase your products the same way you would skincare.

If giving up makeup seems like a curse to you, then there is no need! If you’re taking proper care of your face before and after makeup application, chances are you won’t be doing your skin any harm.

Instead of using oily makeup removers, opt for an oil-based cleanser like our Day & Night Olive Oil Cleanser which removes 99.9% of makeup from the day. This will allow your pores to breath at night, and also dig deep to clear our dead skin and oil from your face, leaving nothing but a healthy and youthful glow!

Three Top Beauty Trends That You Can Pull Off At Any Age

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Every year, tons of magazines and websites collect data from all sorts of searches and questions to forecast the biggest and hottest trends for the coming year. More times than not, these trends are difficult for most people to pull off (hello, purple eyeshadow) and leave you feeling insecure and silly if you’re testing them out over the age of 30.

In an unusual twist, three of the biggest trends they’re predicting for 2019 are so easy and practical, it will have you looking and feeling your best throughout the new year, no matter your age.

Trend #1: Dewy Looking Skin

glossy skin, dewy skin, skincare trends, trends 2019Remember when you used to pat your face with shine control sheets or apply pounds of matte powder to your face to dull the oil shine? Well, this year the biggest skin care trend is all about that healthy, dewy glow!

Makeup artists stress that this look is not something they can create for everyone and actually requires you to have well-hydrated skin to pull it off. Using a super hydrating oil cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser and following it up with twice a day application of our Repair & Release Cream will help make sure your skin stays moisturized allowing for smooth makeup application and a glowing, on-trend look.

Trend #2: Bold Lip Color

2019 beauty trends, beauty trends, bold lips, lipstickThere is something so chic about a bold, red lip and this years trend is going to have us gushing over color choices all through the year! Beauty experts predict that you’re going to see lots of color on lips while eyeshadow and blushes are leaning towards a more natural look.

For your best bold lip, use a liquid lipstick. When it comes to wearing time, liquid tends to stay on much longer than traditional lipstick which means your wine glasses will be spared and you’ll be doing much fewer touch-ups throughout the night. Reds, dark purples or even bright pinks are three easy to wear colors that suit every skin tone.

Trend #3: Grey Hair

beauty trends, beauty trends 2019, grey hair, hair trendsThis one might be bad news for your hairdresser but great news for your bank account because grey is as trendy a hair color as you can get for 2019. When googled released their most searched beauty terms for the past year, they reported that searches for grey hair increased 879% since the year before!

Whether you’re rocking your natural locks or need some help from the salon to get your perfect grey shade, it’s easy to assume this will be one of the lowest maintenance hair trends we’ve seen in years for another over 40. So let that silver shine through and embrace natures beauty with trendy grey hair!

 

What beauty trend are you most excited for in 2019? 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

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.

 

These Makeup Mistakes Can Be The Reason You Look Older Than You Are

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As we age and trends change, the rules of makeup change too. Suddenly the bright and colorful trends we once loved just don’t seem to compliment our face and skin anymore. So what’s a gal to do?!

The good news is that there are a few easy tips to keep in mind when applying your make up that are guaranteed to help you look younger and your skin looks healthier. These are some of the biggest mistakes that are making you look much older than you really are and how to avoid them.

Not Wearing Lip Liner

lip liner, makeup tips, anti-agingAs you age, you start to lose the natural contours of your lip line from factors like facial expressions and gravity. This is the biggest culprit of what we call “Grandma lips” where your lip color or lipstick begins to bleed into the skin around the mouth. This can make your lips and your entire face look almost a decade older than it is.

To avoid this and help your lips look years younger, use a lip liner and trace the edges of where you’d like your lipstick to stop and create those contour lines yourself. If you’re using a dark or bright colored lipstick, feel free to match your lip liner shade to that but if you’re looking for a more natural color, you can also use a clear lip liner pencil that will keep color from bleeding on to your skin.

Too Much Concealer

eye bags, dark eye circles, makeup tips, anti-aging makeup, concealerWhen you’re young, you learn that concealer can be your best friend after a late night or a busy week to hide those unattractive dark circles. The problem is that as we age, the skin around our eyes becomes thinner and heavy concealers can look cakey and creased which will make your wrinkles and dark circles look even worse!

To make sure that dark circles are covered but lines and wrinkles aren’t enhanced by using too much concealer, opt for one that is lighter coverage. This will cover the dark circles but blend better with eye wrinkles so they mask them instead of making them stand out. If you find your dark circles are still visible with a lighter concealer, try using a color corrector first before applying your concealer for extra help dulling the darkness.

Putting Eyeliner On Your Lower Lashes

anti-aging, anti-aging makeup, eyeliner, makeup tipsAs we age, the eye area is one of the most difficult areas to cover wrinkles and lines. This is because of all the parts of your face, the eyes are touched the most with makeup application and because of the thin skin around the eyes, it is most likely to sag from gravity.

When you put eyeliner on your lower lashes, all it does is make your eyes look smaller and draw attention to dark circles and crows feet. Instead, use eyeliner only on the top part of your eye and try to make it thicker towards the outer edges. This makes your eyes pop while also providing a lifting illusion to the sagging skin in the corners of your eye.

 

What are your favorite anti-aging makeup tips? Share them with us in the comments below!

This Is Why You Should Be Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Regularly

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You start your day by washing your face but within moments, you’ve got your makeup brush out to start applying your favorite products. Turns out, all that dirt and grime you worked so hard to wash off is being painted back on your face by your brushes.

While cleaning your makeup brushes can be daunting, it’s also super important to maintain healthy skin and keep it free and clear of dirt and grime. We suggest using a gentle shampoo to make sure your brushes are cleaned properly, without getting damaged. The shampoo will clear away all the germs without compromising the delicate fibers of the actual brush.

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Here is everything you need to know about why clean makeup brushes are such an important part of your routine.

It Can Stop Redness and Irritation

redness, irritated skin, dirty makeup brushesIn winter months especially, it doesn’t take much for the skin to look red and irritated and flare up. While some will blame this on the weather, dirty makeup brushes can actually be the culprit.

When brushes aren’t properly cleaned, they contain layers and layers of caked-on makeup that has built up over time. When the makeup dries on the brush, it can harden it making it much more abrasive when you run it across your face. This can lead to uncomfortable irritation on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin.

It Prevents Breakouts

makeup brushes, breakouts, clogged pores, dirty makeup brushesNo matter your age, breakouts can happen. Regardless of your skin type, when your pores become clogged from dirt and makeup, they can erupt into an ugly zit that can be hard to hide. When makeup brushes go unwashed, there is just so much buildup of dead skin cells and oils from your face.

Those dead skin cells and oils are being rubbed across your face time and time again on a dirty brush and it’s only going to lead to more and more breakouts. Make sure you’re not only applying makeup to clean skin but that you’re washing your brushes as often as possible. We recommend at least once every two weeks.

It Can Keep Harmful Germs Off Your Face

pink eye, dirty makeup brushes, makeup brushesWhen you dip your brush in makeup, run it on your face, and dip it back in, you’re creating a pool of germs inside your products that are just getting applied right back to your face. Not only do you need to worry about those harmful germs living on your face, but now they’re living your makeup too.

Unclean brushes have been tested and found with so many different types of bacteria, it could be considered one of the dirtiest items in your bathroom. These germs on your brushes and in your makeup have been linked to pink eye (ew!), staph infections, and fungal infections. To keep your skin and yourself healthy, regular washing of your brushes is absolutely required!

 

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Dirty Makeup Brushes Are Doing Serious Harm To Your Skin!

Not cleaning your makeup brushes is considered one of the biggest sins in skincare. Not only does the cleanliness of your makeup brush affect the way your makeup is being applied to your face, but it also has some serious impact on the way your skin looks and feels.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure you’re cleaning your brushes at least once a month. If it’s a brush you use to apply liquid makeup then we suggest at least twice a month as those products can carry more dirt and bacteria than powders. What happens if you don’t wash your brushes often enough? You can expect some unwanted side effects like:

Clogged Pores

clogged pores, not washing makeup brushes, makeup brushesEvery time you apply a product to your brush, there is buildup. Over time, that buildup can result in some serious bacteria and germs that will live on your brush and that will clog your pores when applying the makeup to your face.

Clogged pores can lead to breakouts and as long as your brushes aren’t clean, you’re simply just spreading those germs back and forth between your face, your makeup, and your brush.

Breakouts

breakouts, makeup brushes, not cleaning make up brushesThink you’re too old for breakouts? Think again! If you’re starting to notice breakouts on your face where your blush, foundation or any other makeup is being applied, chances are we’ve now discovered the culprit.

If your brushes aren’t being cleaned properly and often enough, chances are, they’re going to contribute to some serious pimples and impurities. Even if your skin is “clean,” your brushes are still collecting oil, dust, dead skin, and the fallout from greasy hair products you spray around your mirror that is sure to cause breakouts.

Wrinkles

wrinkles, makeup brushes, cleaning make up brushesJust like us, skin can become stressed out. When you’re using dirty makeup brushes packed with bacteria and dirt and touching them to your face, your skin is getting put under tons of stress and the way it deals with that is to wrinkle.

The effects of stressed out skin are often a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Those are the two components your skin produces to fight wrinkles, sagging and aging.

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

These Three Makeup Hacks Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

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They say the eyes are the window into the soul and they’re often the first feature someone notices about you. While eyes are a delicate area of skin and can often age quite quickly, they also have the opportunity to take years off your age and highlight one of the most naturally beautiful parts of your face! With a few simple makeup hacks, you can compliment your anti-aging eye routine with a few tricks to keep your eyes looking rested and young even when they aren’t.

White Eyeliner

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksWhile most women cannot live without their go-to black or brown eyeliner, when your eyes need an extra dose of help for brightness, turn to white eyeliner!

White eyeliner can brighten your eyes, make you look more rested and even make your eyes appear bigger. Apply the liner to the corner of your eye area and follow along under the lower waterline of your eye. The results are instant and you can still wear your beloved dark eyeliner on the top of your eyes.

Use A Concealer

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksConcealer is a bright eyes best friend! While most of us use some form of concealer under our eyes as part of our makeup routine, it’s important that you’re choosing the right one in the right tones

You’ll want to choose a concealer that is heavy with pink or yellow undertones will actually help cover dark circles and brighten the color of the whole under eye area. You only need a small amount but make sure you blend it well with a small beauty blender or just your ring or middle finger. Be sure to stay away from heavy coverage as it can backfire and make your concealer look cakey and dull.

Strategically Highlight

Highlighters are having a moment right now with the current trend of fresh, dewy skin but they can actually do wonders to improve the look of your eyes.

white eyeliner, eye makeup, makeup hacksKnowing where to apply your highlighter is especially important when it comes to accentuating the eyes. Make sure to only apply it in 3 strategic places, your cheekbone, in the corners of your eyes and along the brow line. Avoid using it elsewhere to draw attention away from your eye area. Always start with a smaller amount so you don’t end up looking shiny (it’s easier to add more than to remove some). The highlighter will catch the light and provide a shimmer to brighten up your entire eye area!

Have any amazing makeup tips for brightening the eye area? Leave your favorites in the comments below!