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.

The Bad Skincare Habits You Need To Break Immediately

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Skincare habits can be the reason why you do or do not see results with your routine. No one is perfect and sometimes skincare can get confusing, but there are some things you should never make a habit of.

After lots of research, we’re breaking down some of the worst skincare habits you could have. If you’re guilty of any of these, it just takes a few small tweaks to your routine to get your skin back on the right path.

Not Moisturizing Right Away

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One of the most luxurious parts of your skincare routine is applying your Repair & Release Cream. The smooth texture of it as it glides on your face is just about as good as it gets! What may be shocking is that when and how you apply your cream is going to make all the difference in the results you see.

To get the most benefit from your moisturizer, it’s important that it is applied while your face is still damp after washing with your Lavender Oil Cleanser. This is the time when pores are open and most likely to benefit from all the peptides in your Repair & Release Cream. If you are waiting even 30 minutes before applying your moisturizer, it could explain why you haven’t been seeing the results you desire.

Not Protecting Your Skin

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Our skin is exposed to more elements a day than any other organ in our bodies. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you do what you can to protect it. One of the most damaging things your skin can be exposed to are UV rays and sun protection should be top of mind no matter what time of year it is.

In summer months, we recommend using a 50 SPF protection to make sure your skin is safe and sound when the sun is at its strongest. You’ll also want to opt for a hat as often as possible to protect the delicate skin on your face. As you transition sun protection into fall and winter, you can opt for a lower 30 SPF, but make sure you’re still diligent about re-applying it. Sunscreen is great at protecting your skin from harmful free radicals that cause aging, but if you only apply it in the mornings, it won’t be much help.

Not Washing Your Makeup Off

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Nothing will cause more damage to your skin than going to sleep without removing your makeup. Makeup is made of oils and sometimes even chemicals, which will seep into your pores if left on overnight. Not only can it cause skin infections, breakouts, and sensitivity, but it will make wrinkles even worse!

The best way to keep your skin face is to wash your face thoroughly with your Lavender Oil Cleanser before bed. To get your face clean, you used to have to use a toxic makeup remover followed by a traditional cleanser which is extra drying. Now, you can replace both steps by simply using your Lavender Oil Cleanser which melts off makeup and helps hydrate your skin so it glows! It also digs deep to make sure your pores are free and clear of any bacteria, dirt or leftover makeup.

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?

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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?

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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!

Avoid Self-Tanner Mistakes With These Easy Tips

Self-Tanners are making a comeback these days thanks to all the information we now know about sun protection and avoiding UV rays. You can find them in Sephora, drug stores or even online, but applying them like a pro takes some practice.

If you’re reaching for self-tanner to give yourself a perfectly bronzed glow, follow along with these easy tips to avoid looking like a streaky mess!

Exfoliate First

self-tanner, tanning mistakes, moisturizer, skincareSelf-tanner looks best when applied to clean, soft skin. To achieve this, exfoliate the part of your body you plan to use the self-tanner on before applying anything.

For your face, use a gentle exfoliator the night before application so your skin has time to relax from any sensitivity or inflammation. For your body, you can use a tougher exfoliator in the shower with a glove and wait until skin is completely dry to apply your tan.

Moisturize

self tanner, tanning, white spots, skincareIf you’ve ever tried self-tanner before you may have experienced small spots of uneven color on your skin. These spots are the result of dehydrated patches of skin that are desperate for hydration.

If you’re applying self-tanner to your face, make sure your skin is well hydrated by using a daily moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream for at least 7 days before application. For your body, a few days of using a heavy moisturizer or body butter will do the trick. This should help you avoid any uneven patches of self-tanner that could give away your faux-glow.

Lemon Can Fix Mistakes

self tanner, how to, skincare, uv protectionIf there is one thing almost guaranteed the first time you try self-tanner is a little mistake or two. While it’s a great alternative to tanning your skin in the sun and causing major damage, it is also no easy task for first-timers.

If after you apply your tanner you find any spots, streaks or areas that need a quick fix, reach for the lemon! Lemon has lots of acidity which breaks up the darker color and evens your tan out with your natural tone.

Just cut the lemon in half or slices and apply directly to the uneven color. You can also re-apply as many times as you need to fix your self-tanned mistakes.

 

Have you tried self-tanner before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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

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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

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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!

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

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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.

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!