This Common Kitchen Ingredient Can Help Your Skin In Unexpected Ways

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Imagine a common kitchen ingredient that can do wonders for your skin’s brightness, texture, and health. Now walk to your fridge, grab your Apple Cider Vinegar, and get to know it better because it just became your best skincare friend.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is so common, you can find it in most kitchens and almost any grocery store. It has tons of different uses but one of the most surprising might be how many different benefits it has for your skin!

Just dilute some ACV with water in a bowl and use a cotton pad to rub it on your face like a toner. Here are just a few of the skin-related problems that a homemade ACV toner can help you solve…

Wrinkles

apple cider vinegar, wrinkles, anti-aging, diy skincareAs we age our skin naturally loses it’s elasticity and wrinkles and sagging begin to form all over the face. ACV can be used in skin care as a toner, face wash, and even a spot treatment for problem areas.

ACV works to fight wrinkles by keeping the pH levels in your skin at the right levels and keeping your face hydrated. When skin is balanced and nourished, wrinkles appear less visible. It will also help tighten skin and pores, reducing how deep your wrinkles are.

Breakouts

acne, breakouts, adult acne, adult breakouts, apple cider vinegar, diy skincareBreakouts happen because dirt, grime, and bacteria have found a way into our pores below the outer layer of skin. Breakouts can be caused by genetics, dirty makeup brushes, environmental factors, or even something as simple as touching your face a lot throughout the day.

ACV naturally carries antimicrobial properties which means it helps destroy bacteria and germs in your skin on contact. Not only can regular use of ACV on your skin help keep bacteria at bay and pores clean, but it also helps tighten larger pores to keep excess dirt out in the future.

Skin Tone

skin tone, dark spots, pigmentation skin, apple cider vinegar, diy skincareWinter is sure to have your skin looking more dull than usual so why not reach for the ACV to help your skin tone and brighten your beautiful face! Nothing can make you look older than dark spots and uneven pigmentation so this easy to use toner is a great choice if you want to look your best.

The acids in ACV work to brighten your complexion, leaving your skin with a golden glow. Because it works to balance your skins pH level at the same time, it’s helping control your oil production, breakouts and had even been proven to lighten dark spots for skin that looks so great, you could skip foundation!

 

Have you used ACV in your skincare routine before? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

 

This Sweet Snack Is Actually A Skincare Super Hero!

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You and your skin should never underestimate the power of mother nature. Throughout history, some of the most effective ingredients have come from nature herself, from rosehip oil to aloe vera and even elderflower.

These days, we’ve got a new secret weapon for great skin and it’s been hiding in your kitchen all along…Honey! We’re going to share with you why this is such a great ingredient for your skin as well as one of our favorite ways to regenerate moisture in our skin with an easy honey mask!

So why is honey so great?….

It Contains Nutrients For Your Skin

bees, honey, skincareNot only is honey delicious but it’s also great for your skin. It has tons of natural antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically to your skin.

Not all honey can benefit your skin the same. Dermatologists suggest using a special kind of honey called Manuka honey which comes from New Zealand because of its high anti-oxidant properties. Because it comes with a steeper price point than regular honey, you can also substitute it for raw, organic honey from your grocery store.

It Can Help Fade Scars

honey, scars, acne, adult acne, healingMany of us by the time we are 40 will have some sort of scarring to our face. It can be from accidents of the past or something harder to manage like adult acne. These marks and scars from these conditions can be embarrassing and make you feel insecure but honey is here to save the day!

Because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, honey has been proven to heal wounds and scars very quickly. It helps prevent infections to open wounds and for scars, it has the ability to heal the scar to a point where it’s not noticeable to the naked eye.

It’s An Amazing Moisturizer

Honey is packed with soothing and moisturizing properties that can leave skin looking healthy, nourished and fabulous! When you apply honey to your face, the sugar that is naturally in it helps your skin to reduce dryness and keep your skin hydrated.

One of our favorite at home skincare DIY’s is a honey mask that is so easy to use and leaves your skin radiant for days! Check it out below!

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Step 1: Use about one teaspoon of high-quality raw honey.

Step 2:  Gently spread it all over your face.

Step 3:  Leave mask on for 15-45 minutes depending on the dryness of your skin. For skin that is drier, leave the mask on longer.

Step 4: Rinse the mask off with luke-warm water and then pat your face dry!

 

 

 

 

 

Why Aloe The Best Natural Ingredient To Help Achieve Beautiful Skin

The pulp of the aloe plant is water-rich, soothing, and hydrating to the skin so it’s no wonder that it can provide ample benefits to your skin. When included as an ingredient in your products it’s sure to be a helping hand towards fighting wrinkles and keeping skin looking dewy and youthful! Here are just a few ways Aloe can help…

It Helps Produce Collagen

aloe, aloe vera, skincare ingredient, natural ingredientDid you know the reason Aloe is so good at healing cuts and burns is that it produces extra collagen? Collagen used to repair that damage is the same your skin produces to fight wrinkles and keep skin looking plump. By using products including Aloe, like the Repair & Release Cream, you can be sure that you’re keeping wrinkles at bay.

It Can Restore Moisture

aloe, aloe vera, skincare ingredient, natural ingredientHaving dried out skin will only make your wrinkles and sagging skin look worse than they really are. By using Aloe as a regular part of your skincare routine, it helps rebuild the moisture levels in your skin layers, giving you that dewy, youthful look. Over time, it can also help your skin from drying out in the first place making it ideal for long-term use.

It’s Anti-Inflammatory

aloe, aloe vera, skincare ingredient, natural ingredientOne of the best parts about using Aloe as an ingredient in your skincare is that it’s got amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It is particularly useful for people who suffer from eczema or those who deal with irritated or broken skin in winter months. Aloe has also been proven to help with acne and breakouts!

 

How do you use your Aloe Vera? Let us know in the comments below!

What Are Parabens And Why Are They So Bad For My Skin?

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In recent years, Parabens have become a skin care buzzword synonymous with bad health. Now more than ever, consumers are steering clear of paraben filled products and moving towards a more natural, safe product that is paraben-free. To understand why Parabens are so bad, you need to understand what they are and how they can affect your skin…

What Is A Paraben?

paraben, toxic ingredients, skincare ingredientsParabens are a kind of preservative that has been found in all kinds of self-care products over the last 60 years. They are often used in products to help stop the growth of mold and bacteria as well as extending the shelf life of products. Sometimes, Parabens are even hiding in your products with sneaky names like butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

Why Are They Bad For You?

parabens, skincare, toxic ingredientsThe presence of Parabens in your products has little to do with your actual skin and more to do with your body as a whole. Because they are often used in products you’re either applying to your skin or you’re ingesting meaning that these parabens are finding their way into your bloodstream.

Parabens have been found in some scary places within the body, like in the tissue of breast cancer. While there has yet to be a direct link between the two, parabens can interfere with your body’s hormones, most notably estrogen. As a result, scientists have studied the chemical’s possible links to breast cancers, developmental disorders, fertility issues, and chronic diseases and find that parabens can attach themselves to healthy tissues. The damage the parabens caused to the tissue is still unknown to some extent.

So What Should You Do?

toxic skincare, parabens, skincare ingredientsBecause the links between Parabens and illness are still new and not fully backed, don’t go running to your bathroom to toss your products. You want to take note of where in the ingredients list the Paraben is because that will indicate how much of it is actually in the product itself and small amounts should be safe to use.

Our motto is better safe than sorry so we recommend using shampoo, body lotion, and skincare that is paraben free.

Note: All South Beach Skin Lab products are 100% Paraben Free. So you can feel safe using all our products daily to achieve amazing results!

In general, try to avoid this ingredient where you can and make sure to talk to your doctor about the risks of using parabens as part of your daily routine. Make sure you’re reading labels and if your products are containing one or more forms of parabens, you might want to steer clear just to be safe.

Have you switched to a Paraben-Free lifestyle? Tell us about it in the comments below!