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!

Could Dancing Solve Your Common Skin Problems?

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Get those dancing shoes on because experts have just revealed the easiest and more fun way to improve your skin! We’ve stressed the importance of activity and exercise in your life to maintain a healthy body and healthy skin, but that can be hard for some people.

Well, it turns out that turning to a few minutes of dance a day can not only make you feel great, but it can also make you look younger too! You don’t need to be a great dancer, just have fun! Here are a few of the ways that dance will transform your skin.

It Reduces Eczema and Skin Conditions

skin conditions, skincare, anti-aging, skincare help, Dancing can give you amazing benefits from the exercise you get from it. Getting moving at least once a day helps regulate the production of skin-significant hormones.

These hormones can slow down the aging process and provide blood flow to the areas that need it most. Dancing will also help curb inflammation from common skin conditions so you can stay glowing all day long!

It Can Help Fight Breakouts

acne, adult acne, cleansing, skin cleanser, oil cleanserDancing will make you sweat,  but not excessively. That means its helping clean out your pores instead of clogging them even more. Sweat can unlock dirt and oil that’s stuck deep within your pores and leave you with clear, healthy skin.

Combine this with increased blood flow from the movement of dancing, and you’ll look like you’ve just had a day at the spa. Just make sure that after you sweat, you’re cleaning your face thoroughly with a dirt dissolving cleanser like our Day & Night Olive Oil Cleanser.

It Adds A Youthful Glow

skincare, anti-aging, dancing for skinWhen you’re dancing,  it increases the blood flow to the body when then carries more oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. When people complain of dull, lackluster skin, this is Dr. Ryan Shelton’s first recommendation to get your blood flowing again!

As your cells begin to get these helpful nutrients,  the process of skin cell detoxification is boosted and free radicals, which are one of the biggest contributing factors to wrinkles and aging,  are kept at bay.

So what are you waiting for? Throw on your Motown, Rap, Dance or Hip Hop and get moving! It’s a proven way to promote the cell renewal process that keeps the skin looking young so you can get back to feeling your best!

 

 

 

What Is Causing Your Sunspots And How To Stop Them From Appearing

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You can call them dark spots, freckles or age spots but no matter what name you attach to them, there is no denying that sun is powerful enough to penetrate your skin and leave you with darker, discolored patches of skin.

The severity of your dark spots can depend on a few things, your age, how often you have been in the sun unprotected, and even your skin tone can play a role but no matter what the cause is, there is a solution to reduce the visibility of sunspots and protect yourself from developing more of them.

What Are Sunspots?

sunspots, sun damage, skincareSunspots can come in all shapes and sizes, While some may look small like freckles, others can be larger and they mostly appear on your face, neck, and hands. No matter their size, they are all forms of sun damage and almost everyone will experience them at some point in their life.

While age spots are common and can be completely normal, it’s important to keep an eye on them. If you notice age spots, you need to make sure that you don’t actually have a serious skin issue. This is especially the case if the spots are very dark or have recently changed their appearance in which case, you should visit your dermatologist.

Tip: You can avoid sunspots by adding a layer of SPF 30 over your Repair & Release Cream daily. 

What Causes Them?

sun damage, sunspots, skincareSunspots can be caused by a number of things but the most common is exposure to UV rays. When the UV hits your skin, it causes darker pigmentation which is why most people notice their sun spots in summer months when the sun is strongest and they are outside the longest.

Even if you’re slathering yourself with SPF daily, the sunspots you see can actually be from damage that occurred years ago. Unlike freckles specifically which tend to show up directly after sun exposure, some age spots can take years to form on your face or may not be visible with natural lighting (like the image above). Those kinds of sunspots are often the hardest to get rid of.

How To Prevent and Treat Them

sunspots, sun damage, skincareThe easiest way to prevent sunspots is to limit your skins’ exposure to the sun. This can mean applying (and re-applying) sunscreen throughout the day. We recommend minimum protection of SPF 30 for your face and most face sunscreens are perfectly safe and effective when used on your neck, chest, and hands as well. A large sun hat goes a long way as well for sun spots on your face and neck.

To treat sunspots that have already appeared on your skin, you want to make sure you’re using products like our Repair & Release Cream that include ingredients like Aloe Vera and Vitamin C which are proven to not only sooth and lighten the spots exposed to the sun, but also help limit the amount of melanin that develops, which is the pigment that makes skin darker.

 

What do you do to limit the appearance of sunspots? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

Is Your Smartphone Actually Doing Damage To Your Skin?

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Your smartphone may be helpful and convenient, but it is not your skin’s best friend. Since we started using smartphones on a regular basis, there have been all sorts of negative health effects linked to them ranging from bad posture to eye issues from the bright light of the screen. What you may not realize is that your smartphone is also causing some serious problems for your skin.

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There’s no denying it: Keyboards are filthy. In the era of touch screens, it makes the problem even worse. While you may wash your hands often and think clean hands equal clean phone, you might be wrong.

Keep Your Phone Away From Your Face

Even the natural oils your hands produce can cause pimples, clogged pores, and wrinkles! When you hold your phone up to your face to talk on it, all the bacteria and dirt living on your screen is right up against your face and enters your pores to disrupt your skin.

acne, cellphone, dirt, bacteria, skincareIf you’re sticking your phone up against your face all the time and pushing it into your cheek, it can irritate and clog pores. The pressure from your phone up against your cheek encourages oil glands to create more oil and also forces bacteria, dirt, and makeup into pores, where they get trapped and cause breakouts.

Clean Your Phone!

To avoid doing further harm to your skin, make sure you are cleaning your phone screen often and using it with clean hands. You can also minimize the contact your phone has with your face by using your headphones and microphone to make calls or even use the speakerphone option.

cellphone, skin, bacteria, skin tipsWhile there is no perfect way to avoid the bacteria and dirt that is covering your phone, being conscious of the negative effects it can have can play a key role in improving the health of your skin.

TIP: To make sure you’re clearing any dirt and bacteria from your face to your skin as healthy and youthful as possible. You can use an oil cleanser like the South Beach Skin Lab – Olive Oil Cleanser twice a day which is proven to remove more free radicals from your skin than traditional foaming cleansers.

How often do you clean your phone from dirt and bacteria? Let us know in the comments below!