The Top Reasons Your Skin Feels So Dry And How To Fix It

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We’re into the last stretch of winter and even if you live in a warmer climate, you can probably feel the effects that the winter weather has on your skin.

Here are a few of the reasons your skin is feeling extra dry and some expert tips to help fix it!

You’ve Got The Wrong Cleanser

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We cannot stress this enough – your foaming cleanser is hurting your skin. Traditional cleansers mess with your skin’s pH levels and strip skin of natural oils it needs to stay healthy and hydrated. If you are using a foaming or cream cleanser, you are likely causing extra dryness to your skin. Thankfully the damage you are doing isn’t permanent and can be fixed with a skincare swap.

Trade your foam cleanser for an oil cleanser ASAP! Oil cleansers help protect your pH balance and they deliver some much-needed moisture to your dry and dehydrated skin. Oil cleansers dig deep into pores to wash away dirt and debris while also leaving skin soft to the touch. Just one was with an oil-based cleanser and you’ll be able to see and feel a difference in the hydration of your skin.

Your Showers Are Too Hot

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It is so tempting to turn up the heat when in the shower or washing your face when the weather gets cold. It feels steamy and relaxing in the moment, but using water that is too hot in the shower can backfire and have serious consequences for your skin.

Experts all agree that using warm water instead of hot will help protect your skin from damage. When your shower is extremely hot, it will dry your skin out and cause flakes and accentuate wrinkles. As soon as you’re out of the shower, slather on some Repair & Release Cream while your pores are still open and it will allow peptides to penetrate deeper to help erase wrinkles.

You’re Only Moisturizing Sometimes

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Are you guilty of only using your moisturizer once a day, or not even that often? Research shows most people choose to only apply their cream either at night or in the morning and often skip days. The truth is when winter skin strikes its super important to be using it at least twice a day.

Even when your skin doesn’t feel try, it’s working through its natural oils and can feel dry on the deeper layers of skin that you can’t see or feel. Keeping up with your moisturizer routine will be super important for repairing damage and helping to maintain youthful-looking skin. If you aren’t using your Repair & Release Cream at least twice a day, you could be setting your skin up for failure and have trouble seeing the results you’re looking for.

How To Tell If You Have Sensitive Skin

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When it comes to skin types, there are tons of terms that come to mind. Oily, combination and dry are just a few but one of the least mentioned and most important ones is sensitive skin.

What is sensitive skin? What are the side effects? And what do you need to be doing to help deal with it? Here’s the official 411 on identifying and dealing with Sensitive Skin.

What Is Sensitive Skin?

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Like oily or dry, sensitive is another type of skin that many of us deal with. For some, sensitivities come and go and can be worse in the colder months or if they’re around bad pollution. For others, sensitive skin is something they live with every single day – making it hard to keep skin happy and healthy.

Sensitive Skin has a reaction to another element meaning it can be triggered by anything like weather, hormones, sleep, or even topical products. If your finding your skin is experiencing signs of redness or any bumps that mimic acne, switch your routine to products that are suitable for sensitive skin types like our South Beach Skin Lab range. Not only does it do wonders for sensitive skin, but it is also compatible with almost all other skin types too!

What Are The Side Effects?

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Because sensitive skin can strike out of nowhere, it’s important to recognize the side effects of a flare-up so you’re able to identify it and then treat it. While the basic symptoms of sensitive skin show up as bumps and redness like we mentioned above, some other side effects could be much worse if you’re not taking proper care of your sensitive skin.

Those who have sensitive outbreaks to their skin have reported swelling on their face, blisters that can ooze and crust over, as well as dry, cracked and scaly skin. If you notice any of these side effects happening on your face, immediately cleanse with an oil that will help balance your skin’s pH level and avoid makeup for a day or two to give the skin time to heal.

How Can You Treat It?

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Since the cause and severity of sensitive skin can vary, it’s always best to talk to your doctor about it, especially if you’re suffering from extreme side effects. If you’re looking to deal with moderately sensitive skin on your own, there are still lots of options for you to manage your skin and keep it healthy.

Using products that are free of irritants is an important key to managing sensitive skin at home. Discard any skincare products that include parabens, synthetic fragrances, or sulfates and opt for products with clean, safe, and non-harsh ingredients. This will ensure your skin is benefiting from calming ingredients without the risk of making skin sensitivity worse!

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.

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!

Finally, A Tutorial On How To Use An Oil Cleanser Properly!

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If you haven’t heard of oil cleansing, you’ve probably been living under a rock. This new way to wash your face has received rave reviews from not only industry experts and top bloggers, but from everyday people just like you who have learned the magic power of the oil cleanser.

Unlike traditional foaming cleansers or soap, oil cleansers come in liquid form and feel silky smooth going on your skin. Once rinsed off, you’re left with a glowing complexion and just a touch to your face will prove how nourishing this product can be when used correctly.

For those of you who are new to oil cleansing, we’re going to break down a few key points to know about how to do it properly to make sure you’re getting the most out of your new cleansing method! So grab your Olive Oil Cleanser and let’s get started!

You Only Need A Small Amount

oil cleanser, oil cleansing, skincare how toIf you’re using more than a dime sized amount, you’re likely using too much and wasting product and money. A little goes a long way with oil cleansers so don’t fill up your whole palm the way you usually would.

Applying a small dime sized amount and rub it between your fingertips. Then apply gently to a dry face in a circular motion. You will feel the oil start to glide across your face but will notice that it doesn’t foam up. Don’t worry, it’s not supposed to.

Don’t Keep Rubbing For Too Long

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You may notice it takes on the color of whatever is left on your face for the day, so don’t be frightened if you see a bit of your foundation or mascara color coming through, that’s totally normal. Oil cleansers have a reputation for being really powerful at removing even the most waterproof of makeup.

Keep rubbing in a circular motion and make sure to scrub all parts of your face from your hairline to your jawline. Because oil cleansers are often made with powerful ingredients like Olive Oil, you want to be sure to keep it out of your mouth and eyes. For the eye area, you can also use a cotton pad with a few drops of cleanser to remove any mascara or eyeliner before cleansing the rest of your face.

It Works For Almost Every Skin Type

skin types, oil cleansing, skincareHave oily skin? That’s no reason to avoid an oil cleanser! While some people think that putting oil on oil is not a great idea, it actually will help control your oil production over time with regular use. Oil cleansers help fight acne or breakouts and will not clog your pores.

If you have combination skin or dry skin, you’ll be surprised at how nourishing an oil cleanser can be! Unlink soap and foam cleanser, you’re not going to have that hard, dry and rough skin once you rinse the cleanser off.  Instead, your skin looks like it has a halo glow and will feel extremely soft.

There are very few skincare products that can really work for everyone, and that’s why to us, oil cleansers are the holy grail! Just ask the thousands of happy customers who have purchased our Olive Oil Cleanser!

 

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

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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.

 

What Is Your “T” Zone And How Can You Care For It?

Your T-Zone is a specific area of your face which includes the forehead, nose, chin and area circling the mouth. That makes sense considering that all those sections of your face create a T shape when mapped on your skin.

t-zone, oily skin, skincareThis unique area of your face can often become more susceptible to oil, clogged pores and damage because it produces more oil than any other part of your face. This is simply because these areas actually have more oil glands than any other part of your face which is why you hear so many people complain about their “oily T-Zone”. While we can’t control where our oil-producing glands are, there are easy steps you can take to make sure your T-Zone looks its best and doesn’t complicate the rest of your skin.

How Can You Care For Your T-Zone?

Depending on your skin type, you’re going to want to care for your T-Zone in a specific way.  If you’re cleansing every day, make sure to stay away from alcohol based cleansers which are going to keep your oil T-Zone oily and dry out the rest of your face. Instead, opt for a more gentle, oil-based cleanser which will help even out your skin’s oil and not cause any damage.

t-zone, skincare, oily skinYou also want to make sure that your anti aging cream is water based.

It allows for your pores to breathe and won’t cause excess oil on your T-Zone. Your T-zone acts differently than the rest of your skin, so it’s wise to treat it differently.

If you find that area is still notoriously oily, try applying a toner or a clay mask just to that area only. It won’t disrupt the rest of your skin but it will help reduce oil and make sure that your face as a whole looks balanced and well cared for.

Pro tip:  Try our Olive oil cleanser and Repair and Release cream in one easy to order discounted package for the perfect T-Zone recovery kit!

Have a question about how to properly care for your T-Zone? Let us know in the comments below!