Are Your Skincare Products Being Ruined On Your Bathroom Shelf?

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Your bathroom is where most of your self-care takes place…your showers, your hair and also your skin routine. The problem is, the bathroom is likely the most humid area in your home and that can spell trouble for products you may have lying around your counters.

So what happens when the humidity gets to your skin care products and how can you do your best to prevent it? We’re going to share with you exactly what happens to your products when they’re exposed to the heat and how to prevent them from being ruined.

How do products hold up against heat/humidity?

humidity, skincareThe short answer is not well. While most products are tested in extreme heat and cold (mostly to make sure they can withstand delivery and arrive at your door in any weather conditions) they are not made to last going from hot and humid back to room temperate over and over again.

When you think about the conditions your skincare can live in, think about how you store food. Some items in your fridge would go bad faster if it alternated days on the counter and days in the fridge in different temperatures and the same goes for your products.

What happens to them?

skincare, rotten skincareRepeated exposure to the humidity in your bathroom can cause the breakdown of the active ingredients inside the products leaving them less effective and more likely to go bad before the expiration date.

Humidity causes more moisture to get into your products, even if the lid is on tight. If moisture is present then ingredients begin to dissolve, and they’ll decrease the quality and shelf life of the product and sometimes, you won’t even be able to notice just by looking.

Some signs your products have spoiled from heat are a change in color, consistency or smell.

How can you avoid it

skincare, product storageThe most simple way to make sure your products are safe from heat and humidity and do not spoil is by taking a moment to make sure they’re stored in a safe place. Some products like an eye serum can be stored in the fridge which adds a cooling effect when applying that will help even more with reducing bags and puffiness.

For skin creams and cleansers, make sure you’re keeping them in your vanity with a closed door if you’re keeping them in your bathroom. We also suggest storing them bedside making it easy to apply right before bed and first thing when you wake up after cleansing.

What tricks to do you use to keep your products fresh? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

Phthalates Are One Of The Most Harmful Skin Care Ingredients and Here Is Why

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Phthalates (pronounced THA-lates) are chemical ingredients, sometimes called “plasticizers,” because they are usually used to soften plastic thus make it easier to work with. Phthalates are also used in many cosmetics, including skin products, hair products, and some well-known fragrances.

Note: Don’t worry all of South Beach Skin Lab products are Phthalate free including our popular Repair and Release Cream.

More recently, some brands have taken a stand against this scary, harmful ingredient however the FDA still refuses to admit that phthalates can cause harm to the body.

Why Are They Used?

Phthalates, skincare, shampoo, ingredients, skincare ingredientsSo why would anyone want to formulate a product with such a harmful chemical? For starter, they are a cheap way to increase the shelf life of a product and keep it fresh.

They are also used because they help products attach better to a surface. Phthalates in body lotions or skin care creams allow the lotion to cling better to the skin, and in hair products, it allows the product to cling better to the hair.

How Are They Harmful?

Phthalates, skincare, hormones, hormone disruption, hot flashYou might assume that if the FDA allows phthalates in products, it can’t be that bad for you right? WRONG! Very few skin care ingredients are reviewed for safety which makes caring for your skin even more difficult.

Phthalates are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals or EDCs. EDC’s can be very dangerous because when they are absorbed by your body through your pores, they act as forms of estrogen and interfere with your metabolism and your normal hormone function. They can be especially harmful if you are pregnant.

How Can You Avoid Them?

Phthalates, ingredients, skincare ingredients, shampoo ingredients, toxic ingredientsNow that you know more about phthalates, we hope the first step you take the avoiding them is reading the labels of all the personal care products you use. Removing these products from your daily use will decrease your risk of absorbing EDC’s.

Thankfully in recent years, customers like you have become more aware of the dangerous ingredients and have pushed the cosmetic industry to raise their standards. Now, you can find brands that are completely free of phthalates, like our entire like of South Beach Skin Lab products. It may cost more to manufacture products with safer and better quality ingredients, but we think integrity in products is something that should never be compromised!

Eye Serum Or Eye Cream…What’s The Difference And What Should You Be Using?

For most people, the eye area is one that ages notoriously fast and needs a lot of special care and generally comes down to one of two products, an eye serum or an eye cream. Just walk into any Sephora nationwide and you know that finding the right fit for you isn’t as easy a task as you would think. To help you make the decision, we’re here to give you the facts so you can make the right choice for your skin.

Eye Cream

Like any skincare purchase, your eye cream should be an investment into self-care and a product you enjoy using. Creams are usually water soluble and are usually heavier in weight. They provide a very hydrating feel but can sometimes leave behind an oily feeling which can complicate makeup application.

eye cream, eye products, skincareEye creams tend to be thicker and richer-feeling and experts believe that while an eye cream can be formulated with effective ingredients, they can be compromised easier because of the consistency of the cream. They are usually open-air jars that can attract the growth of bacteria and tend to go stale sooner as the exposure to air makes the product less effective with each passing day it’s exposed.

Eye creams can be effective but experts suggest only using one if you suffer from extreme dryness around your eye area. If you don’t, you could find that your makeup looks like it’s melting off from excess oil and you can end up with clogged pores. Eye creams are great for hydrations but may not do much for dark circles, puffiness or even deep wrinkles.

Eye Serum

Eye serums are like eye creams but thinner and lighter than their weightier cousin. Like an eye cream, it can be packed with beneficial ingredients that can reverse signs of again but what makes this unique is how your skin absorbs it.

eye serum, anti aging, skincareExperts have proven that an eye serum is actually able to penetrate your skin deeper and address issues that go beyond the surface of your skin. Expect your eye serum to be your superhero to fight unwanted issues like sagging or drooping eyelids, dark circles, and even puffiness. They also often come in an airtight package or pump meaning the product is not exposed to air giving the opportunity for bacteria to grow. They tend to have a longer shelf life as well.

Eye serums tend to blend so well into your skin that they absorb much faster than any cream on the market making it ideal for those who want a quick routine where they can apply their makeup without waiting for products to dry.

The Verdict

The big picture with eye care is that something is better than nothing so we suggest that if you have a preference between cream or serum, just make sure you’re using a specialized product that is made for your eye area.

In terms of which will produce the best result, most experts agree a serum is a far better option. Serums like the South Beach Eye Lift Serum are often able to include peptides, nutrients and other ingredients that would not function at optimal levels in a cream. An under eye serum is meant to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles, reduce puffiness beneath the eyes, restore the elasticity and minimize wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines.

Do you prefer an eye cream or an eye serum? Let us know in the comments below!