Do These 3 Things On Sunday To Start Your Week Off Right!

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Monday can be a very daunting day of the week for most people. Some of us head back to work while others have a whole list of things to tackle for the week and after a relaxing weekend, it’s hard to get back into gear.

Experts agree that the key to a successful week is based on a few small things you can do before the week actually starts. Sunday is a great day to prep and having these few things crossed off the to-do list will make sure your week starts off great!

Write A To-Do List

to do list, sunday skincare, week prep, to do listMaking a list may seem a little old school but it really is the most effective way to plan out your day, week or even month! Making a list allows you to visually see how many tasks you’ve got for the week ahead and gives you the opportunity to prioritize as you list them.

Making the list is one thing but using it is the key to success. Have fun with colored pencils or highlighters to make your to-do list fun. Having a color difference for completed tasks will also help encourage you to get the rest of the list finished before weeks end without getting overwhelmed.

Plan Your Meals

meal prep, plan your week, week planning, de-stressWe’re not suggesting you spend your entire Sunday in the kitchen but it is super helpful to make a list of all the meals you’re going to eat before the week even starts. While some people prefer doing full meal prep, others choose just to have their grocery list ready or have time to research recipes with what they’ve got in the pantry.

Planning your meals does more than just free up your time. Putting thought and effort into what you put into your body will help you stay on track with any fitness or nutritional goals you have set for yourself. Using tactics like meal prep make it easy to eat well (and prepare quickly) no matter how hectic your week is!

Take Time For Self-Care

self care, self care sunday, skincare tips, sheet mask, diy mask, start the week off rightIt’s not selfish to take an hour to yourself on a Sunday, it’s self-care! You work hard all week long and everyone deserves some time to pamper themselves, even if it’s in your own bathroom at home. Ditch electronics and relax with a favorite face mask or try a new nail color that you’ve been swooning over.

If you’re feeling guilty about taking the time for yourself, invite the family to join in on a DIY skincare mask or get them involved somehow. Just taking time to enjoy your routine as a luxury and not a burden will help you feel better about yourself and get you one step closer to starting the week off right!

 

Here’s How You Can Re-Purpose Your Empty Skin Care Bottles

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Skincare brands have a knack for producing some of the most beautiful bottles and jars to house their products. When we finish our favorite cream or serum, we usually just chuck the empty packaging into the trash, causing lots and lots of waste.

Thanks to some fun research, we’ve come up with a few of the best ways to create less waste from your skincare routine and re-purpose your product containers!

Keep Them For Travel

skincare hacks, skincare tips, recycle skin care products, diy skincareOver the last 10 years, airports have become much stricter with the size and amount of liquid or gel you can carry on an airplane. The rule is that you can bring anything under 3.4 oz and enough 3.4 oz containers to fill a large clear ziplock bag.

If you find that any of your empties fall under 3.4 oz, set them aside with your travel items to re-fill before a big flight. Instead of throwing them in the trash, give them a good rinse and let them dry before putting in any new product you’d like to bring for travel. Even skin cream containers can be good to store hair products or makeup when traveling.

Make A Vase

diy skincare, skincare tips, recycle skin care, Most skincare packaging is so pretty, you’d be happy to see sitting out every day, but most also have easy to remove labels. If you find you’ve got leftover cleanser jars, give new life to them by turning them from trash into treasure and creating a beautiful flower vase.

Once your bottle has been cleaned and emptied, add a bit of room temperature water to it and add your flowers. You can also look for fun design DIY’s for the outside of the bottle on Pinterest or Google to match it to any decor you already have!

Save Them For Your Next DIY Skincare Project

skincare hacks, skincare tips, recycle skincare, skincare diy, diy skincareDIY skincare can be a super fun activity to do alone or even with the family! There are millions of search results online for make-at-home skincare and everyone can find one that works for them – with ingredients they already have! Most of these DIY’s are super easy and fun to make.

The whole point of DIY is to reduce, reuse and recycle so save your empties for your next skincare project! The empty bottles and containers from your skin care routine can serve as a new storage solution for your homemade creation! Just make sure to wash the containers well and mark the date you put the products in it so you know when they’ve soiled or gone bad!

Is A Silk Pillowcase The Secret To Younger Looking Skin?

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There is always something new in the world of skin care and the battle against aging skin. Recently, the most trendy product has been the silk pillowcase,  popping up all over the internet claiming it works wonders for your wrinkles and skin. Having fallen victim to unnecessary products that don’t actually help, we couldn’t help but be a little skeptical.

Although soft and beautiful, silk pillowcases can come with a hefty price tag and before making a big investment, we’re going to break down if changing your pillowcase to silk can make a difference in your skin.

The Silk Pillowcase Claim

silk pillow, silk pillowcase for skin, silk pillow for wrinklesIn recent months, beauty gurus have been hailing the silk pillowcase as the fountain of youth and an easy adjustment to your routine that can provide serious results if you’re trying to fight wrinkles.

The promise behind silk pillowcases is that it will help your skin look and feel younger by providing a softer, less harsh place to rest your face. They seem to believe that your cotton pillowcase is the cause of early signs of aging because of how harsh it can feel on the face as you move in your sleep. They believe using silk allows your face to glide across the pillow with less pulling and therefore, fewer wrinkles.

The Facts

silk pillow, silk pillow for wrinkles, anti-aging, silk pillow for skinThe science behind the claims of using a silk pillowcase can be difficult to back up. Unlike skincare products with scientific evidence that they reverse wrinkles, there is very little information or literature from legitimate sources on the benefits of splurging on a silk pillowcase to fight wrinkles.

While experts believe that there isn’t any real harm to switching pillows to silk, they also don’t believe there is any benefit that can even come close to using a comprehensive anti-aging skincare routine. In fact, most doctors say your hard earned money is much better spent on quality products than unproven frills like silk pillowcases.

The Verdict

pillow wrinkles, silk pillow, silk pillowcase, anti-aging skincareWhen it comes to your skin, you need to trust your gut and do what feels best for you. Despite not having scientific evidence to back up the claims of a silk pillowcase, if you find that your skin is improving after the switch, there is no harm in continuing to use it.

If you’re on a tight budget, stick to splurging on products vs. fads like the silk pillow. Skincare experts agree that regardless if you jump on this trend or not, a pillowcase will never be a suitable replacement for a peptide-rich skincare routine that will nourish and heal your skin directly on contact.

 

Would you try the silk pillowcase trend? Let us know in the comments below!

What Happens When You’re Using Too Much Product?

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In a recent survey, over 72% of Americans said they weren’t sure about how much product they needed to use when it came to their hair and skin routines. In most cases, customers are using too much of their products and wasting their hard earned cash.

Are you curious how much is too much when it comes to cleansers, creams, and serums? We break down how much (or how little) of each product you really need.

Moisturizing Cream

moisturizer, how much moisturizer to use, south beach skin labEveryone knows that this is the cornerstone to any great skincare routine. After sun exposure or in winter months, skin can feel dry making you think you need to slather on a lot more moisturizing cream. Sadly, using too much cream can be very harmful.

You should only be using a quarter-sized amount of cream when you’re putting it on your face. That’s all you really need to hydrate the skin and avoid clogged pores, greasy skin, and accentuated wrinkles. Using a water-based moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream can be used twice daily to see best results and notice better hydration in your skin.

Eye Serum

eye serum, south beach skin lab, pepetides, anti-oxidants, how much product to useNot only is how much you’re using confusing but when it comes to eye serums know where to use it is just as important. When applying eye serum, you want to use a nickel sized amount and its best to apply on the top of your hand. Use your finger and gently apply around your entire eye. That includes your undereye, eyelids, and the space between your brows where your eyes meet.

Signs you’re using too much eye serum is overly dry skin, exaggerated wrinkles, and residue when applying your eye makeup. Keeping your eye serum amount smaller helps deliver the effective peptides without overwhelming this thin, sensitive area of skin. Best of all, use any excess serum left on the top of your hands and rub it in for younger looking hands!

Cleanser

facial cleanser, oil cleanser, how much cleanser to use, how much oil cleanser to use, south beach skin labSince most foaming cleansers are very drying, using a lot makes wrinkles worse, lines worse, and the tone of your skin very dull. Sadly, you need at least a few pumps of a foaming cleanser to even get your skin feeling clean.  The first thing is first, switch over to an oil-based cleanser right away since it’s far more hydrating and you only need a dime sized amount.

Using just a tiny bit of an oil cleanser will provide your skin with instant benefits. It will be softer to the touch after the first use and the product will last you so much longer, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Even if dime-sized doesn’t seem like enough product to wash your face, you’ll be amazed at how powerful even a little bit can be!

Here’s How Using Blush Can Make You Look Younger

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Blush can be a powerful ally in your makeup arsenal, especially when your face needs a bit of color or pop to it. We love blush because it gives us that slightly flushed, natural beauty we are all trying to achieve, but did you know that the right blush can make your look and feel years younger?

Here are our top tips for selecting and applying blush to make sure you accentuate your most youthful beauty!

Choose The Right Blush

blush, makeup tips, south beach skin lab, anti-aging, anti-aging makeupLike most makeup, there is no one size fits all solution. Try out both powder blush and cream blush. The different textures provide a totally different look and feel to your cheekbones and can offer different results.

Also, make sure you’re using the right color. Thankfully, experts at Sephora can assist you if you’re not a makeup pro and they will help make sure you’re complimenting your skin tone with the right shade of blush. That can make all the difference!

Apply It To The Right Spots

blush, makeup tutorial, south beach skin lab, makeup tutorialApplying your blush incorrect won’t just make you look silly, it will make you look outdated and older too. Long gone are the days of piling on so much blush your cheeks could stop traffic!

You want to be applying just enough blush that you’re getting a flushed glow and make sure you’re staying along your cheekbones. Some people will apply higher than their cheekbones to give the effect of less sagging, but this can backfire and leave you looking older than you really are.

Compliment It With Matching Lips

blush, anti-aging, anti-aging makeup, makeup tutorial, blush, lipstick,When blush is the only color on your face, it draws the eyes to the cheekbones which can often be one of the first places we experience sagging skin. In an attempt to draw the eye from areas prone to aging, match your blush with a similar color lipstick to draw attention to the mouth instead.

A bright lip that compliments your blush in a brighter shade will take all the attention away from your wost aging areas and also add a pop of color to your face. The result is a playful, flirty look that can take years off your appearance!

What Does Drinking Alcohol Really Do To Your Skin?

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At South Beach Skin Lab, we’re always looking for ways to adjust our lifestyle to provide the most optimal results for our anti-aging journey. Today, we wanted to tackle something that can really hurt your skin if not consumed in moderation…Alcohol.

From margaritas to Miller Light, and everything in between, here is how too much alcohol can disrupt your skin and cause you to age quicker.

It Dehydrates Skin

alcohol, lifestyle, skin care, anti-agingAlcohol doesn’t just dehydrate your body, it dehydrates your skin too. It’s a natural diuretic that forces the water out of our bodies and makes it harder for us to get hydrated again.

To avoid this, limit your alcohol consumption and make sure you’re having a glass of water between cocktails, beer or wine.

You should also be making sure that you’re never skipping your Repair & Release Cream, especially the morning after drinking. This will limit the amount of dehydration you feel in both your body and skin and help keep you looking your best.

It Causes Puffiness

lifestyle choices, skin care, anti-aging, alcoholHave you ever woken up after a night of drinking to a puffy face? That’s because consuming alcohol causes inflammation all over your body and your face is no exception.

To reduce puffiness, limit your alcohol consumption and make sure you’re well hydrated before reaching for your first beverage. If you find that you’ve got inflammation from alcohol, use cold water to wash your face with your Olive Oil Cleanser. It will help de-puff your face and have you looking fresh as a daisy.

Skin Issues Can Flare Up

acne, skin conditions, alcohol, skin care, anti-aging, lifestyle changesAlmost 90% of Americans suffer from some form of skin issue and if you’re one of them,  then you’ll want to steer clear of alcohol to avoid any more trouble.

When you drink alcohol, existing conditions like rosacea and eczema can flare up. What makes matters worse is alcohol can cause new skin issues you’ve never experience before.

Excess alcohol alters blood flow to the skin and leaves an unhealthy appearance that can last for days or even weeks. It also causes small blood vessels in the skin to widen, allowing more blood to flow close to the surface. This can lead to broken capillaries on the face which will make your skin tone look uneven and leaves your face looking older.

 

These Two Popular Breakfast Foods Are Terrible For Your Skin

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An unhealthy diet can lead to all sorts of lifestyle issues but it can also be causing problems for your skin. As your body’s largest organ, your skin says a lot about how healthy you are just by the way it looks and feels.

They say you are what you eat, and today we’re going to help you avoid foods that are going to trigger problems for your skin. So grab a pen, and start making edits to your grocery list. Some of these changes might be easier than others, but we promise it will be worth it for your skin!

Low-Fat Yogurt

fat free yogurt, skincare foods, skincare tips, healthy skinLow-fat foods are often hard on your body because it takes many different additives to make up for the lower fat content and still make products look and taste as you expect them to. Sadly, this popular breakfast option could actually be hurting your complexion.

Low-fat yogurt can increase breakouts and redness with a dramatic effect. With high levels of sugar added to make up for the lost fat, low-fat yogurt throws off your sugar levels and leaves your skin and body struggling. Added sugar has been proven to be one of the worst foods to consume if you’re trying to fight signs of aging.

Coffee

coffee, skin foods, skincare, skincare tipsThis one breaks our heart because just like you, we often need a cup of joe to get us going in the morning. Coffee contains a chemical compound called tannins which can harm the natural levels of moisture in your skin. If you find that your skin bounces between too oily and too dry, this could be the reason.

We understand that giving up coffee for most people is not an option (we live for our lattes!) but being cautious of how much you consume and the symptoms you experience can help. If you’re willing to cut coffee out, there are some amazing herbal teas that can replace your need for that caffeine jolt.

If you can’t imagine life without coffee, just make sure you’re drinking an extra two glasses of water a day to keep your skin clear and hydrated and keeping track of your skins pH levels. Cleansing twice a day with our Olive Oil Cleanser has been proven to restore pH levels and balance extreme oil or dryness for almost every skin type.

 

What foods do you steer clear of to keep your skin looking great? Share them with us in the comments below!

How To De-Puff Your Eye Area Without Spending A Single Cent!

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We’ve all been there. You wake up feeling great, look in the mirror, and suddenly your self-esteem is deflated… all you can see in the mirror are those horrible, puffy eye bags!

If you’re using anti-inflammatory eye care like our Eye Lift Serum, chances are you’ve seen what the powerful effects of comfrey and witch hazel can do to de-puff, but what about those days when you need a little extra help?

Our question to experts was “How can I take an eye care routine that already works for me, and amplify the results I’m seeing?” and they suggested these cheap and easy tips to help make your eye area look it’s best!

To de-puff even the most tired looking eyes, try these easy tips below!

Tea Bags

tea bags, eye care, puffy eyes, de-puff eyesUsing tea bags to reduce eye puffiness has been used for decades as a quick and easy hack to stunning eyes. Because of the caffeine in tea, it can de-puff but also assist in lightening those unsightly dark circles we all work so hard to avoid.

Since you likely already have tea bags at home, this is a great budget option! To apply, soak two tea bags in warm water, and then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and poof! Puffy eyes are gone!

Spoons

spoons, de-puff eyes, eye care, skincare, eye tipsWho would have thought this common kitchen utensil could be a superhero and de-puffing eyes?! Because of its cold temperature and it’s rounded shape, using cold spoons to de-puff your eyes is easy and only takes a moment or two and chances are, you’ve got plenty lying around your kitchen.

To use spoons to de-puff your eye area, chill them in the fridge for 5-10 minutes in the morning. After they are chilled, place the rounded portion on the eyes until the spoons turn warm. You’ll notice puffiness is reduced almost instantly from this easy trick.

Your Fridge

beauty fridge, skincare, eye care, eye bags, puffy eyesLet’s be clear, do not try to put your fridge on your face BUT we absolutely suggest putting your eye serum in there!

Turns out that just putting your Eye Lift Serum in the fridge for a few moments before applying it can help reduce puffiness even more than using it at room temperature.

Not only does keeping your eye serum cold helps it de-puff better but it will also keep your product fresher for longer. If you’re one of those people who take forever to finish a bottle of serum, you can be sure it won’t expire and ingredients won’t be compromised if stored in a cool place.

 

Do you have any great tricks for de-puffing your eyes? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

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!