You Should Never Wash Your Face With Hot Water And Heres Why…

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We are huge advocates for taking your cleansing routine seriously. Washing your face twice a day is one of the easiest ways to achieve skin improvements but if you’re using hot water, you’re actually hurting your skin in more ways than one.

Don’t worry, a slight tweak can save your skin in no time! Here are just a few of the nasty side effects you can expect if you keep washing your face with hot water.

It Irritates Your Skin

skin irritation, washing face with hot water, hot water side effects on skinThe top layers of your skin are where your pores live, and just below the surface is where blood vessels are. These two factors make your facial skin especially delicate and vulnerable to extreme temperatures. When you wash your face with hot water, you may see red blotches of skin which are actually just the blood vessels getting irritated and causing unnecessary redness.

To avoid irritation, lukewarm water is all you need to pair with your cleanser to get a thorough clean and have your face feeling soft and refreshed. Washing with cold water can also have just as bad a reaction to your skin so finding that lukewarm balance is crucial to happy skin.

It Strips Your Natural Oils

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Using scorching hot water will no doubt strip your skin of its natural oils and leave you with that dry, stiff feeling in your face. If you’re using a traditional foaming cleanser, expect that dryness to be even worse. Hot water + foaming cleansers is the perfect disaster that will lead to dry patches, flakey skin, and dullness.

Once you’re ready to ditch the hot water, ditch the foam cleanser too and opt for a super hydrating Olive Oil Cleanser which will work well to remove dirt with the warm water, but also re-balance the pH levels in your skin. The result will be a soft, smooth and brightened face even after the first use.

It Can Make You Age Faster

dry skin, wrinkles, hot water to wash face, skin damageWhen skin is dry and dehydrated, it becomes a breeding ground for new wrinkles to form and old wrinkles to stand out. The last thing anyone needs is any help to accentuate wrinkles, so stay away from hot water that will dry you out and make you look older.

If you switch to a lukewarm temperature to wash your face, you’ll start to find your wrinkles are less noticeable. You should also be following up your cleansing with a powerful moisturizer and eye serum that doesn’t just hydrate but packs your skin with collagen-producing peptides and proteins. Who knew such a small tweak to your routine could have such a huge impact!

Here’s Why You Need To Follow Us On Social Media ASAP!

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If there is one person we couldn’t do this without, it’s you. Our loyal friends and customers across America have been so supportive since day one and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Now that it’s 2019, it was time for us to take our social media game to the next level with our updated Instagram and Facebook pages!

In our efforts to gain your support, we wanted to share a few great reasons why you’ll want to follow us on social media ASAP!

Education

dr ryan shelton, south beach skin lab, instagram, skincare, anti-agingTaking care of your skin requires knowing what your skin actually needs. By keeping up with our social pages, you can expect for us to share the most up-to-date educational info about wrinkles, sagging skin, breakouts and more from our in house doctor, Dr. Ryan Shelton!

Best of all, you’ll educate yourself to make the best decisions for your skin on a regular basis. Knowledge is power and with so much info out there on skincare, this is your one-stop-shop for doctor-recommended tips!

Exclusive Discounts and Sales

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Sales only happen a few times a year so if you’re not super active on social media, you can turn on post notifications for our pages so that you never miss a chance to save!

New Product Launches!

day and night olive oil cleanser, oil cleanser, olive oil cleanser, best oil cleanser, how to oil cleanse, south beach skin labWe’ve been really busy the first half of 2019 as Ryan Shelton works to formulate the easiest and most effective skincare system available for Americans. While right now we offer our 3 core products, Repair & Release Cream, Eye Lift Serum, and Olive Oil Cleanser, who knows what our future holds.

To be sure you’re the first one to test any new products we launch, you’ll want to make sure to follow both our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep your eyes out for the news!

Collagen Supplements: Can They Actually Help Your Skin?

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One of the hottest trends right now are collagen supplements which claim to help you repair and revive your skin from the inside out. Sounds like a unicorn, right?!

As we age, we naturally produce less collagen and elastin but can these oral supplements make up for it and provide actual results? Our experts dove into the collagen supplement trend to break down everything you need to know – and if you can actually expect any results.

What Are Collagen Supplements?

collagen, collagen supplements, skincare foods, skincare nutrition, skin foodsCollagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies and recently, both capsules of collagen, as well as powders, have hit the market claiming they’re the next “big thing” in skincare. Could it be just another snake oil salesman?

Most of the collagen peptides you’ll find in stores and online today contain a “hydrolyzed” type of collagen which is extracted from hides, bones, or fish scales. Hydrolyzed simply means the particles are in smaller units, which is what allows you to mix in the powder with both hot and cold liquids.

What Are The Benefits?

wrinkles, anti-aging, collagen, collagen supplement, wrinkle supportThe purpose of a collagen supplement is to get your body a healthy dose of collagen to keep wrinkles at bay, similar to the promise of high-performance skincare, but with far less science to back it up. Like with any new product, there are benefits promised, and then what you can actually expect to see.

The companies pushing these collagen products promise to help with digestion, reduce wrinkles, and improve the health of your hair, but recently experts spoke out against these claims. “The science is truly in its infancy,” says WebMD. “There’s a lot of conflict of interest, and not enough quality control.”

Is It Worth It?

collagen, collagen supplements, collagen safety, anti-aging, wrinkle helpThe short answer is no. While we believe that there is a benefit to getting collagen in your body naturally through foods like fish, pork, beef, and chicken, the type of proteins that are usually included in collagen supplements get lost in your digestive tract and never provide any benefits. Instead, stick with a topical moisturizer that delivers the proteins and collagen directly to your skin.

The human body doesn’t absorb collagen whole, so the idea that taking a supplement can directly promote skin or hair health isn’t true. Assuming just because you swallow something it will benefit your body in its same form is not only incorrect, it can have long term negative effects with the lack of proper research surrounding this new craze.

 

Is It Safe To Apply Sunscreen Before Your Moisturizer?

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Skincare is like science and the application order of your products can make the difference in seeing results. One staple in every skincare routine is SPF protection and we’ve always heard it should be the last thing you apply to your face before leaving the house.

Recently, an article was published about applying it as the first layer and the online beauty community lost their minds. We decided to investigate using sunscreen as your first skincare step and if it’s really safe.

The Type of Sunscreen You Use Matters

spf, spf protection, sunscreen, sun care, skincareApplying sunscreen before the rest of your skincare is possible, but it is a bit more difficult depending on your type of sunscreen. Some sunscreens are chemical while others are made from minerals. If you use a chemical sunscreen, it actually requires absorbing into the skin to be able to protect. That means that applying it over top of other products could change the properties and effectiveness of the SPF and it should always go under your other products.

Mineral sunscreen is protecting your skin but instead of absorbing, it does so by sitting on the surface of the skin to reflect UV rays and keep free radicals from causing wrinkles and damage. If you are using a mineral sunscreen it will matter which order you apply it in and you should always apply it last.

Avoid Two In Ones

sunscreen, sun cream, spf, spf protection, sun protection, skincareWhile it might seem tempting to just switch to a moisturizer that includes SPF protection, the fact of the matter is that it will never protect your skin as well as using two separate products.

Take the Repair and Release Cream for instance, which is formulated without SPF. Because of its powerful peptides and antioxidants, the chemicals and sunscreen would not only be less effective, but it could actually hurt the results you see. That’s why we suggest keeping your SPF protection and your moisturizer with essential antioxidants and peptides separate.

No Matter What, Re-apply!

spf, spf protection, sunscreen, sun cream, sun protection help, skincareNow that you know chemical sunscreen should be your first layer and mineral sunscreen should be your last, we want to remind you that no matter what kind of sun protection you use, it won’t work unless you re-apply! Sunscreen can’t last through sweat or water and can wear off in only a few hours so keep some handy in your car, desk or handbag.

Reapplying your sunscreen all day also requires a little extra attention when cleansing your skin at night. The buildup of sunscreen can cause clogged pores, enhanced wrinkles and breakouts so make sure you’re cleansing thoroughly morning and night with your olive oil cleanser to keep skin healthy and safe.

The Most Common Mistakes When Removing Eye Makeup

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It’s a shame that taking off your makeup is never as fun as putting it on. We all spent lots of time perfecting our mascara and eyeliner but we also need to be perfecting how we remove makeup at the end of the day to avoid serious damage to your eyes and skin.

Here are just a few of the common mistakes that are made when removing makeup and how to fix your routine.

You’re Being Too Rough

makeup remover, how to remove makeup, how to remove waterproof makeup, eyeliner, mascaraRemoving makeup should be done with a delicate swipe and not rubbing too hard on your very delicate eye area. The skin around your eyes is some of the thinnest on your entire body and it needs to be treated more carefully than the rest of your skin.

If you are pulling and tugging at the skin to remove makeup, you’re making eye wrinkles much worse and can be causing damage that you can’t reverse later. To make sure you’re avoiding wrinkles, don’t apply too much pressure to the area when removing makeup and don’t tug too hard at the skin. The right product will remove any makeup with only a little bit of effort.

You’re Not Washing Your Face After

eye makeup remover, how to remove eye makeup, skincare tips, eye care tips, makeup removerWe were shocked to learn that most Americans don’t follow up their eye makeup removal with a full face wash. This is so important for avoiding infection and keeping your skin as healthy as possible!

When you skip washing your face after using makeup remover, you’re leaving oil, dirt and even makeup on your face to fester into your pores. This can lead to more wrinkles, dull skin, sagging eyelids, and even irritation. To make sure you’re leaving nothing behind, use your Olive Oil Cleanser to gently remove anything your makeup remover left behind.

You’re Using The Wrong Ingredients

bad ingredients in skincare, toxic skincare ingredients, makeup remover ingredients, makeup removerMakeup remover is far from natural and to be able to defeat even the most waterproof eye makeup, it is often packed with harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can hurt your skin. Aside from the basic risk of irritation or inflammation from these ingredients, many of them are not approved by the FDA or have been cleared as safe to use in the USA.

When removing makeup, look for natural ingredients that work in synergy to gently and safely remove makeup without too much hard work. Olive oil is one of the best ingredients for this because it bonds to the oils in your makeup to completely remove makeup on the first wash and is completely natural. That’s why we made it the key ingredient in our Olive Oil Cleanser which has been proven to remove 99% of eye makeup!

Dr. Ryan Answers Important Questions About Botox + Aging

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Sometimes we’re tempted to go to extremes in the pursuit of youthful, wrinkle-free skin. One of the more drastic options when it comes to anti-aging is Botox and it is one of the most commonly discussed topics with Dr. Ryan Shelton in his practice.

Dr. Shelton knows a thing or two about skin safety and getting results so here’s here to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Botox to help you make the best decision.

Can Botox remove existing wrinkles or is it purely preventative?  

botox, wrinkles, wrinkle care, botox questions, wrinkles, anti-agingRemoving anything from your body is going to be painful and expensive and to really “remove” wrinkles, you’ll be looking for laser treatments or facelifts.

Botox will simply freeze the muscles you inject it to doing two important things. The first is that it will smooth out existing wrinkles to the point where they are much less noticeable.  It will also freeze the muscles that it was injected into, limiting movement and helping to prevent future wrinkles from excessive facial expressions. In short, Botox can’t remove anything but it can help smooth for now and prevent for later.

How does Botox affect the overall health of your skin?

oily skin, botox side effects, botox, botox face, fillers, wrinkles, linesUsing botox can have some seriously harmful effects but most people will experience mild reactions like increased oil production where the injection was done, or redness and itchy skin.

To minimize the downsides of Botox on your skin, switch to an oil-based cleanser to help keep your oil production under control and revive your skin back to a balanced pH level. Using a moisturizer with natural ingredients will also limit the negative side effects you’ll notice from Botox.

Botox isn’t a permanent solution. Does this mean you need to continue getting it?

botox, safety of botox, needles, skincare hacks, anti-agingDespite what some doctors would like you to think, Botox is not a one-time solution that will keep you looking wrinkle-free forever.  Botox, like any skincare endeavor, requires upkeep and effort to maintain results. While Botox can provide you a few months of fewer wrinkles, you will be required to go back for touch-ups every few months which can carry a hefty price tag.

Unless you’ve got thousands of dollars a year to designate to your Botox treatments, I suggest sticking with an effective and proven skincare routine that is going to provide long term results and not just a temporary solution.

While Botox may seem appealing, just remember that it’s going to cost you big bucks and most of the time, you can achieve similar results with your South Beach Skin Lab Routine.

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!

Here’s The Easiest Way To Get Rid of Unwanted Sun Spots

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Getting older can come with some unwanted surprises and sunspots are one of the most common side effects of aging. What exactly are sun spots and how can you prevent and erase them? That’s exactly what we’re breaking down for you today!

Here’s everything you need to know about sunspots and how to manage and prevent them in the future.

What Are Sun Spots

sun spots, dark spots, sun damage, skincare tips, healthy skin care tipsSunspots are small, light brown patches of skin that become more visible as you get older. These little patches of darker skin are actually a result of excess sun exposure and make you look years older than you really are. Most adults won’t notice signs of this until they hit 40 and that’s when dark spots can begin to appear without warning from sun exposure years prior.

According to doctors, sunspots occur because your skin increases the number of pigment-producing cells when exposed to the sun unprotected. UV rays can cause free radicals to harm your skin, and require an antioxidant-rich moisturizer to correct the damage and return skin to an even pigment.

How Are They Caused?

sun spots, sun spot protection, uv protection, sun careSunspots are directly linked to the sun and VU exposure however, it’s not necessarily an immediate result of being outside. Some sunspots can show up as freckles after a day in the sun however most of the sunspots you see as you age will be from previous years of UV exposure where your skin wasn’t protected.

Sunspots will often appear in places most exposed to the sun like on your face, neck, chest, and hands. When the UV rays hit your skin, your body produces melanin (the dark pigment you see on your sun spots) as a way to protect itself.

How Can I Prevent Them?

sunscreen, sun care, spf protection, spf care, dark spots, sun spotsRegardless of the severity of your sun spots, the best way to prevent more is to protect yourself from the sun every single day, using an SPF of at least 30 and reapplying every few hours. This will protect your skin and help stop new sunspots from forming.

To deal with sunspots from previous sun exposure, you need to be using a comprehensive skincare routine that includes antioxidants that work to correct discoloration and heal sunspots. In fact, 94% of people who used our Repair & Release Cream said their sunspots were less noticeable after two weeks of use!

Three Ways To Make Your Skincare Routine Feel More Luxurious

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If you’re lucky enough to discover just how much of a difference an amazing skincare routine can make in your life, then you know that even a few moments of self-care a day can be a game changer.

Skin care should never feel like a chore, in fact, it should feel more like a trip to the spa. If you’re looking for ways to take your “me time” to the next level, here are a few easy ideas you can try!

Put On Some Music

music, music for your morning routine, morning routine, Music has the ability to transform our moods and energy levels. By starting your day with a little bit of music while you get your skin and makeup ready for the day can be just what you need if you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed.

Choose your favorite album to groove to, or use apps like Spotify or Apple Music to find something new. We guarantee a little bit of music while you prep for your day will have you grooving in no time!

Light A Candle

skincare routine, morning routine, light candles, candles, relaxationYou might think candles for nighttime but they’re just as relaxing and calming during the day. Most expensive spas will have candles doing all day because it promotes relaxation and can make the room smell lovely.

Pick a scent that makes you feel happy and light it right when you wake up in the bathroom. By the time you’re in there ready to get your day started, you’ll be delighted at the beautiful scent and the calming energy that’s filling the room.

Ditch Your Electronics

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Step away from the beauty bloggers and enjoy the experience of pampering yourself, even if it’s just your daily routine. If you treat the experience like it’s a special experience, chances are you’ll feel like you just visited the spa by the time your skincare routine is done!

 

 

Do You Really Need To Use Retinol In Your Skin Routine?

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Retinol has become one of the most searched skincare terms of the last year thanks to its surge in popularity from influencers and celebs. Unfortunately, most people don’t really know what retinol is, how it works, or if it’s really as safe and effective as it claims to be.

We spoke to experts to learn everything we could about using Retinol and if it’s really a necessary part of your daily routine. Here’s our breakdown below:

What Is Retinol?

retinol, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, skincare, wrinkle careRetinols are compounds that belong to the vitamin A family and claim to provide all sorts of benefits to your skin. Retinol is reported to help calm inflammation, enhance cell turnover, and stimulate collagen production, but its safety has been questioned by experts time and time again.

It’s rumored to be an effective solution to wrinkles and aging but is it worth the risk? If you’re looking to increase your collagen production and cell turnover, it can be done with consistent use of a comprehensive anti-aging routine, however, retinol seems to be a more drastic and costly choice for many.

Where Can You Get It?

retinol, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, skincare, wrinkle care, dermatologistRetinol is available in two forms, over-the-counter or prescription and the biggest difference in the two formulas is mostly the strength of retinol it includes. For a prescription, you’ll require a visit to your doctor or dermatologist to get it but over-the-counter can be found in stores and online.

It’s been reported that most over-the-counter treatments leave a lot to be desired and don’t deliver the results promised. If you’re headed down the prescription route, make sure you’re talking to your doctor about any skin symptoms you’ve been seeing and ask about side effects, because there are many.

Does My Skin Really Need It?

retinol, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, skincare, wrinkle care, retinol side effectsWhile retinol can be a good ally in your skincare army, it can’t provide better results than a high-quality anti-aging routine. What’s worse is the laundry list of side effects from both prescription and over-the-counter retinol is enough to raise anyone’s red flags.

Side effects from over-the-counter retinol are not severe but can include stinging, burning or change of color in the skin. It’s also not safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding so steer clear if you’re a new or expecting mom. For prescription strength, the side effects are even scarier including burning, redness, peeling, and flaking,

For the safest and most effective way to treat wrinkles, stick with your South Beach Skin Lab goodies.