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.

 

Is Following Skin Care Trends A Good Idea?

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Now more than ever, there are so many new innovations and trends happening in the skincare, but with all these exciting new products come a lack of research, customer education, and most importantly, results.

From peel-off masks to Retin-A, companies are dangling these shiny new products in front of your faces promising the fountain of youth. The big problem is that following skin care trends can actually hurt your skin more than it helps. We break down everything you need to know below!

What Are Skin Care Trends?

snail skincare, skincare trends, trendy skincare productsHave you ever noticed that the “must need” skin care products always come in waves? You hear about something new for the first time and then all of a sudden, drugstore shelves are stocked with strange, new products that often have crazy claims attached to them.

One of the most recent trends in skin care is charcoal masks, used to peel off dirt and grime from your pores and leave your face clean and soft. If you’re active on social media, beauty tools like jade rollers and face massagers are everywhere, claiming to take years off the look of your skin, even snail mucus is a growing trend right now!

How Are They Hurting My Skin?

hurting your skin, skincare treatments, skincare trends, bad skincare trendsKeeping up with trends doesn’t necessarily mean its bad for your skin, but there are some red flags to be aware of if you’re always testing the latest craze in skin care. Many of the trendy new products that pop up haven’t been tested for prolonged use and therefore cannot be deemed safe. What’s even worse is they sell one-size fits all solutions without knowing your skin or your skin type.

Anything you put on your face daily should be formulated for your specific skin type. Your DNA determines how you need to care best for your skin and if you want to see results, you need to do your research on products and make sure their suit your skin.

How Can I Keep My Skin Safe?

full beach bag, south beach skin lab routine, south beach skin lab, skin health,Following a simple routine is the easiest and safest way for you to be able to keep your skin safe from trendy products that can cause sensitivity or skin reactions. A routine up to five products is totally fine but any more than that can be blogging pores and overwhelming yours skin.

Scientifically, it’s been proven that fewer products made of high quality and more effective ingredients can out-perform even 10 or 12 lower quality “trendy” products. For best results for your skin and anti-aging results, you can actually see and feel, skip the bandwagon of latest trends and reach for your trusty South Beach Skin Lab routine!

How To Keep Your Skin Looking Great During Travel

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Travel can take a lot out of us. From early flights to crowded airports, we usually have enough to worry about when you’re packing up and heading somewhere new. But did you know that of all the exhausting effects of travel, the most noticeable can be felt and seen on your face!?

We’ve rounded up some of the most effective and easy ways to protect and care for your skin when it’s suffering from the travel blues to keep you looking youthful and gorgeous no matter where your travels take you!

Start Before You Leave

SKINCARE, TRAVEL SKINCARE, TRAVEL SKINCARE ROUTINE, SKINCARE TIPS, SKINCARE FOR TRAVELIf you know you’ve got travel booked, don’t wait until you’re in the taxi to the airport to start worrying about your skin. The best time to start prepping your skin for travel is about a week before you leave.

Make sure you’ve spent a good few days hydrating and nourishing your skin prior to exposing it to the extreme dryness of the airplane. Our experts suggest using a hydrating mask the week before so your skin is well nourished and never missing an application morning or night with your Repair and Release Cream the week before departure.

The result will be fewer wrinkles and a brighter complexion once you reach your destination!

Use The Plane As Your Spa

travel skincare tips, travel skin care, skin care, anti-aging, sheet maskNow we’re not suggesting your board the plane in a full seaweed wrap but passing the time of a flight by giving your skin a little love is easy and effective. As long as your products are under 100ml, you’re able to bring them with you on the plane in your carry-on luggage.

Once you’re in the air, take some time to moisturize, care for your eye area, or even use a sheet mask to relax and rejuvenate skin. The best part about your Repair and Release Cream and Eye Lift Serum is that they’re the perfect size to travel since they meet the requirements for being under 100ml!

Show Your Skin Some Extra Love On Arrival

vacation skin care, skin care, anti-aging, skincare travel tipsThink the airplane is the only place with stuffy, drying air that hurts your skin? Think again! Hotels are notorious for having really dry air and cranking the AC to full blast. This will not only dry out your skin but make wrinkles appear deeper and more visible.

To avoid this, you can use tricks like letting the shower run on hot for a few minutes to add humidity to the air. Also, make sure you stay consistent with your moisturizing and eye care routine for your whole trip and don’t skip applications. This will allow for your skin to look just as healthy on your return home, and stop wrinkles and lines from looking deeper from dehydration.

 

What are your skin care travel tips? Share them with us in the comments below!

Shania Twain is 53, Fabulous and Spilling Her Skin Care Secrets!

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Shania Twain first made her way into our hearts and homes with her amazing voice and catchy country music hits. Decades later, she’s still one of the most gorgeous female musicians out there and seems to have figured out the fountain of youth!

Think this celeb spends her time on expensive facials and painful fillers? Think again! Shania’s skin care approach is so easy and low maintenance, anyone can replicate it! Here are just a few of the staples Shania swears by…

She Eats With Her Skin In Mind

shania twain, shania twain skin, celebrity skin care, celebrity skin tipsShania starts her days off by putting healthy and beneficial foods in her stomach starting with breakfast. She’s been honest that she avoids sugar and junk food when she can, and even travels with a blender in her hotel rooms to make smoothies.

Some of her favorite treats are raw coconut water, which she can mix in her smoothies, avocados which are high in fatty acids and great for skin, and lots of blueberries and almonds which help with antioxidants. Drinking her way to perfect skin has definitely worked well for Shania!

She is an SPF Junkie

shania twain, shania twain skin care, celebrity skin care, celebrity anti-agingShania may come from freezing cold Canada, but she understands that no matter what, the sun can age you much faster and protection from UV rays is crucial for great skin.

She has admitted to never leaving the house without proper SPF coverage and if she’s got a long day like filming a music video outside, she is regimented about re-applying to stay safe all day long from UV rays.

She LOVES Olive Oil

shania twain, shania twain skin, celebrity skin care, celebrity skin tips, celebrity tipsTurns out that the queen of country is just as in love with an Olive Oil Cleanser as we are! When asked about her favorite skincare ingredients, she couldn’t stop preaching about the amazing benefits of olive oil.

“Olive oil is everything. I’ll mix olive oil with any lotion for my body. I use olive oil on my face when I’m cleaning. I use olive oil on the ends of my hair when it’s dry. It is the star product in my life” says Twain. I guess the only thing that can impress this superstar is the power of olive oil!

 

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!