Easy Tips To Heal Post-Holiday Breakouts Quickly!

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Did you know that after the holidays is the #1 time people will experience skin issues and breakouts? Some say it’s from stress while others note it’s because of the alcohol and food we consume, but no matter what the cause, you’re going to need a quick fix!

Now that the holidays are over, don’t let breakouts get you down. Here are some of the top tips to heal holiday breakouts quickly and regain your glowing skin for a fresh-faced 2020!

Wash Your Face

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This may sound like simple advice because most of us wash our face morning and night anyway. What you don’t realize is that after the holidays, you may need to be using your oil cleanser even more.

Did you think about what happens to your skin when you stand over a boiling pot cooking all day long? Grease, heat, and other elements from your holiday activities can linger on your skin and cause breakouts. After the holidays, pay extra attention to the surroundings of your skin and wash accordingly. This will prevent breakouts and help your skin look flawless and glowing no matter how stressed out you are going back to work.

Watch What You Eat

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It can be very tempting to drink unlimited wine and an array of unhealthy foods over Christmas and New Years, but it’s going to show up on your face as unwanted zits and breakouts. Now is the perfect time of year to practice moderation and if not for your body, do it for your skin.

If you are going to drink and eat freely, you can minimize the damage to your skin by drinking lots of water throughout the day and night. This will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside and clear away breakout-causing compounds. Also, try to opt for antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and veggies as you recover from the holidays to help support your skin from the inside out.

Nourish Your Skin

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During the holidays you end up spending more time indoors with recycled air than you do outdoors in the fresh air. This can have your skin feeling congested and miserable.

Without fresh air, your skin will start to suffer and will require extra nutrients delivered to help it stay happy and healthy. Make sure you’re not skipping your Repair & Release Cream daily, even if your skin feels hydrated from the humidity of staying indoors. You can be tricked into thinking that you can cut back or skip moisturizing but in reality, its the beneficial ingredients that your skin really needs to glow. This will help you start your new year off with an amazing glow and no signs of post-holiday damage!

What Does Adding Argan Oil To Your Routine Do For Your Skin?

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Argan oil is an ancient beauty secret with tons of different uses. Argan is traditionally popular in hair products, but we’re seeing more of argan oil popping up in skincare products than ever before because of its amazing abilities.

We’ve included this miracle oil in our best-selling Repair & Release Cream and want to share all the benefits you’ll see in your skin from this powerful ingredient!

It Helps Fight Signs of Aging

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Argan oil has been a staple in ancient cultures for centuries for its amazing ability to fight wrinkles and lines. Not only has it been proven to help stop new lines from forming, but because of its high content of antioxidants, it can help reverse lines and wrinkles you already see.

Argan also has the ability to protect your skin from environmental pollution and UV radiation thanks to its ability to prevent oxidative stress. It is also packed full of fatty acids that fight free radicals and add elasticity to your skin, helping it look and feel younger than it really is.

It Delivers Tons of Moisture

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Argan oil is packed full of amazing properties that don’t just hydrate your skin, but seal in moisture to help skin glow! We all know that dry skin can make wrinkles look much worse than they really are, so keeping skin hydrated should be a top priority in your anti-aging routine.

Argan will act on the soft tissue of your skin to pack it full of hydration and works on every single skin type. If your skin is drier, expect it to feel incredibly hydrated after using our Repair & Release Cream – packed with argan oil. If your skin is on the more oily side, it can help balance oil production while softening and protecting your skin.

It Helps Fade Imperfections

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The truth is most of us don’t have “perfect” skin. While some of you may suffer from scars from acne or dark spots from damage, argan works like magic to help fade skin imperfections and leave you with glowing and even-toned skin.

Using argan oil in your Repair & Release Cream daily utilizes the powerful blends of antioxidants argan naturally contains and helps deliver it to not only the surface of your skin but to the deeper layers of your skin as well. It has also been shown to help eczema and other skin conditions, making it ideal for every single skin type to use.

Three Ingredients That Will Help Erase Your Age Spots

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Age spots are one of the most unwanted signs of getting older. They can affect your face, neck, and even hands – but no matter where they show up, they are always an unwelcome visitor.

The wonderful news about age spots is that you don’t have to live with them if you don’t want to. Thanks to powerful ingredients and new developments in formulations available, banishing age spots can become a reality!

Vitamin C

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If you follow skincare at all, you’ll know that vitamin C can be one of the most powerful ingredients in your arsenal of skincare products. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C fights free radicals that cause aging and helps regenerate damaged skin cells. If you aren’t using vitamin C in your routine yet, it’s time to start ASAP.

When it comes to age spots, vitamin C is a massive help to fade existing spots and help prevent new ones from forming. While some people go to extremes of lasers and peels to destroy age spots, vitamin C will actually provide similar results without the pain or cost. Not only will it help fade your age spots, but it will help fight wrinkles and sagging too!

Ginseng Root

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This prized Korean herb has been used for every type of healing you can imagine, and skin is no exception. In addition to helping control breakouts, de-puffing skin, and brightening complexion, it also works hard to banish age spots and keep more from forming.

Like vitamin C, ginseng root contains ample amounts of antioxidants. When your skin is exposed to environmental factors, it can lead to melanin production which causes age spots and dark spots, but ginseng stops it right its tracks! Using products that include ginseng will lighten dark spots while brightening the rest of your skin for a glowing, youthful complexion.

Safflower

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If you’re looking for a powerful ingredient that will really make a difference in your results, look no further than safflower extract. Safflower in your skincare is a natural and safe ingredient that will help you achieve radiant skin. Used for centuries as a natural way to fight free radicals, this unique ingredient packs a strong punch to banish pigmentation issues and age spots.

Safflower contains ample amounts of fatty acids that will help stimulate collagen production and lighten dark spots on your skin. Safflower is so powerful, it’s even used to treat dark undereye circles because of its incredible brightening properties. When it comes to fighting age spots, products like our Dark Spot Corrector harness the power of safflower to help diminish the look of age spots and keep new ones from forming. The result will be an even and bright skin tone that takes years off your look.

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!