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.

Here Are The Most Common Sunscreen Mistakes You’re Making

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If there is anything you’ve learned from us about skincare, we hope it’s that SPF is one of the most important parts of your routine and the best preventative measure when it comes to wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin.

Using sunscreen can make a big difference in the health of your skin but most American’s are actually making some huge mistakes when it comes to sun protection. We’ve rounded up the most common sun care mistakes and provide easy solutions on how to fix them!

You’re Using 2-in-1 Protection

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareDoes the idea of one step for skin health and sun protection sound too good to be true? Chances are, it is. In recent years, it’s become common for brands to include SPF in their makeup and skincare products however this is a very dangerous practice because mixing SPF with other chemicals can actually make it way less effective.

Any proper chemist knows that it’s not a great idea to mix anti-aging ingredients with SPF because it will hurt the effectiveness of all ingredients, not just the ones protecting you from the sun. That’s why we chose to formulate our Repair & Release Cream without SPF, so you can apply and re-layer your sun protection without worrying about if it’s working properly.

You’re Not Re-Applying

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareDid you know that even the strongest sunscreen only works for a few hours? That means that if you’re not re-applying your SPF at least every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your skin is still at major risk of sun damage.

To keep applying sunscreen top of mind, keep a small bottle in your car, on your desk, and in your purse, making it easy to re-apply on the go and keep skin safe. One application of SPF a day, especially if you are outside, will have little or no benefit to your skin.

You’re Not Washing Old Sunscreen Off

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareYou also don’t want to compromise the health of your skin by clogging up pores and sleeping with leftover sunscreen on your face. Washing off your sunscreen from the day with your Olive Oil Cleanser will make sure you’ve removed all the dirt and product from your face, but will also battle any free radicals that made their way to your skin.

If you’re sleeping in your sun care products, you can expect dull, flakey skin, breakouts, clogged pores, and excess oil production. All these bad side effects are easily avoided with a quick cleansing routine and can make a work of difference in your journey to younger looking skin.

Three New Ways To Stop Sagging Skin For Good

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As we age, collagen production decreases and wrinkles and sagging skin can form. Sagging skin can have you feeling insecure and not yourself, but it also can have you looking much older than you are if you’re not taking a few easy preventative measures.

We take your sagging skin very seriously at South Beach Skin Lab so we’ve rounded up some of the most effective treatments for sagging skin to help you put your best face forward.

Use Antioxidants 

antioxidants, skincare, anti-aging, southbeachskinlabEvery single day, your skin is exposed to so many external factors that contribute to the health of your skin. When pollution and toxins reach your skin, they produce free radicals that are the culprits of wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin.

Antioxidants help fight and neutralize free radicals to stop them in their tracks and help prevent the sagging skin they cause. In fact, even using an antioxidant moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream once daily has been proven to prevent free radicals and firm skin. Because of powerful collagen and antioxidants, it prevents cell damage and keeps your skin safe and healthy while providing essential collagen to keep skin firm and youthful.

Wear Sunscreen

spf, sun care, spf protection, wrinkles, dark spots, sagging skin, south beach skin labSPF is your BFF when it comes to all signs of aging, and sagging skin is no exception! Environmental factors, especially UV rays, are responsible for so much damage to our skin that protecting ourselves is the #1 defense against sagging skin and wrinkles.

Every single time you go outside, cloudy or sunny, you should be wearing at least SPF30. Think applying SPF once a day is enough? Think again! You should be re-applying sunscreen (don’t forget about your neck and chest too!) at least every 2 hours throughout the day or you won’t be properly protected.

Hydrate + Moisturize

moisturizer, hydrate, sagging skin, anti-aging, skincare, skincare tips, anti-aging tipsSagging skin doesn’t just show up overnight, it’s a result of not having cared for your skin properly in the past and that’s leading to dehydrated, dull and sagging skin. Your body needs 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, imagine what your skin, the largest organ in your body, needs!

To keep your skin nourished and hydrated, using a moisturizing cream, no matter how powerful, isn’t enough. Chances are you’re using a regular foaming cleanser to wash your face and that’s likely what’s causing dehydration and sagging. Make sure to switch to an oil-based cleanser which has been proven more powerful and gentle. It will remove dirt, makeup and leave your skin soft to the touch after the very first use. Make the switch and say goodbye to sagging skin for good!

These Are The Sun Protection Staples You Need This Summer!

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Did you know that even on an overcast day, 80% of the suns UV rays are able to reach your skin? That means as the overcast skies clear and summer begins in full swing that we need to be making sure we’ve got our bases covered when it comes to sun protection.

Sunscreen is great but with the sun getting stronger each passing year, it’s time to take your sun protection game to the next level. These are a few tried and trusted staples to include in your summer outings to make sure you’re keeping your skin safe of UV rays and free radical damage.

A Chic Sun Hat

sun protection, uv protection, sun hat, skincareThank the fashion gods, a sturdy straw hat is a hot trend for summer 2019! There are tons of different sizes and styles to choose from and they are absolutely the safest way to keep your face safe from the sun, even if you are tanning your body.

Opt for a hat that covers not just your face but as much of your neck, chest and even shoulders if possible. The wider the brim of the hat, the more it will cover and protect. Aging and wrinkles from sun damage don’t just happen on your face, the can impact your neck and chest too.

Tip: If the weather is hot and your hat touches your forehead, make sure you’re thoroughly cleansing the area with your Olive Oil Cleanser to avoid clogged pores and breakouts from sweat.

Self Tanner

self tanner, uv protection, sun protection, sun and anti-agingFeeling like Casper the friendly ghost without a few hours tanning in the sun? We totally understand that your skin tone and tan can affect your confidence so that’s why we suggest getting your glow the non-traditional way.

With all the research that links skin cancer with sun exposure, there are more and more ways to spray tan or self-tan, and options for every budget. If you’re willing to shell out the big bucks, opt for a spray tan which will cover your whole body and is usually done by a professional. If you feel more confident, opts for a gradual tanning lotion from the drugstore to use on arms and legs to keep that vacation glow.

There are even tanning drops which you can add to a moisturizer like your Repair & Release Cream to add color to the face, but we suggest doing your research to find the best self-tanning option for yourself!

Have Two Sunscreens

sunblock, sunscreen, anti-aging, sun protection, uv protectionHaving one sunscreen probably won’t cut it if you’re looking for some serious sun protection. For your body, we suggest using a cream sunscreen over a spray as it’s harder to miss spots with the cream and won’t leave you with a patchy sunburn if you forget to reapply.

Make sure you’re using an alternative sunscreen for your face, and preferably one that is oil-free to avoid clogging pores. There are lots of brands that have a solid face stick that you can use over makeup so it can be re-applied throughout the day.

No matter what kind of sunscreen you’re using, make sure it has a minimum of SPF 30 protection and apply it after your Repair & Release Cream daily. If you’re spending your day outside in direct sunlight, you should re-apply at least every 80 minutes.

 

What are your tricks for keeping your skin safe from UV rays? Share them with us in the comments below!

Three Places Your Face Is Secretly Getting Sun Damaged

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Sun Damage is one of the worst environmental factors for your skin. Not only is it the leading cause of skin cancer, but it is also responsible for making you age years faster than you should be.

We all slather on SPF for a day at the beach, but it turns out most of the damage is done in places you would never expect. This is why it’s important to use UV protection at all times throughout the day, no matter what time of year.

Here are some surprising places you’re most susceptible to sun damage…

At Work

sun damage, uv damage, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingThink you got lucky with the window seat in the office? Think again! Not only can it do damage to your eyes if it’s very bright, but it is also hurting your skin and causing you to age faster.

Most office windows may be tinted to keep sunlight out, but they aren’t able to keep UV rays out. That means even if you’re inside all day, you’re still suffering the negative effects of sun damage.

The good news is many makeup brands include SPF now in foundations so you’re able to get some coverage from that. Just make sure that you re-apply with a regular SPF throughout the day and wash your face thoroughly at night with an Olive Oil Cleanser to remove all the leftover makeup and sunscreen to avoid clogging pores.

In The Car

sun damage, uv damage, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingIf you’re not slathering on the SPF for your commute to work or home, you might want to rethink that. When you’re driving, UV rays are penetrating your skin through car windows and sunroof. In fact, people often have more sun exposure on the left side of their face due to exposure from UVA rays shining through their car’s driver’s side window.

To avoid any damage to your skin from the sunshine in the car, keep a bottle of SPF in your glove compartment or center console. That way, you can create a healthy habit of re-applying sunscreen every time you get in the car for a commute or a road trip.

Cloudy Weather

sun protection, uv protection, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingJust because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that UV rays are not there. In fact, experts say that most people suffer the worst sun damage on overcast days because they wrongly assume the sun isn’t strong enough to cause them harm.

UV rays can penetrate, even when it’s dark and cloudy so no matter what the weather outside, you still need to apply your sunscreen! We suggest applying an SPF of at least 30 on top of your Repair & Release Cream every morning and re-applying every few hours throughout the day.

These Are The Three Skincare Resolutions You Should Make For 2019

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2019 gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and set intentions for the new year ahead. Most of the time, resolutions include topics like eating better or getting more exercise but most people often overlook positive changes they can make for their skin.

This year, there are three simple resolutions you can make for your skin that are going to help you look and feel your best. If you follow these three resolutions, you can expect to breeze into the new year with a youthful, stunning glow!

#1: Make SPF your BFF

sunscreen, spf, sun protection, skincareWe can’t tell you enough how important using sunscreen is. UV rays can damage the DNA of your skin cells leaving unwanted pigmentation issues and lots and lots of wrinkles.

Make using sunscreen your top resolution for 2019 and slather on at least an SPF 30 daily. Luckily, more and more makeup brands are including SPF in their foundation but make sure that you’ve got a lightweight backup to reapply throughout the day.

Remember, if you’re not reapplying your sunscreen at least two or three times a day, you might as well not be wearing any so an important part of this resolution is the re-application!

#2: Wash Your Face Twice A Day

cleansing, oil cleansing, skincareWe get it, cleansing can be daunting but it’s so important for your skin that we cannot emphasize enough how much of an effect it will have on your skin. Cleansing twice a day doesn’t just remove dirt, grime, and makeup but it also helps remove toxins and free radicals from being absorbed into your skin.

For 2019, ditch your traditional foaming cleanser which can dry out your skin and leave lots of the invisible dirt on your face. Instead, opt for a powerful oil-based cleanser like our Olive Oil Cleanser. The oil works like a magnet to attract everything that is deep inside your pores after a long day or night and leaves your skin so soft, you won’t believe it until you try it!

#3: Practice Self Care At Least Once A Week

face scrub, sheet mask, self care, skincareIf you’re a skincare addict like we are, then you know the pure joy of self-care. Whether it’s a quick sheet mask, an at-home facial or even a DIY scrub, taking time to relax and pamper yourself can really show on your face.

This year, make it a resolution to take at least one hour a week to yourself to focus on going above and beyond for your skin.

Use your Repair and Release cream morning and night, check out Pinterest for easy to make masks and scrubs or go splurge on some from your favorite brands but no matter what, we promise you will see the positive effects.

It’s been proven that stress can add to wrinkles and lines and the small practice of taking time to care about yourself and your skin can drastically improve the texture of your skin and help reduce your chances of more wrinkles.

What are your skincare resolutions for 2019? Share them with us in the comments below!