Do You Actually Need To Wear Sunscreen In The Fall?

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Cold temperatures are whisking away our memories of summer, but there is one constant from our favorite season that is an absolute MUST to carry into your fall and winter routine…Sunscreen!

It’s important that you train yourself to include SPF every single day and not just when the sun is shining bright. UV rays from the sun are the #1 factor in premature aging and if you’re not protected, you’re hurting your skin. Here are just a few reasons you need to keep sunscreen top of mind in the fall season.

Sun Damage

sun damage, spf protection, sunscreen, fall sunscreen, fall skincare routineSun damage can show up in many ways on your face. From wrinkles and sagging to dark spots and free radicals, there are almost no limits to how the sun can harm your face. If your goals are anti-aging related, then it’s a must-have and not an option at all.

In the summer it’s easy to see and feel sun damage because typically, you come home with a sunburn. In fall, however, it’s harder to notice because there may not be as dramatic a “before and after” from when your skin was exposed to UV rays. To keep damage at bay, a minimum SPF 30 is required every single day, and should be reapplied anytime you’re about to go outside, like your lunch break or in the car for your commute home in the sunshine.

Dryness

fall skincare, dry skin, skincare routine, fall skincare routineUsing a layer of sunscreen isn’t just protecting your skin from the sun, it’s also keeping it safe from wind, dirt, pollution, and bacteria which can all dry out the skin and leave wrinkles way more noticeable on your face. Dry skin is one of the number one complaints of women over 50, but it’s no match for the one-two-punch of SPF protection and a hydrating moisturizer.

A hydrating moisturizer like our Repair and Release Cream will help neutralize your skin back to a healthy balance when the air turns dry and cold. Combined with the full spectrum protection of sunscreen, and you can rest assured that your complexion is safe and wrinkle-free no matter how much time you spend outside this fall.

Long Term Effects

long term skincare effects, skincare problems, spf protectionBelieve it or not, your skin thrives on routine. When your skin adjusts to a certain kind of hydration or a new toner, it works to balance itself to let those products perform best. When your skin adjusts to sunscreen over the summer, taking it out of your routine, especially when the temperature drops, can actually send your skin into shock.

The long term effects of constantly switching products or adjusting your routine can be really bad for your skin. To be able to see the best results with anything, you need to be using it every day, and not stopping cold turkey. By continuing your SPF routine into the fall and winter months, you’re protecting your skin’s barrier by using familiar products, but also helping to protect it from damage.

 

 

 

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!