These Are Some of The Biggest Lies You’ve Been Told About Your Skin

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When you research your skin and how to best care for it, there is so much information out there its hard to know what exactly to believe and what is just gossip.

With the help of skincare experts and our very own Dr. Ryan Shelton, we are exposing the biggest lies you’ve been told about your skin and what you can do instead for actual results.

You Only Need 1 “Miracle Product”

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The snake-oil salesman has been around for decades, promising you unbelievable results from just a single miracle cure. The reality is that there is no such thing as one miracle product that can deal with all skin ailments and provide drastic results. Instead of buying into miracle creams, you should focus on finding a comprehensive routine that is easy to use and effective because the products work together to provide real results.

If you suffer from wrinkles, dullness, or sagging skin, the best plan of attack is to use products that work in synergy to fight all your skincare woes. Products are formulated to be used together and when you use a comprehensive routine, you are 10x more likely to see results. If you are only using one product and hoping for a miracle, it’s time to invest in a routine!

Sun Is The Enemy

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It seems like the world of skincare has waged a war on sunshine. While we agree that it can cause damage to your skin if you aren’t protecting and caring for your face, but it is also something our bodies need. The sun provides vitamin D which helps our skin cells repair and deliver important vitamins to our bodies.

Knowing how much sun your skin needs can be a balancing act but there are a few tips that make it easy. First, apply sunscreen before you go outside every day to avoid damage. Some dark spots like freckles are a natural genetic reaction to the sun, but you can help control them with a dark spot corrector that is formulated with powerful vitamin C. It will dull dark spots and make your skin glow!

All Products Are The Same

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One of the worst skincare rumors of all time is that all products are almost identical and which ones you use don’t matter. There are three main types of skincare – cheap skincare filled with synthetic ingredients, Sephora-type skincare that is expensive because of fancy bottles, and cosmeceutical skincare which is often formulated by doctors and proven effective with science.

Using cosmeceutical ingredients is one of the most effective things you can do if you want to see fewer wrinkles and a younger-looking face. The best results will come from using a comprehensive cosmeceutical skincare routine that you know is backed by science and can deliver what it promises. Instead of spending your money on pretty packaging or the cheap option, a cosmeceutical based routine will help provide visible results in about 30 days!

Three Skin Tips That Anyone Over 40 Should Know About

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Getting older can be a joy to many, but the physical attributes of aging can have you feeling uncomfortable in your own skin sometimes. If you can relate, you aren’t alone.

Your skin goes through some major changes after the age of 40 and if your routine isn’t keeping up, you’ll need to add these small tweaks to make sure your skin stays vibrant, healthy, and wrinkle-free!

Wear SPF Every Day

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I can be exhausting hearing about sunscreen so often but it really is the holy grail to keeping skin youthful. Nothing can damage your skin more than sun exposure and it also happens to be the number one cause of brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer. If you rely on using SPF once a day, you’ll need to keep reapplying throughout the day to avoid damage. Dermatologists suggest re-applying every hour and a half you are out in the sun.

Wearing sunscreen will help protect against wrinkles and dark spots – which in a recent survey, were the top complaints that women over 40 had about their complexion. Wearing sunscreen will help protect you and you can deal with any existing dark spots by applying a vitamin c packed topical treatment to them twice daily.

Ditch Soaps

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Did you know that most of the foaming cleansers you purchase from the drugstore are really just a byproduct of soap? Soap is terrible for your skin and can cause irritation, redness, and dryness. It also is known to mess with the moisture barrier in your skin and disrupt the natural oils your skin needs to fight wrinkles and dryness.

Instead of hurting your skin with foams and soaps, switch to oil cleansing ASAP. Research everywhere is proving that it is the best and safest way for you to be washing skin – especially skin over 40. As you age, you naturally lose moisture in your skin which makes wrinkles look worse. With an oil cleanser, it will clean your skin but also deliver a dose of hydration that will leave your skin soft to the touch. Most people can feel a difference after the first use when they switch to an oil cleanser!

Skip The Needles

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After the age of 40, it can be extremely tempting to turn to botox and injectables to help combat aging skin. Sadly, this option is as dangerous as it is expensive and is not a great option for most skin types out there. If you are looking for great results and have considered filler and botox, opt for some of the newest skincare ingredients that are showing the same kind of results without the pain and price tag.

Some examples of these ingredients are Matrixyl Synth 6. This powerful cosmeceutical ingredient is one of the strongest available in the skincare world and one of the hero ingredients in our best-selling Repair & Release Cream. When scientists tested Matrixyl Synthe 6 in a study, they found that application resulted in a skin lifting effect between 28-77%, a decrease in wrinkle volume by 31%-100%, and a decrease in wrinkle depth between 16%-62% in just 2 months of use. With results like that, you’ll never need to consider botox or fillers again!

Help Prevent Sunburns and Damage With These Easy Suncare Tips!

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Nothing feels better than a sunkissed summer tan, but if you spent more time outside than planned, you may have wound up with a sunburn on your face!

Sun damage can lead to tons of skin problems like redness, dark spots, and dryness. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun and you’re looking to avoid the negative effects, try these tips at the end of the day!

Wash Your Face

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After a long day in the sun, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid a sunburn at all costs. A sunburn is a way of your skin telling you it has seen too many UV rays and will show up as redness on your cheeks, forehead, or nose. One of the easiest ways to help avoid this is by making sure you take the time to wash your face properly at the end of the day before bed.

Washing your face with an oil-cleanser after being in the sun all day will help remove any traces of sweat, dirt, and sunscreen from your pores so you’ll be sure to avoid breakouts. More importantly, if you use your oil cleanser with cool water, it will help calm redness and inflammation to your face so that your skin can begin to heal itself from the sunburn. Colder water won’t just help the redness go down but it will feel refreshing and cold on your sunburned skin!

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

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When skin is exposed to too much sun, it causes a sunburn – but the damage can go much deeper than you can see. Too much sun will dry out the deeper layers of your skin and can cause excessive dryness or flakes. Dry skin also accentuates wrinkles in the worst way so making sure your skin stays well hydrated after a sunburn is crucial for plumping wrinkles, calming redness, and helping your face get back to normal.

Some of the most powerful ingredients for hydrating skin can be found in our Repair & Release Cream which you should be applying every night before bed. In addition to supplying your skin with ample amounts of anti-aging peptides to help with wrinkles, it delivers deep hydration thanks to natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Argan Oil, and Cocoa Seed Butter. Not only will it boost your skin’s hydration for faster healing of your sunburn but it will have you looking and feeling your best too!

Attack The Damage

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Have you ever looked in the mirror after a long day in the sun and noticed freckles on your face? Those spots are actually skin damage from the sun and can start to show up within hours of being outside. If you are spending time outdoors and don’t want these harmless freckles turning to dreaded dark spots, it’s imperative you attack them as soon as you see them on your face with a powerful Dark Spot Corrector.

Designed to help diminish sun damage at the first sign of it, our Dark Spot Corrector is packed with 5 different stabilized forms of vitamin C which have been proven to help with damage. It works to fade dark spots and imperfections to help you avoid age spots in the future. It will also brighten your skin and help even out your complexion for a younger-looking glow!

The Bad Skincare Habits You Need To Break Immediately

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Skincare habits can be the reason why you do or do not see results with your routine. No one is perfect and sometimes skincare can get confusing, but there are some things you should never make a habit of.

After lots of research, we’re breaking down some of the worst skincare habits you could have. If you’re guilty of any of these, it just takes a few small tweaks to your routine to get your skin back on the right path.

Not Moisturizing Right Away

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One of the most luxurious parts of your skincare routine is applying your Repair & Release Cream. The smooth texture of it as it glides on your face is just about as good as it gets! What may be shocking is that when and how you apply your cream is going to make all the difference in the results you see.

To get the most benefit from your moisturizer, it’s important that it is applied while your face is still damp after washing with your Lavender Oil Cleanser. This is the time when pores are open and most likely to benefit from all the peptides in your Repair & Release Cream. If you are waiting even 30 minutes before applying your moisturizer, it could explain why you haven’t been seeing the results you desire.

Not Protecting Your Skin

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Our skin is exposed to more elements a day than any other organ in our bodies. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you do what you can to protect it. One of the most damaging things your skin can be exposed to are UV rays and sun protection should be top of mind no matter what time of year it is.

In summer months, we recommend using a 50 SPF protection to make sure your skin is safe and sound when the sun is at its strongest. You’ll also want to opt for a hat as often as possible to protect the delicate skin on your face. As you transition sun protection into fall and winter, you can opt for a lower 30 SPF, but make sure you’re still diligent about re-applying it. Sunscreen is great at protecting your skin from harmful free radicals that cause aging, but if you only apply it in the mornings, it won’t be much help.

Not Washing Your Makeup Off

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Nothing will cause more damage to your skin than going to sleep without removing your makeup. Makeup is made of oils and sometimes even chemicals, which will seep into your pores if left on overnight. Not only can it cause skin infections, breakouts, and sensitivity, but it will make wrinkles even worse!

The best way to keep your skin face is to wash your face thoroughly with your Lavender Oil Cleanser before bed. To get your face clean, you used to have to use a toxic makeup remover followed by a traditional cleanser which is extra drying. Now, you can replace both steps by simply using your Lavender Oil Cleanser which melts off makeup and helps hydrate your skin so it glows! It also digs deep to make sure your pores are free and clear of any bacteria, dirt or leftover makeup.

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

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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

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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.

Get Glowing Summer Skin From The Inside Out!

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We all know that what we put in our bodies is just as important for our skin as what we put on them. Thankfully in the warmer seasons, we’ve got ample options when it comes to skin-healthy foods that are going to help your complexion look its best.

To stay glowing from the inside, these tasty treats have little to no prep time and can be purchased at any grocery store. They are high in vitamins and antioxidants and will leave your summer skin glowing from the inside!

Tomatoes

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Not only are tomatoes good for protecting skin from sun damage but they work wonders at reversing it too. Applying raw tomato to your face will dimish dark spots and wrinkles and leave your skin looking years younger.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has been proven by experts to rebuild connective tissues on and inside the body which are often the cause of deep wrinkles. By cooking with coconut oil (and even using it to moisturize your body!) you’re getting all the benefits of coconut oil and helping return your skin to its wrinkle-free glory.

Cherry

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Vitamin C from eating cherries will help get the collagen production in your skin up and will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. The best part about this skincare superfood is that it’s great to travel with to work, the beach or the park this summer. Getting great skin on the go has never been easier!

What are your favorite summertime skincare foods? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

These Easy Tips Quickly Combat Sagging Eyelids and Eye Wrinkles

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Nothing sparks insecurity like the moment you begin to notice your eye area is giving away your age. There are many factors that cause your eye area to age however most of them can be completely avoidable.

Knowing how to properly care for your eye area can have drastic results on your skincare journey so we decided to share with you a few simple tips to banish eye wrinkles and sagging eyelids for good!

Protect Them From UV

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Sunscreen isn’t your only option when it comes to keeping your eye area away from sun damage. Opting for oversized sunglasses will help keep the area covered from the sun and a hat is always a good idea to keep your entire face wrinkle free! Whatever you do, make sure you treat your eye area as an extension of your face, especially when it comes to sunscreen.

Get Some Rest

sleep for wrinkles, eye care, eye wrinkles, sagging eyelidsThe most simple way to combat eye wrinkles and sagging eyelids are to make sure you’re getting enough rest every single day. Your eye area is delicate and reacts to exhaustion and stress by emphasizing wrinkles. This can be easily avoided by a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night.

When you sleep, your body is able to repair any damage and can help with a whole host of different problems. You also want to avoid sleeping on your face and do your best to sleep on your back. Doing so will help avoid new wrinkles from forming while pressing skin against a pillow.

Invest In A Great Eye Serum

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Eye serum should be one of the last steps in your skincare routine, just before applying your makeup. Not only will regular use of an eye serum help with sagging skin and eye wrinkles, but it is also a great defense against the puffy eye bags and dark circles so many of us suffer from. If you’re looking for drastic results to your eyelids and eye wrinkles, a high-quality eye serum is the only way to go!

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 

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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

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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

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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!