You Probably Didn’t Realize These Everyday Things Are Aging You

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We have so much to worry about every single day that it’s easy to forget about some of our “harmless” bad habits. No one is perfect, and we’re not asking you to be, but these easy and avoidable things are likely the cause of your skin woes.

We’re finally ready to pull the curtain back and share with you the worst everyday habits that you never even knew were aging your skin.

Inflammatory Foods

processed foods, skincare foods, good skin foods, food for great skinYou are what you eat and as your largest organ, your skin can tell what’s going into your body and reacts accordingly. If you’re feeding your body lots of vegetable oils, margarine, red meats or processed bread and sugars, you’re not doing your skin or anti-aging routine any favors.

Ingredients like the ones we’ve listed above have been shown to break down collagen and elastin which will have your skin stressed out and wrinkling worse than ever before. To help reverse the negative effects, including lots of fish oils, omega 3’s and veggies. These will help rebuild the lost collagen in the skin as well as fight free radicals to keep further damage at bay.

Happy Hour

happy hour, alcohol and skin, skincare tips, drinking and skin health, skin health, anti-aging routineWhen you drink alcohol, there are tons of effects it has on the body, both good and bad. While many people experience dehydration as a result of drinking, your skin can get dehydrated too making wrinkles, lines, and breakouts much worse than they should be. We’re not suggesting you give up alcoholic drinks, but a few small gestures to your skin can go a long way.

For starters, if you’re drinking then you need to make sure you pay extra attention to nourishing your skin both before and after your evening of cocktails. Using a hydrating moisturizer and a creamy oil cleanser will help rebalance the natural oils in your skin and refine the look of wrinkles up to 50%. Also, eat a healthy meal before heading our for drinks and drink water between cocktails to keep away dehydration!

Air Pollution

pollution and skin, pollution and skin aging, pollution, skincare, anti-agingAir quality in big cities can be poor, but even if you’re out in the country it doesn’t mean you aren’t under the effects of pollution interacting with your skin. In recent years, research has shown that smog and other pollution can infest your skin with more free radicals than any amount of sun exposure and as we know, free radicals = deep wrinkles.

Protecting your skin from pollution is super important and one of the easiest ways to do that is cleansing your face thoroughly with an oil cleanser that digs deep into pores. Once a day isn’t enough to fight off the effects of smog so make sure you’re using your oil cleanser both morning and night just to not just clean pores but create a barrier to defend your skin.

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

sun protection, sun care, skincare foods, food for good skinIs there anything more tasty than a ripe, summer fresh tomato? Turns out they’re not only delicious but they’re also a great source of antioxidants, especially lycopene which helps protect skin from the sun. Lycopene can also cure dark spots, lines, dryness and rough skin.

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

coconut oil for wrinkles, wrinkle care, coconut oil, skincare foods, summer skincare foodsDid you know that cooking with coconut oil is one of the most healthy and safe oils you can use? Coconut has tons of benefits for the body, skin, and hair but did you know that it can be used both topically and internally to eliminate wrinkles?!

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

cherry, cherries, skincare foods, skincare super foods, summer skincare foodsWhen we think of cherries, we always this of summer! This tasty stone fruit can work wonders on your skin thanks to a high dose of vitamin C and potassium which are essential for healthy skin.

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

uv protection, sun protection, sun protection for eyes, spf for eyesDamage from UV rays can be the top reason your skin is getting wrinkled and while we keep sun care top of mind for the rest of our face, our eye area is often forgotten. The easiest tweak you can make to protect your eyes is to apply SPF protection and keep them out of the sun. You can also add an antioxidant-rich eye serum to your routine to help fight free radicals and further damage.

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

eye serum, eye wrinkles, sagging eye lids, eye care, eye wrinklesNothing is going to care for your eye area quite like a high-quality eye serum. Packed with antioxidants and peptides, this is your number one defense against sagging skin and wrinkles and can truly transform your eye area in only a matter of weeks.

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!

Avoid Self-Tanner Mistakes With These Easy Tips

Self-Tanners are making a comeback these days thanks to all the information we now know about sun protection and avoiding UV rays. You can find them in Sephora, drug stores or even online, but applying them like a pro takes some practice.

If you’re reaching for self-tanner to give yourself a perfectly bronzed glow, follow along with these easy tips to avoid looking like a streaky mess!

Exfoliate First

self-tanner, tanning mistakes, moisturizer, skincareSelf-tanner looks best when applied to clean, soft skin. To achieve this, exfoliate the part of your body you plan to use the self-tanner on before applying anything.

For your face, use a gentle exfoliator the night before application so your skin has time to relax from any sensitivity or inflammation. For your body, you can use a tougher exfoliator in the shower with a glove and wait until skin is completely dry to apply your tan.

Moisturize

self tanner, tanning, white spots, skincareIf you’ve ever tried self-tanner before you may have experienced small spots of uneven color on your skin. These spots are the result of dehydrated patches of skin that are desperate for hydration.

If you’re applying self-tanner to your face, make sure your skin is well hydrated by using a daily moisturizer like our Repair & Release Cream for at least 7 days before application. For your body, a few days of using a heavy moisturizer or body butter will do the trick. This should help you avoid any uneven patches of self-tanner that could give away your faux-glow.

Lemon Can Fix Mistakes

self tanner, how to, skincare, uv protectionIf there is one thing almost guaranteed the first time you try self-tanner is a little mistake or two. While it’s a great alternative to tanning your skin in the sun and causing major damage, it is also no easy task for first-timers.

If after you apply your tanner you find any spots, streaks or areas that need a quick fix, reach for the lemon! Lemon has lots of acidity which breaks up the darker color and evens your tan out with your natural tone.

Just cut the lemon in half or slices and apply directly to the uneven color. You can also re-apply as many times as you need to fix your self-tanned mistakes.

 

Have you tried self-tanner before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

5 Everyday Activities That Are Actually Making You Age Faster

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Did you know that on average humans make at least 21 facial expressions a day? With all that movement in your face, you’re bound to get a wrinkle or two but some of the most “harmless” expressions or actions you’re making every day are the reason behind your wrinkles.

Knowledge is power which is why we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 things you should STOP doing right away, and take more notice of, to help keep your skin looking young and stop wrinkles in their tracks!

Drinking From A Straw

lines, wrinkles, skincareEvery time you sip on a straw, you pucker your mouth making tiny lines all around your lips. While sipping from a straw on occasion won’t cause too much harm, if you’re drinking your beverages daily with a straw, you can expect those lines to worsen, deepen and become more visible.

Sleeping On Your Side

sleep, wrinkles, lines, skincareSleeping on your side can be comfortable but if you do it often, especially on the same side every night, your chances of forming wrinkles are much higher. This is especially bad for creating sagging skin around the mouth and making the eyes appear more wrinkles and puffy.

You Let Your Skin Get Dry

stress, stress and skincare, dry skinLetting your skin dry out is one of the easiest ways to not only form new wrinkles but to make existing ones look even more noticeable. When skin is dry, cracks, creases, and fine lines appear to be much worse than they are. A hydrating cream like our Repair & Release Creadelivers moisture to your skin all day long, making your face appear hydrated and youthful!

You’re Under Too Much Stress

stress, skin, anti-agingLet’s face it, with the holiday season approaching, who doesn’t feel a little stressed out? But if you’re feeling that on a regular basis, your skin is going to start showing the effects of stress in the form of wrinkles and lines. Using calming practices like meditation or yoga to relax when stress hits are sure to have your skin glowing from the inside out.

You’re Not Wearing Sunglasses

uv protection, squinting, anti-agingIt does not matter if you live in hot weather or cold weather, the sun still shines almost daily and that can cause a lot of squinting if you don’t have proper eye protection. If you’re headed outside, make sure to pack your sunnies because squinting to keep the sun out can cause serious wrinkles to the eyes and forehead. Because squinting is something people do so often without noticing, it can produce some of the deepest and most difficult wrinkles to get rid of.

Breaking bad habits can be hard and take time but the sooner you start, the better your skin will look. The best news we can tell you is that by using your South Beach Skin Lab routine twice a day every day, you’re helping to fight against all these factors that contribute to aging.