Get a Deep, Rich Tan without Harmful UV Exposure

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A tan is bad news when it is the result of exposure to UV rays from laying out at the beach or from a bulb in a tanning bed. A recent medical journal study revealed: The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking. In the US alone, 419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning (beds). Out of this number, 6,199 are melanoma cases. Most dermatologists consider the sunless tanner mode of achieving that “sun-kissed glow” much safer than obtaining a tan from the cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation that comes from the sun or tanning booths. Self-tanning products are available as lotions, creams, sprays, and wipes. These products typically contain an ingredient known as DHA, a sugar molecule that bronzes the very top layer of the skin. The browning effect occurs within a few … Continue reading

SGF-4 Technology Explained

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Skin Growth Factors (SGF-4 Technology™) Q:  What is the difference between a stem cell and growth factors? A:  Skin is the only organ in the body which has its own stem cells.  Growth Factors are necessary to activate stem cells which are dormant cells until activated.  Growth factors trigger the stem cell in the skin to perform repair and regenerative functions which have visible cosmetically enhancing results.  Stem cells don’t “jump” species so a plant based stem cell functions more like an antioxidant in protecting the exterior of the cell versus stimulating a human repair function. Q: So does that mean that it’s just for those looking for an anti-aging product? Or would there be any benefit for anyone else? A: SGF-4 Technology products works well for those in their 20s on. You actually see a visible difference within a few minutes of the first application but what is more powerful is … Continue reading

Double Cleansing…The Hot New Trend

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Double cleansing is the hot new trend with professional makeup artists, but the technique is nothing new. European and Japanese women have incorporated double cleansing into their routines for a very long time. Research has shown that double cleansing your skin makes application of anti-aging products more effective. Standing the test of time, this technique can make a world of difference if correctly used. THE FIRST CLEANSE. Smooth the Skin Authority Oil Nutrient for Face, Hair & Nails onto dry skin, circling it over face and eyes for about a minute before removing it with a warm cloth. This will lift makeup, dissolve impurities, and neutralize leftover products from the face and out of pores. Oil fights oil and is good for combating oily skin and breakouts. THE SECOND CLEANSE. Apply one of the Skin Authority water-based lathering cleansers as the key to removing excess oil from the surface without drying. Work … Continue reading

Professional Beauty Tips For Star Results

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Ever wonder how celebrities look so flawless (even in HD)?  The top makeup artists turn to Skin Authority to prep the perfect makeup canvas.  Here are the pros favorite go to products and tips: Makeup Artist Emily Hache primes her E! News correspondents’ skin with Wrinkle Reversing Serum so she has a tight, firm canvas for makeup application. Malinda Ballesteros, makeup artist for the hit Netflix series, Bloodline, swears by Skin Authority Super-C Serum to plump and firm the skin so makeup application is flawless. Dancing with the Stars makeup artist Trendee King uses Acne & Oil Control to prep the skin by removing oil and debris, while toning and calming the skin. Late Late Show with James Cordon and The Voice makeup artist Diana Oh sprays her powder brush with Moisturizing Mist before applying powder for a final result of a a dewy finish. Laurie Cocheo, makeup artist to actress Serinda Swan of the hit USA … Continue reading

Spring into a Healthy Skin Lifestyle with Seven Money-Saving Tips

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  Out with the old, in with the new – it’s time for spring! After a particularly rough winter, I’m sure you are more than anxious to put on shorts, sandals, and shades (but don’t forget your sunscreen!). Here are my seven tips to get your skin in shape for warmer weather without spending a bundle: 1. Let New Skin In: Get rid of the dead, dehydrated skin that’s accumulated over the winter by using a light exfoliator or resurfacing agent. I suggest nightly at-home treatments, such as using a cream-based Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) or gel-based Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products. The most effective home resurfacing treatments contain 10-15 percent AHA. 2. Simplify your Skin Care Stash: While you are ridding yourself of dead skin, clean out your skin care cabinet too. Save time and money by simplifying to no more than three to four steps in the morning and … Continue reading

Vitamin C: The Anti-Aging Powerhouse

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As someone interested in learning more about restorative benefits of Vitamin C, we thought it was important to share key tips that will help you get the most out of incorporating it in your daily skin care routine. Use a Vitamin C with at least 10% ascorbic or l-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C stimulates fibroblast production (a co-factor in collagen formation) for tighter, firmer skin, and is an antioxidant that helps reduce free radical scavengers and oxidative damage. Note that Skin Authority Super-C Serum doubles the recommended dosage to 20%, giving your skin even more power to make collagen and fight free radical damage. Choose a Vitamin C formula paired with a secondary antioxidant. Alone, Vitamin C’s first action is to eliminate free radicals. In most situations, Vitamin C can become exhausted just performing this function, so less vitamin C is available to stimulate collagen production. When a antioxidant is added … Continue reading

The Beauty of Bamboo

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Bamboo is one of my favorite ingredients, and I’ve had several customers inquire about bamboo and the role it plays in our products: Why is bamboo a beneficial ingredient in skincare? Bamboo Extract boasts a combination of beneficial actives. It is anti-irritant, making it a great choice for sensitive skin products. Bamboo is an antioxidant, so it’s also a smart choice for protective products. It’s nutrient-rich, which means it boosts deficient skin and hair. And, bamboo is a key element in collagen, which is responsible for the underlying structure of skin and helps to improve its overall appearance. How does it help the health of skin? Bamboo is one of the highest sources of natural silica. Silica is an important element in collagen, where it plays a key role in improving skin elasticity and strength. The use of topical products containing Bamboo Extract is an effective way to help restore the … Continue reading

How Your Environment Affects Your Skin

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In the winter, the role your environment plays on your skin is obvious. The combination of cold temps outside and warm air inside often creates dry, itchy, irritated skin. Let’s go beyond climate and season, though, and expand to all external factors that can affect your skin. These include: public spaces, chemicals, or minerals in household products, and even your pets. Here are four common environmental factors to be aware of and how to monitor them for skin health: Stay away from sensitizing ingredients, which include fragrances, parabens, and dyes. I urge you avoid these not only in skin-care products, but also in makeup, hair care, and laundry detergent. Once you remove sensitive ingredients from your environment, you might find you don’t have sensitive skin, but rather sensitized skin from external factors. It’s likely you touch public hand rails and door knobs, or maybe you have a pet that goes … Continue reading

Common Skin Care Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

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Are you looking for shortcuts and simple solutions for everything from shopping, to exercise, to your skin-care routine? A time- and money-saving gift for you: when it comes to skin care, less is more. That advice, plus four more tips to help avoid common skin-care mistakes you may not even realize you are making: Not cleansing before bed. With work and hectic home life, there are likely to be many nights where you’d much rather fall into bed than take a few minutes to cleanse your skin. Sweat, oil, and dirt sit on your skin all day, so even if you don’t wear make-up, you still need to cleanse. My favorite is Daily Cleanser, a clear gel formula that gently cleanses and balances skin, leaving it feeling clean and smooth.An evening skin-care routine also is your time to address any concerns and/or maintain your current skin health. Before going to bed, I … Continue reading

Hot Beauty and Fitness Trends in 2016

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On my Beauty Bootcamp segment on Fox5 San Diego, I shared the hot trends in beauty & fitness for 2016: Uber-ization of Beauty and Spa Services. We are a busy society, and are seeking alternative ways to maximize the amount of beauty services within our busy schedules. On-demand services such as Glamsquad, Zeel and My Skin Authority are examples of beauty and spa services that come to you. Serious Wellness for Children and Families Childhood obesity is out of control in the United States and is tied to the extreme amount of stress and pressure children are experiencing. The trend is wellness-focused family vacations, mindfulness sessions in school, family yoga and healthy eating classes.   Clean Beauty The same ingredients in organic, clean food are translating to skincare and cosmetics. In the near future, you will see kale, quinoa and tumeric in beauty ingredients. Intensive Fitness Workout enthusiasts are stepping up their … Continue reading