The Benefits of Facial Massage

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We all love spa treatments. Facials, massages, and body treatments have been touted in the past as “luxuries,” but more research is backing these special treatments as vital to achieving optimal health, and not just another superfluous expense. Each treatment has a long list of health benefits, but today we are going to focus on one of the favorite parts of a facial: the facial massage and lymphatic drainage. Although there are many different techniques (just one quick search on YouTube yields hundreds of thousands of results), there are some common techniques that can help improve your skin, facial tone, and overall health. What is facial massage? Facial massage is not only a relaxing ritual, but it is an everyday part of a skin care routine in many places around the world, particularly in Asia. It is used by makeup artists to help prep skin for everything from red carpet events … Continue reading

“Will This Make Me Break Out?”

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One of the most common questions that our skin coaches get is, “Will this make me break out?” Sometimes new products can cause breakouts to appear, but instead of freaking out and stopping usage, there are a few things to consider. Your breakout may be a sign that you are reacting negatively to an ingredient in the product, however it also could be your skin working towards becoming healthy. We are going to start by looking at a few different types of breakouts and how to deal with them. Purging What it is: Purging is the process of removing dead skin cells and bringing supressed bacteria to the surface. This often occurs when you accelerate the cell turnover cycle by beginning a resurfacing or retinol routine. How to deal: Stick with it. Your skin is becoming healthier by getting out all of the trapped bacteria and oil beneath the surface. … Continue reading

What are Parabens?

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When shopping for cosmetic and body products, have you come across the label “paraben free”? Or have you made an effort to choose products that say “paraben free” without really knowing what parabens are? Today, we’re explaining what parabens are and why you should be looking for paraben-free products. What are they? Parabens are anti-microbials that are used as preservatives in cosmetic products. These preservatives allow products to survive for months or years with minimal contamination, however they also can enter your body through your skin when you use them. Parabens come in a variety of chain lengths and the effects of all parabens are not the same. Where are they? You will find parabens in about 85% of cosmetics and personal care products, including shampoos, mascaras, foundations, and body lotions. Typically, there are multiple parabens in a product to allow for using a lower amount of each ingredient while increasing … Continue reading

Retinol: What You Need to Know About Skin Care’s Most Popular Ingredient

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In an anti-aging conversation, retinol is bound to come up. Whether you are calling it retinol, Vitamin A, or by one of its brand names, you are talking about a very popular skin care ingredient and powerful anti-aging tool. Sometimes you will hear glowing reviews (“My skin looks better than it did five years ago!”) and other times you will hear about the challenges (“I don’t want to deal with the redness and peeling”). So, what is retinol and how you can avoid some of the challenges that typically come with using it? What is it? Retinol, rentinoids, tretinoin, retinyl palmitate, and retinoic acid all are forms of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyes and skin. You may recognize it by brand names, including Retin-A, Renova, Refissa, or Atralin. When you apply vitamin A topically, the body absorbs the retinol and converts it to retinoic acid, the active form … Continue reading

Are you committing Beauty Blunders?

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Celeste Hilling, Beauty Expert and CEO of Skin Authority, was recently invited to join the the Daytime Emmy Award winning show The Doctors to reveal three top Beauty Blunders!  Click here to watch The Doctors on air segment with Celeste. Celeste asks the question: “Are you diligently using skin care products, but still not seeing results?” It’s possible that you’re using the products incorrectly. Let’s go through a few do’s and don’ts of combining skin care products. Beauty Blunder #1: Don’t combine Retinol with Sunscreen This is a two-strike beauty blunder. Retinol is a naturally occurring form of Vitamin A that is used as an ingredient in a lot of anti-aging and acne products. When sunlight hits Retinol, it renders it ineffective. That whole chemical process also breaks down the SPF in sunscreen. So you not only don’t get the value of the Retinol, but you don’t get the protection of the SPF. So … Continue reading

Peptides: Your Anti-Aging Powerhouse

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You probably have heard about peptides in skin care and wondered what they are and if they actually work or not. Peptides are key fighters in your anti-aging routine. They are a part of the strength training portion of your BeautyWorkoutTM. Read on to find out why this skin care trend is here to stay and how you can incorporate the best peptides into your own skin care routine. What are they? Peptides are chains of amino acids in the body. They help improve inter-cell communication, which leads to improved function of healthy skin structure. Because peptides have a tiny molecular structure, they easily penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Why are they important? Different peptides have different sizes and strengths, which have diverse effects on the skin. Peptides with longer chains and more amino acids are more powerful and will be more beneficial to your skin. They can … Continue reading

A Healthy Skin Summer BBQ

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August is speeding by and we are coming up on Labor Day, a new school year, and summer coming to a close. In a last effort to get in all the summer fun we can, we are helping you plan an end-of-summer barbecue that will have each course leaving you and your guests full of delicious, skin healthy nutrients.   Hummus & Veggies Ingredients 4 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 cans (15 oz. each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2/3 cup tahini 2/3 cup water 1/4 cup olive oil 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons VitaD Fortified™ Whole Food Spice Powder Assorted chopped vegetables Instructions Mince and mash the garlic with salt to create a paste. Combine the garlic paste with chickpeas, tahini, water, oil, lemon juice, and VitaD powder in food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Add salt to taste. Add water, if necessary, to thin hummus to desired … Continue reading

How Does pH Affect Your Skin?

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A lot of the questions our Skin Coaches receive can be answered with an explanation including pH. Although you may not remember exactly what pH is from your high school chemistry days, it plays a huge role in the health of your skin and just how well your products are actually working. What is it? The pH of a substance is the “potential of Hydrogen” and describes the acid to alkaline ratio of the substance. It is represented on a scale of 0-14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline, with water at a neutral 7. Why is skin pH important? Your skin’s natural pH is between 4.5 and 5.5, which is slightly acidic. It is rare for someone’s skin to be too acidic, but if it is, the skin becomes super sensitive and irritation-prone. It is much more common for skin to become too … Continue reading

Stress, Cortisol, and Your Skin

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Let’s talk about stress. It can be difficult to get through a day without the feeling of being overwhelmed or anxious about some aspect of our very busy lives. Stress can affect you in many different ways, both mind and body, and particularly in the appearance of your skin. When you are stressed, your body releases a set of hormones, including cortisol. Chronically high cortisol levels have a number of known health effects (including lower immune function, increased weight gain, risk for depression, interfering with memory, etc.), but it also has additional effects on the skin, including dryness, aging, overactive oil production, and redness.  Dryness The release of cortisol causes skin dryness by diminishing the skin’s ability to retain water, so your skin can become dull and dehydrated when under constant stress. This lack of moisture is why your psoriasis and eczema may worsen during periods of heavy stress. Aging High … Continue reading

Sweat It Out: Exercise and Your Skin

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Summer hikes, trips to the beach, morning and evening runs, days spent at the pool…summer is full of opportunities to stay active! As beneficial as it is to shake up your fitness routine year-round, it probably happens much more during the summer- there’s nothing like the idea of being in a bikini tomorrow to get you to the gym today! Many take advantage of the warmer months to head outdoors for more workouts, which can be a great way to get fresh air and switch it up, but can also lead to a multitude of skin problems. We’re addressing common fitness and skin concerns that are particularly important during the summer. Skin Hygiene and Fitness Before and immediately after participating in a sweaty activity, wash your face with a gentle, pH balancing cleanser. This goes for men and women! You skin may be feeling oilier or more hydrated than usual because exercise promotes … Continue reading