Five Steps to Treating & Preventing Sun Damage


Read the full post on BeautyXpose. Even with proper sunscreen application, you may have experienced sun damage this summer. Freckles, moles, wrinkles and uneven skin tone are signs of sun damage. There are few simple steps to treat sun-damaged skin and prevent future damage: I can’t emphasize this enough: protect the skin on a daily basis using a full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. If you are active throughout the day, remember to reapply your sunscreen. Powerful antioxidants like vitamin C help protect the skin against UV rays, too. C boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen, so I urge you to apply a C serum daily underneath your sunscreen moisturizer. You should resurface the skin on a consistent basis. Resurfacing is a way to exfoliate the skin that gently dissolves dead skin cells, some of which are likely to be discolored on the skin’s surface. Consistent resurfacing … Continue reading

3 Things to Avoid for Sexy Skin


Read the full post on BeautyXpose. A skin care routine is similar to an exercise routine. Lifting a weight once won’t create muscle definition; wearing sunscreen only when on vacation is not the path to achieving a clear, healthy complexion. Lifestyle changes take time and commitment. When creating a routine, it’s just as important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do. Here are three things to avoid when you set out to live a healthy skin lifestyle: Inconsistency. Consistency is key for addressing skin concerns and maintaining a healthy skin routine. Again, you are unlikely to see any results by using products just once or twice. If it takes you six months to use a bottle that is intended to be used in two, you are not benefiting from the active ingredients in the product. Once you find what works for you, stick with … Continue reading

What’s so Super about Vitamin C Serums?

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Read the full post on Beauty Xpose. Are you getting enough C? Vitamin C is one of the most vital nutrients. The benefits include those you are likely to have heard, including boosting immunity and overall health, but you may not know that C is super for skin. In fact, vitamin C serums should be a basic part of any skin care routine. Many people take vitamin C orally to boost immunity. That is smart, but less than 1% of the vitamins we ingest actually make their way to our skin. The skin needs C as well, so it is very important to apply it topically. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for and using a vitamin C Serum: Look for a vitamin C that is paired with an antioxidant blend. Vitamin C boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen, and when it is combined with a powerful … Continue reading

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

The Eyes Have It: Make them Sparkle


View the full post on BeautyXpose. The eyes are one of the first things that people notice when they meet you, so let’s give them extra love. I’m often asked if the same moisturizer that is used on the face can be used on the eyes. Sorry, beauties, the answer is no. Under-eye creams are different than facial creams and moisturizers in many ways. Since the skin around the eyes is significantly thinner and more delicate than facial skin, specific formulas are needed. Also: The skin around the eye area requires a pH level that differs from that which facial creams often provide. Many facial creams contain added fragrances and/or petroleum, which are not safe for use around the eyes. Face products may have different end-results in terms of product benefits. Effective products for the eyes contain powerful ingredients including arnica, vitamins K & E, and polymers. These ingredients not … Continue reading

Vitamin D: Essential for Skin Health

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Got Vitamin D? Not Likely. One billion people worldwide are estimated to be Vitamin D deficient. As a skin care professional, I have researched Vitamin D for years, because it is an essential component of healthy skin. Vitamin D is the only vitamin made in the body It is made in the skin. As we age, skin loses its ability to produce sufficient levels of vitamin D, which presents a real dilemma as the skin needs D to make D. Studies show that less than 1% of the nutrients we ingest ever makes their way to the skin. New research shows that natural forms of D can safely be delivered through topical application of skin creams. My Daily D Defense: Apply Skin Authority VitaD Fortified™ Topical Elixir. This multi-action, lightweight formula provides a topical dose of Vitamin D and essential nutrients to nourish the skin for firm, bright luminosity. Vitamin D is … Continue reading

Bright Eyes: Serve Your Eyes a Cup of Tea

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The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your entire body, and it’s most susceptible to damage. Also, as you age, the tissue structures and muscles supporting your eyelids weaken. The skin may start to sag, and fat that is normally confined to the area around the eye can move into the area below your eyes. Also, the space below your eyes can accumulate fluid, making the under-eye area appear puffy or swollen. Several factors can lead to this, including: Fluid retention due to changes in weather (for example, hot, humid days), hormone levels, or eating salty foods Not getting enough sleep Allergies or dermatitis, especially if puffiness is accompanied by redness and itching Heredity — under-eye bags can run in families Here’s what you can do to improve your eyes for a brighter more refreshed look: Regularly Apply The Right Eye Cream. The skin around the eyes … Continue reading

Night & Day: How Your Skin is Different at Night


In the last decade, dermatological studies have shown significant differences in the skin between daytime and nighttime. In the daytime, your skin goes into protective mode. More sebum (oily secretion from the sebaceous glands in the skin) is produced between noon and 5pm when sun is at its peak. During the night, your skin goes into renewal mode. Microcirculation increases and the skin increases moisture in the process. So you’ll want to use products that support what the skin is trying to do. Here are some nighttime skin care routine tips to support skin regeneration: Exfoliate. By helping skin shed the top layers of dead cells, you increase the speed at which the new, healthy skin cells migrate to the surface. Products with AHAs or Retinols are ideal for use at night and help increase cell turnover and the appearance of healthy skin. Nourish. Since your skin is in regeneration … Continue reading

Fight Premature Aging with Antioxidants

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Skin is your largest organ. One of its important functions is to protect your body from the harmful effects of UV exposure and the harsh environment. Antioxidants protect skin by knocking out free radicals which cause oxidative damage (the same process that rusts a nail). By applying topical antioxidants, you support the skin’s ability to: Promote healing and moisture retention for softer, smoother skin. Promote collagen and protein production for firmer texture. Calm inflammation and redness for more even skin tone. Protect against some DNA mutations that can cause skin cancer. Using antioxidants and sun protection daily will defend and protect your skin and even help reverse existing damage. Skin Authority Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18 combines all this goodness into one, simple, and lightweight step — super charged antixoidant defense, powerful sun protection, and deep hydrating moisturizer. Perfect under makeup.

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