5 Foods that will be your Healthy Skin Friend

Some of our secret weapons for great skin aren’t just in our bathrooms – they can be found in our kitchens!  These five foods are not only delicious, they also help give you that healthy skin glow. So snack away to the skin of your dreams! SALMON— Wild salmon is a great source for Omega 3’s, minerals and Vitamin D – all crucial nutrients needed to stimulate the production of soft and strong skin. WALNUTS— Chock-full of Vitamin E these tasty nuts not only stave off hunger longer, they are great for keeping your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom! Walnuts add flavor, depth and crunch to almost any dish. Whether you’re in the mood for a savory pasta, salad or dessert these little buddies are sure to be a longtime favorite. BLUEBERRIES— Ranked as the #1 antioxidant, this superfruit should be apart of your diet regardless of your skin … Continue reading

The D Word You Need to Know and Use

Let the sun shine in as spring weather spreads across the country. After a dreary winter, it’s likely you are heading outdoors as often as you can to soak up some Vitamin D. You can (and should) wear sunscreen and still get D. Vitamin D is made in the skin and functions like a hormone. As we age, skin loses its ability to produce sufficient levels of vitamin D and appears dull, dry, discolored and less firm. The skin needs D to make D, thus, a real dilemma. To give everyone – babies to seniors – the benefits of a topical dose of D, we created the VitaD Fortified™ Topical Elixir. Our unique topical dose of Vitamin D is combined with a gentle retinol and powerful peptide complex. The result is a lightweight formula that produces luminous, healthy-looking skin and combats photo-aging. As with all Skin Authority products, the clean formula … Continue reading

March’s #FaceofSkinAuthority – Estelle Heron

March’s #FaceofSkinAuthority is Estelle Heron (Instagram @estelleheron). This beautiful blonde calls Seattle home while traveling the world as a model and makeup artist. She is also a multi-tasking mom to an almost-5-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. Estelle has been using Skin Authority for more than six years and was introduced to our brand by partner Gene Juarez Salons & Spas in Seattle. When asked why she loves and recommends Skin Authority, Estelle replies, “I see how well the products work! There is something from Skin Authority for every situation and skin condition.” Estelle often uses Skin Authority on-set prior to doing her own make-up or client’s prep for shoots. She frequently turns to the GO! Kits for prep, as well as Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator, Reviving Eye Brightener and Dramatic Eye Lift. Estelle also loves Skin Authority Acne & Oil Control, “I apply the Acne & Oil on client’s T Zone … Continue reading

Spring Forward with Fresh Eyes

The majority of the United States will be turning their clocks ahead one hour with Daylight Saving Time. The one hour less of sleep means your eyes will need extra attention! 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, temperature changes from forced heat indoors and frigid conditions outdoors), hormone levels, or eating salty foods Not getting enough sleep Allergies or dermatitis, especially if puffiness is accompanied … Continue reading

Superfoods That Will Have A Transformative Effect On Your Skin

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Reprinted from MindBodyGreen.com blog post, December 12, 2016 With more than two decades in beauty, I’m a long-time supporter of topical application of natural ingredients. A key reason for applying topically, is less than one percent of what we ingest ever makes its way to the skin. You can eat all of the superfoods you want (I suggest you do) to fight free radicals and boost your immune system. However, the only way to attack surface-level conditions like acne and psoriasis is by applying the ingredient directly to the skin, scalp and hair. So, short of rubbing an avocado on your face, how are superfoods best added to a regimen? Working with infusions is a bit like being a chemist. On a daily basis, you can dial up or dial down the ingredients you need. Due to travel, climate changes, hormones, stress, your skin has different needs each day. Infusions offer the ability … Continue reading

The Basics of Acne

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The normal skin is composed of two parts. The upper part is called the epidermis and is composed of skin cells. These cells continually divide, grow, and mature. As they reach the surface of the skin they flatten, die and are then shed. The deeper part of the skin is called the dermis and is composed mainly of collagen, which supports the epidermis. Within the collagen are the nerves, blood vessels and other structures that comprise the skin.The whole surface of the skin, except for the palms and soles, is covered in small skin pores. Each pore is the entrance of a small, flexible tube that runs through into the dermis and represents the canal through which the hairs grow to the surface. Each hair canal is associated with a sebaceous gland, which produces an oily substance, called sebum. The sebum is pumped into the hair canal and from there … Continue reading

DIY: How to Apply Superfoods for a Beautiful Glow.

In a previous blog, we gave DIY tips for adding quinoa & avocado into your hair care routine, this time it’s skins turn! Quinoa & Avocado are fantastic to add topically as they provide elasticity, softness and resiliency to skin. The skin benefits of quinoa are: Quick healing of damaged tissue. It delivers lysine, a key building block of elastin & collagen. Builds elasticity & connective tissue. It delivers high levels of riboflavin, providing elasticity, softness, and resiliency. Rejuvenates the skin from within. Provides collagen to reduce wrinkles and keep skin soft, smooth and supple. Reduces brown spots & pigmentation. Decreases clustering of melanin granules. Treats acne conditions. Decreases sebum production, helps keep follicles clear. The skin benefits of avocado are: Enhances collagen generation. It triggers the skin’s production of collagen, counteracting age-related wrinkles, fine lines, and other aging signs. Hydrates skin. Through its remarkable capability of retaining water in the skin, it encourages supple and soft tissue. … Continue reading

Spa Getaway Weekend at Hilton Head Health

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Looking for the ultimate girls’ spa weekend in a beautiful part of the U.S.? Stop Googling; we’ve created the perfect getaway. Skin Authority is partnering with the Indigo Spa at Hilton Head Health (H3) for a Spa Weekend Retreat October 20-23, 2016. Located in Coastal South Carolina, the recently updated award-winning Indigo Spa creates the perfect haven for relaxation. State-of-the-art facilities offer fitness, dining, and educational aspects to this unique weekend getaway. Add in custom spa services from Skin Authority, delicious cuisine, beach yoga and it’s time to grab your BFFs and head South! The weekend begins with a Fine Lines, Fine Wines Meet and Greet. Enjoy a glass of wine while a licensed esthetician will offer a personalized skin consultation and provide education on how to get rid of, or prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Guests will enjoy a moisturizing facial and mask and will receive $100 in spa credit to be … Continue reading

DIY: How to Apply Superfoods for Great Hair & A Healthy Scalp

Superfoods are known for their nutritional value in food, but what do they do for your hair and scalp? In this blog post, I’m going to feature two superfoods: quinoa and avocado and the benefits of using these two ingredients together to rejuvenate your hair and scalp. What’s a tiny seed that packs a punch for beauty and grooming? It’s likely you’ve had this superfood in salads, but you may not have thought about trying on your hair and scalp. We’re talking about quinoa, which is delicious food grain known around the world. Quinoa has gone prime time for its amazing health, skin, and hair benefits. Here’s why: quinoa includes protein, vitamin A, calcium, manganese, zinc, fiber, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and essential amino acids. What does that mean for your hair? Quinoa promotes growth, treats dandruff and seals split ends. Also, containing 15 percent protein, which is the highest among grains, quinoa … 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