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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

Turmeric: An ancient superfood in modern skin care

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With the attention being paid to turmeric, it may seem the spice recently became a trusted ingredient for health, well-being and beauty. In reality, turmeric has a long, rich history. Used in India and the Middle East for thousands of years, turmeric is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world. The Skin Authority journey with turmeric started a few years ago when the brand’s Medical Director Dr. Munish Batra shared the medicinal benefits of the spice with our team. As is common in the Indian Culture, shortly before Dr. Batra was married, his beautiful bride was painted in a paste of turmeric from head to toe. This ritual was done as a way to make her skin flawless. We saw the results on the wedding day and, with our interest spurred, our team started testing turmeric to see how it could benefit the skin. We discovered turmeric … Continue reading

The Benefits of topical probiotics to skin

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Based on recent positive studies, dermatologists are recommending topical probiotics as a component of an effective skin care strategy to combat four skin conditions:  acne, rosacea, eczema and aging skin. According to an American Academy of Dermatology (published 01-30-14), “skin prone to acne or rosacea has shown improvement with daily probiotic use, giving dermatologists reason to consider supplementing traditional acne therapy with a dose of this beneficial bacteria.” According to the article, there are different ways that topical probiotics can benefit the skin: Protective Shield In patients with acne and rosacea, living microorganisms on the skin are recognized as foreign by the body’s immune system. The immune system springs into action to counter this potential threat resulting in the inflammation, redness, or bumps common in these skin conditions. Probiotics applied topically sit on the skin’s surface and prevent the skin cells from seeing the bad bacteria and parasites that can cause this immune system response. This is … Continue reading

How to Prevent and Treat Sun Damage

Labor Day is the last hoorah of summer. Before you head out to the beaches, parks, swimming pools one last time this summer, read about how to prevent sun damage, and how to treat it if you do. 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. The most effective sunscreen is useless unless you reapply after swimming, sweating and after an extended period of time. Just because you apply a higher SPF rated sunscreen doesn’t mean you don’t have to reapply as often. Powerful antioxidants like vitamin C help protect the skin against UV rays, too. The right Vitamin C can multiply 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 … 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

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