Sprinkle Vitamin D Goodness Into Your Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

The revolutionary, all natural VitaD Fortified™ Spice Powder is made from 100% Portobello mushrooms and is packed with Vitamin D. It’s mild, savory flavor blends perfectly with the wonderful tastes of Thanksgiving. Just 1 teaspoon equals 150% of the recommended daily value of D. So, sprinkle in all your favorite recipes to help those you love replenish their body’s D levels. Here are some quick suggestions on how to incorporate it into your recipes. http://youtu.be/BSCj2RoqhVI Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon: Ingredients: 1 pound (or however many you want) fresh brussels sprouts Sea Salt Pepper Garlic, minced Bacon, chopped Drizzle of Olive Oil 1 teaspoon of VitaD Fortified™ Whole Food Spice Powder Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash brussels sprouts, removing outer leaves and stems. Cut each in half. Make sure the sprouts are dry and not dripping in water. Toss sprouts, sea salt, pepper, VitaD Fortified™ Whole Food Spice Powder, and minced … Continue reading

Radiant Skin for Fall

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Most of the country is well into fall by now (southern California seems to be stuck in an endless summer!). Fall can be a tricky time of year for your skin because it is transitioning between the warm, humid summer air and crisp, dry winter air. The best thing you can do for your skin is keep a consistent skin care routine to allow your skin to seamlessly transition between summer and winter. Wear sunscreen! It doesn’t matter that you are not outside in the sun or that it is cloudy; you always need to wear sunscreen. When you are not in direct sunlight (whether it is cloudy or you are indoors by a window), the UVB rays are blocked, so you may not see a sunburn, however the UVA rays still penetrate your skin. UVA rays are very long and penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin, where … Continue reading

Is Your Workplace Making You Unhealthy?

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Many of us spend at least one-third of our day and half of our waking hours in the workplace. For something that consistently consumes so much of our time, it is important to make sure it is as healthy as possible. We’re looking into 5 potential health traps at work and how you can correct them. Unhealthy: Sitting for extended periods of time. Sitting too much is linked to many diseases including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and depression. Between driving to work, sitting for the vast majority of the work day, driving home, and watching a few hours of television per night, the majority of the American population is sitting for up to 15 hours of their day. Working out improves overall health, however it does not negate any excessive sitting time. Make it healthy: Aside from taking time each day to exercise, become more active in your non-workout time. When you … Continue reading

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