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

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

The Beauty of Bamboo

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Bamboo is one of my favorite ingredients, and I’ve had several customers inquire about bamboo and the role it plays in our products: Why is bamboo a beneficial ingredient in skincare? Bamboo Extract boasts a combination of beneficial actives. It is anti-irritant, making it a great choice for sensitive skin products. Bamboo is an antioxidant, so it’s also a smart choice for protective products. It’s nutrient-rich, which means it boosts deficient skin and hair. And, bamboo is a key element in collagen, which is responsible for the underlying structure of skin and helps to improve its overall appearance. How does it help the health of skin? Bamboo is one of the highest sources of natural silica. Silica is an important element in collagen, where it plays a key role in improving skin elasticity and strength. The use of topical products containing Bamboo Extract is an effective way to help restore the … Continue reading

Common Skin Care Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

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Are you looking for shortcuts and simple solutions for everything from shopping, to exercise, to your skin-care routine? A time- and money-saving gift for you: when it comes to skin care, less is more. That advice, plus four more tips to help avoid common skin-care mistakes you may not even realize you are making: Not cleansing before bed. With work and hectic home life, there are likely to be many nights where you’d much rather fall into bed than take a few minutes to cleanse your skin. Sweat, oil, and dirt sit on your skin all day, so even if you don’t wear make-up, you still need to cleanse. My favorite is Daily Cleanser, a clear gel formula that gently cleanses and balances skin, leaving it feeling clean and smooth.An evening skin-care routine also is your time to address any concerns and/or maintain your current skin health. Before going to bed, I … Continue reading

Hot Beauty and Fitness Trends in 2016

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On my Beauty Bootcamp segment on Fox5 San Diego, I shared the hot trends in beauty & fitness for 2016: Uber-ization of Beauty and Spa Services. We are a busy society, and are seeking alternative ways to maximize the amount of beauty services within our busy schedules. On-demand services such as Glamsquad, Zeel and My Skin Authority are examples of beauty and spa services that come to you. Serious Wellness for Children and Families Childhood obesity is out of control in the United States and is tied to the extreme amount of stress and pressure children are experiencing. The trend is wellness-focused family vacations, mindfulness sessions in school, family yoga and healthy eating classes.   Clean Beauty The same ingredients in organic, clean food are translating to skincare and cosmetics. In the near future, you will see kale, quinoa and tumeric in beauty ingredients. Intensive Fitness Workout enthusiasts are stepping up their … Continue reading

Creating a Home Spa Experience

Ahhh… the Season of Love is upon us! I feel like playing cupid and sharing some ideas on creating the right mood for Valentine’s. There’s no question that the right spa experiences can be very romantic – the serene atmosphere, the aromas, the candles, the healing touch. Whether you are going for the day to unwind, or for a week to reconnect, spas provide a very sensory experience. So why not create a spa environment at home? Whether you indulge yourself or share it with a partner, you can achieve a wonderful result. I think it all starts with healthy eating. If you are eating properly, you will feel better about yourself. The inhibitions will come down and your mood will be elevated. Now that we’re eating healthy, let’s have some fun and create a spa experience at home. Start by outfitting your bedroom and bathroom with some luxurious linens … Continue reading

Ask the Expert: What Order Should I Apply Skin Care Products?

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It’s likely you have a specific process for applying makeup (primer first, lips last) and hair-care products. So, do you have an order with your skin-care regimen? If not, or if you simply need a refresher, layering is the word. Similar to the way you layer clothing, layering skin-care products is pretty straightforward: thinnest to thickest. The basic order is serum before lotion before cream. There are two areas that may not be quite as intuitive: SPF and oils. In the morning, you want SPF to be the last product applied before makeup. This stands true even if you are applying oil; pat the oil into skin and then apply SPF on top. At night, you want your oil to be the last product in your routine. Oils help seal in moisture and keep the water in creams from evaporating. While I’m on the subject of products: I’m often asked … Continue reading

Protect Your Winter Skin

As the temperature keeps dropping, you may be bundled up nicely against the cold; but are you sun protected? No matter how many layers we wear, one part of the body – the head and neck area – tends to remain exposed to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation year-round. Not coincidentally, the face, head and neck are where the majority of skin cancers occur. So follow our winter sun safety guide and put your best face forward! Many people apply moisturizer to delicate facial skin to minimize windburn and chapping. However, long-term signs of aging like wrinkles don’t come from the wind or cold, but from the sun’s UV radiation. A sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF, which measures defense against the sun’s UVB rays) of 15+ helps keep skin supple and protected. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sunscreens that also have some combination of these UVA-protective ingredients: avobenzone, ecamsule, oxybenzone, titanium … Continue reading

Dry and Dehydrated Skin Causes and Solutions

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Dry and Dehydrated Skin Are the harsh winter conditions leaving your skin dry and dehydrated? Can’t put enough moisturizer on your skin, but still feel no relief? Watch this video for long-term hi-tech solutions to bring your dry skin back to normal. Cleanse your face on a daily basis – morning and night. Choose a cleanser with a low pH and gentle alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are antibacterial and remove dead skin cells from the surface. Unfortunately, most drugstore cleansers have a pH that is too high, which will leave your skin feeling dry and chapped. Some skin care lines try to compensate for the high pH and recommend a toner to lower pH. Most toners use an astringent, which also dries out your skin leaving it feeling dry and stripped of moisture. With a proper cleanser, you can clean your face without leaving it dry and unbalanced.  Daily Cleanser is my favorite. … Continue reading

Research Backs Up Why You Should Swear Off Sugar

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The dangers of eating too much sugar go way beyond the negative effects on your waistline and health. It is a quick (and permanent) path to advanced skin aging. In my speaking engagements across the country, I often receive the attention of everyone in the room when sharing theWorld Health Organization targets hidden sugar as the #1 health issue globally.  WHO has been strongly advocating that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake.  Because the link between sugar intake and obesity is reaching new heights in the U. S., the government finally released new guidelines advocating the dangers of high intake of processed sugar products, simple carbohydrates (think bagels, energy bars) and artificial sweeteners (think fat free is not free!). WHO evidence shows: Adults who consume less sugar have lower body weight. Increasing the amount of sugars in the diet is associated with a weight increase. Children … Continue reading