Research Backs Up Why You Should Swear Off Sugar


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

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?

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

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

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

Can You Use Oils on Acne Prone Skin?

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Read the full post on BeautyXpose. Afraid to use oils because you think they’ll clog your pores and cause breakouts? I’m here to resolve your fears. With high concentrations of vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, essential oils are proven to soothe, restore, and instantly transform skin. The added benefit of using essential oils is the body’s stress-release response to the molecules in the oil, which elicits a sense of wellbeing and calm. An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are simply known as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. They are extremely concentrated; for example, it takes 16 pounds of peppermint leaves to yield one ounce of essential oil. Pure essential oils can penetrate your skin because they are minuscule in molecular size. They are also very different than common carrier oils … Continue reading

Four Simple Steps for Busy Beauties

See the full post on beautyXpose It’s February – how are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? If taking better care of your skin is a goal – and, I hope it is – you can accomplish this without a lot of stress, drama or cash. Just like every other form of self-improvement, a healthy skin lifestyle is a commitment to performing a daily regimen consistently. Skin care is like working out; just can’t just lift a weight once, or only cleanse your skin, and expect to look amazing. There are basic things you need to do daily. Beauties, regardless of your crazy busy schedule, these steps are simple to incorporate into your lifestyle. Let’s begin by opening your beauty cabinet: How many products do you see? 10, 20, more than you can count? Let’s simplify to no more than three to four steps in the morning and at … Continue reading

Are you committing Beauty Blunders?


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

Brighten Up!


  Brightening Serum from Skin Authority on Vimeo. You know I love to share my tips about the one product that I can’t live without, that always has to be in my bag. For me, that is definitely the Skin Authority Brightening Serum. The editors at Shape Magazine agreed with me because they voted it Best New Product! What makes this product so amazing and the go-to product that you need in your bag is that we combine three very powerful technologies into one formulation that makes an easy, single-step you can do to lighten, brighten, tighten, and even out your skin tone. So how do we do that? First, we tackle that red, inflamed, blotchy surface of the skin with a very advanced oligopeptide that calms inflammation, brings down the redness, and has an anti-inflammatory, soothing effect on the skin. We add to that a natural melanin disruptor using Alpha … Continue reading

Reading Ingredient Listings on Skin Care Product Labels


Questions answered by Celeste Hilling Why does every skin care product contain a list of two-dozen or more ingredients?  What are the common ingredients every skin care product contains? Today, most products are expected to: Be multipurpose (i.e. sunscreen moisturizer, shampoo/conditioner in 1, etc); Have a long shelf life; Be cosmetically pleasing (needs to apply smoothly, not change color, smell nice, etc). To meet these requirements, most formulations include several key ingredient families: Humectants, Emollients, Occlusives, Protein (Plumping) Agents, Surfactants and Preservatives. Humectants are used to draw moisture up to the surface layers of the skin. Common humectants ingredients are: AHAs, Glycerin, Glycerol, Elastin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ceramide, Propylane Glycol, Lecithin, PEG-20, Urea, Sorbitol, Lanolin, Panthenol Vitamin B-5, Ceramide. Emollients create the feeling of smooth skin by lubricating or filling the cracks in the skin. Common emollients are: Oils from Avocado, Almond, Grapeseed, Sunflower, Jojoba, Sesame, Coconut, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isostearyl … Continue reading