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

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

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

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

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

What is in your SPF?

You constantly hear from skin care experts that you should be covering yourself in SPF everyday. The only problem is not all SPFs are created equal. We have been receiving a lot of calls to our Skin Coaches with confusion about how to know what kind of sun protection to use. Does a higher number SPF mean better protection? What are UVA and UVB rays? What does it mean to be broad spectrum? We’re going to set the record straight on sunscreens. What is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It refers to the amount of time that the product can block UVB rays. These are the burning rays. Unless the product is labeled broad spectrum, it most likely does not have any protection against UVA rays. These are the aging and cancer rays. What are UVA and UVB? UVA: stands for Ultraviolet A. These rays are longer and can … Continue reading