Fall Into Fabulous Skin with Eight Insider Secrets from the Skin Authority Celeste Hilling
The newest fall fashions won’t look as glam if your skin is post-summer dull. Healthy skin care expert Celeste Hilling comes to the rescue with advice that will give skin a lift without wrinkling your wallet. As the CEO of Skin Authority, Hilling says, "Just as you swap out your shorts for sweaters in anticipation of cooler temps, do the same with your skin care products. Use the change of season to inventory your skin care stash, toss old items and figure out what you truly need."
As the CEO of the rapidly-growing company Skin Authority, Hilling works with cast members of TV shows including “Glee” and “Extra”, fashion icons and celebrity broadcasters, “You don’t have to be a celeb to achieve amazing skin this fall. Just as you swap out your shorts for sweaters in anticipation of cooler temps, do the same with your skin care products. Use the change of season to inventory your skin care stash, toss old items and figure out what you truly need.”
Speaking of the number of products you need - forget hoarding 20 - in reality, you need two or three. Become a skin care superstar with these eight tips:
Simplify your Skin Care Stash – Save time and money by simplifying to no more than three to four steps in the morning and at night. Hilling adds, “In the morning, you need a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C and a sunscreen moisturizer. Before going to bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides.”
Kick Dryness to the Curb – Fall brings dry air, allergies and reduced exposure to sunlight, all of which affect your skin. “Take quick, lukewarm showers because hot water can be damaging to skin when indoor air tends to be dryer. Also, exfoliate from head to toe to slough off dead skin cells and apply lotion as soon as you step out of the shower to seal in moisture,” suggests Hilling.
Exfoliate to Hydrate – It’s a myth that exfoliation can dry or thin the skin. The truth – regular exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process allowing the body to produce moisture-bearing properties like hyaluronic acid. Exfoliation also helps to plump the skin by churning up elastin and collagen production. Hilling recommends using a natural resurfacing agent such as glycolic acid to gently dissolve dead surface skin cells to be replaced with new, plump ones.
Beach days are over. Sunscreen is not. – Sunscreen is your BFF year-round. To determine the quality, Hilling suggests that you check the SPF number on the label (those with SPF 15 or greater yield the best results). Also, scan the active ingredient label to make sure it has UVA-blocking elements such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or anything in the avobenzone family. To recreate that summer glow, take a moisturizing sunscreen, add two drops of foundation, and mix together for a natural look.
Cost Per Ounce – Shop for skin care the way that you shop for food, by looking at the cost per ounce. When you see a product that is $20 for .2 of an ounce, multiply and see that it’s actually $100 for one ounce...not a great deal. Instead, visit spas and salons. What you’ll find is that spa- and salon-quality products are a bargain as they include complimentary consultations with licensed experts.
Concentrate on Concentrations – After evaluating the ounces, concentrate on the concentrations. Take a look at the active ingredients and ensure that any treatment product has a pH below four. The human skin ranges from 4.5-5.5 pH. Hilling adds, “A product should be below the pH level of the skin for maximum penetration. Otherwise, you might as well be using water!”
Bye, Bye Dry. Hello Happiness – With about 10 percent* of the population suffering from seasonal depression, a little lift is a great thing when the seasons change. Skin Authority’s new Ultra Rich Moisturizer offers a dual lift explains Hilling, “The Ultra Rich Moisturizer is mommy’s little helper! It drenches skin in waves of moisture while the Bergamot Oil is proven to relieve stress and lessen depression.”
Brighten Up – Daylight hours are growing shorter, so supply your own light. Skin Authority’s new Brightening Serum uses the newest, most effective advances in natural skin brightening technology. Put on before applying make-up to brighten skin naturally and two times faster than other brightening formulas.
About Celeste Hilling
Described by San Diego Magazine as giving the cosmetics industry a makeover, Celeste Hilling is an innovative, dynamic and respected expert on skin care, customer service and brand loyalty. As the CEO of Skin Authority, Hilling works with celebrities, fashion icons, beauty editors and consumers alike to instill a passion for the company’s products and unique, one-on-one approach to customer service.
About Skin Authority
Skin Authority is the leading skin care lifestyle company. Through professional guidance and coaching, powerful and pure products, and profound professional treatment experiences, Skin Authority helps individuals make healthy choices daily to ensure a lifetime of youthful, radiant skin. Skin Authority is available at more than 250 leading spa partners, through high-end retailers and via www.skinauthority.com.
(*Source – www.familydoctor.org)