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Skin Authority Founder Celeste Hilling

Behind the Bottle

A Q&A with the insiders behind your favorite brands.

Celeste Hilling
CEO and Founder
Skin Authority

Skin Authority

Skin Authority is a "Healthy Skin Lifestyle" company, offering results-driven products, expert coaching and guidance, and accessible price points. Their mission is to educate, equip, and empower individuals with the tools and support they need to achieve a lifetime of optimal skin health and beauty.

1). How did you get started in this industry?

My passion driver was to put great skin health options within reach of everyone. I envisioned Skin Authority as THE healthy skin lifestyle company. This meant delivering innovative products which produce immediate results combined with easy accessible skin care coaching to insure the best product selection and daily guidance to achieve optimum beauty and skin health. To start that journey, I opened spas in Southern California which functioned as our ‘living lab’ and allowed me to understand first-hand the unique skin care needs of a very diverse consumer demographic, as well as test skin care technologies and customers service approaches. Skin Authority was born out of that experience. We think being hands-on with skin care is critical to understanding the needs of consumers.

2). What is your star product or biggest breakthrough?

I am very proud of our SGF-4 Technology™ and VitaD Fortified™ Technology.

SGF-4 Technology™ includes our star product – Wrinkle Reversing Serum. It taps the power of four completely natural body proteins clinically proven to restore the body's ability to generate healthy, new skin cells and strengthen its immune defense against further deterioration. I love the fact that the products create an immediate cosmetic change while transforming the underlying depleted, damaged cells to a restored, youthful state. The other products in the SGF family are Dramatic Eye Lift and Moisturizing Lift Cream.

VitaD Technology™ - Vitamin D is a fundamental building block of essential health and the new VitaD Fortified Illuminating DUO infuses Vitamin D health and beauty from the inside out. The DUO offers people a first-of-its kind whole food source of Vitamin D for a complete ‘nutrition sandwich’ of an external Vitamin D Elixir and a powder which adds your daily dose of Vitamin D in any food or drink you consume. Skin Authority partnered with Dole Nutrition Institute in creating the technology. We took Skin Authority’s topical expertise and combined it with Dole’s nutrition expertise. The DUO is the first in a series of partnerships that take nutrition from the table to the cosmetic counter.

3). Who/What inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by my daughter Kirsten. She gives fresh eyes to the world and helps me think that anything is possible. Children have a great way of not knowing fear or failure, which is so inspiring.

4). Be honest, what beauty products do you use regularly other than your own?

I love Kerastase hair products. I also enjoy Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise fragrance and the simplicity of Bobbi Brown cosmetics.

5). Imagine the future of the beauty industry and give us your prediction of what's to come.

Health is the new beauty. Beauty is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. At Skin Authority, we view commitment to a daily skin care routine as seriously as the benefits of a daily workout. That is why we developed and trademarked the Beauty Workout. The products used in the steps of our daily routine achieve similar levels of improvement: Resurfacing is the ‘cardio’ of skin, (speed up skin’s metabolism), SGF and Peptides are the ‘weight training’ to firm, tighten, and lift, our topical antioxidants infuse ‘nutrition’ and stress reducing ingredients ‘balance’ mind and body for clear skin. When the steps are done consistently, the result is a lifetime of healthy radiant skin!

6). Give our customers a beauty insider tip:

Shop for beauty and skin care products like you shop for food. Think cost per ounce. Don’t judge the volume of skin care by how the packaging appears. Look at the volume on the label and calculate the cost per ounce. When you see a product that is $19.99, you may think it is a bargain. But the package may contain .02 of an ounce in product. When you multiply $19.99 x 5, that’s actually $100 for one ounce. So the key is to seek the right ingredients for your need as that is always the better value.

6.5). In 140 characters or less, give us a beauty tip to Tweet and tell us where to follow you.

Apply topical Vitamin C under your sunscreen daily to boost UV defense! @MissSkin and @SkinAuthority

7). Extra Credit: Write personal reviews for some of the individual products in your line.

  • Wrinkle Reversing Serum – my go-to weapon for TV appearances and parties!
  • Sunless Tanner – I mix with my foundation for a natural, safe glow year around.
  • Reviving Eye Brightener – Out too late! Put this on and no one will know.
  • Resurfacing Accelerator – The easiest way to vanish dry, dull skin while you sleep.
  • Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF-30- Dual purpose moisturizer and non greasy sunscreen in one. Don’t leave home without it. Rain or Shine.

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