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5 Simple Ways to Love Yourself More Every Day

Self-love is a huge buzzword right now. Yet it’s easy to be confused about what self-love actually looks like in daily life. No worries, we have 5 simple ways to show yourself a lot more love each day.
1. Sleep. You’ve heard this one before. The National Sleep Foundation says we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Don’t fool yourself into believing this doesn’t apply to you. Health and happiness suffer when you don’t get enough sleep, and so do relationships. Researchers at the Ohio State University found that couples who shorted themselves on sleep fought more. Love yourself (and everyone else) by sleeping more! 

2. Move. Exercise for the human body is sort of like changing the oil in a gasoline-powered car. If you don’t change your car’s oil, it’s not going to last. This doesn’t mean you have to join Cross Fit, though. You can show yourself some love by simply moving often. Park as far as you can away from work, walk three times around the mall before you go shopping, do lunges while you brush your teeth, or pushups against the kitchen counter while your morning coffee brews. Run in place for 15 minutes or walk around your house for a half hour while you listen to your favorite podcasts. Each time you move a little more than you have to, you’re saying, “te quiero” to your bod. 

3. Say, “Yay me!” a lot. This tip comes from Christine Carter, author of The Sweet Spot. Humans are motivated by reward because a reward gives us a burst of the feel-good brain chemical, dopamine. Simply saying to yourself “Yay me!” after you do something super tiny, but positive can trigger a little hit of dopamine – just enough to tell your brain to repeat the behavior. Try it after you drink water, order a healthy lunch, walk twice around your cubicle, say nice things to a client, floss your teeth, anything! In fact, say it so often that, “yay me!” comprises most of your mental dialog and edges out any self-criticism that taken its place. 

4. Ditch the heels (hear us out). We know you don’t want to hear this, but it’s important. Since the late 1990s, gait researchers have been warning women who wear high heel shoes regularly that heels place an exceptional amount of pressure on the knees, hips, back and other joints. While this may not seem like a big deal when you’re 25, we guarantee you won’t like the results down the road. Show yourself some love with a daily dose of cute flats or a low-heeled boot and save your super high heels for special occasions. 

5. Be honest with others (and yourself). People often dedicate a large part of their lives to taking care of and pleasing others, women in particular. But if you’re not being true to yourself, you’re stressing out your brain and body. Sometimes we need a refresher on how to know if we’re really telling the truth or just saying what we think those around us want to hear. Try saying something you know is blatantly false and see how that feels in your body (for example, “I love to get strep throat!”). Now, say something true and see how that feels (like, “I love my dog.”) The idea is to practice saying what you really feel (the truth) and becoming familiar with that feeling. A big part of self-love is confidently knowing how you feel in a situation and being able to clearly express those feelings.  
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Beauty Solutions: Curl Class

Beauty problem? Don’t freak! We’ve got your back. Beauty Solutions discusses the ins and outs of the most common beauty issues, so your beauty routine gets better with every read.

Question: How should I curl my hair?
Crave-worthy curls got you all worked up? Don’t worry! Here are a few different techniques to achieve the coiled tresses you desire.

Braids – Braids are a fast, easy way to get a quick curl. Braid your hair into even sections (2 or more, depending on how thick your hair is) and clamp your flat iron down for five seconds on each section of the braid, working your way down. Repeat on the other braid(s). To finish, take the braids out and rake through using your fingers. Don’t brush!

“S” Waves - Nicci Welsh’s now infamous S wave method is another way to get some speedy spirals. Instead of using the flat iron in an up-and-down motion, push a 1 to 2-inch section of your hair into an "S" shape and give it a quick tap with a flat iron to set it. Alternate directions all the way down that section of hair and repeat as desired. This technique gives you more control over the location and size of your curls.

Wrap Curls – For a standard flat iron curl, start with roughly dried hair, combing out any tangles with your fingers. Next, wrap a one-inch section of hair around the top plate of the flat iron, wrapping it away from your face. Gently ease your straightener down the lengths of the strand, and release, stopping about two inches before the ends, leaving them uncurled. Repeat. For loose texture, do a few hair flips and shake out your new waves.

Heat-Free Curling – Not into the hot? No sweat! There are tons of heat-free curling options out there. Braiding your hair while it’s damp and letting it set overnight works well and you can use braids of different styles and sizes to get different looks. You can also wrap your hair around baby wipes in small sections for tighter curls. You can even spritz the wipes with water and use them again. Get softer ringlets by placing a headband around your head and twisting your hair up and around the headband. The smaller the sections, the tighter your curls will be. Just keep the headband on for a few hours and you’re good to go.
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Every Woman: Niketa Nichols

Niketa Nichols is more than just a JAFRA employee, she’s a fantastic mother, wife and triathlete! Read what she had to say when we sat down with her to talk about her biggest physical challenges and triumphs.
1. Who or what inspired you to begin competing in triathlons?
I had a baby and was taking some time off from the business world to raise my daughter, but I soon found myself bored out of my mind being a stay-at-home” mom. I decided to join a gym, where I met my Triathlon coach and now friend. She is a great triathlete and very humble at the same time. She made me realize anyone can do triathlons, as long as one puts in the effort. So I thought I’d give it a try.  

2. What do you find most rewarding/fun about triathlons?
Aside from the physical appearance (it leaves my body in great shape) I love the adrenaline and the competition. I am a very competitive person, and every time I do a triathlon I work toward a better finishing time. I can work towards bettering myself. It’s never done, or completed. It’s the same principle I take in life. I can always learn; at work, at home and in the world.
3. What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a triathlete?
Biggest challenge is mental resignation for me. During Ironman, there was a point in the running when every part of my body was hurting, including my toes and hair. J Not really, but you get my point. I was 5 miles away from the finish line and my body was strongly urging me to stop and give up. At that point it becomes a mental game. I had to remind myself the countless hours I had put in training, the time away from my family, friends and other hobbies, and the 12 hours that day. I had to remind myself that my two little ones were waiting for me at the finish line. What kind of mother did I want to be?! What message did I want to give my kids?! That mental talk gave me the strength to push and finish a 140.6 mile race. Of course, as soon as I crossed the finish line I said, “I can do better, where do I sign up for my next race?”
4. How do you balance this intense training with other aspects of your life?
It is not easy. It is important to have supporting people in your life. But it is something that brings me joy and great sense of accomplishment so I make time for it. I wake up at 5am most days to train. I don’t watch TV or do “time wasters” activities as I call them. I also eat well. It sounds like a given, however, it’s not easily done. I eat to fuel my body, not because it tastes good. The better I eat the better I feel and the more energy I have to accomplish work, family life and training.

5. Which one makes you feel more empowered, finishing a triathlon or getting a makeover?
Finishing a triathlon, hands down.

6. What’s your advice for anyone who wants to try something physically challenging, but is unsure of how to start?
Connect with people who have done it before and don’t be afraid to try it out. Social media makes it so easy to find people with the same interests. It’s a matter of putting yourself out there.

7. How do you think JAFRA has impacted your life? How have you witnessed JAFRA effect the lives of others?
Jafra is one of those hidden gems people don’t know about. I was one of those people. I accepted the job for two reasons:
1: I could connect with the mission. I love the idea of providing opportunities to people around the world.
2: I could make an impact. Jafra is a target rich company, and if you are driven, have intrinsic motivation and are willing to roll up your sleeves you can make a great impact.

I see both of these points play out in my everyday life at Jafra. I have met incredible women whose lives have been improved by Jafra. And, I am living my ideal job daily where I get to be creative, feel inspired and make an impact to people I don’t even know around the world. #lovemylife  
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Lunch Time Pick-Me-Ups

We’ve all been there; staring at the computer as the afternoon approaches, foundation almost entirely absorbed and hair quickly losing its luster. What’s a girl to do? If you want to finish the day looking as fabulous as you started, try these lunch time beauty pick-me-ups!

Take a Walk
If the afternoon doldrums threaten to bring down your energy, you can bet they’re impacting your look, too. Get your blood pumping with a quick walk around the block, or even around the office. You’ll lift your spirits and your look will follow suit!

Give Yourself a Spritz
Everyone should own an atomizer. Why? A spritz of water on the face a few times a day helps keep your skin moisturized. Moisturized skin looks younger, more supple and holds makeup longer. So go on, spray away! Your face will thank you and so will your attitude!

Brush and Balm
It may not sound like a beauty tip, but brushing your teeth mid-day will freshen your breath and your outlook on the day. Your bright grin will make you feel good and it goes perfectly with a well-moisturized lip. Apply some lip balm for a softer, smoother, sexier smile.

A full-face reapplication may be overkill, but keeping your concealer on hand is never a bad call. After a spritz, you can do a little touch-up for dark spots or blemishes that don’t stay hidden all day otherwise.

Tame or Unleash
Depending on your hair type and style, lunch is a time to reign in the frizz with a smoothing serum and soft brush, or revive your flat and fallen follicles with a dose of dry shampoo and a shake out. Whatever your tress, see to it that your do keeps up with you!

A big glass of water with lunch will help your energy and your complexion overtime. Meaning your beauty rituals will be fewer and farther between. Sounds good, right?
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Winter Skin Rehab

As the air gets cooler and dryer, so does our skin. This is the time of year to boost moisturizing routines and nourish skin. Here are some simple tips to hydrate your skin from head-to-toe all winter long.
H2O All Day Long
Drinking water is a well-known but sometimes forgotten beauty tip; it helps to hydrate our bodies from within. Depending on how much you usually drink, try increasing the amount during the winter months. An easy way to track how much water you are drinking is to use a large reusable bottle and focus on finishing it during the day. Cold water also tastes great and refreshing; or if you want hot water, try adding lemon to make it a soothing treat.
Think Omega
Omega 3 fatty acids have been credited with making our skin look healthier. Like water, they help to moisturize our skin from the inside out. Try eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts and flax seed. You can also try omega-3 fatty acid supplements (but always talk to your doctor first before taking any supplements).
Try a Humidifier
When the air is cold and dry, we need to pump moisture back into our personal atmosphere. A humidifier in your home or bedroom can do the trick. If you don’t want to purchase a humidifier, you can make your own by punching 20 holes into a plastic freezer bag and then place a damp sponge in the bag.
Moisturize Day and Night
Winter is the time to add moisture to every skin care step. Start by switching to a gentle, moisturizing cleanser and focus on cleansing just at night. During the day, it’s a good time to incorporate a moisture serum into your skincare and apply it under your sunscreen (yes, sunscreen even in the winter!). In the evening, for an extra boost of moisture, apply a few drops of your favorite oil (try argan or olive oil) first, followed by your moisturizer; your thirsty skin will love it!
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