The Skinny on Skin Fasting

An insider’s take on the most-talked-about skin care trend

Keto, Paleo, Green Juice, Whole30…every new diet promises miracles. But, the latest trend is different in one way. Dubbed Skin Fasting, it’s a detox diet for your face, not your body. Instead of giving up gluten or carbs, you forgo your regular skin care ritual for a week or more. The fast is said to help with pores and uneven texture, revealing a glowing complexion. As a loyal user of JAFRA royal jelly and anti-aging products, I wanted to find out more.
Based on a Japanese concept, the Skin Fasting trend is creating a buzz around the world. It claims that regular use of products disrupts natural processes that regulate moisture balance and remove impurities. Skin Fasting tutorials suggest taking a break from masking, exfoliating and even basics such as cleansers and sunscreen. What’s left is just a quick rinse with warm water.
Beauty experts, including both estheticians and my mom, have long agreed about the importance of daily skin care. And, with years of experience in the industry, I have serious doubts about going product-free. For a chemist’s point of view, I asked Dr. Hongjie Cao, JAFRA’s Chief Scientific Officer, to weigh in.
 “Skin requires cleansing to remove impurities, dirt and oil; and moisturizing to maintain hydration and help skin barrier function,” explained Dr. Cao. She also warned that damage from the environment is inevitable without precautions. “Damage from the sun has been proven to contribute to skin aging. Going without SPF products for a whole week greatly increases your risk of UV damage.”
In light of Dr. Cao’s input, it’s clear that good skin care habits are essential. But, a modified version of fasting can help solve two common issues. Here’s how to make Skin Fasting work for you:
If your skin shows signs of sensitivity, redness or breakouts, it may be having a reaction with a product. Try one day of total Skin Fasting. Then, re-introduce one product per day. You’ll be able to identify the culprit and your JAFRA Independent Consultant can help you find the right replacement.
Is your bathroom vanity crowded with a dizzying array of bottles and jars? It could be time to simplify your skin care routine. Try eliminating a step (or two) or using specialized treatments on alternate days.

Halloween Costume Ideas

JAFRA products for boo-tiful makeup looks

Gals and ghouls, are you ready to win some Halloween costume contests? No basic witches ever win. So if you’ve got your eye on the prize, we’ve got a few makeup looks that will squash any competition. JAFRA Beauties, get your eyeshadow palettes ready!
Here are five winner-worthy ideas to consider:



Guard the galaxy, explore outer space or go on a cosmic beauty adventure! This JAFRA Beauty is a sky full of stars. @thetayavalkyrie created this galactic look using our Limited Edition JAFRA Beauty Galaxia line. Find a metallic shirt or dress to wear. Put it on along with some white sneakers and voila! You’ve transformed into the galactic queen of your cosmic dreams. Adding antennas and metallic arm bands would add an extra touch (and possibly more points) to beating your competition.
If you’re looking for a high shimmer pearl finish then our Galaxia Metallic Liquid Eyeshadows are a good choice. Apply it with your finger tips or an eyeshadow brush. The liquid eyeshadow ‘Retrogade’ is perfect for a Milky Way, Moon or Neptune inspired costume.



If you’re feeling heroic then this is the look for you! @beautyby_evelynmonroe added the finishing touches to her Wonder Woman look with a bold JAFRA lip. Use the JAFRA Beauty Longwear lip gloss in ‘Boundless Berry’ to any superhero costume to intensify your inner strengths! For Spider Woman, Elasticgirl or Iron Woman, the JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Matte Lipstick in ‘Besame Mucho’ is also absolute perfection. It’s a red-daring color that will keep your lips feeling hydrated while you’re fighting crime!
Improvise your costume’s outfit by using anything red from your closet and crafting a superhero logo to stick on your chest. Boom! That wasn’t an explosion, it was just your competition bombing the costume contest.



Hurry, find shelter! This thunderstorm is beautifully electric. @hairmakesupbee used ‘Hyperion’ and ‘Titania’ from the Limited Edition Galaxia Eyeshadow Palette as the base for her metallic midnight mask. Achieve a smoky eye look with these two eyeshadows! If your costume is missing ultra-pigmented shimmer then this palette is a must. Anything in your closet that’s grey, dark blue, black or even white can work!
Use the Galaxia Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Retrograde’ for a cosmic shimmer on your cupid’s bow. You can never have enough glitter, especially during Halloween!




This look is guaranteed to make you (or force  you to) smile! Our creative JAFRA Beauty, @maquillajemuak, completed this femme clown masterpiece using our JAFRA brow pencil. Dye the tips of your hair to match your clown theme and be creative with your look! The beautiful thing about being a clown is that you can wear anything as long as it complements your clown makeup. Of course, don’t forget your props! A fake flower bouquet, red nose, hat or pins to juggle are fun to play with.
If this doesn’t tickle your creativity, @maquillajemuak has other costume makeup ideas to recreate.


Day of the Dead

This one is to die (figuratively speaking) for! Sugar skulls originated from Mexico and have been a Halloween costume trend nationwide. @stayroyalqueen composed this Day of the Dead look with all JAFRA ROYAL Color makeup.
Wear a headpiece of fake or real flowers to add to this costume aesthetic. Even a red rose on your hair will work! Most sugar skulls are bright and colorful so it’s recommended to wear an outfit with subtle colors. Grey or black clothing will work for this costume and no need for props! You’re representing a departed soul, what’s more spookier than that?
So, what’s it going to be JAFRA Beauty? Are you committing to fighting crime or protecting a galaxy far far away? Whatever you choose to be this Halloween, don’t forget to tag @jafracosmetics for any Halloween looks!

Have fun and stay safe JAFRA Beauties!



National Lipstick Day

Heat up your color game with JAFRA’s hottest lipstick shades for summer.

Before you run (like myself) to the stores or shop online for National Lipstick Day sales, it’s imperative that you know what summer colors are hot and which ones are not.
The right shade of lipstick will make you feel like you can conquer the world! From everyday looks for the office to a fresh face for your vacay, we’ve got you covered.


JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Lipstick in ‘Coral Chic’

Our take on the 2019 Pantone color of the year is this bad girl who looks subtle but knows how to have a good time. If your lips need some moisture and a pop of color, this is the lipstick for you. It’s infused with Royal Jelly RJ˟ technology, providing enough moisture without having to substitute the rich pigmentation for it. Take a look at how @thedressychick is complementing ‘Coral Chic’ with these beautiful California poppies. 


JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Matte Lipstick in ‘Estrellas’

You’re going to be aiming for the stars with this lipstick! The Spanish translation for this lippie name is ‘stars’ and that’s how bright you’re going to shine in the crowd. The skincare benefits of Royal Jelly RJ˟ on ‘Estrellas’ will soften your lips after every use. In a box of boring pinks, be Estrellas. @hairmakesupbee is doing just that!

JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Matte Lipstick in ‘Hola Cariño’ 

Well, darling, you’ve met your matte! So has @labeautygirl07. This color (aside from being one of my faves) is powered by our exclusive Royal Jelly RJ˟ technology. Some mattes tend to dry out your lips but this creamy nude color will blend beautifully on to your lips. Pair it with our JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Lip Liner in ‘Diana’ to enhance your pretty pout. 


JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Lip Liner in ‘Diana’

Even though this isn’t a lipstick, hear us out. @sella_em is the lip liner queen of ‘Diana’ and you can be part of this royal empire too. Focusing on your cupid’s bow and the middle of your lower lip, line your lips with this nourishing and hydrating luxury liner. Finish it off with our JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Matte Lipstick in ‘Hola Cariño’ or just add some JAFRA gloss lip shine. Viola! Our exclusive Royal Jelly RJ˟ technology has the power to glam your lips without doing the most. This is an office-look favorite, stash this liner in your business suitcase or even in your pocket!


It’s Time To Get Back to Skin Care!

Boost your Back to School mojo with an energizing ritual for your skin

You’ve checked-off your whole summer to-do list: Lollapalooza, Hard Summer, Outside Lands and even went to Hawaii with your family (you’re such a vacation overachiever).  Traveling is SO much fun, but it can also exhaust your skin. After a few hot months of summer sun, your skin deserves some TLC, and there’s no better time to start a great new habit than a new school year.
JAFRA ROYAL Boost is packed with rich matcha to energize your skin and Royal Jelly RJ˟ to leave your skin feeling fresh with the 4 steps in 4 minutes ritual.
  1. Prerequisite

Just reading this gets you one step closer to school-ready skin. Being the genius that you are, you probably already know that your skin is the largest organ in your body—so, take care of it. Cleansing your skin is one of the basic fundamentals in skin care. It’s important to wash your face every morning before moisturizing.
For normal/combination/oily skin: The Purifying Gel Cleanser has ultra-gentle micro-exfoliators that help polish skin, eliminate dead skin cells and clean pores.
For sensitive/dry skin: A favorite Boost product – The Micellar Cleansing Water. It’s fragrance-free and gently removes dirt with micelle molecules.
  1. Undergrad

You’re close to walking the line! Applying a moisturizer after cleansing is another vital step in skin care. Boost your glow with plumping hyaluronic acid and Royal Jelly RJ˟.
For normal/combination/oily skin: If your skin is more on the oily side then you’ll really like the Matte Control Moisturizer! It mattifies while filtering pores and lines.
For sensitive/dry skin: The Quench it Moisturizer hydrates, comforts and helps protect against environmental aggressors and future signs of aging (wrinkles not included).
  1. Extra Credit

We know C’s get degrees but you’re an overachiever! Especially when it comes to skin care. Make this extra benefit a daily habit and don’t leave the house without applying sunscreen!
Both sunscreens from these rituals have a blue light shield that protects your skin from harmful blue light radiation emitted from screens like your phone, laptop and tablet (cool, right?).
For normal/combination/oily skin: F-grade-free and oil-free! The Cover Me Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 formula leaves your skin fresh, protected and makeup-ready.
For sensitive/dry skin: Use the Play it Safe Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Before applying makeup, apply this sunscreen to a clean face and let it absorb.
  1. Electives

 Are you rushing to your 7 a.m. class and don’t have time to wash your face? That’s okay! The Cleanse and Tone Wipes are coming to the rescue. Refresh your skin with a towelette, toss it in the trash and step onto campus with a fresh face.
Mask appreciation
 You’ll need to unwind after those long lectures and labs (ughh). Apply masks with your roommates and have a chill skin care night. Use either of these masks 1-3 times a week depending on the sensitivity of your skin.
For normal/combination/oily skin: The Detox Clay Mask draws out excess oil to reveal skin that’s glowy, not greasy.  
For sensitive/dry skin: The Skin Drench Gel Mask delivers a burst of mega moisture when your skin needs it most.
Juggling school, work, and social life can sometimes be difficult. Try to multi-task whenever you can! Studying and doing your skin care routine at the same time will not only force you to take a break in between, but it will also help you maintain your skin’s healthy glow! So shine during this new school year JAFRA Beauties and remember to always be the best version of you.
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