Is Your Cleansing Routine Harming Your Skin?

Harmful Habits and How to Change Them

Is it possible to get your face too clean? In a word, yes. While a squeaky clean kitchen or bathroom is great, a squeaky clean face that feels tight and dry—or even raw—after cleansing isn’t.
 
Liquid and bar soaps made for hand washing, especially those that are antibacterial or deodorizing, aren’t suited for delicate facial skin. They contain detergents that strip away critical natural oils that protect your complexion and keep it looking youthful.
 
The second common facial-cleansing mistake is using overly abrasive exfoliating scrubs or tools, like loofahs, brushes, or bath puffs. None of these items are meant for facial skin and can cause superficial micro-tears, leading to redness, irritation, and poor texture. Ironically, over cleansing can actually increase oil production as the oil glands in your skin become more active to repair the desiccated surface.
 
Of course, you do want to remove excess oil, makeup, and whatever grime has collected on your skin in the morning and evening, but you want to do it gently. To wash your face the right way in order to preserve your complexion and slow the signs of aging, begin by splashing your face with slightly warm water. (Washing with hot water also dries out and irritates the skin.)
 
Then apply a non-soap cleanser, such as JAFRA Royal Jelly Gentle Cleansing Milk. The Cleansing Milk is formulated with reparative vitamin C and antioxidant botanicals, like coconut and moringa tree, to protect and renew the skin while optimizing it for whatever serums or moisturizers you apply after.
 
Rinse thoroughly with just barely warm (not cold!) water, pat your face dry, and you’re ready for the next step in your beauty ritual. If you’re spending more than 2 minutes at a time on the cleansing part of your beauty ritual, you’re probably overdoing it. There’s no extra credit for scrubbing and rinsing longer; the less you rub or pull on your skin, the more you discouraging premature wrinkling.
 
If you feel like you’re not getting a clean-enough clean out of the splash-and-dash routine, add JAFRA’s Revitalizing Sonic Cleanser to your ritual to very gently dislodge micro particles of dirt and pollutants that settled into your skin during the day. The mild high-speed vibration of the device loosens impurities without abrasion or rubbing. The Sonic Cleanser has ultra-soft silicone bristles that don’t have the sharp, scratchy edges of nylon bristles. Plus, the interchangeable bristle heads clean up easily to discourage bacteria growth.

The 3 Most Critical Minerals for Glowing Skin

Daily Doses and Foods that Contain Them

You hear a lot about the vitamins your skin needs to stay healthy and radiant (especially antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E), but what about minerals? They are important, too, not least of all because they work hand in hand to optimize vitamins’ beneficial effects.

Unlike many vitamins, the minerals you consume are stored in your body, so it’s a bad idea to take more than the recommended amounts of these inorganic compounds. As always, it’s safest to get your nutrients from food, not supplements. If you do want to take a supplement to ensure you get the minerals you need, choose a multivitamin rather than trying to supplement with individual minerals. Remember, though, that many foods, such as cereals and breads, are fortified with selenium and zinc, so be mindful of your total daily intake.

Here the three most important minerals for your skin’s health and beauty.

Selenium.
A little of this potent antioxidant mineral goes a long way, but in small doses, it seems to help the body fend off damage caused by heavy metals such as lead and mercury that are contained in pollution. It may also have a protective effect against melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer. Selenium also helps vitamin E maximize its anti-aging antioxidant role in the body.
Recommended daily amount: 55 micrograms
Best food sources: Brazil nuts, eggs, sardines

Silica.
A form of silicon, this mineral is often recommended for building stronger nails, but since it’s a component of collagen, which keeps facial skin firm, smooth and supple, it benefits the skin as well. It also strengthens bones and cartilage.
Recommended daily amount: There is no daily recommendation, but “healthy skin” supplements usually contain 300 to 400 milligrams.
Best food sources: Bananas, beer, millet, oats

Zinc.
You’ve probably seen zinc oxide in the form of a white ointment used to prevent sunburned noses, but it may also help protect you from the inside against the effects of too much sun. Zinc is a critical mineral for the skin because it has anti-inflammatory powers, as well as being important for healing injuries.
Recommended daily amount: 15 milligrams
Best food sources: Kidney and lima beans, pumpkin seeds, red meat, shellfish, spinach, wheat germ.

Impact Lips

The hottest lip trends for winter and how to wear them

Good news lipstick lovers – we’ve entered a season where almost anything goes. Whether you prefer shades that are fluorescent, extra-dark, barely-there or glossy, there’s a trend to suit you. With that in mind, here’s a guide to Impact Lips for Fall and Winter 2016.
 
Deep and dark
Cabernet purple, blood red-crimson and even borderline black lips are having a moment. It takes a certain amount of daring, but if you want to make a statement with your smile, there’s nothing like this bold approach.  
 
Creamy coffees and taupe-y toffees
On the opposite end of the spectrum, neutrals are also in right now. The upside: they go with any look. The downside? There’s not one! Depending on your skin tone, try anything from a tawny nude to a cappuccino or terracotta inspired hue for a low maintenance, high polish lip!
 
Lighter lip liner
The nineties may be all the rage these days (note the above trends on this list, for instance), but there’s one not so subtle difference when it comes to lip hue. Rather than a dated, darker liner with lighter lip, try the reverse. You’ll find that a liner just a shade lighter than your color will keep lipstick in, without overpowering it!
 
Matte mouths
That’s right – your lip color need not shine this season. If you’ve been longing for the days of matte, your time has come. There’s one update: no matter your palette, choose a moisturizing lipstick. This way, you’ll skip the shine but your lips will still feel silky smooth.
 
Gorgeously glossy
And finally, in the aforementioned spirit of anything goes, if gloss is your game – keep playing! Sexy, shiny pouts of all colors are on point this season, whether you’re going for a slick and sophisticated high-gloss red or keeping it simple with a lightly sparkled nearly nude. The only update? Keep the gloss focused on the center of your lips. It will make your pout perkier by seeming to add volume.

Morning-After Beauty S.O.S.

Hide the Evidence of Last Night’s Bad Decisions

We have all done it at one time or another… indulged a little too much on festive libations, stayed out dancing too late (knowing you had to get up at 6 a.m. for the kids or work) or even falling asleep with makeup still on our faces… The alarm seems to ring too quickly, and we find ourselves wanting to undo our bad beauty decisions! Here are some “morning-after” beauty tips to help you make it through the party season and beyond:

I drank too much….
You can fill in the beverage of choice; perhaps champagne, wine or spiked punch… whatever it was, alcohol can not only give us a hangover but it can wreak havoc on our skin. Since alcohol is dehydrating, your first step is to de-puff your eyes with cold tea bags (the caffeine can help reduce the swelling) followed by an eye-cream that contains ingredients to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. Try placing your eye cream in the fridge; the cool temperature will also help to soothe the eye area and perk you up! Next, using an intense moisturizer, massage your face to get your blood flow going and revive a healthy color to your complexion.

I got no sleep last night…
If your late-night fun leaves you with no time for zzzz’s, your skin will show it the next day. Tired skin can look dry, dull and sallow and literally age you over-night. To fake a full 8 hours of sleep, start by revving up your skin with a gentle exfoliating scrub; followed by a hydrating serum and moisturizer. Contrary to popular belief, when you have less sleep you need less makeup; too much can look like you are trying to cover something up, or settle in to fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, mix a few drops of illuminator into a BB or CC cream and blend it in for a faux glow. A light dust of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks will make you look healthy and vibrant. Finally, use a blue eyeliner on the upper lash water line to create the illusion of bright eyes.

I was too tired to take off my makeup…
Sleeping with your makeup on can truly affect your skin. Night time is when our skin repairs and detoxes, so if it’s clogged up with makeup, dirt and bacteria, your skin cannot do its job. Even mascara can dry out your lashes, making them more brittle. To fix the damage the next morning, start by using a soothing eye-makeup remover followed by a revitalizing cleanser to sweep away dirt and unclog the pores on your face. Next, apply a detoxifying face mask to further draw the impurities from your skin. Finish your treatment with an antioxidant serum to help repair and nourish your skin.
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