Time Turning Tresses

The best hairstyles to help you look younger

In the crusade against aging, there is a lot of focus on skin care and makeup, but did you know that the right hairstyles can turn back the clock as well? Here are some of the best hairstyles to make you look (and feel) younger!

Healthy Start
Just like good skin care, taking care of your tresses is important. Youthful hair is shiny and moisturized, so use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner on a regular basis. Once a week, give yourself a scalp massage and follow it up with a deep conditioner to give your hair a healthy boost. Regular trims also help prevent split ends and keep your hair from looking damaged. For shiny locks, apply a nourishing hair oil before heat styling and finish with a shine serum.

Bang It Out
Soft, gentle bangs are excellent to hide forehead wrinkles and other imperfections. Side-swept bangs are another option if you’re not too sure about fully committing. Try to avoid harsh, blunt straight-edged bangs, which can have the opposite effect and make you look older and harsh.

Layer It Up
One of the best styles for women with mid-length to long hair is a relaxed, long layered cut. The layers give your hair movement, volume and energy. Ask your stylist for face-framing layers that start at your chin to maintain length without being thin or stringy. If you have short hair, choppy layers throughout will make your hair look thicker and more playful. Style short layers with a pomade or wax to create an edgy, youthful texture.

Keep It Light
No matter what your hair color or skin tone, face framing highlights can add a gorgeous glow around your face, making it look brighter. Highlights can also draw attention to your cheekbones and eyes, giving your face a young, full appearance.

Matte About Spring

Best colors for the trend of the season

One of the hottest lip trends this spring is a luxurious, matte lip. While matte lipstick might conjure images of a dry, flaky pout, the newest formulas, like JAFRA’s Full Coverage Matte Lipsticks deliver bold, opaque color while keeping your lips hydrated.  One of the most compelling reasons to try a matte lip is the staying power. This look really lasts! Matte lipsticks in the right formula can give you smoochable lips and true-to-tube color that lasts all day. Matte lips are sophisticated, glamourous and luxurious, and look just as fabulous in natural nude tones as they do bold, bright colors. Try these shades on for size to get you in the mood for spring.

Haute Pink
This spring a bright, fuchsia hue is joining the conversation. Wear it with denim and a t-shirt or on a sexy night out on the town! A great one to try is JAFRA’s Full Coverage Matte Lipstick in Flirt; a glamourous, creamy pink that makes a statement without being overbearing.

Citrus Chic
Try a matte orange lip and be playful and on point at the same time! This isn’t an electric dayglow kind of orange we’re talking about, these hues are far more wearable. Shades can range from coral tones, like JAFRA’s Full Coverage Matte Lipstick in Sunset Coral, to an earthy orange, such as JAFRA’s Full Coverage Matte Lipstick in Crush.

Berry Browns
Rich, dreamy matte brown lips look modern and fresh and they’re in for this spring. From camel colored cashmeres to berry browns like JAFRA’s Full Coverage Matte Lipstick in Love Affair, you’re lips are going to look subtly sophisticated and oh-so-kissable!

Sneezy Chic

Don’t Let Allergy Season Wreck Your Good Looks

The itchy red eyes, irritated nose, dry skin and overall puffiness that can result from seasonal allergies are all tough beauty challenges. Yet, they can be managed and camouflaged successfully with hydrating beauty products, color correcting, a few waterproof makeup products and some application tweaks.

The Prep
When your face has been attacked by allergies, switch to a gentle hydrating cleanser. Harsher soaps can leave skin even more irritated. JAFRA Advanced Dynamics Soothing Cleanser is formulated to minimize redness.

If you look puffy, put a clean, damp washcloth in the freezer until it’s very cold. Then, apply it to your face like a mask, making sure it makes contact with any particularly swollen areas, like underneath your eyes.

Allergy medications may cause facial skin to appear dry, as does the constant use of tissues. Before applying makeup, use a moisturizer and concentrate on the dry or flaky areas, like around your nose. Allow the moisturizer to dry and absorb into your skin before applying the rest of your makeup. You may have to dab on extra moisture here and there to get a smooth finish. Finish with eye drops to combat redness.

The Cover Up
Dark eyelids and under eye circles, as well as redness around the nose can be masked with a color correcting concealer. Apply it  before your foundation. To mask dark eye areas, dab on a yellow tinted concealer where necessary. To hide irritated red skin, go with a green concealer. JAFRA Imperfection Corrector contains both of these concealer shades. Next, even out your entire complexion with foundation or use a skin-toned concealer over only the affected areas and blend.

You can also line the inner rim of your lower eyelid with an eye pencil that matches your skin tone to reduce the look of redness.

Do’s and Don’ts
Waterproof eye makeup is a definite “Do” during allergy season, but for some, even waterproof mascara may not be the best lash enhancing solution because of eye sensitivity and watering. Instead, make lashes appear fuller by applying waterproof liner as close to your lash line as possible and then following up with an eyelash curler.

If your lips are chapped, avoid matte lipsticks that may dry your pout out even more. A hydrating lip color or a simple tinted lip balm are going to be your best bets for bringing your lips back to life. JAFRA Moisture Rich Lipstick hydrates and conditions in nine gorgeous colors.

Spring Skin Tips

Skin care routine adjustments to suit the season

Your skin is not only your body’s largest organ, it is also the most sensitive. As a result, it reacts to changes in your environment and this includes the weather. Every season requires a new approach to caring for your complexion. Here are our tips for springing ahead with skin care.

Clear the Deck
You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? Well it applies to beauty products, too. Before you think about what new goodies to add, now is the perfect time to get rid of any products that are more than six months old. We don’t always think of cosmetics as having a shelf life, but they do. The longer they sit, the more likely they are to get contaminated, which can irritate your skin  more than help it. So evaluate your makeup bag and prepare for some new, exciting additions!

Winter Clean-Up
Scrub away the last signs of winter with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliating helps combat aging and keeps your skin soft. Remember, nothing too harsh; outdated bead or shell-powered exfoliators are a no-go. However, if you’re checking ingredients, a little glycolic acid goes a long way.

Lighten the Load
When spring gets here, dial it back on the moisturizer. Winter’s chill creates dry, itchy skin that requires heavy duty moisturizers. Now that spring is here, dense, salve-style moisturizers will only weigh you down and clog your pores. Opt instead for moisturizers that are light, but nutrient rich to nourish your skin and help enhance your glow.

Protect yourself!
While the cool air may make you feel otherwise, damaging UV rays are out in full force, and no one wants to age faster than they should. Remember, the sun may feel good on your face, but without an SPF of 30 or higher, it will wreak havoc on your complexion, accelerating the signs of aging. Protect your youthful look by applying sunscreen daily before your foundation. 
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