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. 

Spring Changes

Cosmetic colors to consider when the weather warms up

Winter is on its way out, ladies! The grass is getting greener, and your wardrobe is getting lighter. You know what else is in need of an update? Your makeup bag! The time is right for a lightening of the spirit, and a lightening of your look. Here’s a peek into the latest color trends to help you glide into the warmer months with style.

Color Combos
From bronzy peach cheek stains to pinkish red lipsticks, combined colors are great for transitional months. They’ll liven up your winter palette and bring some brightness to your face without drawing too much attention. On the other hand, if attention is what you’re after, just keep reading.

Muted Pastels
Mint green, robin’s egg blue and powder pinks are back again with a modern twist. Dusty variations of these classics popped up on runways this season, signaling a twist on convention and a low-risk, high-impact way to have some fun with your makeup.

Glitter Sophisticate
It sounds a little crazy to some, but this spring’s trends include seriously wearable glittery eyelids. A well-blended gold, bronze or silver, depending on your skin tone, makes a clean, elegant statement and accentuates your look much like jewelry, especially with a matching manicure.

In the Buff
For an alternative, but equally eye-catching option, try an allover nude look. Ann update on last year’s no-makeup makeup trend that conceals problem areas brings out your eyes and highlights your bone structure. You can achieve  monochrome magnificence by varying the textures of your flesh colored products. A matte blush with metallic eyes and glossy lips, all in neutral shades complement each other perfectly from day to night and it gives your skin a youthful, glow that goes perfectly with the season!

Hormone Life Hacks

4 Must-Know Facts About Hormones & Your Skin

As a woman, your hormones change constantly, both day-by-day and over your lifetime. These changes can affect the appearance and texture of your skin.
 
The hormones that play the biggest role in the appearance and health of your skin are the sex hormones, estrogen and androgen. Estrogen, which is mostly produced in the ovaries, is considered “the female hormone” because it prompts sexual development in young women at puberty and prompts ovulation in the menstrual cycle. Androgen, the “male hormone,” initiates sexual development in boys and spurs the production of sebum, which is a natural oily secretion from glands in the skin and a big factor when it comes to acne. Here are four important points about how hormones can affect your skin:
 
1. You may have already noticed this, but your skin is at its best right after your period ends. This is because of a rise in estrogen levels after menstruation. Higher levels of estrogen do good things for the skin, for example, encouraging collagen and elastin formation. Collagen and elastin restore firmness while minimizing your pores and aiding in hydration; all of which will make your skin look fresh and rejuvenated. In the week before your period, your skin is oilier and more sensitive, so cleanse thoroughly but gently, using anti-acne treatments as needed. Skin remains extra sensitive during menstruation, so continue to treat it with special care. From post-period to mid-cycle, you can lighten up on your acne and moisturizing regimen. Once you ovulate and oil production picks back up, get back to your regular routine if you’re acne prone.
 
2. You may still see changes in your skin from hormones, even if you take a birth control pill. Although oral contraceptives stop the ovaries from delivering eggs to be fertilized, they don’t completely prevent your body’s natural fluctuations in hormone levels. While you may experience less dramatic skin changes and better skin overall because you have less testosterone in your body, you may still have some monthly breakouts. Follow the same skincare routine that you would if you weren’t taking an oral contraceptive.
 
3. Too much androgen causes breakouts. Acne triggered by increased levels of male hormones is usually just a brief, pre-period inconvenience. If the problem is persistent, consider visiting a doctor, as it can be a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS requires medical attention and may also be characterized by male-pattern hair loss and infertility. Female body builders who take supplemental testosterone (A.K.A. steroids) to help them build muscle may develop body acne due to higher hormone levels.
 
In the week before your period, your skin is oilier and more sensitive, so cleanse thoroughly but gently and use anti-acne treatments as needed. Skin remains extra sensitive during menstruation, so continue to treat it with special care.
 
4. Estrogen production declines as you age. This, in addition to a lifetime of sun damage over the years, can cause skin to lose elasticity and appear more wrinkled and drier as you get older. The big estrogen drop-off occurs at menopause, which is defined as a year after menstruation stops for good. This usually begins when women are in their 50s, although it may start sooner. So why not sidestep Mother Nature and keep estrogen at your premenopausal levels to keep skin looking youthful? While some women do take supplemental hormones to combat postmenopausal discomfort, the risk of causing breast cancer is too high to make complete estrogen supplementation safe or desirable for cosmetic reasons alone. It’s better to tailor your beauty regimen to combat dry skin and use a richer moisturizer along with pore-minimizing and hydrating serums.
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