Beauty Foods

Change what you put in your body and see what you get out!

Did you know that glowing skin and thick, luscious hair may be just a few bites away? Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but what you put in your mouth has a much bigger impact on your looks than you may realize. Consider making these tweaks to your diet and your well-being, and your mirror will thank you!

Fatty Fish
Omega Three Acids aren’t just brain food – these fats nourish and hydrate your hair and skin, too. If you’re not into salmon, herring or caviar, try adding Omega 3 supplements, in pill or oil form, to your diet. Your scalp will be fed, your tresses will be shinier and your skin may even look a little brighter.

Spinach may be known to make us stronger thanks to Popeye the Sailor, but this leafy green is also wonderful for exfoliation and preventing wrinkles. It’s particularly effective when paired with a squeeze of lemon juice (or anything else high in vitamin C).

Avocado is another natural moisturizer. This dreamy, delicious remedy for dry skin is a natural hydrator you can savor! Added to your diet regularly, it will also help even out your skin tone.

Collard Greens
It’s the anti-oxidants that make collard greens great for hair and skin. They fight toxins and give you more than two-thirds of your daily Vitamin C intake in a single serving. This helps brighten your skin and minimize scarring.

Pineapple Express
Pineapple not only softens your skin, it helps synthesize collagen. This sweet treat can be enjoyed as a juice or a snack, either way, you’ll reap all of the benefits!

If you’re a raw bar aficionado, I’ve got good news for you! Oysters are wonderful for your hair, nails and skin because of their high zinc content. The zinc helps your cells regenerate; the single most important thing in keeping your hair, skin and nails looking their best and brightest. 

Hands of Time

A few handy beauty secrets to keep you looking young

If you’re like most women, you focus a good deal of time on anti-aging facial care. We all want to look younger,but did you know that taking care of the skin on your hands is almost more important than your face? Your hands are the first part of your body to show age. After all, they are constantly exposed to the sun, and between housework, work and life in general, they never stop. Here are some anti-aging skin care tips to help your hands stay youthful.

We all focus on applying sunscreen to our faces, but our hands should be first in line. This is the first step in anti-aging hand care; everything else is icing on the cake. Apply sunscreen daily,whether it is cloudy or sunny. Apply from your hands up to your elbows to protect against UV rays and other elements. Carry a bottle with you and reapplying after washing your hands to stay protected.

Exfoliate your hands
You might be accustomed to exfoliating your face at least once a week; now it’s time to use the same product on your hands. Exfoliating your hands once a week will slough off any dead skin cells and allow other products to be better absorbed. For hands that need extra help, rubbing a retinol product such as JAFRA’s Gold Dynamics Intensive Retinol Capsules onto the back of your hands can help. It ncreases skin cell turnover, encourages collagen production and smooths your skin. Be sure to only apply at night and be vigilant about SPF during the day, since your hands will be more sensitive to the effects of the sun and elements when you use this product.

Treat the spots
Another sign of aging hands are dark spots due to sun exposure. Treat these spots with a Vitamin C serum, like JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Infusions Spot Serum with Vitamin C, to help fade existing dark spots and prevent new ones. 

Moisture, moisture, moisture
If you don’t have hand cream in your purse, your car, your desk - basically everywhere you are,now is the time to keep these at your beck and call. You can never have enough hand cream to lock precious moisture into your skin. At night you can also rub a balm onto your hands to seal in any treatments and smooth your skin. A great one to try is JAFRA’s Precious Protein Extra Care Balm. It has an emollient formula that combines oils and proteins for extra smooth skin.

Become obsessed with gloves
Gloves are to your hands what a hat is to your head; extra protection. Not just from the sun, but from everything you do in your life. When you are washing the dishes, or cleaning the house, be sure to have gloves available. You can multitask and pamper your hands while cleaning by applying a luxurious hand cream before you put on your dish gloves. Once you are done, you will have super soft hands!

Ski Bunny Skincare

Preparation and Protection for the Slopes

The winter season brings not only the fun of the holidays, but the opportunity for exciting cold weather sports, such as skiing. However, hitting the slopes can mean switching gears from the glammed up holiday season to effortlessly glowing skin- all while combating the harsh elements. Here are some tips for radiant skin; before, during and of course, après ski.
Prep your skin pre-ski
One week before your ski trip, stop using retinol or AHA products; these can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and be more drying. Instead, opt for intense moisturizers each evening before going to bed to infuse hydration into your skin.
High-level SPF
The high mountain altitude can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, so before you get on your skis, be sure to slather on a high level SPF onto your face and reapply often during the day. Amp up your sunscreen by applying a Vitamin C serum first; the Vitamin C will give your skin the extra armor to defend again environmental aggressors, such as wind, freezing air and extra strong UV rays. Follow your sunscreen with a BB cream or CC cream that contains SPF to even out your skin tone, while protecting at the same time.
Don’t forget your lips and neck
Your lips need constant care while on the slopes, so take extra care of them. Apply a lip balm with SPF often during the day; followed of course with a hydrating lip gloss. If your lips seem flaky, exfoliate them by applying petroleum jelly to a soft toothbrush and gently scrubbing your lips to remove any dry, flaky skin. While your neck might be covered while skiing, sometimes it can still be exposed to the elements, so apply a neck firming cream before wrapping your scarf.
After you have taken off your skis and enjoyed your après ski cocoa, it is time to pamper your skin from the day. Remove your makeup with a gentle cleanser and apply a serum specifically designed to treat dry skin, such as JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Vitamin Infusions Extra Hydration Serum with Vitamin E. Follow with a nutrient rich night moisturizer designed to boost your skin’s natural moisture barrier, such as JAFRA’s Advance Dynamics Hydrating Night Moisture.

A Real Eye-Opener

Solutions to perk up your eyes

When all eyes are on you, they start at the top. Your eyes are the first place the tell-tale signs of sleepless, stressful nights show up. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your body. Redness, puffiness along the upper lids, under-eye bags and dark circles can be the result of one night out, of partying or a buildup of fatigue over time. The good news is that you can cover up for a lack of Z’s with problem solving eye care products and makeup know-how.

The Morning After
Are you wearing last night’s party under your eyes? As you assess the damage from the night before, use your favorite redness relief eye drops to clear things up. Splash your face with cool water, then follow with a gentle hydrating cleanser and warm, not hot, water. The idea is not to cause any excess irritation to the eye area. Follow with a lifting eye cream that instantly tightens the upper eyelid, and a hydrating, firming eye cream under your eyes to soften fine lines and dark circles. JAFRA’s Pro Eye Transformer offers both treatments in a linked double-tube.

The “Quick “Refreshed Look
Minimal makeup is the best distraction from tired eye issues. Distraction is the key makeup strategy when you don’t have time or energy to bother with primers, concealers and color correcting products. A lightweight moisturizing foundation that evens out your skin tone overall is the best place to start. A soft-hued- blush will add color to your face and draw attention away from your eyes.  Well-groomed brows are also an eye opener. If you have time, define the arch of your brow with a highlighter pencil. To open those eyes even wider, curl lashes and apply mascara. You can also use your everyday liner to make lashes look fuller and give your eyes more of a pop. You can also add brightness to your eyes by lining your lower eyelids with a nude liner.

The Cover-Up
Use a color correcting eye primer on upper lids to create a smooth canvas for eye shadow in neutral matte shades. No bright or shiny shadows until you’re caught up on sleep. JAFRA Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer comes in both anti-redness and anti-yellow formulas.
To cover dark circles, you can begin with a sheer concealer in a color-correcting shade. Purple undertones are camouflaged with yellow, while redness calls for green toned concealer. Follow with a skin-toning concealer. Blend from the inner corner of your eye, working your way out in light layers until you’ve achieved your desired look. Blend between applications.
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