Hot Weather Skincare Tips

Your Summer Skincare Shopping List

Summer not only means warmer temperatures, it also means time to adjust your skin care routine to hot-weather mode. Here are a few tips to make sure your skin stays fresh, clean and healthy as temps rise.  
 
Keep your skin clean and pure
When the weather heats up, not only do we apply heavier sunscreens to our faces, but we tend to sweat more, and both, in addition to wearing  your regular makeup can clog your pores, which  makes your skin susceptible to breakouts, dull skin and other skin issues. Keep your skin pure and fresh this summer by choosing the right cleanser that you can use morning and evening. If you have normal to dry skin, use a gel cleanser to remove impurities without drying out your skin; look for formulas that foam to refresh over-heated skin. If you have oily skin, look for a calming gel formula that foams to refresh skin. Cleansers that contain ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil help control oil, reduce inflammation and prevent breakouts. Check out JAFRA’s Advanced Dynamics lines and select the custom regimen that fits your skin type and needs.
 
Exfoliate intelligently
Boost your cleansing routine and exfoliate without stripping your skin by using a cleansing brush to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Try JAFRA’s new Revitalizing Sonic Cleanser paired with the Royal Jelly Gentle Cleansing Milk. Follow cleansing with a gentle toner, and if you have dry skin, look for one that targets oily zones (such as the T-zone), while maintaining a radiant, hydrated glow on the rest of your face. If you have oily skin, look for a formula that also has Tea Tree Oil as a main ingredient to help restore your  skin’s pH levels and to prevent breakouts and inflammation. Finally, once per week, use a gentle, manual exfoliating scrub to ensure that your skin stays fresh and healthy; exfoliated skin is also better able to absorb skin care products, making them more effective.
 
Hydrate and protect
Depending on your climate heat-type, dry or humid, and skin type, normal/dry or oily, you will need to find the right moisturizer. Your skin also needs to be protected from the sun, so during the day look for facial sunscreens with an SPF 35 or higher that can be worn daily and under makeup (try JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50); oily skin types should look for oil-free formulas. In the evening, if you have dry skin, look for a nutrient-rich moisturizer that can replace moisture lost during the day. Normal skin types will benefit from a gel-cream that is hydrating, but not greasy, and finally, if you have oily skin, look for an oil-free moisturizer that helps control shine while continuing to remove impurities. 

The 5 Best Companies You Won’t Find at the Mall

Home shopping made easy!

It’s more entertaining than shopping online, but beats the hassle of dragging yourself to the mall. It’s the best of both worlds: home shopping! Whether the consultant visits you or you join her for a party, either way it’s a fun opportunity to experience a more personal, relaxed approach to finding products uniquely suited for you.
 
Here are five of the best companies in that business: Essential Bodywear. Like shopping for sex toys (see Pure Romance, below), choosing the right bras, panties and shapewear is a lot more enjoyable when it’s an intimate, friendly experience. For Essential Bodywear’s fitter-consultants, “perky” is the watchword, both for their positive attitudes and for how clients’ breasts should look after they’re matched with the right bra. EB is comparable in quality and price to Victoria’s Secret, but with more emphasis on comfort.
 
Favorite product. The new cushion straps ($16) that you can clip on to any bra are a genius idea for reducing shoulder discomfort for larger cup sizes.
 
JAFRA. Imagine any skincare product, fragrance or cosmetics option you might want and JAFRA’s consultants have it. This nearly six-decade-old company is a well-established leader in home sales and its comprehensive offerings are a bargain relative to the high-quality ingredients. Your consultant will customize a beauty ritual for you that precisely fits your age and skin type.
 
Favorite product. The light, fast-absorbing Royal Jelly Global Longevity Balm ($70) contains RoyalActive peptides (anti-aging amino acids typically found in much more expensive skincare lines), plus genuine Manuka honey and, of course, royal jelly.
 
Origami Owl. Founded in 2010 by an entrepreneurial 14-year-old girl, Origami Owl sells custom jewelry. At a home party, your “designer” will work with you to put together a bracelet or pendant adorned with tiny charms that have unique meaning to you, whether you’re commemorating family, faith or a place with special significance to you.
 
Favorite product. The limited edition Summer collection’s darling Hula Girl Charm ($6), plus the Stardust Swarovski turquoise crystals ($5) and a couple of tropical fish charms ($6 each) inside a Living Locket say a lovely aloha.
 
Pure Romance. This is a category of products that’s ideal for buying at a party with your girlfriends—sex toys! A good consultant can make the event one of the most fun days of your life as she explains exactly how and why to use these gadgets and potions. You’ll laugh a lot, but it can also be a great learning experience in a safe and comfortable environment.
 
Favorite product. At $42, Full Bloom is one of Pure Romance’s less expensive vibrators, but that doesn’t mean that this bright pink beauty won’t deliver big on satisfaction.
 
Tupperware. If there’s something that could make your kitchen life easier or better organized, Tupperware’s got it. The products are durable, affordable and sold at fun home parties, where the host and consultant put on a cooking show for guests who get to eat the delicious demo dish afterwards.
 
Favorite product. Tupper Minis. These little 2 oz. containers (6 for $15) with leak-proof lids are infinitely useful—perfect for portion-controlled snacks or a single serving of dressing, as well as beauty or camping necessities for travel.

Get the Glow

Your Guide to this Season’s Fresh-faced Look

According to trend forecasters, fashion week runways and anyone in the know, makeup and style for summer 2016 skin should be dewy, glowing and natural. Sounds simple right? Good news – it is! A flawless, fresh-faced complexion doesn’t take as much work as you might think. Try these tips to get a naturally glowing look with minimal effort.

Start with your skin care
It’s true that makeup can do wonders, and good strobing is positively magical, however, to keep your maintenance to a minimum, start with a solid base - your face. Keep it hydrated with a rich, creamy moisturizer and smooth by exfoliating it at least once a week. Since summer is sun-exposure central when skin tends to dry out, think about introducing more moisture to your skin care regimen, and according to the experts, do that with Royal Jelly. Royal Jelly is a honey bee secretion packed with complex B vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, natural antibiotic properties, and antibacterial properties that is best applied onto your face before bed at night, and then before you apply makeup in the morning. Try JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Longevity Balm.
 
Treat your mirror like a kitchen
When you think about it, the best chefs are skilled at combining ingredients or using them for dual purposes with surprising success. This same logic also applies to your makeup bag. For starters, rather than applying foundation then highlighter, add a drop of highlighter to your foundation, and then apply it with a brush or sponge; this creates a slight glow all over, which gives your face sheen, even if you keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum. On a similar note, blend a creamy matte lipstick and a gloss with sparkle and then pat a small amount onto your cheekbones for a youthful, flushed look. And if you want a little extra sheen, mix things up by adding a drop of coconut oil or avocado oil to your usual cream blush. It’s all about experimenting!
 
Finally, don’t forget your lips!
No dewy look is complete without a lightly hued, glossy pout, just make sure to keep it in the flesh, pink or coral families, so as not to overwhelm. In other words, super sheen and red or a 1990’s brown lip may be too much, but a soft, kissable mouth goes perfectly with your new, grown up girl glow.  

 

The Pretty Skin Diet

Your Skin Can’t Live Without These Foods

First, a little commonsense: If your weight-loss plan tells you to eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day, there’s just no way you’re going to get the complex mix of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds (phytochemicals) that your skin needs to stay healthy and glowing. So if you want to shed pounds, do it with a mix of diet and exercise, not with an extreme low-calorie diet.

The following four foods are on many diets’ “banned” lists, but don’t believe them! It’s smarter to spare these foods and save your skin—and make your calorie cuts elsewhere. In fact, if your skin could talk, it would tell you to eliminate the sodas, alcohol, sugary desserts and processed snacks instead!

To get the right nutrients, your best bet is always real food; supplements can’t supply the same quality or mix of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that whole foods do.

Almonds. These nuts offer a wealth of skin benefits. They contain vitamin E and plant phenols, which don’t sound good, but are in fact beneficial phytochemicals that fight the skin-aging effects of sun exposure and environmental damage. They also contain a couple types of B vitamins, including the “beauty vitamin” biotin, which also boosts hair and nail health.

Diet friendly tip. Portion control is key. Don’t sit down with a whole bag; just measure out 20 almonds (about 140 calories) for a low-carb afternoon snack. Thanks to the fiber content, they are surprisingly filling.

Avocados. Yes, avocados have a lot of calories because they’re high in fat (a fifth of a medium-size fruit has 50 calories), but it’s a healthy kind of fat—monounsaturated. They are an excellent source of B vitamins. They also contain the antioxidant vitamins C and E, which your skin needs to stay firm, moisturized and healthy.

Diet friendly tip. Spread ripe avocado as a healthier substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches. Or use chunks sparingly as garnish.

Peanut butter. Although peanuts are not true nuts (they are legumes, like beans), they have many of the same nutritional benefits, such as B vitamins—including the “beauty vitamin” biotin—and antioxidants vitamin E and plant phenols. They are also a good source of protein.

Diet friendly tip. If you prefer peanut butter over peanuts, make sure the brand you choose doesn’t have added sugar. There are about 220 calories in 20 peanuts, so consider that handful your serving size for snacking.

Sweet potatoes. Lower in calories than white potatoes, sweet potatoes are nutrition powerhouses, especially in regard to your skin’s needs. They have a lot of the antioxidant vitamins A and C, which are both important for defending against environmental damage and for healing and rejuvenating of the skin’s structural collagen.

Diet friendly tip. These fat-free tubers get a bad rap because of their high-calorie associates: butter, brown sugar and marshmallows. Eaten by itself, a medium sweet potato only has around 100 calories. Because of the high fiber and complex carbohydrate content, sweet potatoes keep you feeling full longer.

 
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