5 Harmless Habits That Destroy Your Skin

You Know You Do at Least One of These!

You’re savvy about avoiding bad skin habits—smoking, sunning, and popping pimples. But you’ll be surprised at what other seemingly harmless habits can damage your facial skin.
 
Skipping sunglasses. Being outside in sunshine is a double whammy: You squint, promoting the formation of wrinkles, and you let the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays damage the fragile skin around your eyes. Always wear sunglasses when it’s bright out and make sure you clean the glasses’ nose rest and temple pieces regularly to keep them bacteria-free.
 
Cuddling your cell phone. We all love our cell phones, but if you make a habit of pressing yours against your face, you are spreading some very nasty bacteria to your skin. One scary study found that the average cell phone has more germs on it than a toilet seat. Use a headset when you can and wipe your phone case—not the screen—with antibacterial wipes. To clean the actual phone, use a dry microfiber cloth. (Anything else, like paper towels or wipes, can damage the screen’s sensitive coating.)
 
Skimping on laundry. You spend more hours with your face in contact with your pillow than anything else—even your cell phone! Change your pillowcases a couple times a week to keep bacteria from settling in. Likewise, treat yourself to fresh towels at least that often.
 
Leaning on your hand. You probably don’t even know you do it, but resting your chin or cheek in your palm spreads dirt, oil and germs to your facial skin, as well as encourages wrinkles by pulling on the skin. A hands-off policy is best. And keep your face relaxed: Don’t frown, purse your lips or rub your eyes.  
 
Cleansing too enthusiastically. You already know that not removing your makeup at the end of the day isn’t good for your skin, but that doesn’t mean the opposite habit isn’t just as bad. Exfoliating more than once a week or scrubbing your face vigorously with bar soap and a washcloth every day leads to dry, irritated skin and promotes premature wrinkling. Cleanse your skin gently in the morning and evening with a moisture-rich non-soap facial cleanser. Avoid hot water, which dehydrates the skin.

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6 Skincare Resolutions You Absolutely Must Keep in 2016

Who doesn’t want healthier, more beautiful skin for the New Year? Here are six smart, simple resolutions guaranteed to get you there. And a bunch of them are total freebies—you won’t need to buy a thing!
 
Reassess your regimen. Is your skincare and makeup routine right for where you are now in your life? If not, it’s time for a change. Try adding an anti-aging serum, for example—it’s never too early! 
 
Out with the old. The beginning of a new year is a good time to clean out your beauty stash. If you have makeup or products that you haven’t used in the last year, toss them. Once opened, many beauty items have only a six-month shelf life, so hanging onto them is unhygienic as well as clutter-producing. Now is a good time to upgrade to effective, quality products you will enjoy using every day.
 
Keep it clean. Buy yourself some new beauty tools to replace worn ones and protect your investment by keeping everything scrupulously clean. Makeup brushes work better and last longer when you give them a gentle shampoo and air dry occasionally. If you use applicator sponges or puffs, change to a fresh one often.
 
Simplify! Now that you’ve dumped your unwanted beauty clutter, you can develop a simpler, more streamlined beauty ritual that works for you. No more fumbling through unloved eye shadows and old mascara tubes. The extra time you gain will pay off in better cared for skin.
 
Learn to love your SPF. You know you should be applying sun protection of at least SPF 30 to your face every day, but do you remember to protect your neck, hands, and lips? The easiest way to make this important anti-aging tactic part of your daily regimen is to smooth a sun protection fluid over your moisturizer right after cleansing. And for hands and lips, make sure you re-apply at least once during the day.
 
Enjoy nature’s freebies. Want in on a couple of beauty secrets that don’t cost a thing? Sleep more and drink more water. Nothing makes you appear older faster than looking exhausted and/or being dehydrated.
 
P.S. Confidential to smokers: We’re not going to nag you about this. You know smoking ruins your skin, depriving it of oxygen and causing premature wrinkles. So, make a resolution to kick the cigarettes and stick to it! 

 

Winter Color Therapy

Makeup Colors to Boost your Mood!

The cold, dark winter months can cause many women to feel the blues; but there is a way to boost your mood just by changing the colors you usually wear. While the obvious choice is to update your wardrobe and accessory colors, choosing the right makeup hues can also transform your disposition from so-so to sunny!
 
Happy lips
Boost your complexion and your mind with a fabulous, bold lip color. A fuchsia pink, bright orange or fierce red lip can give your confidence and attitude a much-needed adjustment. Red is often seen as a power color, orange conveys enthusiasm and pink exudes passion and love.
 
Manicure Mania
If your usual winter manicure consists of dark reds or basic neutrals, change it up with a cheerful coral, peaceful blue or dazzling metallic gold lacquer. Other polish options are stimulating purples or refreshing greens. When going bright with your nails be sure to exfoliate and moisturize your hands; the cold air can make skin dry and chapped. Finally, if you are too shy to perk up your manicure, go bold with your pedicure; you will be sure to smile every time you see your feet!
 
Cheerful Cheeks
Chilly winter air can make complexions look gray and dull, which can dampen even the most joyful disposition. Liven up your cheeks with a cream blush in a peony pink or pretty peach. Using a cream formula will not only add much needed moisture to your skin, but it can be layered for a subtle or bold look.
 
Elated eyes
If dreary winter days make you see red, it’s time to add some blue to your eyes; blue eyeshadow that is. Try a pop of brilliant blue or vibrant violet eyeshadow to make your eyes sparkle. Make the look modern by applying a neutral color to the lid and blending in the brighter color into the crease and upper lash line; remember, the look should be happy, not overdone.
 

Strobing 101

A Beginner’s Guide to Makeup’s Hottest Trend

A lower-maintenance cousin to last season’s contouring craze, strobing uses well-applied highlighter to emphasize the areas of your face that get the most natural light. The result? A youthful, dewy and radiant sheen that looks amazing on everyone. Better still, unlike contouring, you don’t need a ton of time to achieve maximum impact. In fact, one of our favorite things about this hot, hot, hot makeup trend is just how easy it is to execute!
 
Here’s your guide to strobing in five simple steps:
 
First, moisturize!
Dry, flaky skin is not a good look! So, before you get started, make sure your skin is well-hydrated. Choose the moisturizer that’s right for your skin type (oily, dry, combination or normal). Then, apply your foundation…. or don’t. One more perk of this on-point trend is that it works whether you start fresh-faced or apply on top of your base!
 
Next up, select your highlighter
Champagne, pink and gold tones work best for most complexions – and JAFRA’s White Soufflé Highlighter is made specifically to be versatile. It will work for most skin tones. However, if you’re super pale (think: Snow White) you may want to opt for an even more pearlescent or slightly silver hue. Likewise, if your natural skin tone is darker than olive, start by trying neutral peach tones until you find the right fit.
 
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Apply the highlighter
Starting at the top of your face, focus on prominent areas – those that would catch the most light. Not sure what that means? The center of your forehead, below your browbones, your nose, your cheekbones, the corners of your eyes and above the cupid’s bow are great places to start. Once you’re satisfied you’ve hit the most reflective surfaces, it’s time to…
 
Blend it in
But not so much that the highlighter winds up all over your face. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking oily as opposed to glowing. A big, soft brush should do the trick in most cases.
 
And finally, finish your look
Apply any complimentary products like blush and eye shadow, opting, if you dare, for those with a little added shimmer to go with the flow – or in this case, your glow!

 
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