The Buzz About Balms

Move over lotion, there’s a new moisturizer in town…

Lip balm? Of course. Hair balm? Sure, but skin balms? It may not be the first balm that comes to mind, but skin care balms are taking the beauty mainstream by storm, and with good reason. Skin balms, body balms, or beauty salves as they were called way back when, were mostly used for cuts and scrapes years ago, but in more recent years they’ve found their rightful place in beauty regimens around the world.

Skin balms are great at keeping your outermost layer of skin moisturized. If your lotion isn’t cutting it when it comes to moisture, especially in the winter months, you’d probably be better off using a balm. They’re ideal for severe dryness and for special areas of the skin that can be especially tough, like your heels and elbows.

A true balm is made with waxes, oils and butters, but zero water. For this reason, they tend to be thicker than lotions. Balms evaporate far more slowly than thinner moisturizers, so your skin has more time to soak in the benefits. Their ability to hold in moisture creates a powerful protective barrier for your skin. The lack of H2O also allows for more beneficial ingredients to be put into one product, making balms natural multitaskers.

A more recent trend in the balm realm is cleansing balms. Not only do they offer long lasting relief for your skin, they’re easy to travel with; another reason to consider trying a cleansing balm. Get through security quick without sacrificing your skin! If a cleansing balm seems like a stretch for you, start off with our Royal Jelly Extra Soothing Balm. It uses the Royal Jelly complex, rich in more than 20 amino acids, Manuka honey, as well as Shea, Cacao and Kokum seed butters to instantly rehydrate your skin and restore softness and comfort.

So the next time you have to replenish your daily body moisturizer, give a balm a shot and see what your skin has been missing! 

Beauty Defined: Multimasking

Learn about the benefits behind this new trend for your face

These days, one mask is never enough. When it comes to face masks the new phrase is, “The more the merrier!” Just like everything else in your makeup bag, one size does not fit all when it comes to face masks, and one mask won't address all of your skin concerns. The clogged pores on your nose and chin won’t be helped by the same ingredients that lighten those pesky dark under eye circles.

Multimasking means applying different face masks to different parts of your face simultaneously. Using several different treatments at the same time creates a customized skin remedy just for you and makes spot-treatments for breakouts and other skin issues much easier.

Want to know more? Click here to see recommendations for which masks to multi depending on what your skin goals are.  

Blushing Brides

Bridal makeup looks from laid-back to luxurious, and everything in between

If you’re among those lucky ladies preparing for a trip down the aisle this wedding season, you’ve likely given painstaking thought to every detail. From your décor to your menu, from your dress to your hair, your big day is perfectly planned and prepared. But, what thought have you given to your face?  Your product choices will make all the difference in how you feel that day – and how you look in pictures. The key, of course, is to be on-trend without being too trendy. Choosing a look that’s modern and fresh, but not so of-the-moment it’s plainly passé by next season. If this sounds tricky, don’t worry! 2017’s bridal makeup palette revolves around pale pinks, nudes and monochromatic tones that compliment any complexion.  The look is versatile, flattering and guaranteed to compliment any complexion. How you apply it depends solely on your preference and style.

The Boho Hipster Bride
If floral crowns and mason jars sound like your style, you’ll want to capitalize on this year’s bridal trend by embracing nudes and neutrals with a little extra sparkle. JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Radiance Foundation makes a great base; enhancing your skin’s natural glow and providing SPF for outdoor weddings. From there, choose a barely there beige or pale pink eye shadow that offers just enough highlight to accentuate your eyes. JAFRA’s Beige Shimmer and Pink Pearl High Shine Powder Eyeshadows are both solid choices with a blush from the same family, dependent on your skin tone. Top it off with long wear lip-gloss in this same family. Neverending Nude is always a good choice or Full Coverage Lipstick in Au Natural. With this look, you’ll have the monochromatic trend mastered in an ethereal earth goddess way.

The Sophisticate Bride
Is your wedding a formal event with a five-course meal served on fine china? Sounds like you’re a Sophisticate, in which case, your look should be perfectly polished. Think Audrey Hepburn, and it’s instantly apparent that this season’s pink palettes are the perfect place for you to start. Chic, subtle, pink-hued neutrals like those in JAFRA’s Powder Eyeshadow Trio in Nude compliment any skin tone and go perfectly with full brows and a classic lip. JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Luxury Lipstick in Rose Nouveau or Regal Red both come to mind, giving you the freedom to play it down during the day with a lighter lip, then turn it up come the reception.  
The Princess Bride
Do you picture a mane of wavy tresses and a train for days on your wedding dress? If so, then you’re a princess bride. Soft, shimmery and sun-kissed styles will help you radiate femininity; combining the dewy radiance of The Boho Bride with the regal air of The Sophisticate. A crème blush with a rosy tint, like JAFRA’s Cashmere Wine, paired with just the right amount of highlighter to accentuate your bone structure without strobing, will help draw out your best features. Combine this with a similar shade around your eyes, Violet Radiance, for instance, and you’ll live up to your chic, metropolitan title. Finish the look off with JAFRA’s Full Coverage Lipstick in Soft Plum and you’ll epitomize a beautiful, blushing bride to remember.

About Face

The importance of skin-specific care

It seems so simple. You’re fresh out of the shower, ready to moisturize your body; why not just use your body cream on your face, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, skin care products are specifically formulated for the different parts of your body. That means that what’s good for your feet, back, legs or hands, may not necessarily be good for your face. In fact, nine times out of ten, non-facial products are actually detrimental to the skin on your face. Don’t buy it? Here’s what you can expect:

Clogged Pores
You wouldn’t use spackle to paint your bedroom walls, would you? Imagine the result (a thick, bumpy wall instead of a smooth one). Well, using body lotion on your face is basically the same thing. Body lotion is meant to be applied to the thicker, more durable skin found below your neck and décolletage where it can sink into the holes where moisture has dissipated. If you apply a moisturizer like that to your face, clogged pores are bound to happen. That can lead to breakouts, blackheads and a generally dull complexion.

Irritated Surfaces
Most body products (moisturizers, soaps, cleansers, etc.) contain fragrances, which is why we smell so great when we get out of the shower. However, these added scents aren’t usually non-comedogenic. These sweet smelling additions to the product can be irritating to your face and even cause black heads. The result is red, splotchy and itchy skin. Go for products that have a much lower level of fragrance than your body products.

Dry Patches
pH levels play a big role in your skin looking healthy, hydrated and radiant, especially the skin on your face. pH stands for "potential hydrogen". The skin's barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in oils and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. Your skin’s acid mantle should be slightly acidic with a pH of about 5.5, but when it's too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive. This keeps your skin from fighting off the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.  
Using soap on your face that is intended for your other body parts will throw that pH level off. This can make your skin dry, flaky and dull, even if it’s normally oily and acne-prone. A face wash that’s specifically formulated for your skin will keep your pH levels, and your breakouts, in check. Sure it’s an extra investment, but we shudder at the alternative.

Last, but certainly not least, if your skin is in any way sensitive, body creams and washes used on the face can actually cause infection. These usually manifest in the form of a rash. That’s because products developed for the face are designed specifically for that skin. If you use a non-hypoallergenic product on a part of your body other than where it was intended, be prepared for it to come back to bite, or blemish you.
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