Thank You, Women

Businesswomen and innovators that changed beauty forever

Where would beauty be without the amazing minds of women? For Women’s History Month, we’re shedding a spotlight on a few of the women who have made our beauty lives easier and inspired us with their success in the process.
Lyda D. Newman
A hairdresser by trade, inventor and suffragist Lyda D. Newman patented a new and improved hairbrush in 1898. Newman designed a brush that was durable, easy to clean, easy to make and provided ventilation during brushing.

When Newman wasn’t working in her hair salon, she was busy being a pillar of the Suffrage movement of the early 1900s. We have this beauty enthusiast and activist to thank for the synthetic bristle brushes we still use today.

Lydia O' Leary
Lydia O’Leary was an inventor who wanted acceptance and opportunity. She was born with a large, raspberry-colored port wine stain that covered a considerable portion of face and often received looks from strangers. After graduating from college in 1921, it was suggested that she look for work as a sales associate in New York City, but despite her qualifications, stores rejected her from front-counter jobs because of her birthmark.
O’Leary later took a job painting cards. It was a simple painting mistake at work that gave her the idea for her invention. After some trial, error and a little help from a local chemist, she created a makeup foundation that could effectively cover her birthmark. In 1932, Lydia O’Leary became the first and only person to ever receive a patent for a makeup foundation product.
Madame C.J. Walker
Madam C.J. Walker was a developer of hair products and the first female African-American millionaire. She was born to former slaves on a cotton plantation in Louisiana, and by the time she was 20, she had lost both parents and a husband. When she began to lose her hair from the straightening methods of the time, she invented a conditioning formula made of shampoo and pomade to straighten her hair. With that, Walker had invented a new method for hair straightening.

She began manufacturing and selling Madam C.J. Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower as well as 16 other products. She went door-to-door giving beauty treatments as her sales pitch and trained others to sell her product as she did. Before her death in 1919, she had more than 2,000 “Walker Agents” selling her line of products. Walker also opened a chain of beauty salons and a beauty school called Leila College.

Lydia Pinkham
In 1875, teacher, women’s rights activist and abolitionist Lydia Estes Pinkham, turned her humble herbal home remedies into a lucrative business. She was deemed a crusader for women's health at a time when women's issues were not readily discussed in the medical community. As a result, she was both revered and persecuted for her frank discussions about women’s health. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound became one of the best-known patent medicines of the 19th century and one of the most successful products ever marketed for women. There are still remedies stamped with Pinkham's name available at drugstores today.
Jan Day
Janice Tripp Eldredge was born in 1919. After college, she took a job in Publicity (the PR of the day), where she met her future husband, Frank Day. Soon after getting married, Jan and Frank realized they did not want to have the kind of jobs where someone else determined how much they earned.
After some success in door-to-door sales, they set out to establish, “a company with a heart” and JAFRA (Jan + Frank) was born. They started from scratch, creating a high-quality product (Royal Jelly) and investing in hard working people who loved what they were doing. Today, hundreds of thousands of JAFRA Consultants and millions of skincare customers around the world have benefitted from Jan and Frank’s mission. 

Love Your Skin

Best products and rituals to pamper yourself with

For this article, we’re sticking to the surface with self-love! Why not take this opportunity to show your skin some affection? Pour yourself a bath and follow these five steps to lovelier skin:
1. Start at the Top
The best part of any trip to the spa is the scalp massage. Bring the luxury home with a Scalp Massage and Hair Treatment. Your scalp is skin too, so it needs moisture like Shea Butter, vitamins and wheat protein. Soak in the tub and let the aromatherapy take hold as you hydrate and relax from head to toe.
2. Get Dirty
It’s not necessarily fancy, but faces love mud. There’s nothing like a good Dead Sea Mud Musk with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins to get your skin going. It’s a time-honored way to purify, unclog pores and slough off dead skin cells. In fact, don’t stop at your face, get your neck and décolletage in the mix as well!
3. Body of Evidence
No night of pampering would be complete without showing neglected skin the love it needs. Don’t leave the tub without using some Ginger & Sea Salt Body Rub first. The sea salt will gently exfoliate while moisture-rich ginger root extract hydrates thirsty skin.
4. Give Yourself a Hand 
Take your at-home spa experience up a notch – especially during hold weather --with a hand scrub. JAFRA’s Hand Scrub with Jojoba Beads exfoliates, repairs and moisturizes skin with soybean and olive oil. Potent antioxidants keep your hands looking young and Vitamin B gets in deep to help sooth chapped or cracked hands. It’s the perfect prevention of premature aging before you say goodnight.
5. Seal It In
After all that exfoliating and soaking, you need a great moisturizer to lock in the benefits. Towel off and put on some Royal Jelly Extra Soothing Balm. It has Manuka honey, cacao butter, and of course, Royal Jelly, to soothe skin in seconds. For your hands, apply Night Care for Hands, made with Shea, cocoa and red mango seed butters to hydrate and condition your hands and cuticles. It leaves behind the ever-so-relaxing scent of saffron and lavender to take you right to dreamland, happy and hydrated. 

Same Tricks, New Skin

Old beauty tricks to keep in your routine

As a new season approaches, we’re taking stock of our beauty dos and donts; making a list of what works and what doesn’t. Here are some of the tried and true ingredients and treatments that made the cut:
Go for the Gold
Gold has been used for beauty treatments by the Romans, Egyptians and Japanese for centuries. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to restore skin’s firmness. It has been said that Cleopatra used a gold mask every night to maintain her complexion and give her glowing, radiant skin. Each evening, apply a serum infused with gold ferment to your skin, such as JAFRA’s Gold Dynamics Ultra Nourishing Gold Gel, to help regenerate dormant skin cells and refine your skin’s texture. Consider treating your skin to one of these luxuriously beneficial treatments this year.
Take a Dip in the Mud
Another ancient beauty treatment that has made it through the ages is the use of Dead Sea Mud. Another favorite of Cleopatra and Queen Sheba, Dead Sea mud has a high concentration of minerals (more than any in the world) as well as anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It’s great at removing dirt and toxins from the skin. Try a full body mud mask treatment, like JAFRA’s Mud Mask, which contains Dead Sea mineral mud and antioxidants to clean deep and remove impurities.
Find Your Oil
Though beauty oils have become popular again in the last few years, they’ve been used throughout history. The ancient Greeks used olive oil to moisturize their skin and hair; just as we do today. Not only does olive oil provide penetrating moisture, it also contains strong antioxidants that can help the skin renew itself after damage from environmental stressors. Similarly, almond oil has been used since pre-Biblical times to keep skin soft and supple. Pamper your skin this year with body treatments infused with these tried and true oils, such as JAFRA’s Royal Olive Body Oil and Lotion or JAFRA’s Royal Almond Rich Body Oil.
Live Like a Queen (Bee)
Royal Jelly is a substance produced by worker bees to feed to the queen bee in a hive. It is why she is larger and stronger than the rest of the bees. Royal Jelly contains complex B vitamins, minerals and enzymes and has antibiotic and antibacterial properties that make it helpful in scar treatment. It was used for health and beauty by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians (Cleopatra was a beauty boss!) and by rulers in Asia. This year, take your beauty to the next level by incorporating this miracle ingredient into your skin care regimen. Try JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Ritual products, which contain their exclusive RoyalActive Peptide. The Royal Jelly Global Longevity Balm is a great test run for falling in love with this natural wonder. 

Beauty Picks 2018

Must have products for the New Year

2018 may have just begun, but there’s already a host of new and exciting beauty must-haves. For a heads up on what’s hot, look no further than this pretty little list right here.
Golden Glow
First and foremost, highlighter is here to stay. Glowing, iridescent skin is everywhere this year, but this time, gold is your go-to. It’s an extremely versatile shade that works on any complexion. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with other metallics, either! All shades remain on trend for 2018, including shimmering, futuristic lipsticks.
All Lined Up
Good news, liner lovers! Black eyeliner is making a high-drama splash for 2018, especially the liquid variety. Lay it on thick top to bottom or go for a classic cat eye if you’re feeling chic. The trick this year is to round off your wing, instead of going for a sharp, straight line.
Major Mascara
When it comes to lashes, 2018 is not for understatements. High volume mascara has made a serious comeback, gracing the faces of every model in sight. If you’re feeling adventurous, embrace a Twiggy-inspired, chunky lash look. It’s not quite sixties hippie, but it’s just enough of a throwback to feel fresh and exciting.
Between the Sheets
2017 was the year of the sheet mask and complexions the world over will be eternally grateful. Now, you can enjoy the same rejuvenation for your hair. Hair sheet masks give your tresses a powerful dose of hydration and a new line of moist wipes instantly infuse your locks with beneficial vitamins and nutrients!
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