Beauty Inside & Out: Mango and Avocado Breakfast Smoothie

Fight wrinkles with a smoothie at day break

Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles featuring foods that will leave your skin looking gorgeous. They were all created with Thermomix, the world’s most intelligent multifunction kitchen appliance; one that we’ve fallen head over heels for! Start your day off right with this smoothie that fights wrinkles and morning drag using the same Manuka Honey found in our JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual products.
 
Mango and Avocado Breakfast Smoothie
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
You’ll Need:
  • 1 lime, peeled, white pith and pits removed
  • 4 oz. (¾ cup) mango, cut in pieces
  • 1 small avocado, cut in pieces (approx. 4 oz.)
  • 10 oz. (1¼ cup) coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Manuka Honey
Directions:
For a standard blender, add ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
For Thermomix , place lime, mango, avocado, coconut milk and Manuka honey in the Thermomix mixing bowl and blend for 1 min with the speed set at 10. Serve immediately. Add toasted coconut flakes for a tasty extra touch.
 
The Beautiful Benefits:
Mangos contain fatty acids moisturize and soften your skin cells. Avocados have a lot of skin protecting antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. They work together to prevent wrinkles and slow down signs of aging. Vitamin C is necessary for the creation of elastin and collagen, which are responsible for binding skin cells together to keep them firm. Avocados are a great source of vitamin C in addition to other compounds that keep your skin safe from wrinkle-creating free radicals. Manuka honey reduces redness and soothes inflamed skin while helping it hold in moisture. It also oxygenates your pores and draws out bacteria to give you some extra help in acne-prone areas.

Mind Tricks

5 Ways to Keep Your Mind on Its A-Game

We all know that our brains don’t always stay as sharp as time goes on. However, scientific advances in the last decade or so have shown that not all loss is permanent. Just like the muscles that make up our bodies, our most important organ benefits from being stretched and strengthened. Translation? Treat your brain right and it will return the favor. Want to keep your mind on it’s A-game? We’ve got a few tips:
 
Get Your Zzz’s…
Contrary to our workaholic, 24-7 culture, burning the midnight oil doesn’t lead to increased productivity. In fact, skipping sleep guarantees the increased likelihood of error, whether it’s your big presentation or operating your car safely. Turns out, few things have a more detrimental effect on your brain or your health in general than long-term sleep deprivation. Getting 7 to 8 hours nightly helps manage your hunger levels, boosts your immune system and sharpens your memory.
 
Connect Mind & Body
You may not realize it, but your body is an integral part of how you think. In other words, how you move your body and how you interact with the world around you have an impact on your thoughts – and on your brain’s health. Exercise is obviously important, but before you go start training to become a tri-athlete, consider that incorporating regular movement into your day (like a walk at lunchtime or a quick stretch before bed), can also have a positive effect.  
 
Turn Eastward (and Inward)
Practicing yoga and meditation not only help strengthen the mind body connection, they’re proven to help clear our heads and make us more present. Clarity like this has immense benefits, including improved problem solving and a tranquil mind.
 
Train Your Brain
Brain teasers (games like chess, soduku or attending a weekly trivia night) are the equivalent of a trip to the gym for your gray matter. These types of exercises keep you feeling young, strengthen your memory and helps stave off Alzheimer’s.
 

Spring Back

4 ways to recharge for spring

Spring is almost here and it’s an exciting time to revive ourselves after a long winter. Warmer weather, nature blooming and birds singing are motivation to refresh our mind, body and home. Here are 5 things to freshen up your life for the transition to spring:
 
Plan a Closet Clean-Out
We know that cleaning is usually not an exciting activity, but spring cleaning is a great way to toss what’s old to create a clean, peaceful environment. Start by going through your closet to pull out the items you never wear anymore. You can donate things that aren’t too worn or organize a clothing swap with your besties! Ask a group of stylish friends to bring unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories and plan a night where everyone comes over to refresh their look with something new (to them). As the saying goes, one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure. You can donate whatever is left at the end of the night to charity.
 
Bring Your Skin Out of Hibernation
Spring is a crucial time for exfoliating your face and body. Removing dry, rough skin creates the perfect foundation for your spring skincare to penetrate and properly moisturize your skin. Start by cleansing your face thoroughly with a spin brush, like JAFRA’s Face and Body Cleansing System, which has two brush heads for your face and body. Next, use a gentle microdermabrasion cream, such as JAFRA’s Microdermabrasion Cream with Jojoba beads and Crushed Bamboo to give yourself a professional-style facial treatment at home. Finish with a moisturizing serum, try JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Vitamin Infusions Extra Hydration Serum with Vitamin E to glow right into the next season.
 
Update Your Look
For Spring 2018, the “no-makeup” look is still in style, but you can take it to the next level with ultra-dewy cheeks and eyes. First, use a lightweight foundation, like JAFRA’s Long Wear Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20. It’s light, airy formula will give you a matte finish. Next, apply highlighter starting at your brow bones and going upward towards your temples. JAFRA White Soufflé Highlighter which will brighten and add moisture to your skin. For your eyes, you have 2 trendy choices for spring; a sweep of metallic bronze or glittering gold eyeshadow. Finish with a slightly winged cat-eye for understated drama. JAFRA’s Felt Tip Eyeliner is a quick-dryin, smudge-proof option.
 
Love Your Mani/Pedi
While your makeup maybe gorgeously understated, your manicure will not be. This spring, the manicure is all about brights and neons. First, pamper your hands so they’re soft and supple to show off spring’s in-your-face colors. Try JAFRA’s Hand Scrub with Jojoba Beads to gently lift dead skin while hydrating your hands with plant oils. Follow up with JAFRA’s Day Care for Hands Broad Spectrum SPF 15, to moisturize and protect your hands from the sun.

Now, the fun part. When it comes to polish this spring, anything goes! Try a bold metallic on your nails and balance it out with a gorgeous neutral on your toes. Cover all of your bases with JAFRA’s limited edition Sweet & Chic Topping Trio Nail Lacquer in Sweet

My Funny Valentine

How to have fun for this lovey-dovey holiday

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the pressure is on to plan a special date with their significant other. But what about those of us who are single? Valentine’s Day isn’t just for love birds. Grab your friends (unattached or not) and celebrate each other! Here are some tips to have a fabulous, fun Galentine’s Day!
 
Send Grown-up Cards
Do you remember bringing your adorable paper Valentine’s Day cards to school? Well keep up the tradition and send your favorite friends cute Valentine’s Day cards. You can buy card packs or even make your own; add special touches like glitter or stickers to glam them up. Inside each card, write a special note about why you cherish your pal. Your friends will love receiving a hand-written card, it’s way more meaningful than a text.
 
Have a Beauty Bash
Valentine’s Day dates mean dressing up and making yourself feel pretty and sexy! Invite your friends over for an evening of makeup and glamour and then paint the town red (starting with your lips). Ask your friends to wear their favorite dress to go out in, but come over sans makeup. Lay out your collection of eyeshadows, lipsticks, glosses, nail polish and perfume and finish your looks together! One perfect collection to try is JAFRA’s Sweet and Chic Collection. The colors are perfect for a fun night out with your favorites!
 
Arrange a Dinner
While Galentine’s Day is traditionally celebrated on February 13th, there is no reason February 14th can’t be Galentine’s Day as well. Make a dinner reservation at your favorite restaurant for your friends and ask each guest to bring a flower of their choice. Bring a vase to the restaurant and place it on the table; each friend can add their flower to create a bouquet symbolizing your friendship, support and love for each other.

Visit the Lonely
It’s important to appreciate our friends, especially because some of us don’t have the opportunity. Valentine’s Day is about love and delivering happiness; not just to those we know, but to strangers as well.  So gather your friends and visit an elderly home or homeless shelter and bring Valentine’s Day cards and treats to the people who could use a lot of love. You might make a new friend and it’s sure to make your heart swell. Who knows, this might end up being your best Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day ever! 
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