My SPF Essentials for Summer

The 3 sunscreens that you need!

Today I partnered with JAFRA to talk about the three types of sunscreen I use for, you guessed it, summer pool/beach days :)
Now, we all know that I’m very pale (I burn in about 15 minutes!), but even if your skin is darker, it’s super, super important to still apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours.  Not all sun damage can be seen on your skin (at least not immediately), so SPF it up, k?
Now here are the three SPFs that you need, from head-to-toe…

A scalp SPF

If you have crazy thick hair and no visible part, then you can skip this one.  For me (and a lot of us), I have fine hair and a visible side part (yes, I’m a millennial and I’m not giving up my side part!), so this is a spot I definitely can’t neglect.  Ugh, I cringe thinking about the time I got sun poisoning on my scalp in high school… that was THE WORST.  I’ll spare you the details but let’s just say there were #oozingblisters and you definitely want to avoid burning your scalp!
I love JAFRA’s new Spray On Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 because, to start, it doesn’t make my hair greasy or sticky.  Aside from that, it’s also great for any hard-to-reach spots if you’re by yourself.  The light tropical scent is also calming and the formula is water-resistant and reef friendly.  I also love that it contains ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E, so I know my skin is also getting hydrated while being protected.

A face SPF

Up next is, of course, your FACE. In my late 30s I appreciate protecting my face more than ever and I’m actually really picky about the sunscreen that I use on my face; I like it to be lightweight but not drying… it also has to have a nice scent and, preferably, also have some antiaging benefits aside from just sun protection.  My latest favorite?  JAFRA Sun Tinted Face Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
As someone with rosacea (aka chronic red cheeks), this face SPF called my name since it’s tinted and will cover my facial redness! The Tinted Face Protector uses JAFRA’s Color Match Technology (yep, it WILL match your skin tone and more on that below) and microencapsulated pigments to blur imperfections with a sheer, natural look and lightweight, water-resistant sun protection.  The face SPF also contains the best ingredients like vitamin E for antioxidant and skin-conditioning, glycerin for moisture, bisabolol to soothe and protect, and elderberry fruit extract for antioxidant age-defying benefits.
But going back to the Color Match tech…I was skeptical at first.  The way it works is that it starts off white when applied to your face but then, as you blend it in, pigments are released and transforms the formula to match your skin tone. It really does work and I’m obsessed.

A body SPF

Lastly, you can’t forget the biggest area that you need SPF protection – your BOD.  And don’t be stingy!  You want to apply at least a shot glass-size of sunscreen every two to three hours.  My favorite: JAFRA Sun Body Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+.  It’s lightweight, reef friendly and water-resistant, just the way we like it J  Aside from that, I loooove that tropical scent that I mentioned earlier and the sunscreen also absorbs super-fast with no white, chalky residue (KEY, am I right?).  With this formula you’re also getting those same good-for-your-skin ingredients like bisabolol, glycerin, vitamin E, Provitamin B5 and elderberry fruit extract! 

Thank you to JAFRA for sponsoring this post!


Father’s Day Gift Guide

The Best JAFRA Gifts for Dad!

April showers bring May flowers... and Mayflowers, of course, bring Pilgrims. [I bet your dad will appreciate that one.] But, more importantly, the arrival of May flowers means that Father's Day is just around the corner!
For me, watching my husband become a father has been one of the greatest joys in my life. Men often know their limits but when those limits are questioned by a small child - their child - their limits suddenly disappear and their abilities, much like their love, becomes boundless. Previously [wonderful] ordinary men become the greatest heroes and storytellers of their time. In their honor, we have scoured JAFRAs fragrance and skin care lines to find some of our favorites for your favorite Fathers!
The Protector
He has protected you for years, always looking out for your best interest and ensuring that you were safe from harm. Now, you can return the favor with our JAFRA Sun Collection.
The Stand-up Guy
He stands up for you, he stands up for work, he stands A LOT. This man is on his feet all the time and those puppies are tired! This amazing Foot Care Trio will make sure that his feet get VIP treatment! 
The Businessman
He might be 'business in the front, party in the back', or he might be all business - but he has always made time to be a great dad. Help dad put his best face forward with the JAFRA ROYAL Men skin care line perfectly formulated to cleanse, soothe, and protect while helping to soften skin and facial hair.
The Adventurer
He has a worldly sense of style and longs for the gentle sea breeze to blow through his hair. He may not have left his house in the last year but every time you hug him, you could swear you smell the salt of the ocean and hear a quiet drum of adventure. Feed his desire for something new with Navîgo Ocean Homme!
The Father of Both
He was blessed with a daughter and a son. We all know that you are his favorite child, and this will be the crowning achievement that will solidify your position - the perfect gift.  How does the Xclusive Duo Bonus Size sound?

Whether you’re celebrating the man who contributed to creating you, a man who had a profound impact on raising you, or a significant male role model in your life now, we would love to help you find the perfect gift for them. If they don't quite fit into one of the roles above, reach out to one of JAFRA's AH-MAZ-ING independent beauty consultants and they can help you curate the perfect Father's Day gift.

JAFRA's Holiday Gift Guide

Tis' the Season to Shop for the Perfect Gift!

Finding the perfect gift can sometimes feel like a game of Where's Waldo?, but with JAFRA you won't need to do any searching to find quality, value, and happiness...all in a cute gift box. This holiday season, consider the qualities that you love most about those on your list and let them guide you to a great present! If you're looking for a gift for someone who is...

Outdoorsy: Protect the ones you love while they explore. The JAFRA Sun Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is long-lasting, its non-greasy spray offers full-coverage, and nourishing protection for face and body. 

Feminine: Flores will wrap them in silky floral scents, sprinkled with luscious Blood Orange, and beautifully rare Brassavola Orchid. A perfectly pink five-petal flower caps this scent - reminiscent of vintage perfume bottles. 

Masculine: Celebrate their irresistible magnetism with Force Magnetique's earthy cedar, sensual lavender, and tempting notes of citrus and ginger. 

Bold: The name of this JAFRA ROYAL Luxury Lipstick shade really says it all: Feeling Fuego. This bold and beautiful color is powered by JAFRA's Royal Jelly RJx technology. It glides on smoothly, provides radiant color, and keeps your lips hydrated.  

Aging gracefully: The JAFRA ROYAL Defy Ritual harnesses the power of Royal Jelly RJx to help skin look younger for longer and protect against future signs of aging. This complete routine will soften skin with avocado oil, reduce wrinkles with peptides, restore moisture with red seaweed, and protect and soothe with superfood support.  

Traditional: Understated beauty is always on trend. Your traditional pals will appreciate the simple shine and subtle color of this glistening nude polish like JAFRA's Beyond Brilliant Shine Nail Lacquer

Hard working: Give the gift of relaxation, rejuvenation, and tranquility with this Dead Sea mineral mud mask. Use on the face and body to deep clean, unclog pores, and remove impurities. 

A perfectionist: The best way to ensure a flawless face is to have the right tools for the job. Gift your perfectionist pal a set of professional make-up brushes so they can blend and detail to their hearts delight. 

A Germaphobe: Keep their hands soft, hydrated, and clean all season long with JAFRA's Daily Advanced Hand Sanitizer.  This fragrance-free gel and aloe-enriched formula will leave their hands fresh and germ-free.

Holiday celebrations may be sparser this year, but they do not have to be without joy. Allow JAFRA to be your ambassador of amor and your cardinal of cheer; send gifts that will have them grinning from ear to ear!


How to Update Your Skin Care Ritual for the Season

As winter’s chilly temps take hold, you’ll likely see unwelcome changes in your skin. Cold, windy weather paired with harsh indoor heating and holiday stress can leave skin parched, while making fine lines and pores more visible. Set on outsmarting Father Winter this year, I asked for skin care help from Dr. Hongjie Cao, JAFRA’s royal jelly expert and Chief Scientific Officer.
Cold winter air generally has a lower humidity level, which can have a snowball effect on skin. Dr. Cao explains, “Water loss from evaporation weakens skin’s barrier function, which leads to more moisture loss. This creates a cycle that impairs skin’s defense system.”
If you’re like me, great skin is always on your wish list. Drinking plenty of water and getting beauty rest will help, but there’s more you can do. Here are Dr. Cao’s top tips for keeping your complexion merry and bright all season.
In winter, skin may become fragile and require extra gentle care. Opt for mild cleansers that remove impurities without stripping. Look for ingredients that have conditioning properties, such as Royal Jelly RJX, as well as ingredients that help retain moisture, such as hyaluronic acid.
Dry winter air leaves skin craving hydration that helps preserve natural protective oils. Enhance your skin care routine with a hydrating serum or face mask that is designed to lock in moisture.
And, if you’re using a lightweight moisturizing lotion, switch to a richer cream formula.
Cloudy winter day? The sun’s rays still get through, and clouds can sometimes even increase UV intensity. Snow, with its highly reflective surface, is another cause for concern. Damage from the sun is proven to contribute to skin aging as well as uneven tone, so broad spectrum sunscreen is essential in every season.
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