Springtime Sun Security

Protect it. Don’t neglect it.

As we move out of winter into the warmer days of spring, it can be easy to forget or neglect sun protection, since the sun feels cooler than in the summer and the mornings can even be cold.  However, even though the sun may not feel as intense, its effects can still be damaging to our skin; causing hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dryness or even skin cancer. Here are some ways to safeguard your skin in the spring sun and beyond:
 
Wear SPF Everyday
If you wake up in the morning and see clouds, it is not a hall pass to skip on sunscreen. In fact, no matter what time of year it is, applying sunscreen is a must to protect your skin. During the winter months you may apply an SPF of 15 or 20. Once springtime hits, be sure to check the expiration date of any sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or above; they may not be as effective if they’re from last year.
 
Adjust Depending on Your Activity
If you are going to work, wearing an SPF of 30 or above on your face might be sufficient. However if you are attending your child’s baseball game, or heading to a pool on spring break, you will need to apply sunscreen from head to toe. It is also important to understand the form of sunscreen you are applying; whether it is a synthetic sunscreen with chemicals such as oxybenzone or avobenzone, or a physical sunblock with ingredients such as zinc or titanium dioxide. Synthetic sunscreens need to be applied at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun in order to be effective. They also tend to be thinner formulas and can spread and blend easily into the skin, which is a plus for daily use under makeup. Physical sunblocks sit on top of the skin and offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays naturally. They tend to be good choices for activities such as beach or pool days.
 
Don’t Forget to Reapply
No matter what form of sunscreen you choose, the most important point is to reapply throughout the day. In the summer while at a pool or a beach, most of us are aware to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. This is just as important during the spring time, especially if you are swimming at a pool or sweating. A good idea is to set your phone alarm for every 2 hours and reapply to protect your skin.  
 
Safe, Stylish Sun Attire
Spring weather is a great time to wear fashion that shields your skin and looks chic at the same time. A long sleeve shirt and wide brimmed hat are ideal to defend your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. At the pool, it might be a rash guard and straw hat, while during lunch with friends it could be a floppy hat paired with a white long sleeve button down shirt and jean

Spring Skin Tips

Skin care routine adjustments to suit the season

Your skin is not only your body’s largest organ, it is also the most sensitive. As a result, it reacts to changes in your environment and this includes the weather. Every season requires a new approach to caring for your complexion. Here are our tips for springing ahead with skin care.

Clear the Deck
You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? Well it applies to beauty products, too. Before you think about what new goodies to add, now is the perfect time to get rid of any products that are more than six months old. We don’t always think of cosmetics as having a shelf life, but they do. The longer they sit, the more likely they are to get contaminated, which can irritate your skin  more than help it. So evaluate your makeup bag and prepare for some new, exciting additions!

Winter Clean-Up
Scrub away the last signs of winter with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliating helps combat aging and keeps your skin soft. Remember, nothing too harsh; outdated bead or shell-powered exfoliators are a no-go. However, if you’re checking ingredients, a little glycolic acid goes a long way.

Lighten the Load
When spring gets here, dial it back on the moisturizer. Winter’s chill creates dry, itchy skin that requires heavy duty moisturizers. Now that spring is here, dense, salve-style moisturizers will only weigh you down and clog your pores. Opt instead for moisturizers that are light, but nutrient rich to nourish your skin and help enhance your glow.

Protect yourself!
While the cool air may make you feel otherwise, damaging UV rays are out in full force, and no one wants to age faster than they should. Remember, the sun may feel good on your face, but without an SPF of 30 or higher, it will wreak havoc on your complexion, accelerating the signs of aging. Protect your youthful look by applying sunscreen daily before your foundation. 

Operation: Rapunzel

Tips to strengthen and lengthen your hair

As women get older, some of their biggest beauty complaints are related to hair that is thinning, breaking or just won’t grow. There are many factors that can cause hair issues; from hormones (pregnancy or stages of menopause), to damage from excessive heat-styling, to using the wrong products. Here are some tips to help your tresses grow long and strong.

Treat Your Scalp
Like all living things in this world, your hair and scalp need TLC. Stimulating your scalp with a massage can help increase blood flow and provide the foundation for healthy hair growth. Once a week, take the time to apply a scalp and hair conditioning treatment, such as JAFRA Spa Scalp Massage and Hair Treatment. After shampooing your hair, apply the treatment to your hair from root to end. Next, spend a few minutes massaging your scalp. Enhance your treatment by wearing a shower cap or warm towel over hair for at least 10 minutes to seal in moisture. Cool It Down.

Frequent heat styling is enough to cause dry, damaged hair. Wash your hair every other day depending on your hair type, so your tresses can get a break from the heat. If you absolutely have to wash your hair, try washing it at night and styling it in the morning when it’s almost dry. You can also use a microfiber towel to remove as much water as possible to reduce drying time. Before using a hair dryer, be sure to apply a protective product, like JAFRA Hair Detangling Shine Spray, which contains vitamins, oils and butters to help detangle, strengthen and condition your hair. If you have split ends, grab some JAFRA Split-End Hair Repair Capsules to help repair your stands and prevent further breakage.

Take It Easy
One way that hair can become damaged is  keeping it pulled into a tight ponytail or bun too frequently. If you wear your hair up most of the time, be sure that your hair is dry and moisturized before styling. Use a hair band that is elastic and free of metal clasps. After styling, use a serum or shine spray to keep fly aways at bay. Another way to reduce breakage is switching to a satin or silk pillowcase. The soft, smooth fabric prevents tangling and breakage, especially if your hair type is more coarse.

Hair Foods
Beauty truly does start from the inside out, so try eating foods that can benefit your health, and your hair along with it. Foods like salmon, nuts, and berries are high in vital beauty nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. You can even talk to your doctor about a multivitamins designed to improve your hair and skin.

5 Rules for Saving Your Skin’s Most Vulnerable Area

How to Protect the Skin Around Your Eyes

The skin around your eyes is different from the skin on other parts of your face and body. Since it is thinner and lacks as many oil glands as, say, your nose or forehead, it is more fragile and more easily damaged. It’s no coincidence that we show signs of aging first around the eyes.
 
For perspective, consider this: On average, the skin around your eyes is .05 millimeters thick, whereas on the soles of the feet it is as much as 5 millimeters thick—the eye area is one hundred times as thin, in other words. No wonder it doesn’t stand up well to rubbing, pulling, and harsh cleansing!
 
As with many things in life, it’s easier to prevent damage to that delicate skin than to try to fix it afterward, so here are 5 rules that will help you save your face’s most vulnerable area:
 
Hands off.
The less you pull and rub the skin around your eye area, the longer the skin holds onto its youthful elasticity, meaning less premature sagging and wrinkling.
 
If you have nasal allergies that make your eyes itch, troublesome contact lenses, or a bad habit of rubbing your eyes frequently, address the problem and fix it!
 
Sunglasses, always.
It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing: If you are outside during the day, you are being exposed to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Sunny or hazy, UV rays get through to damage the skin.
 
Your first line of defense is a pair of sunglasses appropriate to the weather conditions. Make sure the lens and frame are large enough to fully cover the undereye area. Wrapped styles are best for fully sheltering the skin from exposure.
 
Bonus: Protecting the eye itself from UV exposure slows down the formation of sight-stealing cataracts.
 
Wear sunscreen.
After your sunglasses, your second line of defense against UV exposure is an SPF of at least 30. Apply a small amount of sunscreen carefully around the eye socket, avoiding the eyelids. Pat it on gently, don’t rub.
 
Skip exfoliation.
Don’t use products that contain exfoliating grains, foaming cleansers, or use any kind of scrubbing tool around the eye. This isn’t a part of your face that needs a lot of cleansing, other than makeup removal.
 
Find a remover formula that will allow you to wipe away the day’s makeup with only one or two swipes. A drop or two of baby oil or similar product on a damp cotton pad works well. You might even consider using a drop of baby shampoo on a wet cotton swab to wipe along the eyelash line, because this has the added benefit of helping to prevent the irritating inflammatory eyelid condition known as blepharitis.
 
Once your eye makeup is off, continue with your normal evening beauty ritual.
 
Choose the right products.
You want to use a richer, creamier specialty formulation around the eye because of the skin’s dearth of oil glands there. Opt for eye crèmes that boost hydration, since this area needs extra moisture. It’s when you are dehydrated that dark eye circles are most noticeable.
 
Likewise, look for a product that contains peptides, protein molecules that help rebuild the natural collagen, improving firmness and minimizing wrinkles.
 
It’s fine to use products that reduce undereye puffiness or darkness, too, but pat them on very gently with the tip of your finger rather than vigorously massaging them in.
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