THE FIX FOR WINTER SKIN WOES

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.
 
TIP #1: RETHINK YOUR CLEANSER
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.
 
TIP #2: LAYER ON THE MOISTURE
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.
 
TIP #3: NEVER SKIMP ON SPF PRODUCTS
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.

Wild Child Nail DIY

Five steps to new nails with influencer Jamie Stone

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always very into animal print nails. That said, you don’t want to go too crazy…which is why I love a subtle snakeskin. You can easily do this (believe me, I’m certainly not a professional nail artist!) and you can even mix up the colors depending on what you’re feeling or what you have available.

Here I chose a really subtle gold and red combo but I also love doing a snake print with green and yellow!  Here’s the easy five-step process to create your own DIY snakeskin nails: 



Step 1: Apply 1-2 coats of JAFRA Wanderlove Hot Spot Gel Nail Lacquer in Yellow Brick Road.
 
Step 2: Use a small square of tulle (or a mesh poof sponge!) and cover each nail, one at a time.
 
Step 3: Once you hold down the netting, lightly apply Wanderlove Gel Nail Lacquer in Puebla to your nails.
 
Step 4: Use the netting to dab the Puebla color, creating a snakeskin-like look.
 
Step 5: Apply a clear top coat and let dry.

That's it! Now your nails have just enough of a wild child vibe. :) 

Beauty Solutions: Brushing Up

Learn how to treat your makeup brushes right

Beauty Solutions takes on your most common beauty problems and dishes out knowledge and tips on how to deal with them. Keep a look out for new Beauty Solutions articles to see which beauty question we answer next!
 
Question: How do I clean my makeup brushes?      
We know cleaning your brushes can be a time consuming and kind of annoying task, but did you know you can get a staph infection from a dirty makeup brush? Brushes that you use to apply powders to your skin can build up oil and bacteria in between the bristles. Plus, clean brushes make you less prone to breakouts. 

Keep your makeup brushes sanitary and in good condition by washing them gently with soap or baby shampoo in lukewarm water. Then, shape the bristles and lay them flat on a towel to dry. There are also machines and other gadget options for professional disinfection available online. Clean the brushes that you use daily often and always clean them before using them on someone else. 

Last but not least, if you’re looking to start fresh with new makeup brushes, our new makeup brush set is super soft and designed for easy application. Stay beautiful and keep those brushes clean!

High-Tech Beauty

See what's to come for the future of beauty

Although the best beauty endeavors may be zero-tech, we have to acknowledge that technology is relevant in beauty; from anti-aging to bad hair and all the beauty maladies in between. Here are some of the best high-tech beauty gadgets that promise to solve your biggest beauty challenges. 
 
The New Face of Beauty Masks
The mask of the future is here! Foreo’s UFO is a hand-held device that combines LED light therapy (age-defying red, brightening green, and acne-fighting blue), cryotherapy and thermotherapy (cold and hot, respectively), and T-sonic pulsations. The kicker? This less-mess process takes a total of 90 seconds!

Skin Upgrade
This little gadget is the jam. The Lancer Microcurrent Power Boost is a little gold wand (no, it's not solid Gold; it’s Germanium) and the brainchild of celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer. It helps stimulate collagen production by gently massaging skin with an electrical field that activates the underlying facial muscles, improving circulation. 
 
Quick Dry
The Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer or as I like to call it, the Holy Grail of hair drying, is groundbreaking. It dries hair unbelievably fast and has incredible temperature control. It’s also extremely lightweight, which is great for those of us with a little more to dry up top. 
 
Lighten Up on Acne 
The FDA-approved reVive Poof is a tiny hand-held on-the-go device. It uses medical-grade LED light to destroy acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and minimize pores. This quick treatment is small enough to slip into a backpack or purse and reduces swelling, purifies the skin, and stabilizes oil glands, too!
 
Brushing Up on the Cutting Edge
Keep your brushes (and your face) clean with the new StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer. Just mix the StylPro Cleansing Solution with water in the specially designed bowl, give your brushes a quick dip and watch the your brushes clean and dry in seconds. 
 
Surreal Sun Care
A manicure that can save you from sunburn? La Roche-Posay recently debuted UV Sense, adhesive nail art that tracks your UV exposure. Combined with an app, UV Sense provides sun info that tells you when to get in the shade or apply more sunscreen. It will be available on a limited basis this summer and a global launch is coming next year
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