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What Your Skin Tells You About Your Health

Most rashes, blemishes and odd patches that show up on our skin are just what they look like—superficial irritations caused by allergens, harmless bug bites or friction that heal on their own. But not always.
Some changes to the skin can indicate serious health problems. Here are five diseases with skin symptoms you should know about:
Hepatitis C. This dangerous blood-borne disease rarely has obvious symptoms until it’s done serious damage to the liver. The chronic viral infection is most common in Baby Boomers, less so in younger generations.
Although it doesn’t appear in most cases, one of the few visible warning signs of the disease is a raised, purplish rash (palpable purpura) that usually appears on the lower legs. The feet and legs may swell as well. If you notice an unusual rash like this, see a doctor. Hepatitis C is now curable, but can cause death if untreated.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This endocrine-system condition is fairly common in women of child-bearing age. It’s not contagious and no one knows why it occurs, but it’s often associated with tenacious acne (especially on the jawline) as well as thinning scalp hair.
PCOS is a serious disorder that can cause long-term metabolic and cardiovascular problems, so see a gynecologist or endocrinologist if you suspect you have it. There is no cure, but there are effective treatments for the specific symptoms.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Not all bug bites are harmless - in certain parts of North and South America, ticks carry the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This is an acute illness characterized initially by fever and headache and can be life-threatening.
The greatest risk is when a person doesn’t know or remember that they were bitten, which can slow diagnosis and treatment. Not everyone develops a rash, but those who do, first show pink spots that don’t itch on the wrists, forearms and ankles. Later, the rash may intensify, but it is critical to get treated with antibiotics before that happens.
Thyroid disease. Women suffer disproportionately from thyroid problems, especially as they get older. One of the telltale signs that the thyroid isn’t doing its job is dry, itchy skin—even eczema. An underactive thyroid can also reveal itself with brittle nails and thinning hair.
Because thyroid disease affects the whole body, you need to get it treated by an experienced endocrinologist. It can’t be cured, but medication can replace the missing thyroid hormone.
Toxic shock syndrome. Like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, toxic shock syndrome is an acute bacterial illness that needs immediate treatment. It is characterized by fever, headache, and a distinctive red rash all over the body, although the sunburn-like condition may be harder to recognize in darker skinned people.
Because the immune-response syndrome is associated with the use of super-absorbent tampons, it affects women in much larger numbers, although the types of strep and staph bacteria that cause it can also get into the body via surgery or other medical procedures or wounds. If you think you may have it, go to the emergency room immediately so you can be treated with antibiotics.
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Life in the Fast Lane

Have you ever told a friend, “I am sooo crazy busy!” not once, but over and over again? Perhaps you are managing work, family, children, household and volunteering, and neglecting yourself? This is a familiar scenario to most women that drives many to burn out. Without realizing it while it’s happening, the stresses of daily life can take a toll on our mind, body and health. Chronic-stress can also lead us to shut out our friends and family and lose our motivation. Here are some signs that you are headed for a burn-out and need to slow down…
You are tired…all the time
On the path to burn-out is never-ending exhaustion. You are likely to feel tired all the time, but cannot understand why. This fatigue can lead to poor health habits such as drinking too much coffee, alcohol and not exercising.
You are… irritable and weepy
You know you love your children and family, but you might find yourself snapping at them for no reason. You might lash out at the barista at your favorite coffee shop for using low-fat milk instead of non-fat or you may yell at your assistant at work. Uncontrollable irritability is a sign that you are over-whelmed and over-tired. Related is crying for no reason; you might find yourself teary-eyed on a regular basis.

You have….physical symptoms
In the past you might have had the occasional headache, but now you seem to have them all the time. You might notice your back hurting or other pains in other areas of your body. Constant, unresolved stress can cause physical symptoms, whether due to the stress replacing itself in your body or due to lack of exercise and poor posture. Other indicators are insomnia and lack of appetite, all which can do further harm to your psyche.

What can you do?
The first step to over-coming burn-out is to acknowledge that you are on this path. The next step is understanding that you cannot do it all - for example, if the dishes aren’t done, it is not the end of the world, but getting to bed earlier or maybe reading a book to your child is more important. So many women try to do it all; the pressure they put on themselves is intense.

You can also join a support group; maybe it’s a working moms group or maybe it’s a group that is not only taking care of their children, but taking care of aging parents as well. Sharing stories or resources can be a benefit to everyone.

Another simple way to reduce burn-out is to incorporate meditation into your daily life, even if it is just for 5 minutes. Sitting still with a quiet mind may seem difficult, but over time you will see the benefits of calming your thoughts. 
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Dare To Go Bare and Be Beautiful

Have you ever seen a woman look so gorgeous and polished, yet it seemed like she was wearing no makeup on at all? Chances are she had a face full of cosmetics on to create the illusion of a perfectly bare face. Here are some tips to help you pull off the same minimal makeup look for yourself:

Prep your face

Your first step is to gently exfoliate your face so your makeup glides on effortlessly. Look for a creamy exfoliating scrub to slough away any dry, dull skin, leaving behind a smooth texture primed for perfection.

Go sheer with your base

A natural bare face will tend to have some shine to it, so choose your base products wisely. A good trick is to blend a few drops your favorite foundation with your daily moisturizer; you can add more drops if you feel like you need more coverage.

Conceal where needed

Using a concealer brush, apply a creamy, blendable concealer strategically around your face. You can focus on dark circles under your eyes and spot treat any blemishes.

Naturally tint your cheeks

A cream blush in a warm peach or toffee tone applied to your cheeks will add subtle color to your face without being obvious. Be sure to choose a cream formula, which will be easier to blend into your skin, either with your fingers or a makeup sponge.

Go nude on your eyes and lips

Now is the time to be a nudist… with your eyeshadow and lip color that is! Look for an eyeshadow in a similar color to your skin and sweep across your lids. Next, line and fill in your lips using a nude lip pencil; top off with a moisturizing lip balm.

Polish off your face

The final steps to your no-makeup face might seem counter-intuitive, but they involve mascara and an eye brow pencil. For a natural, wide-eyed look, apply 1-2 coats of mascara and use an eyelash comb to separate your lashes. Next, focus on your eyebrows. Groomed, full eyebrows will enhance your face with or without makeup. Start by combing brows upwards with a spooley brush and then use light, feathery strokes to fill in brows with a very sharp eyebrow pencil. Finish by combing brows again to blend the color through.
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Denim Watch 2016

A tried and true wardrobe staple, denim has everything we love – style, comfort and versatility. Now, more than ever, this long familiar fabric goes far beyond every day jeans – with denim options available in everything from swimwear to shoes. So, whether you’re ready to rock a denim dress or trying to figure out what to wear with your favorite skinnies, here’s a round-up on the latest looks!

Boyfriend jeans

Loose-fitting, maybe a little torn, definitely worn in and cut somewhere at or above the ankle (or cuffed to be there) these are definitely this year’s standby. Equally at home with a t-shirt and sneakers as they are with a blouse or button down and heels, boyfriend jeans are universally flattering (especially since they come in different rises) and just of the moment enough that you’ll be on trend without being too cutesy.

Shirt dresses

From the classic denim button down (pressed and perfect or loose and lived in) to this year’s borderline craze level crop tops, denim shirts have been all the rage for a few seasons. This year, however, they’ve been joined by the denim shirt dress, a surprisingly chic option that’s also available in a range of styles from tailored to boxy. That means there’s no reason you can’t wear denim on all kinds of occasions you’d never have previously considered. Throw on a wide-brimmed hat and woven sandals to head off to the weekend farmer’s market. Transition to the office with a sleek belt and dressy flats. The options are endless.

One piece items

You’ve probably noticed overalls are back – though thankfully not exactly in 90’s form (a.k.a. engulfing anyone who dared to don them). Instead, 2016’s one-pieces are more form-fitting and include shorts, pants, dresses and combos that actually look like two pieces. The result is a more grown up take on the trend that can be fun for all ages.

Cut offs

And finally, what summer denim piece would be complete without cut offs? Not this one. And with good reason. This year’s trend is special because length, rise and style vary with equal results. From trim and high-waisted to distressed and mid-rise, the key is your body type. Hint: it may even be time for that denim miniskirt! The bottom line with this fabric in all incarnations is to work what works for you! 
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Denim Watch 2016

The Fab Five: What’s Hot in September

We’ve clearly got skin care on the brain because this month’s fabulous five is comprised of mostly products that move your lackluster dull skin into the vibrant zone in a pinch. And ending on an even higher note, our list of Fabulous Five ends with a celebration of our crowning achievement - a state of the art gel-finish nail lacquer that makes every at-home mani an event to look forward to.   
When fine lines and blotchiness have taken up valuable real estate on your face, JAFRA Gold Intensive Retinol Capsules is to the rescue. Developed to address the needs of women with Skin Age 50+, each individually-wrapped, one-dose capsule contains the purest form of Vitamin A, also known as retinol, to help soften your skin, minimize skin discoloration, and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

If you’re a woman who has given up all hope of finding a solution to hydrate her severely H20-starved skin, look no further than the healing wonders of Royal Jelly Vitamin Infusions Extra Hydration Serum with Vitamin E. This serum works overtime to help your skin hold moisture by injecting it with immediate soothing and concentrated hydration for up to 24 hours. Another added benefit? The Vitamin E neutralizes the effects of pollution. Take that harmful pollutants!

The perfect pairing for end-of-day makeup face is with Brightening Dynamics Revitalizing Pearl Cleanser - a gentle powder that contains crushed pearls that gently removes impurities as it buffs your skin to a brighter, more healthy-looking complexion. Simply use a quarter-sized amount of this cleanser morning and night to revitalize and refresh your skin.

Before leading into this next Fab Five product, answer this question – do you have deep forehead lines and crow’s feet? If the answer is yes, then you need to run, not walk to your consultant and buy JAFRA PRO Dermal Line Filler to help improve their appearance, and all without the help of a doctor’s needle prick! JAFRA PRO Dermal Line Filler is a concentrated gel treatment that works on all skin types to plump and lift fine lines around your eyes, nose, and forehead on contact, immediately smoothing their appearance. 
And now to what you’ve all been waiting for…introducing Beyond Brilliant Gel Nail Lacquers (2 Step System). If it’s long-lasting color you want with a gel-like flawless finish to boot, then keep reading. This nail lacquer 2-step system gives your nails salon-quality treatment because it contains Pro UV-Technology to seal in color, not with an ultra violet lamp, but under natural light. No lamp needed! Simply apply this quick-drying formula and enjoy days of high-shine brilliance that is resistant to breakage.
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