Beauty and the Beach

Hit the beach with your beauty essentials in-toe

One of the best parts of summertime is being able to have fun at the beach, whether you’re  at home or on vacation. Feeling the warm sun embrace your body, listening to the waves and feeling sand between your toes is essential to a relaxing summer. However, your beauty regimen needs to adjust to the beach; not only do you want to feel pretty, but it is vital to protect your face, body and hair from the effects of the sun and ocean. Here are some tips to feel like a beach babe:

Beach Body
Let’s face it- at the beach you will most likely be wearing a bathing suit; which means you need to get your body ready to be seen! The night before going to the beach, exfoliate your skin with a body brush (one to try is JAFRA’s Face and Body Cleansing System, which comes with a specific body brush), to remove dull and dry skin.  Follow with a body oil and moisturizer to make your skin smooth and soft. Thirty minutes before hitting the beach, apply a full spectrum sunscreen (such as JAFRA’s Body Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50) all over your body. Each hour while you are at the beach, remember to reapply sun protection, especially if you swim in the ocean.  Après-beach refresh your skin with a lotion such as JAFRA’s Cooling After-Sun Lotion, which contains aloe and shea butter, ingredients proven to soothe the skin.

Beach Hair
Relaxing at the beach means being easy breezy, especially when it comes to your hair. The sun and ocean can not only make your tresses dry and brittle, but these elements can also fade your color if you get highlights or color your hair. If your hair is long, consider braiding it for a trendy and super functional look! You can also wet your hair and slick it back with a hair oil for a moisture treatment while you play. Of course, a wide-brimmed hat is another option to look chic while also being protected.

Glowing, Healthy Makeup
Get your face beach ready by applying an antioxidant serum under your sunscreen; the antioxidants will give your skin a defense boost against the effects of the sun. Next, a high SPF sunscreen is a must; one to try is JAFRA’s Face Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Even out your complexion with a CC, or Complexion Corrector Cream that will give you lightweight coverage and will be easy to reapply. Waterproof mascara will open up your eyes without the risk of smearing off and a slick of a moisturizing lip gloss, such as JAFRA’s High Shine Moisture Gloss, will give your lips a sun-kissed glimmer.

Beauty Travel Must-Haves

Tips to make your next trip a little easier

Whether you travel for work or are heading off to vacation, packing your beauty products is one of the most important parts of your trip; especially when you have to fit your carry-on liquids into a quart-sized clear plastic bag! There are definitely some beauty products that are essential travel companions. Here is a guide to makeup, skincare and haircare that should make your voyage:
 
Makeup
Multi-tasking products are a girl’s best friend while travelling. Starting with your foundation, opt for a cream to powder foundation, such as JAFRA’s Cream to Powder Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, which goes on like a cream but sets like a powder and allows you buildable coverage. A creamy, solid concealer can cover up dark circles and blemishes or can be used on your upper lids to brighten up your eyes. Define your eyes with a self-sharpening, automatic eyeliner pencil in black or brown (you can also smudge the eyeliner in the outer corners of your eyelids for an evening look). Your eyebrows should not be forgotten; pack a dual-ended eyebrow pencil/ highlighter, such as JAFRA’s Brow Define and Lift Duo. Not only can you define your eyebrows and brow bone, but you can use the highlighter on the tops of your cheeks or inner corners of your eyes for a night out on the town. Another travel essential is a neutral lip pencil. Similar to the eyeliner, pack an automatic pencil so you do not need to worry about sharpening and use it to define and fill in your lips, or even to spot cover a pimple. Finally, finish your face with a creamy lip crayon; it’s portable, easy and perfect for on-the-go.
 
Skin Care
Just like your makeup, your skin care needs to multitask while you travel to be effective. Pack your favorite cleanser (if it’s over three ounces, take a small sample in a travel-sized bottle) and two moisturizers; one daytime moisturizer that has an SPF and your favorite night cream. Another skin care essential is a power-packed moisture balm, such as JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Extra Soothing Balm, which can be used on dry cuticles, elbows, knees or even to slick down fly-away hair.
 
Hair Care
In addition to your daily shampoo and conditioner (placed in carry-on size bottles), pack a multi-tasking hair treatment, such as JAFRA’s Hair Detangling and Shine Spray. Your other essential items should be a travel-sized brush and no-tangle ponytail bands for hair that is always polished and styled. 

Beauty Solutions: Concealer, Uncovered

Are you making the best choices when it comes to concealer?

Beauty Solutions is where we go through the most common beauty issues and give you the down and dirty on how to fix them, one by one. Keep your eyes on Beauty Scene and say, ‘goodbye’ to another beauty drama with every article!

Question: How do I apply concealer?
Not sure how to cover up? Here are a few tips to make applying concealer less confusing:

Order Up – Always remember, concealer first, then foundation. Although some question this order, it makes for a smoother end result.

True Colors – When choosing a concealer, go one shade lighter than your foundation, though not too much lighter. The goal is to make your concealer easier to blend. Green concealers neutralize red zones on your face, like blemishes. It doesn’t work as well on darker spots, like underneath your eyes. Yellow helps even skin tone overall, it’s the safest concealer shade. Pink works well to neutralize dark blue or purple areas on your face, like darks pots. JAFRA’s Imperfection Corrector blends easy and has yellow, green and lilac concealer options so all of your concealer needs are covered in one compact!

Light and Loose - Using a loose powder over concealer sets it in place and takes evening your skin tone one step farther. Choose a concealer that’s lightweight so the product doesn’t look caked on. Always apply with a sponge for crease-free application and less streaking.

Stay Hydrated - Moisturize your skin first. Dry skin can make concealer look packed on.

Mix Things Up - You can also mix your concealer with highlighter and a little eye cream for a quick DIY product that will give your puffy peepers a pick-me-up. 

Summer Hair Protection

Don’t take your tresses for granted

Summer is here, and while we’re all pretty mindful about protecting our skin with sunscreen and moisturizers, most of us don’t realize our hair needs protecting too! So, unless you’re gunning for limp locks that look more fried than sun-kissed, make these precautions part of your beauty routine ASAP.
                                                                                             
Shampoo Rules: Sulfate-Free and Sparingly
You need not have a keratin treatment to enjoy the benefits of shampoo sans-sulfates. Sulfate-free shampoos are more delicate than the alternative and strip less moisture from your hair, especially if you use them less often. Try washing once or twice a week depending on your hair texture.
 
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate…
Ingesting plenty of water isn’t just good for your skin and your body – it’s vital for healthy hair, so drink up. Also, add a cold water rinse to the end of your shower and find a nourishing conditioner or after conditioning oil with plenty of omega-3 oils to seal in the moisture.
 
Air Dry over Hair Dry
If all possible, let your hair air dry during the summer months. Sound scary? Worry not, the right products will keep it healthy and tame the frizzies.
 
Hair Mask Magic
Face masks may be all the rage this year, but hair masks are not far behind. The right mud mask can soften, smooth and tame your tresses. You’ll wish you’d started using them sooner.

SPF on Top
The reasoning here may or may not be obvious. It’s not just your hair that can get sun damaged; it’s your scalp! A good head scarf, hat, or even a ponytail will keep your hair and scalp safe. A swim cap will also help, especially in chlorinated pools. Scalp SPF is a great option too. It comes in a powder form, and it will keep you from getting a dry, flaky scalp. After all, no one wants that. 
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