Hormone Replacement Therapy

 

Jolie Vie Aesthetics provides many great treatments for your skin, but we also offer a number of other wonderful services.

HRT (also known as hormone therapy, menopausal hormone therapy, and estrogen replacement therapy) uses female hormones — estrogen and progesterone — to treat common symptoms of menopause and aging. Doctors often prescribe it during or after menopause.

 

After your period stops, your hormone levels fall, causing uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and sometimes conditions like osteoporosis. HRT replaces hormones your body no longer makes. It’s the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms.

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25 Beauty Hacks!

25 Beauty Hacks!

 

Hair

1. De-grease with baby powder

Wake up with greasy roots? Rub a pinch of talcum or baby powder between your fingertips, then scrunch your fingers along your roots. The powder will absorb the oil and mattify any shininess. Start with just a little powder, and add more if you need it.

2. Make your own dry shampoo


For easy “lived in” or “second day” hair, you can easily mix your own dry shampoo with ingredients from the supermarket and health food store. For light-colored locks, use corn starch, and for darker hair, choose cocoa powder. Then sweeten things up with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Put it into a spice or salt shaker, shake it on your roots, and brush or finger-scrunch through your locks.

3. And your own leave-in conditioner!

You can create a DIY leave-in conditioner simply by diluting your normal conditioner with water in a spray bottle. Use a maximum of one part conditioner to three parts water; if it seems like it’s weighing down your tresses, add more water. You can use it after you shower to help detangle, or later in the day to fend off frizz.

4. Cover up split ends

Don’t have time (or cash) to head to the stylist for a trim? Use a little of your lotion to conceal your split ends — make it extra easy on yourself by just using what’s left on your hands after you’ve applied it to your bod. Pinch it through just the very ends of your hair to help damaged strands look healthy.

5. Tame flyaways with a toothbrush

Stray hairs making your updo or braid a mess? Spritz a clean toothbrush with hairspray (it doesn’t have to be brand-new, a retired one will totally work!). Then, use the brush to gently catch and comb down flyaway strands. You’ll look polished in no time! And p.s.: If you want exactly the opposite — a textured, messy look — use a toothbrush to gently back brush or tease your locks. It’s way gentler than a comb, and will let you add texture to small sections of hair (like the pieces of a finished braid).

Eyes

6. Brighten eyes in an instant

Fake being wide-eyed and light up your face with just a dab of shiny loose powder (pearl works great on paler skin tones, while gold makes deeper skin gleam). Just stick your pinky in powdered eye shadow and gently press at the inner corner of each eye.

7. Master a perfect cat eye


Want a sexy, winged-out cat-eye? Instead of trying to use your eyeliner like a calligraphy pen (easier said than done, and let’s face it, it doesn’t sound that easy to begin with!), create an outline and fill it in. Use a fine-tipped liquid eyeliner to draw a wing up and out from the outer corner of your eye, then start a second line a little further in and connect it to your first one (like a tiny triangle). Next, draw a line starting near the inner corner of your eye that follows the curve of your eyelid and connects to your initial triangle. Now all you need to do is take your liner and fill in the shapes!

8. Create a sexy smoky eye

To keep smoky eyes from looking messy, use two shadow brushes. Apply your shadow with one brush, then use the second clean brush to blend the color outward. Using a clean brush lets you just soften the edges on the shadow you’ve already applied without putting down even more color.

9. Curl lashes perfectly

An eyelash curler’s an absolute must for super-size lashes, but to get the best results, heat it up a little before you use it. When you start doing your makeup, stick your eyelash curler in your bra or (if you’re sitting down) between your thighs. Awkward? A little. Easy? Um, yeah. Another option: If you’re blowdrying your hair, blast your curler for a few seconds (you want it warm, not hot). Then curl away!

10. Nix clumpy mascara

Got mascara clumps? It would be great if you had an eyebrow brush or a clean mascara wand to get rid of them, but let’s be real, not a lot of us keep them around. What are you more likely to have that will also get rid of clumps in a snap? A clean toothbrush. Just use the very tips of the bristles to gently remove excess mascara and break up clumps. Bonus tip: Speaking of mascara, always apply it last. It will cover up any powder or shadow that has fallen onto your lashes, which a) hides all that messy stuff but also b) helps your lashes look thicker!

Skin

11. Instantly brighten your face


Blush helps you look fresh-faced and healthy, but it’s not a makeup bag staple. Want to give your face a mid-day lift? Dot your brightest (not darkest, brightest) lip color on the apples of your cheeks, then use your fingers to blend up and back. A matte lipstick works best, but anything from lip gloss to lip stain can help give your cheeks a pop of color.

12. Make your own bronzer

Want to brighten up your face or body? You can actually whip up a quick bronzing powder right in your kitchen. Combine 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder until evenly mixed. Use a large makeup brush to lightly dust the mixture everywhere you want to glow. (Bonus: In case you didn’t guess already, yes, this stuff smells great.) Want to use it all over? Mix it in with your lotion, then just rub it in.

13. Clear pores with a DIY mask


Blast your blackheads with a super-easy and super-cheap DIY mask. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda (not powder) with one tablespoon of juice from an orange (not OJ — squeeze an actual orange!). Apply a nice thick layer to your face, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then use a damp wash cloth to take it off.

14. Fake extra definition

Here’s an easy way to make your arms and legs look more toned without hitting the gym (though if you’ve been hitting the gym, this will really help you show off your results). Before applying lotion, mix in a little highlighter — liquid is best, but if you use a powder that will work too. The extra gleam catches light and helps give your muscles extra definition.

15. Fix self-tanner mix-ups

It’s easy to go too strong with self-tanner, especially on your hands, feet, and elbows. To dial your tan down a notch, mix a cup of water with a half a cup of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda. Use a loofah, sponge, or even an old toothbrush (great for cuticles and knuckles) to gently exfoliate — and lighten up — blotches and dark spots.

Lips

16. Get a fuller pout

Get fuller-looking lips by applying shimmery eye shadow in the center of your lower lip. Once you’ve applied your lip color, stamp your thumb in some frosted, glittery eye shadow. Make a kissy face, and press your thumb (pointed up, like you’re giving your own face the thumbs up) right onto the center of your lips. Having the light-reflecting color at the center of your lips creates the illusion of a fuller pout, and as a bonus, the powder helps set your lip color.

17. Define with concealer

You think about lining your lips to give them shape, but what about the areas around your mouth? Applying concealer strategically around the corners and at the base of your philtrum (the indent between your nose and the middle of your upper lip) can help define your smile and give you a more pronounced cupid’s bow. Just don’t go too thick — a little dab will do ya.

18. Give lip gloss staying power

Sure, you can seal lipstick with powder, but what about gloss? Adding powder to a shiny, wet look is a no-go. Instead of sealing on top, work from the bottom up by creating a sturdy base for lip gloss to cling to. Use lip liner in a complementary color to your gloss to line your lips, then fill them in. A liner that looks like a chubby crayon will usually be more comfortable (less dry!) than one that looks like a pencil. Then apply your gloss on top of your lip liner base.

19. Mix any lip color


You can make a colorful lip pigment in any hue using stuff you may well have sitting around in your bathroom now (good for every day, extra good for occasions when you need something that’s just right and don’t want to spend a fortune). You just need a loose powder eye shadow in your chosen color, and some lip balm — regular un-tinted stuff works great. Put a little of the lip balm into an empty pill container (or anything else that’s small and sealable — that way, you can take it with you later for touch-ups). Then shake a little of the powder onto it. Mix well, until the powder is evenly distributed through the balm, then apply using a lip brush or your finger.

20. Create a perfect Cupid’s bow

Want to give your upper lip extra definition? Using a lip liner that matches your the lip color you’ll be wearing, draw an “X” right at the center of your upper lip. The top two “arms” of the X should follow the line of your Cupid’s bow, and will make it perfectly pointy and defined. Apply the rest of your lip makeup as normal, and you’re good to go!

Nails

21. Prep nails in an instant

After you’ve removed your old polish and before you get going with a new one, wipe off your nails with a paper towel dampened with vinegar (any kind of vinegar will work). The vinegar will whisk away any leftover oils and polish remover, giving you a clean, clear surface. This will help prevent bubbles in your new polish and help it adhere better, for neater nail color that lasts longer.

22. Do an easy multi-colored mani


Get a quick ombre manicure by applying all of the colors you want at once. Cut up a few makeup sponges until you’ve got 10 squares or rectangles (each just needs to be large enough to cover one nail). Using you different polish hues, paint three lines right next to each other on each sponge — your darkest color, you medium tone, then the lightest hue. Press the sponge directly onto your nail and voila! A graduated mani without having to do each color one by one.

23. Dry your nails faster

If you don’t want to sit around waiting for your nails to dry (which is as fun as it sounds), before you start your mani, empty a tray of ice cubes into a large bowl of cold water. Once your nails are done, air dry them for three minutes, then dunk them into the ice bath for another three. (Sitting by a fan or waving your hands around just creates air bubbles.) Your polish will harden up and you’ll be good to go.

24. Fix smudged polish

Couldn’t sit still that long? If you smudge a nail while the polish is still wet, you can fix it without leaving a mark by gently licking your nail. Yes, it tastes gross (you really want to just barely lick it, you should NOT ingest nail polish!) but
it’s way faster than redoing your work.

25. Get perfect cuticles

Got dry, chapped cuticles? Moisturize them with a little bit of lip balm — any type will work, but balm that’s petroleum jelly-based (look for stuff that’s in a pot rather than stick, and isn’t completely opaque) does the best job. Unlike with cuticle cream, which you maybe remember to use if you’re actually doing your nails, it’s easy to get in the habit of rubbing a little lip balm around your nails any time you’re moisturizing your lips. Extra tip: You can also apply lip balm to your cuticles pre-manicure to keep excess nail polish from sticking to them.

5 Reasons You Need to Apply a Face Mask Right Now

 

We came across this article about face masks on DiscoverGood.com and we love a good face mask so we wanted to share!

Should everyone use a face mask? Absolutely. Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to help pull out impurities. Another advantage of wearing a face mask: the feeling of being pampered like you’re at a spa from the comfort of your own home.

Every healthy skin care regimen includes daily use and weekly use products. You can use a face mask once a week, or you can use it more then that depending on your skin and your skin care concerns. Both men and women can benefit significantly from using a mask and here’s why.

5 Reasons to Apply a Face Mask Right Now

Relaxation

Face masks don’t just offer results that improve the overall appearance of your skin, they can also be quite therapeutic. When they’re infused with aromatic essential oils like mint and rosemary, a face mask can lift your spirit by stimulating your senses. Using a face mask should be treated as a luxury. Set aside a bit of “me” time when you decide to give yourself a mask. Draw a hot bath, light some candles and let the magic of the mask begin to work. You’ll be drawn into a wonderful, sensory experience that will not only relax the mind and spirit but will also leave you with fabulous looking skin.

Deep cleansing

Sure, cleansing each day helps to clean your skin by removing dirt, oil, makeup and impurities from the surface of the skin. But did you know that proper masking takes the cleansing process to a whole new level? Only a good facial mask can help to draw out impurities that hide beneath the top layers of the epidermis. Some people say that their skin goes through a “detoxing” when they use a mask, because they actually notice the changes in the skin while this is happening. Masks are incredible at providing this deeper cleansing process, which leads to an improvement in the appearance of pores that you can see and feel. Who doesn’t love that?

Unclog pores

Masking with a product that contains Bentonite clay helps to remove dirt and absorb excess oils. It’ll also help to remove the build-up of dead skin cells that accumulate on our skin. When you remove all the debris from the surface of your skin, it’ll help to unclog pores, too. We all know that clogged pores are nothing but trouble. Yucky stuff gets trapped in your pores and gets pushed deep down into the pore where bacteria can develop. Once that bacteria starts to grow it’s all over for our skin, because we will soon get a blemish, a flurry of breakouts or even one giant pimple that will wreak havoc on our life for several days. Regular face masks help to keep your skin surface clean and our pores unclogged. This is an excellent reason to use your face mask right now.

Glowing skin

Masks, especially those with tingly mint in the formulation, can help stimulate blood circulation. The process of the mask drying on your skin and beginning to harden, along with the removal of the mask, causes an expansion in the blood vessels in your skin. This ensures an overall improvement in skin tone. You’ll be left with softer-feeling and smoother-looking skin, and you’ll also notice a radiant glow and more refreshed appearance. So, relax, feel the tingle, breathe in the minty aroma and wait for your skin transformation.

Helps your overall regimen

Masking helps all of your other skin care products work more efficiently. If you want your day lotions, serums and nighttime products to be absorbed by your skin quicker and deeper, then a face mask is a must. By masking on a regular basis, you can ensure that your toning, hydrating and protecting products will all perform better, providing you with the results you’re looking to achieve at a much faster pace.

Apply a Face Mask in 5 Simple Steps

Step 1:Be prepared to make a mess. If you’re going to apply a face mask while relaxing in the tub, you don’t have to worry about making a mess. You can cover your face, neck and throat and just relax. If you don’t have time for a bath, then take the time to pull back your hair so it’s not near your face. Be sure to wear clothing that you don’t mind getting messy. Chances are, you’ll make a bit of a mess when you use a mask. But, hey, that’s the fun of it all.

Step 2: I always recommend starting with a freshly cleansed face. Use your daily cleanser to remove all of the surface dirt, oils and makeup before you apply your mask. This will help to ensure that you receive all of the benefits your face mask was designed to deliver.

Step 3: Using damp hands, apply your mask directly onto your damp skin. Remember, it’s called a face mask for a reason. You should look like you’re wearing a mask when you put it on. Never rub the mask directly into your skin. It should be applied like frosting on a cupcake. Be sure to avoid the eye area, keep your nostrils clear and extend the mask from your face, down your neck and throat. Nothing worse then a young looking face and an old wrinkly neck, right? I always treat my neck as an extension of my face.

Step 4:  Just wait. You can use this 10 minutes to relax, style your hair, check your email—whatever you want. Just be conscientious of the time and follow the directions. If the directions say you should leave on for up to 15 minutes, then that’s what you need to do. Just don’t leave your face mask on for 20 or 30 minutes. The product benefits are tied to the directions for usage. Be sure to follow them exactly.

Step 5:  It’s time to remove the mask. Masks are designed to adhere to your skin. You don’t want to be too rough when removing it. Use plenty of water and a wash cloth to gently wash away the mask. Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry with a towel.

It doesn’t get any easier than that when it comes to using a mask.

Top Tips for a Happy Face Mask Experience

Beauty Tip 1: Before applying your face mask, dab a small amount of eye gel or eye cream around the eyes. This will help to protect this very delicate area from dehydration.

Beauty Tip 2: When your face mask mask has dried and it’s time to come off, simply place a warm, wet washcloth over your face and hold it onto your skin for a few seconds. Repeat this a few times to help loosen up and dissolve the face mask from your skin. This tip will make the rinsing off process much easier and gentler for your skin.

Everyone should introduce masking into their skin care regimen, if they haven’t done so already. For just a few (relaxing) minutes a day, your skin will go through a noticeable transformation that you can see and feel. You may look silly doing it, but that makes it all the more fun.

Laser Hair Removal

Here at Jolie Vie Aesthetics, we believe that removing unwanted hair is one of the greatest gifts to oneself! Winter is also the best time to get Laser Hair Removal! It’s also the recommended time to get it! We have great prices on hair removal and we also do the procedure with our state-of-the-art Fotona Laser. Below we will share some information with you, but you can also give us a call to schedule your free consultation! 479.715.6505

Fotona’s high-performance laser systems with FRAC3®technology have introduced new standards of efficiency in providing safe and effective hair reduction – using an innovative system that effectively targets hair follicles with a combination of selective and homogenous photothermolysis.

The success of hair reduction treatments depends largely on a patient’s skin and hair type, as well as the skills and treatment insight of the practitioner. Most patients can expect a significant reduction in unwanted hair, and any future hair growth will usually be thinner and lighter, and thus much less pronounced than before.