Move Over Coconut Oil, This is the New Miracle Ingredient That Can be Used Topically and Ingested

One natural effect of aging is the laxity of the skin. This causes fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, and other unwanted signs of aging. That said, there are certain lifestyle choices we make that can positively and negatively impact the appearance of our skin. Things like eating a poor, inflammatory diet, smoking, and excessive exposure to the sun can have detrimental effects on your skin’s appearance.

Conversely, wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, using a daily moisturizer that contains peptides and lipids, and being careful to eat a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet can all have positive impacts on your skin’s appearance.

One ingredient that we are well aware of that has incredible topical uses for soothing inflamed and burned skin is aloe vera. Applied to a sunburn, or other cut or scrape can speed healing, reduce redness and swelling, and overall calm irritation. But what you may not have known is that aloe vera can be consumed, as well. Aloe vera has been showing up as health-promoting juice shots, and even as aloe vera smoothies.

Drinking aloe vera juice has been linked to improvements and prevention of such diseases and conditions as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and osteoporosis. According to some sources, aloe vera juice is recommended for skin tightening, skin brightening, acne, and dry skin. It is also said to increase collagen production which can improve the texture of your skin.

For more information on treatments for your skin issues, or to learn about the services provided at Jolie Vie Aesthetics, please browse our website:

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Skin Care Tips For Spending Time in the Sun

We are in the midst of summer, and with only a month left before school begins and our schedules get back to normal, many of us want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. But being aware and proactive about time spent in the sun can prevent damage to your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Sunburns can be quite painful and can cause long-lasting skin problems, including cancer. UV rays from the sun actually damage the DNA of your skin cells. If you’ve ever had a sunburn that led to peeling skin, you’ve done that kind of damage.

An important fact to remember is that all skin tones can burn. Darker skin does contain more protective melanin, but there is still a point at which even the darkest skin tones will burn. The best protection is to use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen when you’ll be going outdoors and to avoid time in direct sunlight at peak hours of the day, typically between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. You’ll want to reapply your sunscreen every two hours if spending lots of time outdoors. And if you’re sweating a lot or going in the water, you’ll need to reapply more often.

Many retailers also make clothing that contains sun-protectant, too. This is a good alternative or additional sun protection for children and adults alike.

If you are suffering from any unwanted skin conditions, Dr. Lance Hamilton at Jolie Vie Aesthetics in Bentonville, Arkansas may be able to help. Contact our office to learn more about our skin treatments and to schedule a consultation:


WHAT?! McDonald’s Fries Can Cure Your Hair Loss!?


We were browsing today and this article clearly caught our eye! Science—Yes, Science—Finds That McDonald’s Fries Can Cure Your Hair Loss. Of course we’re not sure if this is actually true, but we may be willing to eat a few fries to find out!

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It’s 2018, and news is rarely happy anymore. But today, we bring you possibly the best news to ever exist, which is that scientists—real, live scientists with degrees from fancy places—have determined that McDonald’s French fries could cure your every sadness and ailment. Oh, and also hair loss.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan, McDonald’s fries could be the next big treatment in premature balding. Though we’d love to say that it’s a byproduct of the potatoes themselves, the magic actually comes from the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone-based agent that’s added to the cooking oil to keep it from frothing.

In the study, released in Biomaterials journal, researchers transplanted silicone chips laced with thousands of hair follicle germs (HFGs, which simulate real hair follicles) into the backs of mice (erg, yeah—nobody said science was friendly) and found that it stimulated follicle rejuvenation in which hair could potentially grow. So no, it didn’t topically regrow hair, but it did show potential in regrowing shut-down hair follicles, which is still major.

So before you ask to dunk your hair into a vat of oil, please be aware that this study, although promising, has only been tested on animals, which, as a reminder, are not humans. Still, the medical community is pretty lit right now, because these findings could mean major things for regenerative hair therapy, like male pattern baldness.

But until then, may we recommend a really excellent hair-thickening product, like this drugstore foam that regrew a woman’s thinning hair in six weeks? Don’t worry; you can still get an order of fries, too.


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The Best Skincare Tips from the Inventor of the Vampire Facial


The Vampire Facial is one of the most popular treatments at Jolie Vie Aesthetics here in Arkansas! Our patients love it! We were so excited to come across this article about skincare tips from the inventor of the Vampire Facial, Dr. Barbara Sturm.

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The Best Skincare Tips from the Inventor of the Vampire Facial

Dr. Barbara Sturm on her cult-favourite line and the skin treatment that started it all.
Dr. Barbara Sturm

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Barbara Sturm, you’ve probably seen her signature skin treatment: the Vampire Facial.

It looks exactly how it sounds—it’s a facial using your own blood—and it went viral after Kim Kardashian famously shared an Instagram photo in 2013.

Since then, the German-born aesthetics doctor has also garnered a cult following for her bespoke MC1 Cream, a.k.a. the “Blood Cream.”

For US$1,400, she draws your blood, separates out the plasma, and then infuses it into a customized shea-butter-based moisturizer.

The only catch? It’s almost impossible to get, unless you can afford a trip to Düsseldorf, or you’re a celebrity. (Sturm counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Cher, Sienna Miller, Angela Bassett and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as clients.)

The next best thing is Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics, which is her collection of skincare products—minus the blood!

I got to meet Dr. Sturm when she was recently in Canada to launch the line at Gee Beauty (it’s also at NordstromCult Beauty and other retailers).

Dr. Barbara Sturm

With Dr. Barbara Sturm at Gee Beauty.

Here’s what I learned about her unique approach to skincare, plus her best tips for a healthy complexion:

How did the Vampire Facial come about?

I was an orthopedic surgeon, and I helped primarily in the treatment against osteoarthritis by using the body’s own proteins. So, using your cells to produce healing factors—mainly anti-inflammatory proteins—and we inject those into the joints.

And, I started at one point injecting hyaluronic acid into wrinkles, just for fun—

Injecting yourself, or other people?

Yeah, no, no, no. Other people!

And then I thought—because I’m a scientist, you know—I need to do something different than the mainstream, on a cellular level.

So I combined the proteins from the blood with the hyaluronic acid, and that’s what I injected.

This was like, 14 years ago that I invented the Vampire Facial.

Kim Kardashian Vampire Facial

Kim Kardashian after getting the Vampire Facial. (Photo: Kim Kardashian)

Are the effects similar to a filler, like Restylane?

You can mix it with the hyaluronic acid filler, you can mix it without, you can mix it as a mesotherapy. You can do all kinds of things.

It uses the patient’s own blood to counteract inflammation and stimulate collagen growth.

How did that lead to creating your MC1 Cream?

I put it in a cream because I myself suffered from dry skin. Nothing would really help me. I tried every cream on the market, and nothing would work for my skin.

So I invented this cream with the blood, which all of a sudden fixed my skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm MC1 Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm MC1 Cream.

So the MC1 Cream is custom-made with each person’s blood, correct?

Yes. That’s how I started with skincare.

After that, my patients were asking me “What is Dr. Sturm’s regimen?” and which skincare products they should use for this and that.

But I couldn’t recommend anything because I didn’t find anything on the market I liked.

So I decided to make some products in addition to the MC1 Cream.

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Dr. Barbara Sturm created her own line after being disappointed by other products on the market.

What do you think is the problem with most skincare products?

I think in America, there are 15,000 more ingredients than in Europe that are allowed to be in use.

So they’re not safe.

The problem is we don’t know, we don’t know.

I’m a maniac when it comes to ingredients. I’m very clean, non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan, highly scientific.

What do you think is the worst ingredient, that people should avoid?

I don’t like fragrances, although I have a Body Cream with the tiniest bit [of natural fragrance].

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lactobacillus/ Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Terminalia Catappa Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Phanthenol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Pvp, Tannic Acid, Carbomer, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/ Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Cicer Seed Extract, Disodium Edta, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Pantolactone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid.

Otherwise, I hate fragrances. They irritate your skin.

I also hate mineral oils. Mineral oils are the worst.

What does mineral oil do to the skin?

It’s basically like putting oil, like petroleum on your face. It keeps your pores large, and it takes out hydration out of your skin.

It’s just used because it has nice cosmetic properties, and it’s cheap. I think you want to use the best on your skin.

Would it be the same with silicones?

Yes, silicones are bad. Yes, yes. And alcohols.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s line is free of synthetic fragrances, mineral oils and parabens.

Besides avoiding those ingredients, what else is unique about your skincare products?

Our whole approach is towards healing. We do anti-inflammation, we do telomerase-activating, and we do hydration.

Our products are non-greasy, they’re refreshing, and they go right in the skin and give you a glow. They just take care of the skin and the cell layers.

Are they formulated for certain skin types, or can anybody can use them?

No, [anyone can use them] because hydration is good for oily skin, for dry skin. Everybody needs hydration.

What are the best products to start with, if we can’t get a custom MC1 Cream?

I would always start with the Cream, the Cleanser, and the Hyaluronic Serum.

The Hyaluronic Serum is a water solution that transports the active ingredients into your skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

The Face Cream is a nice moisturizer for on top.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Octyldodecanol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Decyl Oleate, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Sorbitol, Propanediol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cocoglycerides, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Panthenol, Squalane, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Baicalin, Pantolactone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid.

Our Cleanser is very hydrating, and that’s a nice combination to really take care of your skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser

Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Urea, Lactobacillus/ Portulaca Ferment Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Salicylic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Pantolactone, Sodium Benzoate.

Do you think most people have dehydrated skin?

I think, yeah, first of all, that’s number one.

People think oils hydrate, but they do just the opposite, you know. Oils are not really hydrating. Oils are shutting down your sebum production.

It’s like, if you take hormones, your pituitary is not able to release the hormones by itself, because you’re giving your body what it needs from the outside.

Anything else you wish women would start or stop doing with their skin?

Going in and touching your face with dirty hands.

Also, less is more. But from the less, [make it] the very best. You want simple but really perfectly researched products.

And don’t put harsh ingredients on your skin.

What about acids and retinoids?

Yeah, I don’t believe in them.

Why not? Too harsh?

Yes. And it strips down your skin, makes your skin thinner, and your cells are more vulnerable.

What about if you have acne or pigmentation?

The same. Acne’s also inflammation. You need to take out the inflammation instead of putting more acids on it.

How important is sunscreen? Do you wear sunscreen?

Almost never. Only when I go in the ocean. At the beach.

That’s controversial, because most dermatologists are saying we have to wear sunscreen all the time, even on cloudy days and indoors.

Yes, but you also need vitamin D intake.

Also, I’m not a person who’s spending a lot of time in the sun, you know. I would never lie there and tan. Never ever.

But I like sports in the sun. I do water sports and then I’ll put sunscreen on.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dibutyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Arginine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Acetamide Mea, Xanthan Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Pantolactone, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Dna.

But if you’re just walking to the office or something?


You don’t think it’s necessary?

No. If you use something like glycolic, then yeah, you need to wear sunscreen. But if you have healthy skin, no.

Do you think Botox is a good way to fight aging?

I like it. I do it for my patients, yeah.

Do you do it yourself?


Is it true that Botox can cause muscle atrophy over time?

Yeah, your muscles atrophy from the Botox, of course.

Could that cause more sagging possibly?

Yes, but you know, you’re also protected from wrinkles. So it could cause sagging, but it also protects from wrinkles, so what’s better?

So you’d just have to keep up with the injections, I guess.

Yeah, exactly.

What’s your opinion on lasers and light therapies?

Light therapy’s always been good. I’ve used it since I was a kid; my parents put me in front of red lights to get rid of sinusitis. So yes, I believe in it.

I don’t believe in lasers.

Why not?

So harsh. It destroys your skin.

I think we’re all so used burning, peeling and fighting with our skin that it’s unusual to hear someone promoting “gentleness.”

And healing and telomerase-activating, which is super-scientific.

Keeping the cells alive and in really good shape, and taking out inflammation to protect from all skin conditions.

What results can people expect from your product line?

No irritations, more glow-iness, healthy skin, vital skin.

So it kind of does it all.


Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm advocates a “less is more” approach to skincare.

Do you plan to launch any more products?

Yes, the kids line is coming out. And the Glow Drops are coming in November. They’re a glaze, for a nice glow. And Anti-Pollution Drops.

What about makeup? Do you wear makeup?

No, and I wouldn’t be good in doing makeup, I don’t think.

For people who wear it, is it just as important to have clean ingredients?

Yes. You know, I also find with makeup on, it just attracts more bacteria and dirt gets stuck on it.

It’s just my feeling—I’m a maniac, I’m medical, I’m a medical maniac. I have to wash my hands all the time. I would never touch my face with my hands. My little daughter, who has like, dirty, filthy hands, she likes to touch my face, and I’m like, “Stop it!” I taught my older daughter, and she’s the same maniac now.

Can bacteria harm your skin, even if you don’t get acne? 

Yes, because you transport bacteria onto your skin all the time.

Are there any other skincare brands or doctors doing work you admire?

I really don’t look right and left, I just believe what I believe in. I do what I think is right. I don’t have time to look around, honestly. I never was interested in what other people were doing. I like being different. I don’t like the mainstream.

And you know, I question everything. I would never have done skincare if I had thought, “Ah yeah, I’ll do the same as this [doctor] friend and this [doctor] friend.” It’s all the same. I just care too much.

My three things are anti-inflammation, telomerase-activating, and hydration. I think that is the key to good skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm says her products deliver healthier, more radiant skin.

You look so natural, it obviously must be working!

I don’t sleep, you know, I’m travelling all the time. I don’t have plenty of time to maintain myself. It’s really hard.

But I’m German; I like the natural look. And when you have great skin, you don’t have to wear makeup!

The Top 10 Superfoods for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

We all know that a regular beauty & skin care routine are essential to a fabulous glow, but did you know there are some foods that can help you achieve that glow as well? Check out these great food recommendations from!

The secret to healthier hair and glowing skin? It’s not in your makeup case. It’s in your diet. Nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet, says these superfoods will give you gorgeous skin and beautiful hair.


10 New Year’s Beauty Resolutions That You Can Actually Stick To


IT IS ALMOST 2018! We all make resolutions and while most of them will be hard enough to stick with, we found some really great some simple beauty resolutions that will be easy & beneficial as you begin the New Year!

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New Year’s Eve comes and suddenly we are expected to make major transformations in our lives. We are all guilty of wanting to look more beautiful than ever before, so it’s perfectly normal to want to make major face and body overhauls as we enter 2018. It will be hard enough trying to diet and hit the gym seven days a week, so choose beauty resolutions that are realistic and doable. Here are 10 New Year’s beauty resolutions we bet you can stick to.