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Beauty Scene

Operation: Rapunzel

As women get older, some of their biggest beauty complaints are related to hair that is thinning, breaking or just won’t grow. There are many factors that can cause hair issues; from hormones (pregnancy or stages of menopause), to damage from excessive heat-styling, to using the wrong products. Here are some tips to help your tresses grow long and strong.

Treat Your Scalp
Like all living things in this world, your hair and scalp need TLC. Stimulating your scalp with a massage can help increase blood flow and provide the foundation for healthy hair growth. Once a week, take the time to apply a scalp and hair conditioning treatment, such as JAFRA Spa Scalp Massage and Hair Treatment. After shampooing your hair, apply the treatment to your hair from root to end. Next, spend a few minutes massaging your scalp. Enhance your treatment by wearing a shower cap or warm towel over hair for at least 10 minutes to seal in moisture. Cool It Down.

Frequent heat styling is enough to cause dry, damaged hair. Wash your hair every other day depending on your hair type, so your tresses can get a break from the heat. If you absolutely have to wash your hair, try washing it at night and styling it in the morning when it’s almost dry. You can also use a microfiber towel to remove as much water as possible to reduce drying time. Before using a hair dryer, be sure to apply a protective product, like JAFRA Hair Detangling Shine Spray, which contains vitamins, oils and butters to help detangle, strengthen and condition your hair. If you have split ends, grab some JAFRA Split-End Hair Repair Capsules to help repair your stands and prevent further breakage.

Take It Easy
One way that hair can become damaged is  keeping it pulled into a tight ponytail or bun too frequently. If you wear your hair up most of the time, be sure that your hair is dry and moisturized before styling. Use a hair band that is elastic and free of metal clasps. After styling, use a serum or shine spray to keep fly aways at bay. Another way to reduce breakage is switching to a satin or silk pillowcase. The soft, smooth fabric prevents tangling and breakage, especially if your hair type is more coarse.

Hair Foods
Beauty truly does start from the inside out, so try eating foods that can benefit your health, and your hair along with it. Foods like salmon, nuts, and berries are high in vital beauty nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. You can even talk to your doctor about a multivitamins designed to improve your hair and skin.
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Lifestyle Scene

Mind Tricks for the Healthy Entrepreneuress

Stories of insanely successful business women are abound. But it’s the road kill – all those women who crashed and burned that also intrigue Suzi Lala, the author of The Motherhood Evolution. Lula, who has been a counselor for 18 years and recently expanded her business as a speaker, workshop leader and author, is obsessed with the field of human transformation and how mother’s in particular can thrive.
“What I figured out after talking with and counseling so many women – especially mothers – is that women are too often out of balance. That’s what gets in the way of their goals,” says Lula. The problem boils down to a lie women tell themselves - working harder and sacrificing more pays off. Lula says it rarely does. Too many women try to do it all and be everything to everyone. The result is exhaustion, burn out and unhappiness.
“What's helped me in my journey more than anything else is to have the courage to say ‘I’m done for the day’ and then go do something that really replenishes me; not something for my family or my business, but something small that makes me happy,” says Lula.
While going out to dinner with a girlfriend is one of Lula’s favorite replenishments, she also likes taking a yoga class, buying fresh flowers for her house (an instant pick-me-up), and rocking out to music while she cooks. Lula says that “these treating yourself to tiny treats every day work like a mind trick - they keep you focused on your intrinsic worth regardless of what’s going on in life.
“Women are brought up to think that our value and worth comes through how successful we are or how successful our kids are. The trick is that you have to know that you’re deserving regardless of anything. Your business will go up and down, and that’s the nature of business. But your self-esteem shouldn’t waiver in the process.  
Women who treat themselves with kindness, respect and plenty of replenishment conquer goals because they don’t question their worth. “Success comes when you create a lifestyle and attitude that’s grounded in self-worth, which breeds stability. Someone who stays centered even when the waves come has the best chance at truly becoming the captain of her own ship,” says Lula.
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Beauty Scene

Hormone Life Hacks

As a woman, your hormones change constantly, both day-by-day and over your lifetime. These changes can affect the appearance and texture of your skin.
The hormones that play the biggest role in the appearance and health of your skin are the sex hormones, estrogen and androgen. Estrogen, which is mostly produced in the ovaries, is considered “the female hormone” because it prompts sexual development in young women at puberty and prompts ovulation in the menstrual cycle. Androgen, the “male hormone,” initiates sexual development in boys and spurs the production of sebum, which is a natural oily secretion from glands in the skin and a big factor when it comes to acne. Here are four important points about how hormones can affect your skin:
1. You may have already noticed this, but your skin is at its best right after your period ends. This is because of a rise in estrogen levels after menstruation. Higher levels of estrogen do good things for the skin, for example, encouraging collagen and elastin formation. Collagen and elastin restore firmness while minimizing your pores and aiding in hydration; all of which will make your skin look fresh and rejuvenated. In the week before your period, your skin is oilier and more sensitive, so cleanse thoroughly but gently, using anti-acne treatments as needed. Skin remains extra sensitive during menstruation, so continue to treat it with special care. From post-period to mid-cycle, you can lighten up on your acne and moisturizing regimen. Once you ovulate and oil production picks back up, get back to your regular routine if you’re acne prone.
2. You may still see changes in your skin from hormones, even if you take a birth control pill. Although oral contraceptives stop the ovaries from delivering eggs to be fertilized, they don’t completely prevent your body’s natural fluctuations in hormone levels. While you may experience less dramatic skin changes and better skin overall because you have less testosterone in your body, you may still have some monthly breakouts. Follow the same skincare routine that you would if you weren’t taking an oral contraceptive.
3. Too much androgen causes breakouts. Acne triggered by increased levels of male hormones is usually just a brief, pre-period inconvenience. If the problem is persistent, consider visiting a doctor, as it can be a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS requires medical attention and may also be characterized by male-pattern hair loss and infertility. Female body builders who take supplemental testosterone (A.K.A. steroids) to help them build muscle may develop body acne due to higher hormone levels.
In the week before your period, your skin is oilier and more sensitive, so cleanse thoroughly but gently and use anti-acne treatments as needed. Skin remains extra sensitive during menstruation, so continue to treat it with special care.
4. Estrogen production declines as you age. This, in addition to a lifetime of sun damage over the years, can cause skin to lose elasticity and appear more wrinkled and drier as you get older. The big estrogen drop-off occurs at menopause, which is defined as a year after menstruation stops for good. This usually begins when women are in their 50s, although it may start sooner. So why not sidestep Mother Nature and keep estrogen at your premenopausal levels to keep skin looking youthful? While some women do take supplemental hormones to combat postmenopausal discomfort, the risk of causing breast cancer is too high to make complete estrogen supplementation safe or desirable for cosmetic reasons alone. It’s better to tailor your beauty regimen to combat dry skin and use a richer moisturizer along with pore-minimizing and hydrating serums.
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Fashion Scene

Effortless Looks For The New Year

Easy elegance is everywhere as we head into 2017 – a trend that makes adapting as effortless as it sounds. Whatever your closet contains, rest assured, being chic has never been so simple.
Shift your shoes…
It’s a miracle! Or at least it seems like one. For the second year in a row sneakers are on top of the footwear trend list, suggesting it’s not just smart, but chic to relinquish uncomfortable high heels in favor of softer soles… for day wear, at least. Glitter, satin, leopard, and other fabrics and prints provide plenty of options to stay stylish and maximize comfort.
Not into sneakers? Well worry not, because next up on the shoe trend tree are kitten heel mules. They have just enough boost to make you feel sexy, but all the comfort of a flat, if not more! Mules are a great option for those who want to be on trend without sacrificing too much flirty femininity.
Mix and match
Love it or hate it, the athleisure trend is sticking around, but that doesn’t have to mean wearing your Pilates pants to the office. Nailing this trend can be as simple as pairing a structured button down with your matte Lycra leggings, or donning a blazer with a super soft t-shirt and jeans. It makes the transition from spin bike to boardroom a little more seamless.
Stripe yourself
From classic French tees to flowing high-waist pants, adding stripes of any form to your wardrobe will freshen up your look. Pinstripes, particularly the vertical variety, are slimming, while thicker chalk stripes have an artsy vibe, sliding them straight into a museum-inspired trend.
Skip the skinnies… or at least add to them
While skinny jeans have reigned supreme for the better part of a decade, more classic, straight-leg and wide-leg silhouettes have been pushing to make a comeback for a few seasons now.This just may be the year that it happens. Add a few different denim cuts to your closet for an instant, of-the-moment upgrade.
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Beauty Horoscopes 2017

What’s your sign? Keep reading to see what beauty routine fits your personality according to the Zodiac.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
You adapt to the energy around you, so you need a look that lets you switch things up. Try a soft, matte lip color when you’re feeling a little more laid back, and make new friends with a stronger lip and bold eyeliner when you’re ready to have fun!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Your friendly personality and selfless spirit make you the perfect candidate for an easy, natural look. A natural brow and a light gloss are just enough for a day out with friends or spent helping others. Stand out in an adventurous shade of eyeshadow the next time you get dressed up for a fun night out. 

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
You need a look for a natural born leader! Jump into action with a brilliant nail color, so you have something pretty to look at while you juggle all of those projects. A bold, shimmery shadow will pair well with your energy and confidence.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Feel fearless in bold, black eyeliner that’s fit for the finer things in life. Your ambitious stare was made for a wing just as strong as the cocktails they served at your last event. Enjoy the beauty of life with a highlight that shines in the sun and a contour that matches your powerful demeanor.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You’re quite the firecracker, Gemini! You’ll look great with a strong brow to capitalize on your lively conversation skills and a few swipes of mascara to keep their eyes on you.  Speak your mind (as if anyone could stop you) in a bright lip to finish things off.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
You may keep to yourself, but your tenacious personality can’t hide for long. As far as fragrances go, pick a scent that brings back good memories for your sentimental side.  A cheery blush that matches your good-natured spirit will brighten everyone’s day.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Creative and passionate, your makeup can be both eye-catching and alluring, Leo. Take center stage with an unconventional liner technique or color combination that’s unmistakably you. Keep the rest of your look neutral and chic with a nude, glossy lip that’s always ready to have a good time.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
When it comes to makeup, you appreciate a more practical kind of pretty. Stick with a simple, quick makeup routine to keep your no-nonsense side happy. Use hair masks from time to time to keep your hair sleek and in place like everything else in your well-organized life. A bold red lip is a classic way to let the world know your ambition is a force to be reckoned with.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Don’t be afraid to try something new with your look! Give your careful ways a little break and try a nail color you’d never think of trying otherwise, even if it’s just for a day. Pamper yourself with an at-home spa treatment, since you’re always putting others before yourself.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpios tend to be determined and decisive, so you know exactly what sort of look you want when it comes to makeup. Stay cool, calm and mysterious with a smoky eye and a sharp wing. If you’re feeling brave, which you usually are, go all out with a metallic lip.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You’re a curious and energetic jet setter, so a fast makeup routine is a good way to go for you. Since you’re so impatient, cut out the middle man with a tinted moisturizer and cut down on your time in front of the mirror. Go with a glossy lip so you don’t have to worry about checking your teeth for lipstick while you keep your friends laughing.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
You’re always in the driver’s seat, Capricorn. A classic look may suit you well as one of the most serious signs of the Zodiac. You’re professional, disciplined ways were made for a clean, polished look with a little blush and a strongly lined red lip.
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