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Menopause – Or What Happened to My Skin?

By Vicky Rappaport, LMA

I have been in the skin care business for a long time – over 20 years.  I thought I knew everything there is to know.  Then I turned 60.  All of a sudden I had pimples.  But wait! My skin is dry and itchy.  What is happening?  Well ladies, it’s menopause.  That lovely change in the amounts of estrogen and progesterone in our bodies that drives us crazy.  Hot flashes, lack of sleep, increase in migraine headaches, itchy skin, and yes, pimples.  I knew it but I couldn’t believe it happened to me.  Who said “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better”????

If you are having some of these same problems, I can help. 

  1.  Dry, dehydrated skin – This is due to a decrease in oil production all over your body.  The best thing advice for treating this condition on your face and body are cleansers and moisturizers that contain oils and hyaluronic acids.  For my face - I am in love with Babor’s Hy-Ol and Phytoactive Base for Sensitive Skin for cleansing.  For moisture, the Doctor Babor Collagen Booster Fluids and once or twice a week the Ultimate A16 Booster Concentrate, also from Doctor Babor.  The A16 is the highest form of vitamin A, but does not cause sensitivity.  It is 16 timesstronger than retinol alone.  My moisturizer is Babor HSR Lifting.  HSR stands for High Skin Refiner. This wonderful cream smooths wrinkles, firms contours, improves the elasticity of the connective tissue and decreases dryness.  This is one of Babor’s flagship products and I have been in love with it for 10 years, since I first sold it.  For my body, I love the Body Spa Collection by gloProfessional.  This $36 kit includes a body wash, sugar melt and body cream.  Smells beautiful! With Lavender and Aloe Vera to calm the skin, Ylang Ylang and Moroccan Rose oils to calm, and vitamins A and C for that antioxidant boost.  Amazing!!!!

  2. Acne - To control the acne I use the Algae Active Fluids, Calming Bi-Phase Moisturizer or Doctor Babor Ultimate Repair Mask when I have breakouts. 

  3. Sun Damaged Skin – The cure for this is to simply wear your sunscreen! When your estrogen decreases, the melanin production increases! This means more age spots ladies!  You will also start showing more lines and wrinkles.  Your hands and your face will always give away your age!  Your mantra should be NOURISH AND PROTECT! All Babor moisturizing or treatment products contain natural sunscreen.  As you know, patients and staff love Image Skincare Sunscreens.  Moisturizer and sunscreen in one.  We always have them on hand. If you have sun damage already, the only cure is the Clear + Brilliant laser.  Our most popular treatment.   If you are going on vacation, wear your hat and your sunscreen, have a great time, and come to see us when you get back.  We can help to you still look rested and great, but not wrinkled!

As for the mood swings, sleeplessness, hot flashes, etc. the amazing Dr. Tracy Cook saved my life with those problems.  I feel like a new person!  So, if you want to commiserate or just look and feel better, just come on in and see us.  We would love to see you.