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The M Word

Menopause is a word most women would rather not ever hear. But sadly, it can start in your 30s and last til your 60s in some cases. Among the many changes that women experience during this time are those affecting the skin, and unfortunately it’s not great news.

Menopausal Skin Changes

  • Dry skin as oil glands become less active
  • Skin thinning
  • Decrease in collagen and elastin
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Deepening of wrinkles and folds
  • Increased levels of testosterone and facial hair
  • Pigmentary changes

The best defense against all these changes is a comprehensive skin care program along with sun and nicotine avoidance, a healthy diet, regular exercise and sleep, as well as cutting down on alcohol intake. The healthier your skin is when you approach menopause, the better it will be able to manage the hormonal shifts.

According to ZO Faculty Member Anthony Youn, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan, “The key ingredients women should look for in skin care include retinol, antioxidants, pigment regulators, growth factors, and DNA repair enzymes. During perimenopause, we may also consider doing treatments that help tighten slack skin and boost collagen production.”

The ZO Medical range represents Dr. Obagi’s newest thinking in maintaining healthy skin with therapeutic treatments, new protocols, prescription pharmaceuticals and products that treat a wide range of anti-aging concerns.

Your ZO physician may start you on BRIGHTENEX 0.5% Retinol Skin Brightening & Correcting Crème that contains a potent blend of retinol, melanin inhibitors and antioxidants to rapidly brighten and even skin tone quality. As your skin gets used to Brightenex, you may be switched to the higher strength of 1.0% Retinol. Another one of our most popular products is C-Bright™10% vitamin C Serum that gives skin a mega-dose of pure vitamin C to retexturize the skin.

To design a daily regimen that is right for your skin, consult with your ZO Physician.



Menopause, Wrinkles & HRT

Menopause represents enough problems, and accelerated skin aging is one of them.

With menopause comes a decline in hormones—particularly estrogen—which induces increased wrinkling and dryness. While we don’t advocate the use of hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of skin aging, there’s significant anecdotal and clinical proof that the use of hormone replacement therapy significantly slows skin aging: hydration, elasticity, and thickness of skin all improve. After just six months, wrinkles are reduced and skin is firmer and tighter. Not only do people report improvement, but physicians observe the changes as well.

In a study conducted on identical twins at Case Western Reserve University, the head of the department of plastic surgery estimated that sisters who have had hormone replacement therapy for 16 years look four years younger than their identical twin sisters who did not have hormone therapy.

There are problems, though. Synthetic hormones (HRT) can have serious health consequences, including breast cancer, blood clots, heart disease, and stroke. New bio-identical hormones (BHRT) are identical to natural hormones made in the body, and seem to be much safer. There are risks—generally associated with overdoses—but BHRT is believed to be safer than their synthetic counterparts. More research still needs to be done.

So while HRT might not be right for everyone, it’s worth discussing with your physician.

You Multitask – So Should Your Skincare

If you know how to do five things at once, most business professionals would refer to you as a fine multitasker. You know that to get everything you want out of life, multitasking isn’t a choice, but a requirement. The same can be said for your skincare: to get everything you want for your skin, your products simply must multitask. If anyone can appreciate this concept, it’s you—today’s modern woman.

That’s why Dr. Obagi created products like ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Body Emulsion, which accomplishes a multitude of tasks at once. We’re talking hydration, exfoliation, hyperpigmentation reduction, wrinkle reduction, and wrinkle prevention. How? The ingredients are your personal skincare dream team, including Retinol, Lactic Acid, Glucosamine, Vitamin E, and Coenzyme Q10.

Dr. Obagi formulated this product with supreme efficiency. When he sees an opportunity to give you the kind of product that works as hard as you do he seizes it because he believes that if skincare companies truly want your skin to have it all, they need to start giving it their all.

That was also his thinking when he formulated Oraser Daily Hand Repair SPF 20. A true workaholic, this product improves age spots, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, all while protecting your hands from free radicals and blocking UVA/UVB rays. Similarly, Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 gives 200% by protecting your face from the sun’s harmful rays and acting as a primer under your makeup— and on top of all that, it’s tinted to provide a natural glow.

You know what it’s like to work hard. Isn’t it time  for your skincare products to start working hard for you?