JUN 2013

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SPOTLIGHT ON... Gilbert: It's important for women to not play around with their hormones by self-medicating. For instance, herbs such as wild yams have long been popular ingredients in natural menopausal treatments and supplements. However, these plant-based solutions can sometimes have an adverse effect on the skin, and should not be taken without consulting a doctor or physician first. Badgett: From an ayurvedic point of view, I think many clients don't realize that menopause is a very complex process. It's so much more than hot flashes and dry skin. Everyone wants a magic pill to cure them of their symptoms, but it's just not that simple. You really have to address the entire person's lifestyle when you're addressing menopause. What are some sensitive ways to recommend menopause-targeted treatment? Dubois: We offer clients a Clinical Care Consultation for Age Management (we do not market it as a menopausal skincare program), in which clients fill out an extensive profile/questionnaire regarding their skincare concerns, goals, medications, etc. We utilize a flip chart that demonstrates the skin's aging process, so that we are able to discuss the impact hormones play in this process. Badgett: Consultations are so important, as every client responds differently to menopause. Symptoms are impacted by an individual's predominant biological constitution, or ayurvedic dosha—vatta, pitta or kapha—and any imbalances that occur within that dosha. A client's digestion, metabolism, mental health and lifestyle also factor into her specific menopausal transition. Gilbert: I find that most clients don't even realize that menopause is the culprit when their skin begins to act up. I never use the word 'menopause', but instead refer to it as a 'hormonal change' when clients tell me about their skincare concerns and issues via our intake form. What homecare practices do you recommend to these clients? Dubois: I emphasize the importance of exfoliation, antioxidants, and skin-stimulating products such as those containing growth factors, peptides, stem cells and retinol. Hydration and sun protection are also vital. Gilbert: I recommend that clients use virgin coconut oils as a natural facial moisturizer. Coconut oil is free from preservatives and chemicals that can dry out menopausal skin, and so is truly effective in retaining moisture. Badgett: Transcendental meditation is the No. 1 solution I recommend. A wealth of scientific research validates its effectiveness in reducing many of the mental stress factors influencing menopause. Research shows it creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does, and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli. I suggest menopausal clients meditate for 20 minutes twice a day. Menopause Maintenance (continued) Guinot's Pleine Vie Neutralizes damage to mature skin and aids in smoothing wrinkles, leaving the skin softer, and more supple and radiant. 800.523.1030, 36 DAYSPA | JUNE 2013 B.Kamins Menopause Skin Cream Help clients combat hot flashes with this daily moisturizer, which delivers a soothing and cooling effect. 888.BKAMINS, M'Lis Balance Natural Hormone Therapy These natural supplements promote hormonal balance via targeted herbal extracts. 800.548.0569, Secrets de Sothys Gobal Serum Designed to target aging caused by hormonal changes during pre- and post-menopausal years, this formula reduces the length and depth of wrinkles and improves the barrier function. 800.325.0503, Murad Resurgence line This collection includes an Age-Diffusing Serum, Firming Mask and Balancing Night Cream, all designed to address symptoms of hormonal skin aging. 888.996.8723,

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