As well as the mood swings, insomnia and weight gain that women of a certain age have to contend with, the menopause can also play havoc with skin.

Deeper wrinkles, dryness and acne are just some of the problems exacerbated by hormonal changes during this time.

But help may be at hand in the form of two products which claim to provide a solution to mottled, damaged skin, whether caused by the natural ageing process or by the sun.

Worrying: Mature women with menopause often have trouble with their skin

Get Even Brightening Serum and Get Even Spot Repair are said to make women look more radiant with even-toned skin and less hyperpigmentation.

Dr Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist and author, said: ‘Women in their 40s and 50s often ask me how to deal with their skin pigmentation.

‘A lifetime of sun damage coupled with hormonal changes brought on by menopause makes these women a prime target for sun spots, age spots and discolouration which can age them even more than wrinkles.’

The Get Even Brightening Serum costs ?79 and is an all-over face serum for mild to moderate dark spots and discolourations. It claims to re-adjust skin tone and diminish excessive pigmentation in four weeks.

Within eight weeks, pigmentation is said to become normal and dark spots visibly fade.

Must haves: Get Even Spot Repair, left, and right, Get Even Brightening Sera

Get Even Spot Repair, at ?45, comes in a twist-pen applicator and targets dark, stubborn spots at the source.

Skin care company StriVectin says its clinically proven product diminishes the appearance of old, new and resistant dark spots. By eight weeks spots are said to visibly lighten.

StriVectin’s Get Even treatment appears to work by slowing down the production of melanin in the skin, regulating the transfer of pigment and improving the overall quality of the cell, as well as increasing cell turnover to reveal higher-quality cells beneath and get rid of dark spots quicker.

However, skin therapy expert Louise Thomas-Minns warned that no cream would solve the underlying problems causing age spots.

She said: ‘You need to look at what underlying issue is causing pigmentation, for example whether it is sun exposure or hormonal, as to how you would treat it.

‘It is important to protect the skin from daily UV exposure as well as using creams.’

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Here's an interesting pressrelease concerning the amazing Lifeline Skin Care product:

 International Stem Cell Corporation /quotes/zigman/451874 ISCO +2.04% ( ) today announced an update on its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lifeline Skin Care, Inc., which develops, manufactures and markets advanced skin care products based on stem cell technologies. Made with human parthenogenetic stem cell extracts, the products (a Defensive Day Serum and a Recovery Night Serum) deliver anti-aging benefits, including healthier and younger-looking skin. These products are available for purchase through and selected luxury spas across the United States.

In 2011 Lifeline appointed Donna R. Queen as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. She has worked previously as CEO of ZO Skin Health by Obagi, as well as served in strategic marketing positions for skin care companies including Allergan, Obagi Medical Products and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Last year the majority of Lifeline sales were directed through just one affiliate, John Mauldin, and limited to online marketing. Since Ms. Queen joined Lifeline, she has initiated new marketing initiatives to (1) assume leadership of the brand’s marketing initiatives (which previously had been assigned to Mr. Mauldin); (2) add additional strategic partners; (3) distribute Lifeline through destination and resort spas; and (4) heighten brand awareness and recognition.

Lifeline anticipates that new strategic partners will begin endorsing its products in 2012, and that key opinion leaders and peer group influencers would make broadcast appearances endorsing the brand. By aligning the brand with known and respected skin care professionals who have established relationships with the broadcast media, Lifeline expects to heighten visibility for the brand and its proprietary technology.

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The buzz in the beauty world is all about what’s underneath: we’re talking skin care, people.
   Here are Lucire’s hot picks for what should be going on your skin in these colder months.
   La Mav’s sweet orange foaming facial cleanser (100 ml, NZ$54·90) is designed to gently remove impurities from oily to combination skin types. All La Mav products are 100 per cent plant-based, from naturally derived ingredients.
   Packed with a bundle of natural ingredients, including bilberry and sugar cane extracts that help purify and exfoliate, while helping to refine and unclog your pores. Add in witch hazel, which has anti-inflammatory properties, and you’ve got a cleanser bursting with natural goodness. And we can’t forget the seaweed and green tea extract that help promote that luminous complexion we all strive for.

Murad Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15
If you’re suffering from dry, thinning skin, lacklustre tone, deep lines and wrinkles, Murad’s Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 (NZ$143) may have the answer.
   Women’s hormonal fluctuations can contribute to dramatic changes in your skins appearance. Murad Resurgence Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 is specifically formulated to fix skin problems associated with hormone changes during pregnancy, menopause and other health issues.
   Natural extracts help restore elasticity and smooth fine lines. Avocado oil and shea butter help deliver hydration to your skin. A special blend of luminescent minerals leave complexion naturally radiant.

Weleda almond soothing facial oil
Weleda is committed to all things natural, organic, eco-friendly, sustainable and Fair Trade, and is fresh from winning Best Ethical Range 2012, as voted by Natural Health magazine. Its new natural almond oil is a deeply absorbent, fragrance-free treatment that restores your skin’s healthy balance and revives its natural protection.
   The Weleda range grows all plant and herbs used in its skin range formulas in a biodynamic garden in the Derbyshire countryside. What’s more, all exotic plants needed are sourced from sustainable and organic farms that meet Fair Trade standards.
   This gentle-on-skin oil’s active ingredient of sweet almond makes it an intensive treatment for the whole body as well as helping to calm itchy skin.—Roanna Bell, Assistant Fashion Editor





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This may look like a simple question but it is not, in fact it seems many people wouldn't be able to tell the difference:

For the past week or so, I've received questions regarding the difference between an esthetician and a dermatologist.

Although they are both in the same field, there is quite a difference between the two. An esthetician is one who administers facials, including extractions and facial peels, facial massages (which are great, by the way) and aroma therapy. They advise customers on makeup, skincare, and products.

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of the skin-- he or she will diagnose skin disorders and write prescriptions. Their procedures are much more intense and may require frequent visits (depending on the issue), whereas an esthetician can be seen every other month or so.

Of course, both experts must receive extensive training; however the amount of time required for certification varies. For example, esthetician programs can last between six and eighteen months. Depending on where one choose to practice, dermatologists must spend approximately four to six years in med school, and that does not necessarily include residency or an internship. 

Paying a monthly visit to an esthetician can definitely reduce semi-problematic skin conditions such as clogged pores or minor breakouts. A dermatologist should be seen only if a problematic condition persists such as cystic acne and after you have exhausted all options.

In conjunction with visiting these skincare specialists, you can do certain things at home to prevent skin problem. First, and I say this all the time—DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. Remember, our skin is the largest organ we have, and anything we do not flush out will come through our pores.

Not to mention, we have to replace the water we lose on a daily basis. Having a basic skincare regimen and a healthy diet will assist with achieving positive results as well. Using too many products can cause your skin to react, so it is important to find out your skin type.

Use products for oily skin if your skin is oily; products for dry skin if your skin is dry, and so on. And most important, ask an expert if you are unsure of your skin type prior to purchasing any products...

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 MyChelle Dermaceuticals - a brand distinguished for its development of efficacious skin care formulated with the highest quality natural ingredients - introduced the experiential concept of offering a personalized complexion analysis by a MyChelle Natural Beauty Advisor via the VISIA Complexion Analysis System direct-to-consumers at Whole Foods Markets nationwide in spring 2011. With this service, MyChelle provides a completely complimentary, interactive approach to help customers better understand their complexion without the expense of visiting a dermatologist. To ensure consumers are receiving an accurate analysis, the MyChelle Natural Beauty Advisors are extensively trained in the operation of the VISIA system and have a deep understanding of every product in the MyChelle family. MyChelle's VISIA debut at Whole Foods Markets is a game changer for the grocery store channel as it helps consumers realize the effectiveness of the natural products they purchase.

Rather than simply telling shoppers that their products are effective, MyChelle is using VISIA as a welcome consumer tool in showing the efficacy of MyChelle products. This unprecedented mission is part of the brand's company-wide ambition in providing skin care solutions that answer the needs of their consumers and in proving that natural skin care can be effective. It's MyChelle's goal that with the advanced technology of their products combined with the convenience and service of the VISIA system, their consumers are ultimately able to achieve their personal definition of beauty.

"We're looking to answer the needs of the conscientious consumer who is searching for natural beauty products that work," said Sarah Eggenberger, Vice President of Product Development and Innovation for MyChelle Dermaceuticals. "By offering this unique service in Whole Foods, we are able to form a deeper relationship with our consumers and provide visual proof of the efficacy of our products. We're so pleased to partner with Whole Foods in delivering the best service and results for the consumer."

Since its introduction in 2011, Whole Foods and MyChelle have enjoyed increased traffic in the Whole Body department and upwards of triple digit sales increases year over year. VISIA provides a complete complexion profile with an eight-point analysis focusing on skin irregularities, wrinkles, texture, p-bacteria, pores, age spots, UV spots, and vascular areas. By using a safe, standard white light with a cross-polarized flash and UV photography, VISIA measures the skin's surface and subsurface condition which translates into an in-depth analysis of a customers' skin condition. To prove the results of MyChelle Dermaceuticals' skin care recommendations, at two and four month intervals consumers are encouraged to take a follow-up image with VISIA to realize the improvements in their skin.

To date, MyChelle has implemented VISIA Complexion Analysis Systems with the support of Natural Beauty Advisors in 18 Whole Foods stores nationwide and plans to grow this program exponentially in 2012. For more information please visit ...View the original article here