I JUST ENTERED PERIMENOPAUSE. SHOULD I EXPECT CHANGES IN MY SKIN?

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The short answer is—yes. Common physical manifestations of perimenopause and menopause due to a decline in the hormone estrogen include: dry, crepey skin; wrinkles and sagging; slow skin turnover leading to dull skin and large pores; acne; thinning hair; brittle nails with ridging; weight gain and cellulite. Fortunately, growing evidence suggests that early intervention can thwart some of these undesirable effects.

Collagen is an important protein that’s vital for skin elasticity. During the first five years of menopause, an astounding 30 percent of skin collagen is lost. As discussed by Dr. Diane Madfes at the American Academy of Dermatology this past summer, the “timing hypothesis” theorizes that there’s a window of opportunity to stimulate collagen receptors before they are too far gone. Any trusted method of collagen stimulation can be effective, but early intervention is the key to possible skin benefits.

Start today by helping your skin look firmer in small ways. Always wear sunscreen to avoid collagen loss due to UV exposure; choose a good low-sugar, low-carb diet; and exercise regularly.

When you notice those first unavoidable signs of sagging, loss of elasticity or wrinkles, it’s time to take more definitive steps. Try REDEFINE Regimen to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and help create firmer-looking skin with the clinically proven AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller and Intensive Renewing Serum Using REDEFINE MACRO-Exfoliator™ for Extreme Smoothness and Radiance Active Hydration Serum! If you have ongoing concerns about menopause symptoms, discuss the pros and cons of estrogen supplementation with your doctor.

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THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIPS

It’s no secret that full lips are considered indicators of youth and sexual appeal. In fact, a 2010 study conducted by scientists at Manchester University demonstrated that lips possess incredible power to entice the opposite sex. Among the male participants, a woman’s lips were not only considered the most attractive part of her body, but on average, the men spent more time gazing at a potential mate’s mouth than her eyes or other facial features.

Put the language of love on your lips starting this Valentine’s Day with Rodan + Fields lip products. During the day, make sure you give your lips adequate sun protection by gliding on ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 25, featuring a unique blend of moisturizers and UVA/UVB broad spectrum sunscreen designed to hydrate and protect delicate skin on the lips. And at night, let the peptide- and antioxidant-rich REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum visibly smooth lips and reduce the appearance of lip wrinkles while you sleep.

At-Home Alternatives Vs. In-Office Procedures: Who Has the Last Line on Lips?

Our lips are one of the first facial features that shows signs of aging (after crow’s feet). You could spend thousands of dollars on in-office procedures and see periodic results. Or, you could take measures daily at home with the right skincare products to visibly diminish the signs of aging on your lips for long-lasting effects. You decide.

In-Office Procedure

 At-Home Alternative

 Microdermabrasion

 

MIcrodermabrasion paste 1-3 Times a week to achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin

 Dermal injectable fillers

ACUTE CARE™ applied 3x/week to reduce the appearance of expression lines around the mouth

 Derm-Needling

 

AMP MD™ System used on perimeter of lips daily for firmer, more youthful-looking skin

 Intense Pulsed Light

REVERSE Skin Lightening Accelerator Pack with hydroquinone to brighten and rejuvenate upper lip, a common area targeted for discoloration, such as melasma (applied daily for up to 3 months)

As you continue your journey to great skin in 2018 consider that even the smallest choices you make day or night can make a profound difference.

YOUR SKIN GETS USED TO INGREDIENTS SO YOU SHOULD SWITCH PRODUCTS PERIODICALLY

FICTION. Many variables can affect the daily results you experience from using your skincare Regimen, but your skin alone will not become immune over time to the clinical benefits of the products. Product efficacy depends on a variety of things, such as the active ingredients in a formula and your skin’s changing needs. Therefore, there’s no need to change your Regimen unless you develop new skin concerns.

Overall, most skincare products will take up to 12 weeks to deliver their maximum corrective results, so be patient. Certain skincare ingredients, like antioxidants, emollients and sunscreen, are well-tolerated by skin and will remain just as effective over time. However, you may opt to gradually increase concentrations of skin-sensitive retinoids, glycolic acid and niacin, once your skin can better tolerate them. To help boost motivation and track your results, take a “before” photo when you start a new Regimen and then take weekly “after” shots so you can see evidence of your skin’s transformation.

If a product seems less effective, consider whether changes in age, lifestyle or climate may be affecting your skin. Try taking a break from your Regimen for a few weeks to see how your skin responds. Because skin is hydrated primarily from the outside, evaluate your environment and adapt your skincare products accordingly.

Although you might not see the same rapid progress you enjoyed in the first weeks, it doesn’t mean the products have stopped working. Your skin may have reached its maximum benefit and be in “maintenance mode” while the products quietly sustain those initial benefits at a more optimal level.

Ultimately, don’t switch from a Regimen that has worked well for your skin. Remember, compliance with a skincare Regimen is key to achieving great results.

5 TIPS TO RISE AND SHINE A LITTLE EASIER

A friendly reminder: today is Daylight Saving Time And while it’s nice to have an extra hour of daylight, it’s no fun for the few days after we “spring forward” and lose an hour of sleep. Since getting up in the morning will be tricky this week, try these tips to make it a little easier.

1 Throw some shade. Leave the curtains or shades in your bedroom open halfway to allow natural light to shine in and start to wake you gradually and naturally.

2 Get moving…or stay still. As soon as you wake up, stretch, go for a walk, or do jumping jacks to get your blood flowing. If that sounds too daunting, take five minutes to meditate.

3 Adjust your attitude. Start the day by thinking of three things you are grateful for, or by setting a positive intention, whether it’s to keep a smile on your face or nail your work presentation.

4 Nosh and nourish. Eat a healthy breakfast that includes some protein to help you feel full longer. If you don’t have time to eat before running out the door, drink a glass of water to help you stay hydrated.

5 Give yourself five. Five minutes to take care of your skin, that is. After you use your R+F Regimen, you’ll be glowing on the outside, even if you’re sleepy on the inside.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover you’re a morning person after all.

CAN THE AMP MD™ MICRO-EXFOLIATING ROLLER HELP WITH SUN DAMAGE AND SHALLOW ACNE SCARS?

For best results, the AMP MD System is recommended for use with REDEFINE Regimen.

If your skin is free of acne, you may use the REDEFINE AMP MD System and REDEFINE Regimen to help improve the appearance of firmer, smoother and more even-looking skin while decreasing the appearance of large pores. However, if you are still experiencing breakouts, we suggest that you use the UNBLEMISH Regimen to address the complex issues associated with acne: red inflammation, excess oil and post-acne dark marks. The AMP MD System is not recommended for use on active acne or on very sensitive skin—so hold off on micro-exfoliating until your acne has cleared up.

 If you are concerned about uneven skin tone, brown spots and other telltale signs of sun exposure, you can amp up your REVERSE Regimen results by adding AMP MD to your daily routine. Within two weeks of using the REVERSE Regimen and REDEFINE AMP MD Micro-Exfoliating Roller, more than 80% of the participants saw faster results in overall skin appearance, brightness, texture and firmness.

GLOBAL TRENDS, GORGEOUS WOMEN: A LOOK AT SKINCARE SECRETS AROUND THE WORLD

One thing women in cultures­ throughout the world have in common is a universal passion for keeping their skin healthy and beautiful.

• Japan: Japanese women often dedicate half an hour to gently patting and layering as many 10 products, including masks, serums and creams, onto skin twice a day for a fresh, luminous glow.

• Morocco: Every week, Moroccan women visit a traditional steam room for two to three hours with friends or family, where they all enjoy an intense head-to-toe, cleansing body scrub (sometimes from each other), and socialize, until their skin looks radiant.

• India: The morning of her wedding, it’s customary for an Indian woman to have a turmeric paste applied to her face and body before washing it off for exceptionally vibrant, glowing skin.

• Korea: Skincare-savvy Korean women turn to the modeling (rubber) mask, an innovative mix-it-yourself product that drives the active ingredient into skin as it dries to a rubbery consistency. Once the mask is peeled off, skin is left intensely hydrated, nourished and radiant.

• Israel: To detoxify and purify skin, women in Israel cover their entire bodies with mineral-rich mud from the Dead Sea and then rinse off in that salty sea water for a fresh, revived, smooth look.

Ultimately, what makes all our skin stories unique also brings us together as beautiful. It’s best to do what works for you.  All Rodan + Fields® Regimens and tools are designed to work for all ethnicities—so no matter who you are, you can expect great results.

IS OUTDOOR “SCREEN” TIME INCREASING YOUR SKIN CANCER RISKS?

With access to information at our fingertips 24/7, we’re not used to parting with our smartphones, tablets and laptops for any amount of time—whether we stay inside or go out.

But, have you ever considered that using your device outdoors could have serious consequences for your skin? Think of those old-fashioned, foil tanning reflectors to envision how screens can reflect the sun onto your face, neck and under your chin—the vulnerable spots that might not be shielded by a hat or sunscreen.

Researchers at the University of New Mexico wondered about this UV exposure from screens in natural sunlight and how it might increase cumulative UV exposure over a lifetime. As reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (September 2015), they found that when a smartphone was held at close range, UV exposure increased by 36 percent. These results point to a new area of concern for our tech-savvy generation, however further research is needed to measure any increased skin cancer risks.

With spring break in full swing this March, college students and families everywhere will be traveling to warm, sunny destinations, and some will be basking in the sun for hours, devices in hand. Considering the already harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays on skin, why risk additional exposure due to your screen?

Wherever you choose to spend your days, limiting sun exposure (or avoiding it altogether) is the most effective preventative measure to protect your skin. If you simply must chat, tweet or surf the internet outside, always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, like REDEFINE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30, so you don’t get “burned” by your smart devices. To achieve a golden glow year round without catching any UV rays while you text, try ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan.

“SHARE” these sun smarts with everyone—especially those who spend a lot of screen time outdoors.