Health and Beauty
Anne of Bard’Au & Co shares her ideas on health and beauty
HOW DOES MENOPAUSE AFFECT THE SKIN?
Menopause is an incredibly complicated process that all women endure as they reach middle age. For some, symptoms appear to be a mere end to the monthly cycle. For others, it is a difficult process that can last for a few years and cause a variety of changes. Menopause not only affects the internal body, it affects the skin as well.
What Happens to Hormones During Menopause?
Hormonal changes and declines, as well as the slowdown in ovarian activity (which includes decrease in B-Estradiol levels), cause many of the changes we see associated with menopause. Hormones can cause hot flashes, which are intense of warmth in the skin, particularly of the face, accompnaie by profues sweating. In addition, the adrenal glands and ovaries of post-menopausal women secrete increased androgens.
Menopause and the Skin
So what does this have to do with the skin? A lot! The hormonal changes that occur during and after menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology in new and different ways.
We know that the decline of B-Estradiol during menopause is one of the culprits in the accelerated aging of the skin. We also know that menopause is mostly caused by age-related changes in the ovaries, and the number of follicles remaining in the ovaries of menopausal women is significantly reduced. In addition, the follicles that remain become less sensitive to stimulation by pituitary hormones, even though their levels are elevated, resulting in fewer mature follicles and a reduction in the production of corpora lutea. This results in lowered estrogen and progesterone production, which in turn leads to changes in the skin.
As a woman gets closer to menopause, the following changes begin to occur in the skin:
During the reproductive years, B-Estradiol stimulates a more fluid sebaceous gland secretion (“anti-acne” effect). During menopause, as estrogen levels decrease, testosterone (produced by the adrenal glands) is no longer masked in the woman’s body. Testosterone reveals itself by stimulating sebaceous glands to secrete thicker sebum, giving the appearance of oily skin (and the tendency toward adult acne in some women).
Tip: Try Nimue Purifier to control excess sebum without drying effects.
Also due to the unmasking of testosterone, some women may develop facial hair, particularly in the chin area.
Tip: Try Threading hair removal instead of waxing
SAGGING SKIN AND WRINKLES:
Estrogens stimulate fat deposits over the female body; as estrogen levels drop during menopause, fat deposits tend to become redistributed and often concentrated over the abdomen and/or on the thighs and buttocks. The result is a loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms; this allows sagging wrinkles to appear, and the skin over these areas is less easily compressed, as it loses its mobility. Also, fat deposits are reduced in the breasts, resulting in loss of turgor, which causes the breasts to begin to sag and flatten
Tip: Try Dermaceutic Dermalift 0.5 and active Retinol 0.5 to treat sagging skin on the face and neck.
ELASTOSIS: Protein synthesis, particularly that of collagen and elastin, are partially controlled by estrogens. Thus, during menopause, the lowered estrogen levels result in less production and repair of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin. This lack of repair is particularly pronounced if the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays are very destructive to collagen, and if we lose our repair mechanism, then we lose our skin’s resiliency. This results in elastosis.
Tip: Try Pro Active Collagen Liquid to repair collagen in the skin
THINNING EPIDERMIS: The growth and maintenance of blood capillaries in the dermis are partially under the control of the estrogens. Thus, blood flow through the dermal capillaries is reduced during menopause, and less nutrients and oxygen are available to the Stratum Germinativum or Basal Cell layers of the epidermis. This contributes to the thinning of the epidermis and a slower cell turnover rate, which is accompanied by a reduction in the barrier function of the epidermis, leading to increased trans-epidermal water loss and dry skin.
Tip: Try Dermaceutic Hyalceutic for intense moisturising
MORE PRONE TO SUN DAMAGE: The maintenance of Melanocytes (cells that manufacture the pigment Melanin) is under the control of estrogens. As menopause progresses, the number of melanocytes in the skin is reduced (they degenerate). With less melanocytes, we produce less of the protective melanin and skin appears lighter. Menopausal skin is, therefore, more prone to sun damage, making it even more important to protect the skin with a sunblock
Tip: Try Heliocare air gel 360º to protect from sun damage.
HYPERPIGMENTATION / AGE SPOTS: Estrogens also temper melanin production. That is, estrogen exerts a regulatory effect on the production of melanin; it keeps it under control. In areas of the skin that have been exposed to UV rays over the years, as menopause arrives, melanin synthesis increases (due to lack of regulation by estrogen). This can result in brown “age spots” appearing on the face, hands, neck, arms and chest of many women.
Tip: Try Neo Strata Illuminating serum to treat hyperpigmentation.
HOT FLASHES: Hot flashes are typically defined by a strong sense of warmth in the skin, (mainly the face), followed by excessive sweating. It had long been thought that hot flashes were caused directly by the abrupt lowering of B-Estradiol levels, but we now know that a woman’s sympathetic nervous system is more active after menopause because of low estrogen, causing the dilation of skin arterioles and sweating, as well as the rise in body temperature and an increase in heart rate. Hour-to-hour changes in the secretion of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland of post-menopausal women have also been associated with hot flashes.
Tip: Try Nimue Vit C Moisture Mist to refresh and firm the skin.
OTHER SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE:
Menopause affects much more than the skin. Some possible internal symptoms can include dizziness, numbness, heart palpitations, insomnia, backaches and dry mouth, among others.
About 85% of women have menopausal symptoms both before and after they reach it; the occurrence and intensity of symptoms vary from woman to woman. For most, these symptoms stop within a year, but for some, symptoms can last as much as three years or more.
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WHAT IS RADIO FREQUENCY (RF):
Pollogen’s Tripollar RF machine, an innovative 3rd generation, radio frequency technology that delivers immediate visible facial contouring effects from the first treatment – and long-lasting results without surgery or downtime
RF energy when used for skin tightening is able to penetrate deep into the skin and affect the deeper dermis and subcutaneous layers, causing tightening and improvements to the underlying tissue structure.
Based on the scientific term Radio Frequency, RF treatment is a non-surgical means of “reshaping” the body and the face from beneath the superficial layer of the skin. This method uses a sophisticated device specifically designed to treat men and women’s most common skin ageing problems like wrinkles, excess fatty tissues or cellulite.
The method utilized radio frequency waves which is basically heat energy meant for tissue remodelling and prodcution of elastin and new collagen.
Unlike invasive procedures which primarily affect the most superficial layers of the skin, the resulting heat of the RF treatment works mainly on the deepest layer of the skin, the dermis, without affecting the upper layers that are above it such as the epidermis. As heat is a stimulation that promotes contracion of the underlying tissues, especially at the dermis level, soft tissue found within that area of the body compress, realign and even produce new collagen, a process that normally takes many months to complete. With healthy new collageen present from the deepest level of the skin, exposing such soft tissues to further RF waves help sculpt and tighten those tissues into a more youthful and elastic surface.
Benefits of Radio Frequency:
- Diminishes or removes cellulite:
With the adipose tissue and fats as the cause of cellulite, the heat coming from the RF treatment diminishes the bulging of excass fatty tissues
- Reduction of body fats:
both cellulite and body fats have one thing in common-the problem lies with the fatty tissues from beneath the skin’s superficial and lower layers. The resulting heat mechanism from the RF treatment causes some body fats to melt and be drained into the system thereby producing a result at par or equal to surgical means of losing body fats
- Tightening of skin: by using RF treatment, deep-seated soft tissue from under the skin are stimulated which facilitates healing through the production of new collagen tissues that are reactive towards the RF waves.
- Reduces the appearance of scars
- Lifts and firms saggy skin
- Safe, effective and no downtime
WHAT IS LIPOLYSIS?
Lipolysis is an innovative, gentle and non-surgical method which removes the accumulation of stubborn fat deposits in targeted regions of the body.
While ordinary lipolysis is already a trusted and effective method of permanent fat reduction, the new generation’ difference is that it is combined with a cocktail of added ingredients to rapidly metabolise and disperse of targeted fat.
Lipolysis is an extremely effective method of combating cellulite and enhancing the effects of dieting and exercise.
Lipolysis removes has a toning effect, reduces cellulite and removes fat safely around the waist, inner thigh, abdomen, under the upper arms, knees, bra-pockets and double chin.
How does the treatment work?
Lipolysis for fat removal and cellulite treatment uses a mixture of fat-dissolving phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate saline solution, injected to the localised regions of the body. The treatment is performed by a specially trained professional and involves virtually painless micro-injections into the targeted fat layer beneath the skin.
The active ingredient is Phosphatidylcholine (PPC) a component of Soy Lecithin, which has the ability to remove fat permanently. Lecithin prevents the body from storing fat in the targeted regions and improves the fat burning capacity of the body. The second component is Deoxycholate (DC) saline solution that keeps PPC in a soluble, injectable state.
During application, active substances lead to cracking of the membranes of fat cells in the treated zone and to outpouring of their content into the surrounding tissue. From there, in a natural way, via the bloodstream, the fat is transported to the liver and metabolised. Transportation takes place via the lymphatic system, therefore the need to drink a lot of water.
The new generation Lipolysis products difference comes into play due to the fact that we add a cocktail of herbs and seaweed to speed up fat metabolism, general metabolism and movement of the emulsified fat into the lymph system. It is necessary to emphasise that this procedure is not an alternative to a healthy diet or exercise, but helps to target areas not easily affected by regular exercise and dieting.
Phosphatidylcholine has been successfully used around the world for almost 16 years as part of intravenous treatment of cholesterol related illnesses, and more recently, also for the reduction of fat deposits in targeted regions of the body. It was first used in Spain and became popular in other parts of Europe, Brazil, USA, and recently also in South Africa.
A combination treatment of Lipolysis together with Radio Frequency results in guaranteed centimetre loss, skin toning and / or cellulite reduction.
Health and Beauty
Anne of Bard’Au & Co shares her ideas on health and beauty
What is Micro-needling?
“Micro-needling is designed to increase collageen and improve the quality of the skin”, says Richard A Korentager, a plastic surgeon who specialises in burn surgery and wound care. “we also use it to help get certain products more deeply into the skin like anti-oxidants and vitamin C. The goal is to smooth out areas where there’s scars, wrinkles and it helps with pore size. It’s a safe office-based procedure”
Micro-needling is a skin rejuvenating procedure in which tiny needles create punctures in the top layer (epidermis) of the skin whith the goal of improving overal texture and appearance.
Dermapen vs Dermaroller. What’s the difference?
We’ve all heard of the term ‘micro needling’, indeed a lot of salons still provide micro needling for skin rejuvenation using traditional ‘derma roller’ devices.
Technology has thankfully moved forward with the invention of the ‘Derma pen’, which is a much more advanced and effective method for skin rejuvenation.
Both Dermapen and Dermaroller are forms of micro needling used to stimulate the prodcutions of new collagen by needling the skin. Microneedling causes micro-injuries to the epidermis, which signals the body to produce collagen to remodel the damaged area, which in effect rejuvenates the skin making your skin look younger and fresher and effective treats an array of common skin concerns such as acne scarring, lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, stretch marks, scars and more …
So, if Dermapen and Dermaroller are both forms of micro needling then what makes them so different?
- More precise
Dermapen can easily treat those hard to reach areas such as around the eyes, nose and upper lip whereas it is more difficult to reach these areas with traditional derma rollers
- Customised treatment
Needle depth can be adjusted with Dermapen whereas Dermaroller can only reach a single depth.
The benefit of adjusting needle depth allows us to cater to different areas of the face that require different penetration levels for best results.
This is extremely important when treating specific skin concerns such as acne scarring or delicate areas of the face such as the eye area
- Less epidermal damage resulting in minimal downtime
The needles in the Dermapen penetrate the skin vertically whereas with dermaroller the needles penetrate the skin at an angle causing more chance of ‘tears’ through the skin leading to more side effects and therefore longer receovery time.
- Fast treatment with minimal discomfort
As dermapen has a built in motorised system it is more precise and accurate on its depth of penetration and can penetrate the skin from up to 100 times per second with an adjustable speed whereas speed can not be adjusted with derma rollers as this is dependent on the handlers technique. Being able to adjust the speed minimises skin damage, pain and recovery time
Health and Beauty
Anne of Bard’Au & Co shares her ideas on health and beauty
6D Microblading – Wake up with make-up!
With the use of an utra thin needle configuration, we implant pigment into the skin by making small hair-like strokes. The results will last 1-2 years before a touch up is required.
The Significance of Eyebrows
Eyebrows are one of the most important parts of the human face. Eyebrows are considered to be a natural barrier that protects our eyes from humidity, dirt, etc.
However, eyebrows do play another important role – they help people to express emotions. If you remove eyebrows from the face you will hardly catch the emotional message a person is trying to express. Moreover, other facial features will “fade away” as well.
Eyebrows play a significant role in the forming of facial proportions, because eyebrows frame our face. Proper brow shape can help you to correct facial features and conceal certain imperfections, such as a big nose, wide-set or close-set eyes, too round or long face shape etc.
6D Microblading technique is a hair stroke technique of semi-permanent makeup, which is performed with the help of 6D Microblading needles and natural pigments that minimalize traumatic injuries to the skin. This technique also offers natural and lasting results without undesirable colours such as blue or red.
The technique of ‘eyebrow tattooing‘ originated in Central and South Asia.
Evolution from Tattoo to Microblading Technique
All of this began with drawing pictures with symbolic meanings on the body with the help of needles and pigments. This was done manually. Once this technique was first applied on the eyebrows, it started being successfully applied with this purpose for many years. The technique continued to improve.
Over the course of time certain things have changed, for example: instruments, pigments and needle penetration depth. Soon the procedure started to be performed with the help of a special machine and it was called “tattoo”.
After this procedure, eyebrows look sharper and brighter. Fashion dictates its own rules, emphasizing natural and refined looks. This pushed specialists to bring in tattoo as a novelty in the form of permanent makeup. Although tools and pigments have changed and the effect doesn’t last long; with permanent makeup techniques the eyebrows look more natural. This technique continued to develop into what we now know as semi-permanent makeup with hair stroke effect. Specialists designed tattoo machines for permanent makeup that allowed implanting the pigment into the skin and this proved to produce a more natural effect. For many years this procedure was very popular and is still in demand.
10 years later the 3D technique appeared, which involved the use of Microblading needles, but this time they were modernized and had 6-13 prongs joined together into one line in the form of a fine blade.
A unique scheme of drawing hair strokes which copied the natural hair growth was designed. But even this technique has been modernized over time. The needles have become finer, the ingredients of pigments now contain all natural ingredients and the scheme of the eyebrow styling has become even more natural. The 6D technique guarantees stunning result that will last from 1 to 2 years.
Wake up with make-up!
Contact Anne, resident expert at bard’au&co, today for your free assessment on 0606651907
Below, you can view the evolution of permanent makeup eyebrows: