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Your Inner Body Is As Important As Your Outer Body

Menopause, Hormone Therapy & Aging Skin

Menopause and your skinGrowing up in the sixties, I got married very young and had my children quite soon after marriage. My body was supple and strong, naturally. As I aged my skin needed more attention. I would moisturize my outer body every day, to keep it fresh and hydrated. I worked out regularly, took dance classes and felt in really good shape.

My inner body was another issue. I went into menopause at 43. Very soon thereafter I noticed that my inner body started to dry up, I was mortified. Dr. Greene said to me “Honey, women are like prunes, as the fruit ages it dries up, just like us”. So out of desperation I went on hormone replacement therapy.

MoisturizeAfter 10 years of HRT, I chose to go off. Not only did that affect my inner body, it also made my outer body that much drier. I suddenly had two problems.

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Shea Butter, The Karite Tree and Your Youthful Skin

Karite Tree BranchThis change of season is brutal on our skin. Ladies, this is the time of year I remind you to moisturize from head to toe — but with oil, not lotion. Lotion is water-based. Use pure oil (I like shea oil) after the shower, and let it absorb before putting on your clothes. And don’t forget your feet!

Shea butter has been used for centuries for its unsurpassed ability to protect and regenerate the skin. It comes from the nut of the Karite (ka-ree-tay) tree, which grows throughout West Africa. The Karite nut is edible and contains 1-3 seeds surrounded by a thin brittle hull. The creamy substance, known as shea butter, is produced from these seeds.

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The secret to youthful radiant skin, what is your skincare regimen?

It is never too early or too late to start caring for your skin.

When I was a teenager, I was prone to get clogged pores and pimples.  It was embarrassing and painful.  I would pick at them every morning before school.  My parents finally sent me to a dermatologist who taught me the importance of keeping my face healthy and clean. And what a difference it made. To this day, I never use harsh soaps to cleanse my face.

But, as I maturClean Beautiful Skined so did my skin.  It was probably my experience as a teenager that drew me to the cosmetic business for so many years. There I learned even more, what is good and not for your skin. I really take good care of my skin.  I get a facial once a month.  I have my face exfoliated, cleansed, I get a glycolic peel and light fusion treatments, each month.  I have been doing that for over 20 years.

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