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CREPEY SKIN

Category: Skin and Hair Care  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, May 02, 2016

CREPEY SKIN

I think you all know what I mean by Crepey Skin.  It has also been called Elephant Skin, Paper-thin skin or Grandma Skin. Skin that has turned crepey is thin, loose and flaccid with sagging. It is the thinning of the dermis and epidermis that makes skin look like this.  As collagen  & elastin break down, skin folds accumulate and skin starts to thin out. Just because your skin is starting to have a "mind of its own" and lacks the firmness it used to have, does not mean you have to live with it like that.

(All the suggested products will be listed for you at the end)

 

Let's talk about the areas that get crepey.

 

THE FACE:

The eyes are very likely to show crepiness first.  Skin on the cheeks can start to thin, too.  If your facial crepey skin also comes with sunspots, it is a dead giveaway that sun exposure has basically eaten away at your collagen.

How to Fix it:

Cheeks, Face in General:

Glycolic Acid can peel away fine lines.  Stimulating collagen with nightly retinol can also do the trick.  A surgical option?  A fractional laser can amend the skin but it has a good degree of downtime.

Eyes:

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on the face.  Years of environmental damage and squinting can wear away the thickness of the skin, making the eyes look crepey.  Once that happens, it affects your overall appearance.

How to Fix it:  Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic moisturizes and helps skin plump up.  Peptides are small proteins that stimulate the production of collagen.

 

 

THE NECK:

Crepey neck skin is different.  Skin just doesn't become loose; it also develops horizontal bands.  You know, the so called "Turkey Neck"

How to Fix it:

Load your skin with a sculpting agent (DMAE) and firming ingredients like peptides to tighten and moisturize.  This counteracts the loose texture. Hyaluronic acid gives deep moisturization that is also helpful.

 

Surgical Option:  Fraxel Dual laser.  Botox might help, but only to tighten the neck which will help the crepey skin look less bunched up.

Décolleté:  Same product…DMAE  and Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize.  Dryness only makes the crepiness more pronounced.

 

KNEES:

Sun exposure is credited with crepey skin on the knees.

How to fix:

DMAE, Hyaluronic Acid.  Basically the same as you would use on your neck.  Remember, you do not need to use too much product.  This is a mistake many women make and then it just becomes too expensive.  Just use enough to penetrate the skin.  You do not need to see a bunch of product on the skin surface after your application.

 

INNER ARMS:

Same as for the knees and neck.

 

HANDS:

Aging hands can be rejuvenated. For crepey skin, apply a Retin-A product to the back of the hands nightly and seal it in with hyaluronic acid.  It improves skin texture and your hand skin will look thicker and firmer over time.  Be Consistent!

Surgical Option:  I am told Radiesse can re-volumize the area, but I am skeptical at this point.  I think, what if one part gets plumped up and another part doesn't? Barbara's jury is still out on this one. I'd have to experiment for you and I'm not quite ready!  LOL

 

ARMS & ELBOWS

The underarms and elbows can get really crepey as we age.  OR as you lose weight.
Hormone changes due to menopause can affect these areas most directly

Rebuilding collagen is the best way to take care of this thinning skin on the arms.  For the elbows, I like Retinol and Glycolic acid.  Use the glycolic first, then the retinol.  And keep the elbows moist with hyaluronic acid.

 

I've found some great collagen boosters that can move things along at the same time you are using your topicals.

 

Reversing crepey skin takes time, but I'm going to fight the good fight.

If you don't have it yet, Prevention is key. And don't forget your hormone crème!

 

New Health Skin's TOP product!

1. LIFT IN A JAR - DMAE plus Hyaloronic Acid

2. OVERNITE SUCCESS - Peptide complex, Hyaluronic Acid, plus Vitamin C

3. ADVANCED HYDRATION - pharmaceutical amount of Hyaluronic Acid

4. RETIN-AL SERUM - Vitamin A, Matrixyl  

5. GLYCOLIC ACID 10%

 

Two other fabulous products that help with collagen renewal.

6. SUPER COLLAGEN POWDER - Collagen type 1 & 3 plus Hyaluronic Acid

7. COLLAGEN BEAUTY BURST - Collagen type 1 & 3 plus Hyaluronic Acid

 

You can find all these suggested items on the New Healthy Skin website!

HERE http://www.newhealthyskin.com/

You can also check out the most recent YouTube video on Crepey Skin!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqARhZD6wkc

LADIES, KEEP YOUR SKIN LOOKING YOUTHFUL!

Love,

Barbara Hoffman

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LATE NIGHT & MIDNIGHT SNACKS!

Category: Weight Loss  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2016

LATE NIGHT & MIDNIGHT SNACKS!

WHAT YOU CAN EAT AT NIGHT & NOT FEEL BAD ABOUT IN THE MORNING!

 

 

Craving Sweets / Ice Cream?

This is for You!!!

¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

½ cup berries

Touch of Stevia or brown sugar

¼ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp grated lemon zest (optional)

Puree all ingredients in a blender. 

Transfer to a container and freeze until firm.

1 serving.   Double recipe for 2 servings.

Rich in calcium!

 

OR...

Freeze bananas (without the peel)

Put in blender, mix until smooth & creamy.

Add berries of any kind to make your own flavor OR add peanut butter for a PB/Banana flavor

High in potassium & fiber

 

Craving Salt / Chips?

2 cups Popcorn - Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese

 

Craving Pie?

Microwave an apple.

Core it, put it in a dish with 1 oz. low sugar apple juice

Microwave 1 min (or more, depending on your microwave)

Top with cinnamon and add raisin or nuts. (cashews yum!)

 

Want Mexican?

Mix ½ Avocado with ¼ cup salsa

Eat with baby carrots or thin sliced zucchini

 

Craving Candy?

Mix a scoop of almond butter or peanut butter with a few dark chocolate chips or chopped almonds.  Eat like this OR freeze in balls. Yum!

 

Craving Carbs?

1 cup black beans provides tryptophan, protein & fiber.

You can mash them and wrap in a low carb tortilla.  I found some with only 5 net carbs

Or just eat them alone

HOT TIP For You Late Nite Eaters!

For those of us who cannot resist the urge to eat late at night, a certain supplement can help! Yes!  Studies show that you can cancel out any negative effect by taking Omega 3 fatty acids during the day.  These block the production of inflammatory prostaglandins for about 8-12 hours.  They work so quickly, you can even take them just before a midnight snack and still combat the pro-inflammatory agents.

Your new Best Friend!!    

Don't feel bad in the morning. Choose fun, guilt free snacks!

Love,

Barbara

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Vaginal Estrogen

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Barbara, I am so confused. My provider wants me to use vaginal estrogen cream for the dryness I have been experiencing. But then my girlfriends tell me how bad it is to use estrogen. Can you help me understand all of this?

This is a common question from those of you who call me.

The Facts: Bio-identical vaginal estrogens have a low risk profile and are safe for most women to use. Local estrogen means that the estrogen is being applied directly to the vagina. It works by rebuilding the lining of the vagina and the urethra and helping to maintain muscle tone of the vagina and the urethra. Only a very small amount is absorbed systemically, or into the blood stream, so you don't have to worry.

When your estrogen goes really low, vaginal tissue suffers.  When healthy, it is pink, moist, and elastic. With vaginal atrophy, tissue looks gray, dry and thin. The most prevalent symptoms are vaginal dryness, vaginal irritation and itching. You may also begin to get frequent UTIs or burning with urination. I had one woman tell me, "It feels like the Sahara Desert down there"

Vaginal administration of bio-identical estrogen provides enough estrogen to relieve symptoms and reverse those atrophic changes.

So, if your doctor gave you a product that contains estradiol or estriol, that is bio-identical and you do not need to be afraid to use it.

Women often see dramatic improvement in vaginal dryness and urinary symptoms within weeks.

Vaginal estrogen is NOT associated with clinically significant increases in blood estrogen levels or any abnormal growth of the uterine lining. And no increased risk of breast cancer in women with no prior history of breast cancer.

If you have a history of breast cancer and non-hormonal options aren't working for you, you should discuss this options with your doctor or oncologist. Many will absolutely let you use vaginal estrogen.

So, if you have a prescription for estradiol or estriol vaginal suppositories or crème, do not be afraid.

If you want more information on vaginal dryness & what you can do OR on a good product that contains estriol, email me! bhoffman@bhngroup.com

 

 

 

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HOW TO EXPLAIN HOT FLASHES TO MEN!

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016

HOW TO EXPLAIN HOT FLASHES TO MEN!

Exactly how do you explain hot flashes to a man? Put your hairdryer on the highest setting and chase him around the house!  Just Kidding!! 

Seriously here's what to do:

The physical & emotional changes a woman goes through during menopause can put a significant strain on even the happiest partnership. Did you use to have harmony, peace & a nice sex life? And now you have arguments & frustration? 

In the face of your fatigue, irritation, & lack of sexual interest, your husband might just feel like he can do nothing right, no matter how hard he tries. Your hot flashes are probably a complete mystery to your partner. Taking the time to explain your hot flashes to him can open his eyes to the struggles you are experiencing.

Here are a few tips:

Start with basic biology.

Most men have very little understanding of basic female biology, even if they are fathers many times over. Now you don't have to create diagrams or haul out medical textbooks; just explain that your decreasing hormone levels affect the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. In other words your "thermostat" has gone haywire. Men understand thermostats. Tell him that your brain thinks you are cold, and being a friendly brain, wants to warm you up. Tell him that instead of buying a wood stove, he can use you to heat the family room in the winter! (ha-ha). Also tell him that hot flashes & night sweats are common to 75 %of woman during Perimenopause & Menopause.  You are not a freak of nature!  "Honey, this is a real, medically-documented phenomenon. At midlife we woman have weight gain & hot flashes; you guys buy a motorcycle!

Don't downplay your symptoms.

Sometimes, we try to be stoic and downplay how miserable we feel. This is stressful and you will probably become resentful. Don't minimize how you feel when a hot flash hits. Get as descriptive as you need to be. Whether your skin feels "like it is on fire" or your head "feels like it is going to explode," tell him. But try to keep your emotions in check. Sometimes, men tune out when women start getting emotional. You want him to understand that this is a physical reaction, not an emotional one. "Honey, it's like someone is holding a Blow Torch to me." Maybe you can both chuckle.

Explain you need "hands off" during a hot flash.  

When hot flashes hit, the easiest way to deal with them is to remove a layer of clothes and find a cool breeze. The last thing you need is a man who sees you taking off a piece of clothing and wants to snuggle or lean on your shoulder during a movie marathon! Instead of pushing away your attention-seeking mate without explanation, make sure he knows that you need a few minutes to cool off. A typical hot flash lasts anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. HOWEVER it can take up to 30 minutes for a woman to feel normal again after a hot flash, especially with stronger and more intense hot flashes. Let him know that as soon as you cool off, you will be back to cuddle again so he doesn't feel like you are pushing him away. And, by the way, congratulations if you have a cuddling husband!

Give him a way to help.  

Men love to solve problems and providing a "to-do list" for your hot flashes may let him feel more helpful. Whether you need an open window, a lower thermostat or to just head outside to cool off, get him involved as best you can. You may also want to explain other lifestyle changes that may minimize hot flashes. Getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet that includes more cruciferous vegetables can also help reduce the severity of hot flashes. Get your man involved in these changes so he feels like he is helping you feel better. Make sure he understands that menopausal symptoms may last a while so he doesn't think there is a quick fix!

Conclusion:

Ladies, Men will not intuitively understand your hot flashes. They have never had one. If your guy truly doesn't understand your struggle, have him call me.  I promise I will help! You can also tell him to go on my website and order you a couple of jars of progesterone crème.  You can let him rub it on you!

Fact:

I can tell you that women with hot flashes are found to have healthier vessels than women who do not. So that is the proverbial silver lining.  Also, my experience is that life post-menopause is fantastic... especially if your child, or children have moved out of the house. LOL

 I love you, Ladies.  I'm on your side!

 Warmly, (yes, that is a pun)

Barbara

Call or email me if you need more help!

Tell your man to read barbs cup...

"Im Still Hot

   it just comes in flashes!"

# (877) 880- 0170 or bhoffman@bhngroup.com

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Progesterone For Pregnancy

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Friday, March 18, 2016

Can Progesterone Help with Pregnancy?

YES.. YES.. YES!!

 

Progesterone means "Pro" Gestation. Gestation means the process of being carried in the womb!

Progesterone is used extensively in infertility clinics, especially for women who have a history of miscarriage. It has been studied for 60 years, all the way back to the 1940s, so it is SAFE!

Here's how it works: progesterone aids in conception because it prepares the uterine wall for implantation of the fertilized egg.  The wall needs to be STRONG. An egg may fertilize, but is unable to implant and fails to survive after implantation. Progesterone stimulates the maturation and growth of the uterus to make that wall strong and ready to receive your fertilized egg.

Good progesterone levels during pregnancy are crucial for survival of the embryo. Progesterone also keeps the uterus from contracting and expelling the embryo in its early stages. It promotes growth of blood vessels that nourish the baby. That significantly reduces the rate of pre-eclampsia also known as toxemia which can threaten a pregnancy.

If you don't have a doctor, you can use Progesterone on your own. It is available over the counter... no prescription necessary. Very safe for both the mother and the baby. Progesterone levels in the placenta are up to 6 times the level of the mother during late pregnancy! Progesterone is made by the placenta, God's link between you and your developing baby. Good for your baby and good for you!

 

 

Now, THIS IS INTERESTING:

I have seen studies that the children of women who use progesterone during pregnancy tend to be more advanced, walk earlier and are "above average" in academics (school).  If the mother used the progesterone early in pregnancy, children seemed to benefit the most.

Wow! God sure knew what he was doing when he gave us the "proGestation hormone" Also, great for post partum depression.

 

HOW TO USE:

Rule of thumb, the levels that will support a pregnancy are 40-80 mg per day for the 1st and 2nd trimester.  After 3 months, placenta makes high amounts of Progesterone so after the 3rd month, you can gradually decrease or stop.

Past History of Miscarriage? You may choose to continue through the week prior to your expected due date. This may give you peace of mind.

 

BE SURE THE PROGESTERONE IS BIO-IDENTICAL, NOT PROGESTIN (which is a synthetic).

Synthetic progesterone can be harmful to the embryo.

We have many testimonials and baby pictures from happy moms.  Let me know how you do!  I care!  Do not be discouraged.  I had my son when I was 40 and my friend had her son when she was 45. J

Start thanking God for your baby!


 
Want to read more about the studies on progesterone & pregnancy?
We have so much info for you!
Call or email and we will put it in your hands ASAP!

(877) 880-0170 or bhoffman@bhngroup.com

Find Your Progesterone Crème HERE!!

www.bhnformulas.com

Trying to get pregnant?

Visit our fertility shoppe for more information!

http://www.bhnformulas.com/the-fertility-shop.html

 

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