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This month celebrates 25 years of NAMS – The North American Menopause Society. To celebrate, they have published a ‘Special Feature’ in the The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, which could help change the way that physicians and health care professionals treat menopause, for the better.
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), one of the largest internationally recognized professional communities addressing health issues during Menopause, has published a comprehensive study on Menopause and it’s symptoms, officially stating that menopause is a physiological health issue, and detailing all the areas where menopause can affect the average menopausal female.
This is fantastic news for menopausal women everywhere and a great step forward in finding specific and effective ways to treat the changes that Menopause brings. The paper is based on an earlier book published by NAMS in 2000, and is publicly available on the NAMS website for all to read.
Just some of the changes talked about in the study include: skin care, hair care, mood swings, increased risk of osteoporosis, and sleep disturbance – just to name a few!
The paper, which has been published in The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, will now be used as an official guide for medical and healthcare professionals everywhere for clinical recommendations to the care of their menopausal patients – a huge break through for Menopause and women everywhere.
The paper was published to celebrate 25th anniversary of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and we expect to see great things from the healthcare and medical community following the publication of this insightful feature.
For more information on how to address skin concerns during menopause, visit www.stratumc.com, where you will find advice and detailed information on the effects menopause can have on the skin, in additional to helpful tips on healthy nutrition through menopause. Plus, Stratum C products provide innovative skin care to improve skin health and give your skin a boost, when you need it most.
Original News Article – http://www.pennlive.com/bodyandmind/index.ssf/2015/02/talking_menopause_harrisburg_a.html
NAMS Website – http://www.menopause.org
The Benefits of Aloe Vera
We have all heard of Aloe Vera, the plant used for its therapeutic properties and popularly used as a natural emollient, due to it being gentle, calming and soothing making it the perfect choice for skincare. Aloe, or ‘Aloe Barbadensis’, is full of nutritional benefits for your body and very popular amongst skin care manufacturers as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. It is also a perfect astringent, making Aloe the essential ingredient for a toner due to its deep cleaning, hydrating, moisturising and rejuvenating effects.
With so many choices out there, it can be difficult choosing which skin care product is best for you. Having the right levels of Aloe Vera and other active and natural ingredients in your skincare regime will make all the difference.
Aloe has mild healing qualities and is also known to kill bacteria, and when used as part of a skin toner, it delivers all the benefits into freshly cleansed skin.
Toners gently close the pores, so using Aloe will confidently leave the skin perfectly clean, nourished and healed. Aloe Vera has properties which allow it to reach deeper body tissues, taking all the nutrients of the Aloe into the skin. It also helps to retain moisture in damaged tissue; the penetrating power of Aloe allows water and other moisturisers to sink deeply into the skin, therefore also making it ideal to use before applying your face cream. Collagen is a big factor in preventing skin ageing during menopause and Aloe Vera has been found to increase the production of fibroblast cells, these are the cells responsible for for producing collagen and it has been known to increase by up to eight times as much as normal cell production.
Stratum C Calming Toner uses a high level of active ingredients to give you the highest quality products. As well as Aloe Vera, which gives it a natural green hue, it also contains Hyaluron, Papaya, Cucumber, Sage and Orange Flower which all help to enhance the delivery of Coenzyme Q10 into the dermis. CoQ10 is an important anti-oxidant ingredient used in our Calming Toner, this active ingredient will prevent dry skin, ageing and a dull complexion by powerfully combating free radicals. Stratum C Calming Toner compliments our existing Gentle Cleanser with Rose Hip Seed Oil, giving you a complete regime for beautifully clean skin. Use the toner morning and night, after cleansing to deeply clean the pores, remove make up and bacteria, leaving it soft and replenished.
To purchase the Calming Toner or any item from the Stratum C Menopause Skin Care range, please visit www.stratumc.com.
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There has recently been a lot in the media about the results of using harmful ingredients in skin care and cosmetic products, due to the adverse effects they can have on your health. EU regulations now do not permit the use of some substances such as methylisothiazolinone (MI), which was in the news back in September following an ‘epidemic’ of allergic reactions as a result of being used in many women’s skin care products.
A recent article by American industry professional Judith Lennox, who has 40 years experience working in aesthetics, has told of the questions she often gets asked by her clients about the types of ingredients to avoid. She goes into detail about the companies that she believes are now abiding by the EU regulations and which are not, and is very knowledgable about the effects that these different ingredients can have, such as the use of parabens, dioxane and formaldehyde which actually lock in toxins in the skin in their attempt to lock in moisture, which can actually cause the skin to become unhealthy or age more easily.
She then discusses the use of collagen. This is obviously a subject that our team here at Stratum C know a lot about, and we can confirm that what Judith says about topical collagen creams is true. When you apply creams to your skin that contain actual collagen, it creates a layer of film that suffocates the skin, as collagen is a “fibrous protein that is too large to penetrate the skin”. This is where creams such as Stratum C are much better for your skin, as Stratum C helps your skin to generate it’s own collagen naturally, and does not include collagen itself. This is caused by applying our unique combination of peptides, which are made up of naturally occurring amino-acids, which are present in the body until you reach a certain age. Usually as you get older, your body’s production of collagen and amino acids declines, often due to a change in hormones. Hyaluronic acid is also naturally occurring in the body, and is also present in Stratum C in large quantities, which helps to lock in moisture instead of creating a barrier on your skin’s surface.
Therefore, you should watch out for these harmful ingredients and avoid using topical creams that actually contain collagen as they may do more damage than good. We are pleased that professionals like Judith are able to share their knowledge with the millions of women that buy skin care products, as many are not aware of the effects that using these ingredients can have on your skin and on the rest of your body in fact. Aluminium is often used in anti-perspirants and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, whilst parabens have links to several different types of cancer. You should always do your research before you start to use a new brand or decide to change your skin care regime.
Next time you go shopping for cosmetics, make sure you read the label and if you have skin care concerns, ask a health professional for advice. Choosing your products carefully could save you money and often, spending a little more on good skin care products can be more of an investment and sometimes save you money in the long run, not to mention that this means you will be using the highest quality ingredients that your skin deserves.
To find out more about Stratum C products, please visit our website, http://www.stratumc.com.
To read the original article by Judith Lennox, click the link below:
Last week following the end of World Menopause Month in October, something magical happened in the world of menopausal news. Journalist Mandy Appleyard, who currently writes for Femail, ‘came-out’ about her own menopause and has agreed to write an occasional column about the progress of her symptoms, allowing us to follow her experiences and compare what it is like to be a modern day menopausal woman.
Here at Stratum C, we are all for women talking openly about menopause, as let’s face it, all women have this in common and we shouldn’t have to feel like we can’t discuss it openly! I have often wondered why menopause has been a bit of a taboo? Could it be due to the intimate nature of certain symptoms?
Menopause is something that all women will experience and is often more troublesome for certain ladies than others, which can be determined by all sorts of extenuating circumstances such as hysterectomy or simply by age, whether it be early or late. For most, the first signs of menopause are unpleasant, such as constantly feeling like your internal thermostat is broken and stuck on max. Suddenly, you may start feeling as though you don’t understand the fundamental demands of your body anymore as the process of menopause means that in some cases, you may have to start taking care of your body quite differently to how you did before.
Though, Mandy Appleyard is not the only one to speak out as of late, as you know, Linda Barker has also admitted to being menopausal and is a great lover of our very own menopause skin products from the Stratum C range. We have also seen Patsy Kensit talk about her own experiences on TV and we have noticed an amazing trend of menopause related interest in the media over the last few months, which we think is fantastic. We thank Mandy Appleyard for helping to break down the stigma surrounding menopause and will eagerly await her next column article to find out her viewpoints, but also for a mood lift, due to her very entertaining way of putting it.
To see this week’s story, click on the link below, where you can find a few positives about the menopause to put you in a good mind set for the start of the week. Enjoy!