Earl R Stoddard, MD

May 8th, 2015

There is no question that the profound hormonal changes of menopause make women feel and look differently. This complex transition often affects moods, sleep, health and appearance. While it is vital for all women to focus on the many health aspects of aging, it too is important to love and accept yourself as you move through new stages in life. Fortunately, there are ways for you to both look great and feel good as you approach 50 and better.

As we age, our skin loses it protective pigment, becomes thinner, and the walls of the blood vessels become more fragile. In fact, thirty percent of skin collagen is lost during the first five years following menopause. Because of lower estrogen levels, women may develop more wrinkles and smile lines.

In the next Red Hot Mamas support group we will discuss ways to be healthy and look great on the outside. Topics include cleaning, moisturizing, laser treatment, retinoid, chemical peel, Botox and other topical products and treatment options. We will also address how diet, lifestyle choices, exercise and minimal sun exposure play a role in helping to maintain healthy, beautiful skin.

At around age 40, we start to see the cumulative effects of sun damage and an increase in skin cancer diagnoses. A good skin care routine, changing or adding products and routine skin examinations are just some of the ways to look and feel your best. We all know that outdoor activity is important for a healthy lifestyle and sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, but any tan is unhealthy and over exposure can have serious, long lasting effects.

Come and join us as we take a look at how, even on those days when you don’t feel all that grand, you can put on that dress and wear those shoes and move forward with a positive outlook and renewed sense of self.

I am hosting the Red Hot Mamas Seminar on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Portneuf Medical Center. The event will focus on “Healthy & Beautiful Skin; looking terrific at menopause and beyond.” The free seminar will be held in the Pebble Creek Auditorium. Doors open at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 6:30. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. Registration is preferred; to register visit Portneuf Classes online.

Red Hot Mamas monthly seminars are physician-presented and cover a wide range of topics relating to the physical and psychological stresses that can accompany this phase in a woman’s life. To learn more about PMC’s upcoming seminars including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.

To reach my office, call the Idaho Skin Institute at 208-238-7546.

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