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Turning Point: Treating Menopausal & Perimenopausal Skin  

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Those in Generation X are currently between 44 years old and 59 years old, and as of 2019, there are approximately 65.2 million Gen Xers in the United States. Sixty-four million United States women are 50 and older with half of the female population being age 40 and older according to the United States Census Bureau (2021). It’s estimated that 6,000 women daily, and more than two million women yearly, reach menopause. By the year 2025, 1.1 billion women will be menopausal due to women living longer. The average woman can expect to spend 40% of her life in post-menopause.

CHANGE OF LIFE 

Menopause, which starts on average between the ages of 45 and 55 years, is defined as the cessation of menses, the menstrual cycle. Whereas, perimenopause is the precursor to menopause. Perimenopause means “around menopause” and refers to the time during which the body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition. Women start perimenopause at different ages. A woman may notice signs of progression toward menopause, such as menstrual irregularity, sometime in their 40s, but some women notice changes as early as their mid-30s. 

Menopause is associated with falling estrogen levels which can bring about a significant number of health challenges, including bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis, depression due to waning levels of the anti-inflammatory hormone estradiol, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), to name just a few. Estrogen is an important reproductive hormone in people of all sexes. It’s generally known as the female sex hormone because of its role in the development of the female reproductive system and regulation of the menstrual cycle. 

Estrogen stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, a substance that retains water in skin and promotes the production of collagen and elastin, proteins that give skin its elasticity and firmness. The impact of the low estrogen state of menopause also has implications on the structure and function of skin, with as many as 64% of women attending menopause clinics reporting skin problems. 

 

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Lila Castellanos has focused her energies into the beauty industry for the past 19 years, specializing in skin rejuvenation. She has lent her expertise to several different fields including as a paramedical aesthetician as well as in both day spa and mobile spa business models. It was through these varied experiences, along with the interactions with her loyal clientele, that she honed her passion for improving and maintaining the health and integrity of her clients’ skin. Castellanos thrives on being able to use her extensive knowledge to customize each treatment to help her clients achieve the results they are searching for. Her adaptability and versatility are equally impressive in providing antiaging facials, treating acne, minimizing the appearance of scarring, or addressing skin conditions that arise as a result of hormonal changes.   

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