My skin..It is a changing…
We all have heard that our skin and our skin type (ie: oily, sensitive, dry, acneic) can continue to change throughout our lives. We also know, primarily, what to blame for these changes: hormones. Just ask any pregnant woman and she will testify that the abundance of, or lack of certain hormones, can cause significant changes in your skin.
I must admit, I never truly appreciated the delicate nature of this relationship until I recently underwent female surgery and both ovaries were removed. Although my GYN prepared me for the direct results of my procedure, I was shocked at all of the indirect results that followed. In addition to the 10 extra pounds and restrictions on exercise and romance, my formerly oily skin had gone in the opposite direction. Where I had always been prone to break outs before, I now have what I call a “Mojave” complexion...one tumbleweed short of all out desert and buzzard tracks where my crow’s feet had been.
My first day back to work I cornered Heather, our Aesthetician, and begged for help. It seemed as if everything on my bathroom counter was suddenly outdated and slightly irritating to my skin. Thankfully, she was able to point me toward products specifically designed for my NEW skin type (dry, aging and sensitive) and within a week or so, a more comfortable skin emerged.
With only one minor setback along the way, I am back on track to feeling and looking like myself again. My skin has settled down and I am now back to a cutesy term such as “laugh lines” to describe my wrinkles. There are still those 10 extra pounds to work on (OK, maybe 12) and I have just been cleared to begin exercise again.