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7 Skin Care Tips for Glowing Skin During Menopause

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woman dealing with wrinkles during menopauseHow can I protect my skin during menopause?

What’s the largest organ of your body? Nope, it’s not your liver nor your brain. It’s not your heart or lungs either. It’s your skin.

Besides being your largest organ, your skin is also your most important one. It’s the armor for the rest of your body, protecting, connecting, and regulating everything it covers. And like just about every other cell in the body, your skin is affected by hormones.

Menopause can take a toll on your skin. The decrease in estrogen during this time causes more than just hot flashes and night sweats. Are you noticing more wrinkles around your eyes? How about sagging skin? Are your arms and legs dry and flaky? Maybe your skin isn't glowing like it once did. Estrogen might be the culprit.

There’s no fountain of youth or any way to turn back the clock, and menopause comes to every woman at some point. But menopause and age don’t have to win the war against your skin. With a bit of knowledge and effort, you can improve the health and look of your skin, even at this stage of life.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

With decreased estrogen comes dryness, so it’s extra important to keep hydrated. This means drinking plenty of water every single day, choosing the right body wash, and using a moisturizer. You also need to avoid hot baths and showers, chlorinated pools and hot tubs, dry air, and harsh soaps.

Regularly Wear Sunscreen

Sunshine is good for you. It’s a great source of vitamin D and it can boost your mood, too. But it can damage your skin, especially during menopause when your skin has less natural protection. Before going outside, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and remember to reapply every few hours.

Manage Stress

If you feel stressed out, your skin can be, too. Too much stress can make your skin dry and more sensitive. You may also find you skip your regular skin care routine if you are overburdened with stress. Whether you learn to manage stress by practicing relaxation techniques or making changes to your lifestyle and schedule, your skin will thank you.

Eat Healthy

What you eat can affect your skin. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish are skin-friendly, while fats, highly processed foods, and too many carbs may not be. Green tea can be a good choice, but you should skip the soda and alcohol. Your overall diet should consist of a variety of different healthy foods in a variety of texture and colors.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise helps your skin in a few different ways. For one, it can be a stress reliever. It also increases blood flow which nourishes your skin. And all the sweat exercises produces? Believe it or not, it can unclog your pores, leaving your skin cleaner and more radiant.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is not good for you – period. For your skin, it can cause visible issues including accelerated aging, drying, and sagging. It increases lines, wrinkles, and age spots. It can even put dark circles under your eyes. All of these can affect how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror. So if you smoke, stop. Your doctor can help you find the right plan for you.

Consider HRT

Skin issues are just one of the many symptoms of menopause. If you are also dealing with hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, or a host of other symptoms, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The health benefits of HRT for women who have gone into menopause prematurely, such as following the removal of both ovaries, can be greater than any associated risks. Not only can it relieve annoying symptoms, the health of your skin, heart, bones, and eyes can benefit from estrogen replacement.

Menopause symptoms can be frustrating and affect your health and quality of life, but you can minimize their effects by learning more about them and acting proactively to beat them. You may need to make some changes to your lifestyle, but the results will be worth the effort.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-11-2016 - 09:14 AM


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