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Put the Pause In Menopause

Menopause and Skin Care

                  Except for adolescence, there is no age your skin is met with such huge challenges as when a woman goes through menopause.  Like opposing forces of nature, your skin must battle against both breakouts and wrinkles, which are considerable hurdles when it comes to selecting treatments and products to keep you looking your best.

                  As you probably guessed, hormonal variations have the major part in your skin changes.  Testosterone surges can cause acne, on the face and other places such as the back and chest.  Stress also precedes hormones which increases eruptions.

                  The same hormonal changes which can give you pre-pubescent skin issues also work to break down your collagen and elastin to thin your skin and result in fine lines and wrinkles.  During menopause Women may also observe their skin’s luster and glow is lessened, and becomes lacks the firmness it had before.  In addition, nails can show signs of brittleness while hair may thin and lack life.

                  So, what can you do?  Do not give up hope. There are several things you can do to restore balance to both body and skin.

·       Exercise – At any age exercise is important, even critical.  Women over 35 need to exercise 20-30 minutes a day.  Exercise increases blood circulation and delivers oxygen to your skin. You will have more energy and your skin will show positive results.

·       Diet – A resource in everyone’s arsenal is the food they eat.  Approximately 30% of the caloric intake should be from carbohydrates, the bulk of which should come from fresh fruits and vegetables, high in vitamins and minerals.  Aim for a steamed green vegetable with at least one meal a day.  40% of your diet should consist of lean protein, and 30% from healthy fats.  Keeping salt consumption at a minimum is also imperative for controlling fluid retention.

·       Water – H2O is vital. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day will cleanse your body and help your skin retain its luster.  Distilled water is best, but mineral water is also an option.  

·       Skin Care – What goes on your body is just as essential as what goes into your body.  Selecting a healthy skin care regimen that is appropriate for you is fundamental. The best ingredients are pharmaceutical-grade.

o   Exfoliate – Throughout the menopausal years, women must use a gentle polish for exfoliation.  Exfoliating revitalizes the skin, sluffs off dry, dead skin cells, helps collagen production, and carries oxygen to the skin.

o   Cleanse – Proper washing clears the skin of debris, making it ready for the complete skin care regimen.  

o   Treat – Specialized treatments intended for your skin type should be part of your routine.  Make certain you always treat your skin with some kind of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are anti-aging and they protect your skin.  Some of the top antioxidants are Vitamin A (retinoids), Vitamin C, Green Tea and Resveratrol.

o   Moisturize – Dry skin is common during menopause.  Using a good moisturizer will relieve water loss and seal the skin.

o   Sunscreen –A broad-spectrum SPF is a necessity in any skin care routine.