Menopause is a nasty word that no woman enjoys dealing with. It is the time when the body transitions from having ovulation and the menstrual cycle to the complete cessation of this. While for most of us loosing the ability to have more children at 50+ is not a big issue, the challenges we must endure as we go through this process are not so great. Not only do we have to deal with hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, hormonal imbalance triggering diminished sexual desire or discomfort during sex, mood swings, headaches, changes in hair growth patterns, and breakouts, but also what seems like a sudden aging appearance to the skin.
Side note: 6000 US women enter menopause every day with an average age of 51!
With menopause comes a loss of estrogen. Unfortunately, appropriate levels of estrogen is what helps keep the skin young looking, our emotions in balance, and our libido interested in intimacy. With the loss of estrogen the skin tends to be more dry, there is an increase the development of wrinkles and loss of skin tone. Women often note their skin seemed to suddenly age. Its common to have hair loss both on the head and of the eyebrows. While we can’t stop the time clock, there are things we can do to improve the appearance of the skin.
Skin Care. Find a good, well trained Aesthetician who understands the problems and how to address them. A variety of facial treatments can be beneficial includiing chemical exfoliation, hydration and facial toning. To improve the appearance of the skin it is important to exfoliate the dead skin cells off. This process tends to slow down with menopause and the skin takes on a dull appearance. Exfoliation counteracts this. Hydration improves the moisture in the surface layers of the skin. Facial toning helps give the face a subtle lift that just keeps getting better the longer it is done. I know women who have used Facial toning like face exercises. The secret to success is consistency instead of an occasional application you will see much better results. Home use of mild AHAs or Retinols in skin care products plus incorporation of peptides and topical antioxidants generally give very impressive results. Use your Aesthetician as your “skin care coach” and get their recommendations to the exact products that will be the best for you.
Reduce stress. Stress is a huge contributor to the aging process in the body. It is crucial to find ways to keep it in balance. Very helpful are yoga, exercise, good rest, avoiding excesses, and a healthy diet. Find something you like to to that helps you relax whether it is a walk with your favorite person or dog or that nice hot bath. Since when we are under a lot of stress, weight management becomes more challenging, finding ways to reduce your stress and/or deal with it can be very beneficial. Get and give Hugs. Research has shown that good hugs are extremely beneficial to both your physical and mental health. A good hug and/or laugh triggers the body to release soothing, healing chemicals which boost your mood and create happiness. Try for 8 hugs a day and watch your stress levels