Menopause can be brutal for a woman’s skin and hair – the skin can lose moisture and tone, becoming dry, coarse lifeless and unattractive as a result of the hormonal upheavals going on inside.
Hair on the head can become coarse and may even start to fall out more than before, with body hairbecoming thicker, coarser and more evident. The drop in levels of estrogen means that the skin cells are less able to regenerate or retain moisture, which results in these changes in hair and the skin.
1. Moisturize – You may need to moisturize more often, or use a different type of more intensive moisturizer. Also you should drink lots of water to help hydrate the skin from within.
2. Have warm, not hot baths – Hot water tends to rob skin of even more moisture so bathe in warm water rather than hot water and make it a short shower rather than a long soak.
3. Mark your make up – Consider the makeup you use – is it is suitable for your skin type and age? Or is it making your skin appear older than it is? Also is the makeup actually drying out your skin?
4. Eat healthy oils – Cut out the transfats completely and have healthier oils such as safflower and olive oil. Also eat nuts for healthy fats and eat plenty of fish or consider a fish oil supplement (which is thought to help with other menopausal symptoms as well).
6. Use sun protection – Now more than ever before, you need to protect your skin from the elements. Use sun protection religiously to minimize UV damage from the sun.
7. Exercise – This increases and improves the body’s blood circulation and so increases the amount of oxygenated blood that reaches the skin. Also, the natural flush that exercise gives to your skin can be very attractive.
8. Think about laser treatments – Lasers can help to resurface the facial skin, removing spots, discolorations, scars from acne, and so on. They can also help increase collagen beneath the skin, improving elasticity and skin tone. There are a lot of such treatments available but make sure that you get a realistic assessment about what will work and to what extent, since some of these procedures can have inconsistent results.