Menopause: Keeping Your Skin Looking Healthy
The skin is our largest organ, so it will come as no surprise that this too is affected by the menopause and changes in hormone levels.
You may have already noticed that your skin has started to become thinner and more lined, especially on your face. Yup, just when mother nature has turned the thermostat up, she’s also making you look older which is doing wonders for your self-esteem… NOT! In addition to the natural ageing processes, reduced levels of oestrogen will
Genetics will play a part, although this probably won’t stop you wishing you hadn’t spent so much time in the sun/tanning salon, started smoking, taken more care of your skin when younger, etc.
Ageing is inevitable, but it’s nearly always possible to give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to keeping your body in best shape via looking at your diet and lifestyle.
Keeping Your Skin Looking Good Through your Menopause and Beyond
It’s worth finding a department store or larger section of Boots chemists to find a beautician that will give you a free make over and also advise on which skin products would suit your skin best. (You can always come home and google cheaper non-branded versions afterwards; each make up concession is tasked with doing a certain number of these freebies each week, so you don’t need to feel so guilty!). Using the right moisturisers and sun screen when necessary will help to keep the skin hydrated and looking plump. Don’t forget your hands and other areas of your body such as heels and elbows!
Go through your cosmetics at home and throw out all those harsh soaps, cleaners, toners and other chemical-based formulations; wherever possible, try to use organic and avoid anything synthetic. Look at the ingredient list and avoid anything with sodium laurel sulphate, parabens, toluene, triclosan and all phthalates; generally, the shorter the list of ingredients, the better, especially if you can recognise what they are.
Try to get as much sleep as you can, drink lots of water and exercise will all help to keep you looking and feeling good!