As we know menopause is a natural biological process that occurs in women typically around the age of 50, and for some, sooner. Approaching 50 next week, I have now been actively menopausal for some time and have opted for HRT and oestrogen and omega fatty acid rich foods to soften the mood (it was bad) and lessen anxiety and increase production of elastin and collagen, and goes without saying the Skin Elixir skincare range too!
Menopause marks the end of reproductive years and is characterised by the end of menstruation and while the specific experiences of menopause can vary from woman to woman, there are several common effects associated with this phase. The most well-known symptom is hot flashes, those sudden waves of intense heat and sweating.
Menopause can also lead to changes in mood and sleep patterns (my sleep has certainly been affected), often resulting in irritability (err throw in twins and its a dead cert yes!) and difficulties with concentration (and brain fog). Additionally, us women may experience vaginal dryness and a decrease in sexual desire, leading to potential challenges in intimate relationships. On top of all that the hormonal changes can cause bone loss, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
When it comes to skin there are also challenges; to follow are 5 ways menopause impacts skin health.
Menopausal skin tends to become drier due to decreased oestrogen levels. This can lead to flakiness, itchiness, and dullness.
The decline in oestrogen during menopause can accelerate the development of wrinkles and fine lines, as collagen and elastin production decrease.
3. Thinning skin
Menopausal skin may become thinner and more fragile, making it prone to bruising and tearing.
4. Uneven skin tone
Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can cause hyperpigmentation or age spots, leading to an uneven complexion.
5. Acne or breakouts
Some menopausal women experience a resurgence of acne or frequent breakouts due to hormonal imbalances.
Overall, menopausal skin may require additional care and attention to maintain its health and vitality. Regular moisturising, gentle exfoliation, and targeted anti-aging (pro-aging) products can help address these skin woes - Skin Elixir to the rescue.
Here's 10 foods to help:
1. Fatty Fish
For non vegans out there, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish like salmon and sardines can help improve skin hydration and elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dryness.
Packed with healthy fats and vitamins C and E, avocados nourish and hydrate the skin, promoting a healthier complexion.
Berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
4. Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are high in healthy fats, vitamin E, and antioxidants that support skin health and collagen production.
5. Leafy Greens
Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants that promote healthy skin and fight signs of aging.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage and promotes a smooth complexion.
7. Dark Chocolate
High-quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is packed with antioxidants that can improve blood flow to the skin, promoting a healthy and glowing complexion.
8. Green Tea
Green tea contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and protect the skin against damage caused by free radicals.
9. Citrus Fruits
Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production and maintaining skin elasticity.
While not a food, staying hydrated is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Drinking enough water throughout the day helps keep the skin hydrated and flushes out toxins.
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