What is menopause?
Women go through many stages in life, and one of the ones they experience later in life is menopause. Menopause is defined by not having a menstrual period for one year. Menopause begins at different times for different women, but typically occurs between your late forties and early fifties.
Menopause can create a variety of changes in your body the stem from the decreased production of estrogen and progesterone. The most common symptoms include hot flashes, weight gain, and vaginal dryness. While it's definitely a transformational time in your life, with the right attitude and steps you can thrive.
Do remember to never compare yourself to your mother, sister, friend, or colleague. All bodies are unique and respond to these changes differently. If you do have any questions about it, talking to your doctor is the best first step.
How does it effect your skin and body?
Since the hormones within your body are changing, so will certainly functions. After the one-year period of not having your period, you will notice changes to your skin and hair. The hormones that kept your hair lustrous and skin taught, are now gone. Therefore, you will notice your skin becoming dry, slack, and thin. In addition, some extra hair may begin appearing on your face rather than your scalp.
What can you do to help?
Some women choose to do hormone therapy, however there are abundant nonchemical options to ease the transition. Small but regular changes in your lifestyle may relieve many symptoms of menopause. These include: - Weight loss - regular exercise - cooler rooms - change of diet to avoid foods that aggravate symptoms - choosing to wear natural and breathable materials.
Other women swear by acupuncture, herbal therapies, or other medications to decrease the severity of hot flashes. However to combat your changing skin, a dermatologist should be your go to.
Here are a couple of our top tips on how to protect your skin from the side effects of menopause.
How can Wonderlab Help?
We are here to support you and your skin through all parts of the journey. Feel free to make an appointment with our resident professionals to receive some of the following tips.