Skin Care and Menopause

Natural menopause occurs slowly, typically between the ages of 45 and 55. During menopause a woman's skin becomes dry and wrinkles develop. Aged skin is a result of thinning skin and lack of blood circulation underneath the skin's surface. During this five to ten year period, menopause can be responsible for severe hormonal changes, mood swings, insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes, confused thinking, weight gain and skin discomfort.

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Many women in their menopausal years begin applying an anti-aging cream formulated to help loose skin retain its elasticity. Natural skin firming products often include vitamin C and vitamin E. Promote healthy skin by avoiding caffeine and nicotine, as well as sugary and deep fried foods. Also, keep skin hydrated by drinking at least two quarts of water (approximately 8 glasses) every day.

In addition to skin problems, Osteoporosis can also occur during menopause due to lowered estrogen levels. Good sources of calcium including milk, yogurt, cheese and other low fat dairy products will provide the body with adequate calcium needed for strong bones.

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