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Menopausal Skin Care: Achieving Natural Glow Beyond Your Prime

Our skin is one of the most hardworking organs in the body. It serves as our first line of defense against exposure to harm, bacteria, and organisms that put us at risk of diseases and infections. Unfortunately, however, it receives little to no chance of getting the proper care and protection it needs.

One contributing factor to this is the lack of time and information on properly caring for our skin. Mix in the daily stresses, pollution, societal issues, and other life demands, the last thing on our list is to give it the attention and treatment it deserves. But while most of us notice the importance of taking care of our skin a bit too late, there is an abundance of effective ways we can do to correct it and still feel our best. 

Limit sun exposure.

 Reaching your prime changes your needs, and your skin is no exception. So, instead of focusing on getting back your youthful skin, condition yourself on aiming for that healthy glow. Therefore, while getting some vitamin D is beneficial for your mental health and overall well-being, too much sunlight can do you more harm than good. 

For one, prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the layers of our skin that can put you at a higher risk of skin cancer, and may even result in sagging, discoloration, and immune suppression. So, it would be best to schedule your time outdoors and know when it starts to get too much. For example, according to experts, the sun is at its peak from 10 AM to 4 PM regardless of the season; therefore, make sure to limit your outdoor activities during those times. 

However, if going out is really necessary, consider wearing clothing and items to help protect you from ultraviolet rays and radiation. This includes long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, scarfs, sunglasses, and umbrellas. Furthermore, don’t forget to bring your water with you, especially when you’ll be out for longer periods. 

A change in your lifestyle. 

Aging causes the skin to become thinner and lose the elasticity it once had, which makes you more susceptible to bruising, injuries, bumps, and a slower healing process. Therefore, it pays to understand various factors contributing to these skin changes, including hormones, skin color, skin type, weather, and lifestyle. This will give you a better idea of what works for you. 

So, take a step back and assess your habits that may further affect your skin health. For instance, studies show that too much alcohol consumption, artificial sweets, and smoking can negatively impact the skin. For one, nicotine can cause dehydration speeding the effects of premature aging such as facial lines, wrinkles, under-eye puffiness, especially when you reach your twilight years.

So, depending on your situation, you may try gradually controlling your alcohol intake until you achieve sobriety. You can also switch to less risky alternatives such as water, wine, tea, over-the-counter nicotine patches, gums, or e-cigarettes. Furthermore, consuming enough fruits and vegetables will help you achieve a more attractive glow and stronger immune system.

 The good news is, you may also use this to your advantage by starting a garden and harvesting your own produce that, in turn, helps with your outdoor relaxation and much-needed blue and green spaces.

 Invest in skincare routines. 

Having drier than usual skin is normal as you age. Thus, it would be best to invest in skincare products that would fit the changes. This can range from applying sunscreens and moisturizers with the proper SPF level or undergoing treatments to help you address any issues you have with your skin. 

Therefore, it pays to consult with experts and reputable dermatologists to know what your skin requires and get the optimum level of skin pampering it deserves. Additionally, you may want to change the usual routines that you were once used to. For example, while soaking to warm, long baths are relaxing, your aging skin may not be able to handle the heat longer anymore; thus, it would be best to skip them altogether and limit your shower time to at least 15 minutes.

In addition, use milder soap, cleansers, and exfoliators to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils that may only aggravate skin irritation.

Skin pampering knows no age, especially with the various diseases we can contact at any stage in life. Therefore, use this chance to give what your skin deserves to enjoy a healthy-looking glow. Furthermore, more than aiming to achieve more youthful-looking skin, be realistic with your goals and expectations and embrace the changes you are experiencing in your body.

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