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Menopause & Dry Skin

Menopause and Dry Skin

Menopause and dry skin is just one of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause that makes a woman feel uncomfortable. Some of that can be attributed to smoking or sun damage, but menopausal women often have this complaint. Menopause hormones, specifically declining estrogen, are also a factor. There are easy remedies for menopause and dry skin.

• Moisturize the skin inside and out. Start by drinking plenty of water.

• Use a humidifier at home, especially during the winter months.

• Take lukewarm baths or showers (instead of hot) and limit them to 5-10 minutes in length.

• Apply your moisturizer right after bathing while the skin is slightly damp.

• Use moisturizing body and hand soap.

• Don’t forget to wear sunscreen while outdoors.

• Include Omega 3 in your diet by consuming walnuts, canola oil and ground flaxseeds. The use of supplements will also work.

• The addition of vitamin C to your diet helps to improve your skin texture.

• Most importantly, don’t smoke. This can cause permanent damage to elasticity of your skin.

During menopause, our eyes probably seem drier. Hormones and the environment are two of the reasons. Allergies, low humidity, and certain types of medication can irritate the eyes causing dryness. The use of moisturizing eye drops can bring you much needed relief.

Getting regular vision checks is never a bad idea. Taking risks with your eyes is something you probably don’t want to do.