Simple Tips to Slow the Signs of Aging
by Sheila Milroy
Your wisdom and confidence may grow as you get older, but the same isn't true for many of your hormone levels. During menopause, lower levels of estrogen have a big impact on your skin. Less estrogen makes you prone to thinning, sagging, and wrinkling skin. Fortunately, you can relieve some of the skin-related effects of aging by taking care of your specific skin care needs.
Menopause causes many changes to your skin. Your body stops making as much collagen. You lose some fat under your skin and your skin's elasticity drops. That, combined with dryness caused by hormonal changes, can cause sagging -- especially around the neck, jawline, and cheeks -- and fine lines and wrinkles. The lines and wrinkles you get with menopause are often crow's feet and lines above the upper lip. But there are some things you can do to help slow the signs of aging:
Cleansing. An important skin care step -- especially as you age. Age and menopause makes your skin drier because oil glands aren’t as active. The key is using a cleanser that's right for drier skin. Opt for a creamy formula that hydrates instead of foam or gel cleansers, which can strip moisture away.
Use Sunscreen, Every Day. Even though skin cancer and wrinkling are caused by the amount of sun you got in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you still need to protect your skin. Why? Because skin may have less natural protection than when you were younger. Look for a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher, and wear it every day. Age spots on the face, hands, and chest can look more obvious around menopause. Help prevent them by using sunscreen every day.
Exfoliate. Already have spots? Fade them with exfoliating products that shed dead skin cells, which can be dull and flaky. Skin-lightening products can also help fade spots, and toners can help even out skin color.
Exercise. It does more than just tone your muscles. It helps skin in two ways. First, it relieves stress. Stress can worsen existing skin problems like acne or roseaca. Stress may cause you to scrimp on your skin care program. Second, exercise boosts circulation, which begins to slow with age. The extra oxygen and blood flow can help your skin look brighter and healthier.
Get Plenty Of Rest. Getting enough sleep helps your skin look fresh. Sleep can help prevent dark circles under your eyes, and it also gives the rest of your body a chance to recharge.
Follow these few simple tips and feel as young as you’ll look!