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Are You Ready for Your Menopause Makeover?

Jacky Gale | October 3, 2018 | Posted in Skin Care

middle age woman smilingIt’s time to stop thinking of menopause as a medical condition. In truth, it’s just another stage in your life. Life is all about changes, and by this point in your life, you’ve already mastered the art of adapting to change. Yes, hot flashes are a pain, but they won’t last forever. And in the meantime, you can focus on making menopause one of the best times in your life by being proactive about supporting your health and by treating yourself to some easy beauty fixes.

Be kind to your skin

As your hormone levels drop, you’ll see the difference in your skin. It can become dry and prone to flakiness. It becomes thinner, which means you’ll bruise more easily. And it loses elasticity, which leads to that crepe paper look. Be kind to your skin by washing with a gentle, mild cleanser. Apply liberal amounts of moisturizer all over your skin. Look for a rich, creamy moisturizer with glycerin or hyaluronic acid. Only use exfoliating products with caution.

It’s also crucial to protect yourself with sunscreen every day. Rain or shine, winter or summer, the sun damages your skin. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin. Protecting your skin from UV rays helps prevent new age spots from forming, and it’ll help reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Wrinkles are another major issue during menopause. Consider visiting a plastic surgeon to have a chat about dermal fillers and Botox. Your plastic surgeon will do a thorough evaluation of your skin and your aesthetic goals in order to recommend the right choice for you. By this point in your life, you’ve certainly earned the right to treat yourself.

Eating well in menopause

The drop in hormones—and the aging process itself—can lead to lower muscle mass and increased body fat during menopause. But these changes aren’t inevitable, and you can take control of your health with a proactive approach toward eating well. Consider visiting a registered dietician to discuss your calorie needs. A dietician can help you put together a meal plan that gives you all the nutrients and calories you need for good health, without all those extra calories you don’t need.

In general, look for ways of including more vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins into your daily diet. And don’t forget the whole grains! Low-fat dairy is particularly important during menopause because your bones need calcium and vitamin D to stay strong.

Staying strong throughout all of life’s stages

Speaking of bone health, consider giving your exercise program a makeover too. If you currently focus on cardiovascular activities, it’s time to incorporate more strength training workouts. Strength training will help you maintain your bone mass. Working out regularly will also support your balance and flexibility—two other things that women may start to lose later in life.

Getting your menopause makeover in Manhattan, NYC

You can explore your menopause makeover options at the Manhattan office of Dr. Loeb, board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Loeb emphasizes patient education and a thorough evaluation process to determine exactly which options are right for each individual patient. He combines an exceptional sense of artistry with clinical excellence to give you exactly the results you’re looking for. You can request your confidential consultation at Dr. Loeb’s NYC office by calling 212.327.3700.

Additional health and wellness resources

  1. American Academy of Dermatology, Caring for Your Skin in Menopause, https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/skin-care-during-menopause
  2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Eating Right During Menopause, https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/healthy-aging/eating-right-during-menopause
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