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How to Maintain Emotional Wellness in Menopause

How emotionally well do you feel in menopause?

I don’t have to tell you, that if you have less stress in your life, you are apt to be happier.  Your emotional wellness plays a key role in physical health. This is because the body and the brain are connected. Stress can take a toll on physical health, and physical challenges can bring new stress into our lives.

Transitioning into menopause can be a very turbulent time for many women. There are rapid changes in hormone levels as well as symptoms that can lead to depression and anxiety, one of the biggest of which is a decrease in libido and vaginal dryness that can interfere with sexual desire and cause stress to relationships.

Some of the other reasons a woman may experience emotional symptoms such as depression and anxiety include all of the life changes that also happen around this time in her life, such as children leaving home, a job change, the death of a parent, spouse or sibling, possible divorce as well as worries about getting older.

Depression and anxiety can cause many physical symptoms as well as the emotional symptoms they bring. Some of the physical symptoms include unexplained aches and pains, headaches, stomach aches, hyperventilation, sweating and muscle tension. All of these physical symptoms can amplify the symptoms of menopause.

In order to help ease some of the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats and irritability it is important to ensure optimal emotional health.

Changes to diet, as well as exercise, yoga, and breathing exercises, talk therapy and emotional support can help to relieve some of the emotional symptoms that you may be experiencing as you go through menopause.

Think about this, what makes any event in your life significant, the event itself or your attitude and reaction to it? 

While the transition into menopause can be inherently difficult for some women, there are also many women who experience a newfound sense of freedom and personal growth with the transition into menopause.

Your attitude as you embark on this journey has a tremendous impact on how you experiences it.  Studies have shown that negative beliefs before menopause can predict a more difficult time with the transition.  Recently, studies have found that turning negative attitudes and thoughts towards positive ones can actually help reduce symptoms and of course, it can greatly improve your quality of life and piece of mind.

There are many ways that the thought process can be impacted. Negativity may not affect health as much as the actual absence of positivity, including your thoughts and attitudes towards any type of situation. This means that positive thoughts need to be cultivated.

One way to do this is to keep an appreciation journal. Writing down three things you are grateful for on a daily basis can help you feel more positive in general.

Laughter can help you move into a more positive mindset. It can help you to cope better with stress and can be a great help to you in menopause.

Social support is also an important key in helping to you cope with the stress that menopause and other midlife changes can bring.  Don’t isolate yourself.

Devote time to making yourself a priority for even fifteen minutes a day, as this can help make a dramatic change in how you feel about yourself.  Take time to relax and pamper yourself every day.  This helps promote muscle relaxation, creativity, and concentration. It also can quite the mind, and body.  A positive result of this can be fewer hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.

Being mindful is also a great way to encourage positive thinking. Being mindful means that you are aware and present in each moment of your life, instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.  Start to integrate these methods more into your life and see if your emotional wellness in menopause improves.

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The Heart of Menopause: A Virtual Women’s Circle

The Heart of Menopause:  A Virtual Women’s Circle

Great event to Supporting your Self-Care, Self-Discovery and Self-Acceptance in Menopause! 

  • Are you ready for a positive approach to menopause, that supports your need for self-care and renewal at mid-life?
  • Do you feel like things are ending, things are changing, and you have no idea where to go from here, or what the future will look like?
  • Are you already past menopause and wanting more support in this stage of life, so you feel more connected to yourself and your community?

The Menopause Sisters have been there and so has Barbara Hannelore.  Barbara is starting a great event where she will be sharing with you what she’s learned.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Menopause is about so much more than hormones. It’s a major life passage, and an optimal time to re-evaluate your life and renew your commitment to yourself!

Menopause takes time, care and support.

Menopause calls for retreat, trust, and celebration!

There are stages to this journey, and Barbara would love to help you navigate your way through, and find your meaning.

Inner wisdom and timeless traditions are here to support you as you reclaim this stage of your life.

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A few key concepts can make such a difference in the way you approach this stage of life.  Barbara has found that seeing menopause as the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, puts it into a perspective that is nature-based, meaningful and hopeful.  The end of a cycle means several things in the rhythms of nature – it’s a time of completion, review, renewal, and rest. It’s a time of noticing what’s out of balancing and taking steps to correct it!  While it may seem like everything is in upheaval, no longer working right, or that the best parts of you are ending: really your body, your gifts and your inner resources are waiting for you to discover what they are capable of, now!

The Heart of Menopause Women’s Circle is a 3-month celebration of sharing, practical support, creative activities and simple ceremony, honoring menopause as a major life passage and a threshold to the next stage of your life!  Explore nature’s rhythms for all stages of life, with an empowering look at their meaning for you.  There will be resources, activities and celebration to honor YOU for all that you are. This is new territory, as we reclaim Menopause as a powerful life passage, worthy of honor and deep care.

During this powerful event, you will:

  • Learn empowering perspectives from different cultures,
  • Recall the incredible resilience of women at midlife,
  • Gather resources for this journey into the unknown, (which could be the best years of your life!)
  • Know you are not alone!

The Heart of Menopause Women’s Virtual Event begins Friday, March 30th.  To learn more and to sign up:  CLICK HERE NOW!

Discover how to create a comforting space for yourself.  Join the inner circle to help guide you on your journey:

  • The Cycles of Nature as a guide and model for women
  • The Calling for Self-Care and Renewal at mid-life
  • The Value of Ceremony to honor transitions

In this gatherings we will share experiences, timeless wisdom, creative exploration, and simple celebration.  We’ll have Guest Speakers coming to share their wisdom and perspective.

This gathering gives you plenty of permission to come exactly as you are and be honored for all of your life experiences that have brought you to this point!

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This is a time of seeing more deeply into life, and taking the opportunity to change what no longer serves you. It’s a return to yourself; an inner journey to your sources of creativity and fulfillment.  Barbara will share how together we are shifting how we perceive the phases of women’s lives, and making the way easier for ourselves, our sisters and daughters.  We are bringing women’s deep wisdom forward into its proper place in our culture, so that we can more comfortably live in pleasure and share our gifts, at every age!

To join the Menopause Women’s Circle beginning on Friday, March 30, 2018:  CLICK HERE NOW

For self-care, self-discovery and celebration!

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Barbara Hanneloré is an award-winning author, speaker, and mentor, helping women re-connect with the rhythms of nature as a feminine way of power. She has been sharing a new paradigm for the menstrual cycle, through the gifts of nature, sacred space and the healing arts for over 20 years.

She is founder of Women’s Way Moon Cycles, and author of The Moon and You, a Woman’s Guide to an Easier Monthly Cycle. Her recently completed Mother’s MOON Kit guides mothers in preparing for their daughters’ coming of age. Her Menopause Inner Circle is a 3-month journey into the heart of this life passage.

Barbara hosts monthly mini-retreats and offers online courses and private mentorship on these topics, for women who want to develop radical new habits of self-care and self-love!

Many years ago she realized that we were entirely missing the gifts that our cycles have for us, and she invites you to join her for a creative re-discovery of this inner wisdom!

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Stress Reducing Techniques to Reduce Menopause Symptoms

We all have stress, but did you know it and it can exacerbate menopause symptoms?  Stress greatly affects our well-being, both physically, and mentally. The fight or flight response and the release of stress hormones can wreak havoc on the mind and body and so reducing stress is vital for maintaining overall health and it even more important when a woman is going
through menopause.

Did you know that reducing stress can contribute to better moods, boosted immune function, and increase in productivity?  I don’t have to tell you that menopause can be a stressful life event for many women because of the many different changes that are happening.

Hot flashes are linked to stress and anxiety.  According to a 6 year study that was published in Menopause, researchers found that women with the highest stress levels were more than five times as likely to report hot flashes as women who were experiencing normal levels of stress. The same six-year study also found that anxiety and stress occurred directly before the woman experienced a hot flash.  By reducing the levels of stress in her life, the occurrence of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms can also be reduced.  So it is important that we learn how best to reduce stress.

Stress Reduction Techniques 

  • One great way to reduce the stress is to say no. This can be hard since women are stereo-typically famed for multitasking and tend to be people pleasing, “I can do it all” types. However, a woman’s energy levels are significantly different during menopause than they were in her twenties. Saying no from time to time without feeling guilty about it can help to reduce stress levels.
  • Carving out time to do the things you enjoy can also greatly contribute to lowering stress levels.
  • Rid your life of any and all possible stressful stimuli.  This may mean letting go of energy sucking relationships.
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindful Breathing with Yoga and Meditation
  • Include mushrooms your diet. They contain selenium, a mineral believed to reduce stress, maitake and shiitake mushrooms have the highest levels of selenium
  • Aerobic and anaerobic exercise
  • Massage and warm baths help allow time for relaxation
  • Aromatherapy
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction are all wonderful ways to reduce stress

Relaxation techniques are any process or activity that helps you to relax and attain a state of increased calmness and reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue.  Let’s take a closer look at three of these relaxation therapies to control stress, anxiety, and fatigue:  

Massage 
Massage is one of the oldest healing traditions with an immediate benefit of feeling calm and deeply relaxed. The effects of massage last long after the massage has ended. You can either give yourself a massage; ask your spouse or get one done professionally, which is your best option as trained masseurs know exactly what to do.

Meditation 
Meditation is beneficial for clearing your mind of all the worries of the world. It is a time-efficient way to deal with the physical and mental stresses of the day and ensure you can get a deep sleep needed to be able to function the next day.  One effective way to do this is to find a quiet place, free from interruption. Sit in a straight backed chair and place a hand on your stomach. Focus on the lungs, and air that is filling them with each deep, long, and slow breath you take.  Breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth. When you can feel your stomach rising and falling with each breath you know it is working.

Yoga 
Yoga can also be an effective tool to fight insomnia. Yoga is a workout to bring your mind and body together to promote well-being and harmony. The corpse pose is often used at the end of a yoga session as a way of winding down.  Trying this before bed is a great way to improve your sleep.  To do the corpse pose, lie on your back with your arms and legs slightly outstretched and your palms resting on the floor. Imagine you are super heavy and the floor is supporting you. Do this for at least five minutes.

To learn more ways to relieve the symptoms of menopause, get the “30 Day Challenge to Thriving & Surviving Menopause”.  In this self-guided program you will learn the six root causes that are keeping you from thriving, rather then surviving menopause.  You will develop your own menopause survivor guide and get off the hormone roller coaster ride once and for all.  You can do this!  To learn more about this program CLICK HERE NOW!

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Ancient South American Plant is My Number One Answer for Haywire Hormones

This week I want to put a spotlight on one ancient South America Plant that can help relieve your haywire hormone symptoms.  It is my number one recommendation to the thousands of women I have treated over the years suffering from menopause symptoms.

This ancient herbal remedy was virtually unknown to the outside world until just recently.  Frustrated with the conventional medical “wis-dumb” and to help her own hormone related issues, Dr. Anna Cabeca searched the globe for answers. One of Her “miracle discoveries” happened in Peru, where Maca is considered a power food for endurance, strength and good mood and… the “Peruvian Viagra”. I will share more on that in a minute.  But first…

If you are experiencing any of the following, then keep reading:

  • Feel your metabolism slowing down
  • Have a lower libido than in your younger days
  • Feel tired and sluggish more often
  • Experience the feeling of just not wanting to start your day

If so, whether you’re a male or a female, it could be the result of haywire hormones and burnt out adrenal glands. Unfortunately a common experience for many women in menopause.  Mighty Maca may help provide relief from those haywire hormone symptoms.

Now I don’t recommend just any Maca.  I only recommend Mighty Maca developed by Dr. Anna Cabeca.  Dr. Anna Cabeca, is a physician who is double board-certified in Gynecology and Anti-Aging Medicine.  She overcame her own personal health crisis starting in Peru. I will let you read more about her story in a second, but I will cut to the chase.

When confronted with all the symptoms above and more, Dr. Anna discovered that everything she learned in medical school actually made things worse…​. But during a healing journey in Peru — after she had lost all hope — she discovered a native healing herb which helped her turn her health around. The herb is called “Maca”, as you know now.  To Dr. Anna’s surprise, this ancient root plant help to reverse her symptoms of fatigue, low libido, depression, and uncontrollable weight… when nothing else worked.

When she came home, she began experimenting with other healing herbs and sharing this blend with her patients, peers and friends. Her private formula became so popular with people experiencing these age-related symptoms that she decided to create this product for public consumption… And Mighty Maca was born.

This amazing “Green” drink is now endorsed by celebrity trainers, doctors, models, and professional athletes. And most importantly, by me! Aside from the fact that Dr. Anna somehow made this drink taste beyond good (I would say great). Honestly.

This stuff packs an energetic punch. You literally feel the energy. You can also feel the results compound over time because it is helping to balance your hormones while rebuilding your adrenals. I always recommend you try it for at least 4-6 weeks.

All I have to say is that if you are experiencing ANY of the issues I have mentioned that you at least give Dr. Anna’s product a try. If you are like me you will fall in love… and you won’t let yourself go another day without it. It is that powerful!

Just click on this link: Try Mighty Maca Now And treat yourself to more energy.

Please let me know your experience with Mighty Maca! Let other women know as well but posting in the Menopause Sisterhood Facebook Group.  If you are not a member, ask to join by clicking here.

Try Mighty Maca Now!

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3 Alternative & Natural Methods for Menopause Relief

Did you catch last weeks post on “Alternative & Natural Remedies for Menopause”?  If not, be sure and check it out.

3 Alternative & Natural Methods for Menopause Relief

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese medicine, and is a natural medicine that involves the insertion of special needles into the skin and is more than 2,500 years old. Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and treat various physical, emotional, and mental conditions.

Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings are thought  to be relieved among women who receive acupuncture on a regular basis.  In a study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, Turkish researchers evaluated 53 menopausal women, of which 27 were given acupuncture treatments two times per week for a total of ten weeks. The needles were placed on acupoints in the body that stimulated the release of endorphins and natural energy. The remaining women were given a placebo treatment with blunted needles. At the end of the study, the women who had been receiving the genuine acupuncture
treatments showed lower scores in intensity of hot flashes and mood swings as compared to subjects receiving the placebo, and these numbers progressively improved over the treatment period.

Researchers felt that the effect on endorphins might curb hot flashes by stabilizing the body’s internal temperature controls. It is assumed that mood swings are alleviated by the endorphins released, as they are mood boosting.  Moreover, acupuncture can help to improve the body’s ability to adapt to stress. Feeling less stress can help contribute to a better night’s sleep and fewer instances of insomnia. Not waking with night sweats from hot flashes also contributes to less insomnia and better sleep.

Don’t have access to an acupuncturist?  There is actually an acupuncture product that may help.  You can check it out by clicking here.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a process that induces a state of consciousness where the subject no longer has the power of voluntary action and becomes responsive to the power of suggestion.  Studies have shown hypnosis to be very effective for hot flashes and night sweats.

Researchers at Baylor University’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory found that hypnosis reduced hot flashes by as much as 74%! The study included a total of 187 postmenopausal women who reported experiencing at minimum of 7 hot flashes each day.  Half of the women in the group were trained to do self-hypnosis, which consisted of 5 sessions per week each lasting 45 minutes. The researchers gave the
subjects suggestions for mental imagery, such as images of a cool place, which were designed to reduce the intensity of hot flashes. This group also received a recording of the hypnotic induction so they could do
self-hypnosis daily on their own.

The other half of the women were given an equal number of sessions with a clinician but were not given hypnosis training. Instead, their symptoms were discussed and the clinician gave them encouragement on how to deal with the symptoms. These women were also given a recording to listen to every day at home, but their recording contained information on hot flashes as opposed to a self-hypnosis program.  At the end of twelve weeks, the women who performed hypnosis enjoyed a 75% reduction in hot flashes and skin sensor tests showed a 57% reduction. The control group reported only 17% fewer hot flashes and skin sensor tests showed just a 10% reduction. The women who were treated with hypnosis reported fewer incidence of hot flashes and fewer instances of such interfering with their sleep or day-to-day living.

Deep Breathing 

Slow deep breathing exercises are a great way to relief stress.  Deep breathing reduces the release of stress hormones and promotes the relaxation response within the body.

To practice deep breathing, it is necessary to take slow, smooth, and deep breaths. The aim is to move the diaphragm as deep breaths are taken.  Studies have shown that slow deep breathing exercises practiced for 20 minutes three times a  day can provide relief from hot flashes as well as anxiety that is caused by menopause.  This practice is most effective if it is started at the onset of hot flashes, but can be effective within a few weeks for women who have been experiencing hot flashes for a while and are looking for new ideas to alleviate them.  Deep breathing is considered to be a generally safe and risk-free mind-body approach to enhance relaxation and reduce hot flashes.   To learn more about the benefits of deep breathing, check Dr. Andrew Weil’s, “Breathing:  The Master of Self Healing”.  Simply Click Here Now.

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Looking for Alternative & Natural Healing Methods for Menopause?

We all know that menopause is a natural part of life.  However for some women this experience can wreak havoc on their life.  I hope this is not you, but if so then you are in the right place.  Over the next several weeks I am going to be sharing with you alternative medicine and natural healing methods to help relieve your menopause symptoms.  So be sure and check your email each week.

Before diving into the various methods, let’s take a look at some of the many symptoms that can be impacting your quality of life.

Menopause Symptoms

Some of the most common menopause symptoms are hot flashes, night sweats, sporadic menstrual periods, reduction in libido and vaginal dryness.

Some of the other symptoms a woman may experience include erratic mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, and dizziness. Depression, anxiety, and irritability are often caused by the sudden hormonal changes as well as trying to cope with all the other symptoms.

Symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats can be difficult to cope with as they often lead to anxiety and stress as well as disturbed sleep. This disturbed sleep can lead to difficulty concentrating and memory lapses, which would be frustrating for anyone. Personal relationships can also sometimes suffer when the mood swings and irritability are unleashed on the people closest to the woman experiencing the symptoms.

Why the Increase Interest in Alternative & Natural Treatments for Menopause?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been a common way to ease menstrual symptoms in women for many years. Hormone replacement therapy replaces the estrogen that a woman’s ovaries no longer make after menopause.  HRT has fallen out of favor.  The benefits of HRT were that it help prevent hot flashes, improved sleep, lower risk of osteoporosis.

However, since the Women’s Health Initiative Study (WHI), was conducted in July of 2002, hormone replacement therapy has no longer been considered to be safe for long-term use in all post-menopausal women.
The WHI study, showed that HRT put women at a higher risk for breast cancer, stroke, blood clots, and heart disease.  It is not worth the risk. So what is a woman to do?

Well, what many women have done is turned to natural and alternative medicine remedies to deal with symptoms and to improve quality of life.  Are you wondering what your options are?  There are many alternative options available to deal with menopause symptoms that can avoid the use of hormone replacement therapy and have considerably fewer risks involved.

Some alternatives to HRT include acupuncture, hypnosis, paced breathing, mindful breathing, phytoestrogens such as maca or black cohosh, and aerobic exercise. Yoga, meditation, massage, and tai chi are also all effective at helping to reduce some of the various symptoms of menopause that a woman may experience.

Though it is not a natural remedy, Cool Cami is made with natural bamboo fibers and can offer instant relief for you hot flashes. Check it out by clicking here!

Over the next several weeks I will be discussing the benefits of these natural and alternative methods for menopause relief in more detail.  I will also be sharing information about an exciting program coming in April, by my colleague, Dr. Anna Cabeca.  She is the brains behind Mighty Maca.  My top natural remedy recommendation to relieve menopause symptoms.  So be sure and watch for that.

P.S. Always consult a physician for any medical problems you may have. This information is not intended as medical advice.

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6 Ways to Pamper Yourself

I know you are busy, but it is important to take time for some self-care.  Schedule some time to pamper yourself so you don’t get run down.  I know I need to remind myself of that as well.

To help you get started, here are 6 Ways to Pamper Yourself:

Try out one or all of these gifts to treat yourself.

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Natural Ways to Help Relieve Your Hot Flashes

A woman having a hot flash using a fan to cool off.

Hot flashes are one of the most distressing symptoms of menopause for many women.  In the spirit of giving, I want to share with you some natural ways to help you relieve your hot flashes.

To prevent hot flashes avoid the following triggers:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Eating spicy foods
  • Wearing tight clothing
  • Staying out in the heat too much
  • Stress

Other lifestyle steps you can take to reduce hot flashes naturally include:

  • Wear Cool Cami or the CoolMe Mat developed by Menopause Sister Nancy Munro.
  • Keep your bedroom cool but not cold at night.
  • Use fans to keep your skin cool throughout the day.
  • Wear natural fibers such as cotton, not synthetics.
  • Exercise lightly every day, such as walking, swimming and cycling.
  • Try yoga or meditation
  • Relax by doing deep breathing, about 6 breaths per minute, for about 5 minutes in the morning and at night, and when a hot flash starts.
  • Watch your nutrition: 
  • Eat more foods rich in Vitamin B complex, and leafy greens
  • Vitamin E, such as in sunflower seeds, almonds, fresh spinach, olive oil and kiwi fruits

Natural remedies

Some botanical and herbal therapies can also be used for relieving hot flashes. Remember that what may work for one person may not work for another. Monitor your symptoms to see if what you are taking makes any difference to your hot flashes.  Give it time as most remedies may take 4-6 weeks to see the full benefit.

Having said that, here are some natural remedies that may help ease your hot flashes:

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

CAM therapies are may also be helpful to relieving hot flashes.  Examples here include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Reflexology

Try all of these natural ways to treat hot flashes and see which ones work best for you.

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Path to Health and Healing Gift Giveaway!

Have you started your holiday shopping?  How would you like to shop for some awesome free gifts for yourself? 

You can grab your gifts for a limited time now in the Path to Health and Healing Gift Giveaway!  Join me, holistic nurse practitioner, Laura Dankof, along with other amazing healers for this special event!

Now through Winter Solstice, December 21, you will have access to some wonderful FREE gifts being offered in the Path to Health and Healing Gift Giveaway. 

What better way to start your holiday shopping then with Free gifts!

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These gifts are meant to help support you on your healing journey.  They are also a great resource to get you started off in the coming year on the right foot.

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  • Raise your awareness of why detoxing is import to your body and mind.
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Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.  It is only available for a limited time!

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P.S.  Do me a favor and share this with your friends.  You don’t want them to miss out.

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What You Can Do For Your Sagging Skin

Have you looked in the mirror recently and thought…..OMG what happened!  My skin is sagging!  Make it stop!

I know I have.  Once your hormones start to change as a result of menopause, it can really impact your skin and the way you feel about your overall appearance.

Suddenly it seems there are wrinkles appearing, your neckline is not as toned, and your arms start to giggle like jello.

Aging is inevitable.  That includes aging skin.  So how do you keep your skin looking great no matter what your age, without having to spend a fortune?

Start with a good daily skin care routine:

  • Washing
  • Toning
  • Moisturizing
  • Exfoliating a couple of times a week.

Washing should be done with a gentle, natural cleanser that does not contain hormone disrupting chemicals.  Many skincare products have such ingredients.  In fact they can contain harsh chemicals that you want to avoid putting on your face.

Toning will help get rid of any dirt the washing might have missed, and tighten pores so they don’t become clogged with any dead skin cells.

Moisturizing in the morning should consist of applying one with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and prevent sun damage, dark spots, skin cancer and wrinkles. Don’t forget to apply it to the backs of your hands as well-nothing gives away your real age faster than your hands.

In the evening, consider applying a heavier, more nourishing cream, especially around the eyes.

Exfoliating with sugar a couple of times a week is the equivalent of an expensive fruit peel. Just remember it will redden the skin for several hours after, so only do it at night.

Applying makeup

Use fresh, oil-free makeup. Some foundation makeup will also have SPF, for double protection if you apply it over your moisturizer. If you have dry skin, avoid cake-y powder foundations, which go in every crack and crevice and make you wrinkles stand out more! Opt for a light liquid makeup that matches your natural skin tone and is not too stark a contrast with the skin on your neck.

Remove makeup at night

Be sure to avoid any products with a lot of chemicals and fragrance. Remove all makeup before you retire for the night so you don’t end up with clogged pores and breakouts.  Your skin needs time to breath and rejuvenate.

Lifestyle measures

Skin care is important, but since you are what you eat, it stands to reason that your outer skin is a reflection of your inner health.

Stop drinking alcohol and smoking

Both can cause wrinkles to appear much sooner.

Eat a healthy diet

Vitamin C is great for boosting collagen, for skin firmness and slowing down the sagging skin. Vitamin E offers rich nutrients to the skin. A will boost the immune system and B will keep puffiness down and help you cope with stress.

Exercise

This keeps the circulation flowing, leading to a radiant glow, which will help with your self-confidence.

Follow these guidelines and you can put your best face forward no matter what your age, even during menopause.  Not only that you can slow the sag.

By the way, Beautycounter has a great line of skincare products that contain natural ingredients and no hormone disrupting harsh chemicals.  You can visit my Beautycounter page by clicking here!