Menopause Symptoms

Addressing aging skin problems that occur during menopause

As if hot flashes weren't bad enough.


The great news is that you can naturally rescue your aging skin from the ravages of hormonal changes that will dramatically reduce menopause skin problems.

Honestly, that's the last thing you need when going through "The Dreaded Change" of menopause and hormones, isn't it?

Hormonal changes during menopause don't just affect moods, sleep and temperature modulation.  Menopause can also take a huge toil on your skin.

Fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels also affect the tone, texture and overall health of the skin during menopause.

Fortunately, nature provides a back-up plan that involve injections, expensive creams or surgery!

As you may already know, estrogen plays a major role in the growth and development of female sexual characteristics as well as in the process of reproduction.

Naturally replacing the reduction in estrogen levels that occur during menopause works to reduce menopause symptoms, prevent skin aging, and the host of other skin problems that occur by:

  • Preventing a decrease in skin collagen
  • Maintaining skin moisture by increasing two types of compounds: hyaluronic acid and acid mucopolysaccharides
  • Keeping sebum levels higher
  • Keeping elastic fibers more limber and flexible
  • Increasing wound healing

Nature always works toward keeping us in balance, even when coping with the myriad of menopause symptoms and types of skin problems.  As estrogen levels decline it provides a natural, effective and totally safe back up plan.

Have you heard of
phytoestrogenic compounds? 

(Don't worry, I can't pronounce it either.)  

Suffice it to say phytoestrogenics play a critical role in curbing menopause skin problems as well as other menopause symptoms.

Cue the cavalry trumpets! 

Phytoestrogens are plant derived compounds found in a wide variety of foods, most notably soy. A litany of health benefits include a lowered risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and menopausal symptoms.

A plant based diet rich in natural phytoestrogens in healthy amounts can serve as a natural form of hormone replacement therapy.  Because they mimic your body’s own estrogen, phytoestrogens accomplish some of the same things. 

Phytoestrogenic compounds mimic the benefits that estrogen has on the body's systems, including the skin, working to maintain a youthful elasticity and moisture.

Phytoestrogenic compounds are found in specific food. Three types of phytoestrogen are particularly useful to menopausal women: isoflavones, lignans and coumestans.  These wonderful compounds are also found in a variety of colorful and healthy fruits and veggies, whole grains and beans.

Some of the highest levels of phytoestrogens are found in these foods:

  • Soy
  • Flaxseed
  • Dried Prunes
  • Dates
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Sprouts
  • Specific herbs and spices

TIP for best addressing menopause symptoms:

Phytoestrogens work best in combination with foods rich in antioxidants. When put together the right combination of foods and you have a recipe for a happy and healthy menopause and glowing, youthful skin! 

Combining a diet rich in phytoestrogens along with anti-aging skin care treatments rich in emollients and antioxidants works to maintain younger, smoother and healthier skin. 

Specifically, topical treatments containing vitamin A, (retinoid), can be particularly effective against many of the skin problems experienced during menopause. 

Final Note:

Always consult with your doctor about the pros and cons of  DIY home treatments to ensure that your therapeutic treatment plan best suits your specific skin type and presenting symptoms.

Beth Hendry-Yim, Food Specialist
Author of "Nature's Back Up Plan"


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