Instead of shying away from the menopause, we think women should be encouraged to share their experiences, as well as reminding ourselves that there are some positive changes too. We also have the right to be in-the-know – knowledge is power, they say. So while most of us are aware of the more common symptoms such as hot flushes, weight gain and mood swings, there are many more challenges that women may face that are far less talked about.
Acne is not just a problem for teenagers. Hormonal changes during and after the menopause may cause unwanted breakouts – but help is at hand. Retinol, a highly-effective anti-ageing ingredient, is also used to help acne and acne scarring, so you can combat the signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and large pores, as well as acne flare-ups.
Falling oestrogen levels can cause dehydration in the body, affecting the skin and hair but also the nails, making them brittle, soft and prone to breakage.
Skin can become dry, tight and itchy as oestrogen levels steeply decline during the menopause.
Hot flushes are often cited as the most common sign of the menopause but they can also lead to skin imbalances as a result of excessive sweating.
Managing the menopause
For more common menopausal symptoms perhaps try some of these more unusual approaches:
1. Take a tepid bath in the morning for 20 minutes to alleviate hot flushes throughout the day.
2. Having a hot flush? Apply a cool towel or bandana to the pulse points around your wrists and neck.
3. Sip warm milk before bed for a better night's sleep.
4. Try acupuncture to relieve stress and also hot flushes.
5. Take up a new hobby or learn a new language to help with your memory.