5 Skin Care Tips for Menopausal Women

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Menopause can bring about many changes in a woman's life, and while some of these changes may be exciting, others can be quite upsetting. In addition to causing such troubling symptoms as hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings, the hormonal changes that occur during menopause can negatively affect your skin as well. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to minimize the skin-related effects of menopause, and the following five tips are among the best.

Use a Moisturizer with Antioxidants

As hormones change during menopause, many women experience dry skin. This, in turn, often leads to fine lines and wrinkles. The key here is to keep the skin hydrated. When choosing a moisturizer for dry skin, look for those that are rich and contain antioxidants. Antioxidants can help to repair your skin and make it stronger reducing the effects of aging. If you have oily skin, you will still want to use a moisturizer with antioxidants, but you can explore a water-based formula to be sure that it will not clog your pores.

Wear a Sunscreen When Outdoors

As women enter menopause and their hormones change, they often find that their skin is more prone to sunburns and discoloration (more commonly known as age spots). This is due mainly to hormonal changes and thinning skin. To combat this problem, be sure to wear a sunscreen whenever you need to spend a lot of time outdoors. When choosing a sunscreen, opt for one with an SPF of at least 15 and a formula that contains restorative ingredients. Even if you’re going to wear makeup that day, be sure to use it underneath your foundation and concealer.

Cleanse Regularly with a Gentle Cleanser

Whether you experience dry or oily skin during menopause, it is essential that you steer away from using harsh cleansers. As women age, their skin becomes thinner, and harsh cleansers can cause irritation and even damage to the skin's surface. You will also want to avoid soap-based cleansers, as they tend to strip the skin of moisture. Instead, use a gentle oil-based cleanser for dry skin or an oil-free foam cleanser if you have oily skin.

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Protect Your Hands Too

When caring for your skin, make sure that you pay some attention to your hands as well. As hands age, they lose collagen and moisture, making the skin appear thin, wrinkled, and fragile. To reduce these effects of aging, make a habit of using moisturizer on your hands each day. Additionally, if you need to work outdoors for any length of time, consider wearing gloves to protect your skin.

Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Finally, it may seem strange that eating certain foods can be useful for your skin. However, foods that are rich in antioxidants help to repair cell damage, making your skin stronger and healthier. Examples of foods that are high in antioxidants include pecans, kale, artichokes, blueberries, strawberries, and dark chocolate.

As women enter menopause, they experience many changes, and one of the most common changes involves the skin. As hormones change, skin can become thin, wrinkled, and delicate. However, there are several things that women can do to minimize the skin-related effects of menopause, and the five tips described above are quite effective.

References:

https://www.webmd.com/menopause/ss/slideshow-better-skin-after-menopause   

https://restorefemininity.com/pages/woman-guide-menopause

https://www.livestrong.com/article/26015-tips-skin-care-menopausal-women/  

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-antioxidants

Doing Yoga Outside? Make Sure You Take These Precautions

Exercising outdoors offers a multitude of benefits. You get to breathe in the fresh air, and you get to build your body and lose pounds. Also, some people find themselves torn between relaxing outside and going to the gym after a long day at work. When you opt to participate in yoga outside, you don't have to make the decision. Still though, you should follow some precautions to make sure that you get the most out of your experience.

Buy a Comfortable Mat

Whether you are used to doing yoga or not, you probably know that you will spend a decent amount of time on the ground. Getting used to sitting and performing poses on a different type of terrain can be difficult. Look into getting a new mat that is specifically designed for outdoor yoga. By doing so, you can feel more comfortable. Being comfortable while doing yoga is important for your body and mind. You do not want to injure yourself, and you also want to feel invigorated to continue with the classes.

Watch for Pests

You don't want your peaceful yoga experience to turn into a time laden with bugs. For example, ticks and Lyme Disease are two serious issues that you could encounter. Check out where the yoga class is to find out if the area is known for these problems. Even when it isn't, purchasing some repellent is a wise decision. In the event that you are participating in yoga in an area with tall grass, consider wearing long pants and socks so that you aren't inviting bugs in. Give yourself a check when the class is over.

Be Aware of Allergens

Spending time outdoors is a beautiful experience for a number of people, but it can be troublesome for those individuals who suffer from allergies. Even if you have allergies, you may decide that you want to try yoga outdoors. It's important that you know the difference between mild allergies and severe ones. For example, if you have mild allergies to pollen, you might be able to take certain types of medication to help you manage the reactions during your yoga sessions. On the other hand, if you are seriously allergic to bees, recognize that participating in yoga outside and being that close to the ground could seriously put you in jeopardy.

Increase the SPF

While you are doing yoga, you may very well feel at peace and at ease. As a result, you might not notice that you're actually getting a pretty bad sunburn at the same time. It's true that you may want to get tan in the summer, but you shouldn't do so at the risk of seriously damaging your skin. Talk to your doctor about the level of SPF that is right for you. Make certain to lather up every time you go into the sun. Also, check the bottle to see how long the protection lasts, especially if you are sweating.

Fill Your Water Bottle

It's also easy to not recognize that you're getting dehydrated when you're participating in such a relaxing activity, but when you stand up after your session, you may realize that you should have been drinking water all along. You should drink water before the session so that you are going into the class with the necessary levels of hydration. Also, sip water as you participate in the activity when you want to make sure that you are properly hydrated throughout. Remember that dehydration can have serious health consequences.

Store Your Belongings

When you go to the gym to take yoga classes, you probably put your items in a locker. In the event that you are participating in outdoor yoga classes, no such option might be possible. You don't want someone to steal your possessions, and you don't want the wind to take off with your driver's license and credit cards. Speak with the instructor or the program operator about where participants store their items during the classes.

Know the Signs of Heatstroke

Chances are that you are not doing yoga outdoors in the middle of the winter. You may go to a local park in the morning when you get to go into work later in the summer, or you may participate in some weekend classes at the beach. Since the odds are that you're doing yoga outdoors during the warmer months, you must learn the signs of heatstroke. Even if you think that chances are small that you will experience this serious issue, you should still recognize that it could happen. Knowing how to spot the early signs of heatstroke could also assist you in helping another person.

Choose a Qualified Instructor

While you may just want to start doing yoga outside on your own, consider the health risks of doing so, especially in the summer sun. Registering for a class with a qualified instructor can help you to get the right level of activity for the weather and to also have guidance in the event that an issue does occur. When you are registering for classes, always make sure you are honest about your level of skill. In other words, signing up for an advanced class outdoors when you have taken only a couple of yoga classes in your life is not the best idea.

Have a Partner

If you are taking a class with a group of people whom you don't know and begin to feel ill from the heat, you might start to panic. However, when you have a trusted relative or friend with you, you can let this person know that you are not feeling well. You will likely feel more comfortable expressing this discomfort to an individual whom you know. Therefore, signing up for yoga classes with a relative or friend is a smart way to keep you both of you safer and happier during this experience.

Doing yoga outside should be a refreshing experience, not a dangerous or uncomfortable one. However, you should take some precautions to ensure that the classes are what you want and that you continue to return for more. For more beauty tips, check out our Beauty Tips section.
 

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Flawless Finish: Pro Tips for Applying Makeup That Lasts

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Have you ever felt like the makeup you put on in the morning has somehow disappeared by the afternoon? It’s not your imagination! All that work you put in to look amazing can blend away if it's not set properly. While we can’t pick your style for you, we can give you some advice on how to get some insta worthy quality makeup looks. With a little prep and a touch-up or two, you can get makeup that lasts with these quick tips.  

Start with Clean, Moisturized Skin

If your skin is dry when you put on makeup a couple of things can happen. First, it may overproduce oil which is like a tiny little mudslide for your foundation, blush, contour — you get the picture. The second outcome is that your face can get flaky and show fine lines even more than usual because the makeup settles in. Not good.

Clean your skin well with a gentle cleanser or something more natural like coconut oil (oil cleansing is actually pretty effective if you’re looking for an acne fix) that takes away any residue or dirt on the skin but doesn’t strip it of moisture. Apply a moisturizer with SPF and let it sink into your skin for about 10 minutes before putting on your makeup. That combination of moisturizer and coconut oil cleansing will give you a such a gorgeous glow that you might just skip the highlighter altogether!

Apply Primer

If you’ve never used primer before, you will be shocked at how well this stuff works. It evens out the skin, makes it feel super soft, and hangs on to your makeup for dear life so it doesn’t go anywhere you don’t want it to. You may want to use a separate primer for your face and your eyes depending on your skin type. Get some samples to try out a few different kinds and figure out which one you like best. Once you go primer you’ll never go back.

Use Makeup with Staying Power

Whatever products you use, make sure that they’re strong enough to last. If you’re using a blush or bronzer, use one with high pigment. If you’re using eyeliner and mascara make sure they’re water-resistant. For foundation, try a longwear formula. Make sure you are using the right color for your skin tone. If you want long-lasting looks you’ll have to use products meant for that. Some subtle blushes or sheer foundations will look amazing for a couple of hours but then you have to reapply. Be minimalist with the areas you can get away with and use highly pigmented, water resistant formulas everywhere else. If you’re concerned about water resistant ingredients in conventional cosmetics, you can try natural formulas that use ingredients like beeswax to stay put.

Spritz with a Setting Spray

This is another game changer. Using a light mist of setting spray or toning spray makes you makeup last longer and stay put. It also instantly sinks the pigments into the skin a little bit so your look is more natural and less cakey.

Prepare to Touch Up

Your makeup is working to stay put through your body heat, changes in outside temperature, humidity, sweat, and all kinds of other gnarly conditions. Try to get travel sizes of your products and check in on your look every 3-4 hours.

Take it All Off

At the end of the day take off all that makeup, and do it right. Get back to that coconut oil to remove your eye makeup and wash your face thoroughly before you put on a nice moisturizer. If you don’t get all of today’s makeup off, then tomorrow’s makeup is going on top of it which can clog your pores, cause skin problems, and make your makeup flaky and uneven.