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Menopause and Dry Skin: Why They Go Together and What to Do About It

Menopause and dry skin often go together.  Your skin is an organ.  Your skin performs many functions, from temperature regulation to immune functions and vitamin D synthesis.  It protects your insides from bacteria, toxins of all kinds, excess sun exposure and dehydration.

One reason for your dry skin is the reduction of estrogen just before and after menopause.  Estrogen is a moisturizing hormone, so less estrogen equals less moisture throughout your body:  your eyes, hair and of course your skin.  As if that isn't bad enough, you also lose collagen as your estrogen declines.  Collagen is what keeps your skin firm and elasticity (think of the difference between a new rubber band and one that is old and has lost it's elasticity-that's what happens to your skin!).  So one obvious way to help your skin would be estrogen replacement.  I will not go into all the issues on this page, but if you want to know more about bioidentical hormone replacement, see the following pages:

Bioidentical hormone therapy

Natural estrogen replacement

Estrogen side effects

Herbal estrogen

I also found that using bioidentical progesterone decreased skin dryness when I used it before menopause.   For more on that, see bioidentical progesterone

How to Nourish Your Dry Skin

Use a cleanser that doesn't remove the natural oils from your skin (Many soaps are too drying)

Natural ingredients found in moisturizers can be effective as well as soothing to your skin

Kukui nut oil is very moisturizing and penetrating, making it an excellent ingredient for a dry skin moisturizer. 

Sweet almond oil is very nondrying, good for dry skin

Avocado oil is used for it's ability to penetrate deeply into the skin

Antioxidants are important for keeping your skin healthy and looking good.  Here are some antioxidants:  vitamins A, C, and E, and  magnesium, selenium, beta carotene, zinc, lipoic acid, CoQ10 (for more on antioxidants, see antioxidants

Aloe vera is high in selenium and very high in vitamin C.

Rose hips are very high in vitamin C

Horsetail is high in magnesium

Kelp is high in selenium, very high in magnesium

Kukui nut oil is high in vitamins A, C and E

Lavender essential oil also has antioxidant properties

Diet and exercise

Avoid bad fats and eat good fats.  See menopause diets for more information about good fats and other elements of a healthy diet.  Focus on Omega 3 fats, found in wild salmon and cod liver oil, and evening primrose oil.

Exercise helps eliminate toxins through your skin and increases circulation.

My choice for moisturizing skin products is a company with high standards for natural products. Weleda not only uses all natural ingredients with no synthetics, they are certified by both Demeter, and NaTrue, which are international certifications with high standards for natural, organic and biodynamic ingredients and practices.  For more about this see natural antiaging skin care

I have recommended some products below which are available through Amazon

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