Updated: Jun 16
We all want to glow. Hormonal changes in midlife directly impact skin physiology, changing its condition, its allure. The decline of estrogen, which regulates the quantity and quality of sebum in the sebaceous glands, leads to a sharp decrease in natural skin oil production, leaving the skin feeling dry and looking dull. The skin’s capacity to retain moisture is further aggravated by accompanying changes in lipid composition, elastin and collagen production (maintaining elasticity and firmness); making it more prone to thinning, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Intrinsic dryness factors can be made worse, as your skin experiences a reduced ability to self-repair against extrinsic factors such as UV radiation and pollution. To care properly for your skin, remember it is your biggest and largest organ that not only functions as a protective barrier, but maintains detoxification and hydration for healthy and supple skin. The skin's elimination of metabolic waste, excess minerals, salts, as well as toxins; can cause inflammation and dryness. This process is also impeded by protein glycation, which accelerates aging and skin damage. Increased collagen breakdown, associated with aging, is another challenge to maintain proper structure and function of the skin. Skin care requires an integrative approach and easy-to-follow adjustments in your lifestyle routine. Add hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, to attract and retain water. Most importantly, follow our pro-tips and pack your diet with these nutrients: 1. Start with proper hydration. The number of ounces you should drink in a day is equal to 1/2 of your weight in pounds. In kilograms, multiply your weight by 0.33 and this gives you the liters you should drink in a day. Even easier is the urine color test. If your pee is pale yellow, you are well-hydrated. If your pee is dark yellow/orange, you need to drink more water. Your level of hydration is indicated by the hue of your pee color. Water and herbal teas are best! Remember coffee , caffeinated teas and alcohol are dehydrating. Increase your water intake if you are drinking those daily. If you don't like plain water, consider adding lemon, cucumbers, ginger root or even mint leaves.
2. Prioritize your Vitamin C! Your body needs it for healthy collagen production to create new collagen cells; and for antioxidant protection. It helps combat sun damage and hyperpigmentation, improving your skin tone. It supports your body's anti-inflammatory response, neutralizing and repairing acne and rosacea. It even neutralizes your glycation, and helps to reverse and prevent cell damage to promote brighter, more radiant skin.
3. Add hydrolyzed collagen (collagen peptides) to your diet to strengthen your epidermal structure and your skin integrity as a protective barrier from environmental toxins.
4. Essential omega-3 fatty acids maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier, reduce inflammation, and improve skin elasticity.
5. Support your skin lipids with Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a a potent antioxidant to protect your skin against oxidative stress and damage from UV radiation, while maintaining skin hydration levels.
6. Don't forget zinc. This mineral is vital for beautiful and healthy skin, as it promotes cell growth, collagen formation and skin healing. Like vitamin C, zinc boasts the extra advantage of protecting and supporting your immunity.
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In conclusion, taking care of dry skin pre to post-menopause requires a holistic approach that considers the skin's excretory and hydration functions. Preventing glycation and loss of hydration will help you maintain healthy radiant, glowing and supple skin. When picking supplements, be aware to take bioavailability and quality into account. Need help with which brands to trust and dosages ? Ask us in the forum or at email@example.com ! Also, consider our Optimal Nutrition Women's Wellness test you can do in the comfort of your own home. Easy, simple, affordable and informative. https://www.phenomxhealth.com/product-page/optimal-nutrition-test