Keep Your Skin, Hair Looking Great After Menopause (Video)

Focus on nutrition and a good skin care regimen

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If you’ve been through menopause, you may notice some unwelcome changes in your hair and skin. But good eating and grooming habits can keep you looking great.

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The culprit for the post-menopausal changes in your hair and skin is the lower levels of the hormone estrogen circulating in your body. Loss of estrogen makes your skin thinner and more delicate, and can cause your hair to thin out.

One step you can take to support the appearance of your hair and skin is to be mindful of what you eat. Eat a balanced and varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables and make sure that you’re getting vital nutrients such as vitamins C and D, iron, zinc and biotin.

You also can look your best by establishing a good skin care routine. Wash your face with a gentle lotion-type cleanser and apply a light moisturizer if your skin feels dry.

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As you get older, your skin does not shed as easily, and this contributes to a dry, wrinkled appearance. You can keep your skin looking fresh by using a gentle exfoliation product that removes this dead, dull top layer of skin. If you’re not already using a sunscreen every day on your face, neck and decolletage, it’s definitely time to start.

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