Dr. Sharolyn Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC,FNP-C // Dec 25, 2018

Dry and itchy skin can be more intense if you are perimenopausal or menopausal. Changes due to hormone imbalance affect the skin and menopausal skin needs extra moisturizing and tender care. 

Dry skin is very common in general and increases in the winter months. Two main factors contribute greatly to winter dry skin. Cold and dry winds and warm and toasty homes. This combination helps to strip skin of its natural lipid barrier at a faster pace than the more humid summer months.

Cold and dry winds: When the humidity level outside drops and the air outside becomes dryer, evaporating the water in your skin more quickly, making your skin feel dry and tight, and look flaky. Menopausal skin is more sensitive making the dryness, itchiness and flaking more intense.

Warm and toasty homes: Fireplaces and hotter showers are prevalent in the winter and can greatly add to skin dryness problems.

Follow these 2 easy tips for skin moisturizing in the winter:
1) Massage in moisturizers after a shower or bath
After a shower or bath, you only have 1-3 minutes to trap the moisture into your skin so blot dry and massage in moisturizers quickly. This is the best time to apply body moisturizers.

2) Try facial steaming
Facial steaming helps to hydrate skin by increasing oil production which naturally moisturizes the face. It also increases skin’s permeability, enabling it to better absorb skin creams and moisturizers. After a facial steam is a perfect time to apply facial skin care products.

Step 1: Choose a spot. Be sure you are comfortable. A bowl on a table is the best choice but you can also do this over a sink. Just use a chair or stool that offers the right height.

Step 2: Restrain your hair so that it’s off your face and cleanse using a gentle exfoliating cleanser. Our Daily Cleanser works great. Don’t forget to cleanse on your neck as well!

Step 3: Bring 4 to 6 cups of water to a boil depending on the size of your bowl or sink.

Step 4: Once the water begins to boil this is the time to add herbs if desired. This is optional. For the benefits of some essential oils and herbs see below.

Step 5: Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes. Pour water into the bowl or sink. If you’re using essential oils, this is the time to add a few drops to the water. This is also optional.

Step 6: Sit down and drape your towel over your head and the pot and hold your face 6 about inches above the water.

Depending on how hot you like it adjust your head height as necessary. If you need to cool off lift a corner of the towel. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes.

Essential oils and herbs are great for facial steaming:
Lavender: has calming properties and helps with insomnia.
Parsley: acts as a natural astringent and helps heal acne.
Eucalyptus: relieves nasal decongestion and acne.
Fennel: contains anti-aging antioxidants.
Chamomile: soothes irritated skin.

Moisturizing and cleansing are a big part of keeping your skin looking great and feeling moist and supple. Selecting the right skin regimen is important. Smooth Transition Adaptive Skin Care has been formulated specifically for menopausal skin changes with key ingredients including black cohosh and dong quai. Typical anti-aging regimens don’t address hormonal related skin issues. If your experiencing skin issues like dullness, overly dry and flaking, redness, itchy, irritated and brown spots give Smooth Transition Adaptive Skin Care a try. www.smoothtransition.com

Other key ingredients include:
Hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in our skin and helps in retain moisture and decrease fine lines and wrinkles
Jojoba esters for an emollient most resembling the natural oils in our skin
Plant peptides for skin renewal and younger looking skin
Daisy flower to brighten skin and decrease dark spots.
Coconut oil, aloe vera, and beta oat glucan for nourishing and moisturizing the skin, and red clover to prevent aging skin caused by estrogen deprivation.
Vegan formulas with no parabens, phthalates, petro chemicals, dyes, synthetic fragrances, sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, mineral oil , DEA, paraffin, polyethylene beads, formaldehyde, and we never animal test.

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