Menopause is a natural and inevitable phase in a woman's life, marking the end of her reproductive years. While it's a significant milestone, it can also bring a range of physical and emotional changes. Many women experience symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and changes in their skin and body odor during this time. Fortunately, there are several holistic approaches to help manage these changes, including the use of natural skincare and deodorant. In this blog post, we'll explore seven essential tips to help you navigate menopause with ease, incorporating these natural alternatives.
1. Prioritize Hormone-Healthy Nutrition
Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial during menopause. Focus on foods rich in phytoestrogens, like soy, flaxseeds, and legumes, as they can help mitigate hormonal fluctuations. Additionally, ensure you're getting adequate vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium and vitamin D, to support bone health. Reducing your intake of processed foods and sugar can also help manage mood swings and keep your skin radiant.
2. Stay Hydrated
As you age, your skin tends to become drier and less elastic. Staying hydrated is essential to combat these effects. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain skin elasticity and overall well-being. Herbal teas, such as chamomile and green tea, can also provide hydration while offering potential relief from hot flashes and irritability.
3. Natural Skincare Routine
Menopausal changes can affect your skin, making it more sensitive and prone to dryness. Switching to a natural skincare routine can help maintain healthy skin. Opt for gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and serums that contain natural ingredients like avocado oil, lavender essential oil, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins. These ingredients can hydrate your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
*VAB tip. Use our exfoliating mitt while in the shower to slough off dead skin cells and then apply our face and body lotion just after the shower, while skin is still damp, to help lock in extra moisture.
4. Sun Protection
Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial at any age. As menopausal skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, it's essential to use a natural sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection. Look for products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as they provide effective sun protection without harmful chemicals.
*VAB tip; try our favorite sun screen kinship 60spf or Pipette (made for babies but we love it on our skin too!)
5. Natural Deodorant
Let's talk about the dreaded hot flashes. One minute, you're fine, and the next, you're experiencing your own personal sauna session. Natural deodorants, with their gentle ingredients and pleasant scents, are your secret weapons. During menopause, hormonal changes can lead to increased body odor. Traditional antiperspirants and deodorants often contain harsh chemicals that may not be suitable for sensitive skin. Switching to a natural deodorant can help you stay fresh without exposing your body to potentially harmful ingredients like aluminum and parabens.
*VAB tip (Our unscented magnesium deodorant was designed for women going through menopause)
6. Exercise Regularly
Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining overall health and well-being during menopause. Exercise can help manage weight, boost mood, and improve sleep quality. Engage in activities you enjoy, such as yoga, walking, or swimming, to stay active and reduce stress.
*VAB tip Try a new sport like pickleball or swimming, something where you can socialize and get your mind out of it's routine of trying to work in overdrive
7. Stress Management
Managing stress is critical during menopause, as it can exacerbate symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings. Incorporate stress-reduction techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness. These practices can help you stay calm and balanced throughout this transition.
*VAB tip, for those of you who have difficulty meditating, try sound bowl therapy. I swear by it and feel amazing after a session
Menopause is a natural phase of life, and with the right strategies, you can navigate it with grace and confidence. Prioritize a hormone-healthy diet, stay hydrated, and adopt a natural skincare routine to support your skin's health. Embrace natural deodorant and sunscreen to protect your body from harsh chemicals. Regular exercise and stress management techniques will contribute to your overall well-being during this transformative time. By following these seven essential tips, you can make menopause a positive and empowering experience.