As we all know, menopause can bring with it many unwanted symptoms. Most notably, what we like to call ‘power surges’ that can make it feel like you have just run through a burning fire pit. Though during the winter months, whilst it may be a relief to walk out in the cold, if you happen to perspire more, this can have complications for the rest of your health. Moisture is not always a good thing during winter as it can encourage the likes of dreaded colds & flu, chapped skin and possibly even icicles if you stay outside for too long (mostly if you live far north of the northern hemisphere, but it could happen)!
We have put together a list of helpful tips to get you through the Winter, to ensure that by the time Spring comes, you are feeling ready to embrace the year to come, instead of still recovering from the previous one!
Preventing dry skin
- Change the way you bathe: Hot water can be drying to the skin as it strips it of it’s natural oils. If the temperature of your bath or shower is too hot, it can also bring on hot flushes. Use a ‘soap free’ cleanser (like Stratum C Gentle Cleanser which uses Sodium Olivate instead) and try not to spend longer than 5-10 minutes in the bath or shower.
- Sensible Shaving: Shaving your legs can often irritate the skin, as you are also stripping your skin’s natural oils when you shave. Always shave after a shower or bath (as opposed to dry shaving) as the hairs are softer and more pliable. Always use gel or a cream and always shave in the direction that the hair is growing. Change your razor’s on a regular basis as an old razor could also irritate skin.
- Moisturise – A LOT!: With a high quality moisturiser. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and deserves some TLC. After all, you wouldn’t treat your inner organs with the cheapest treatments? Check your products for harmful ingredients such as parabens and drying agents. Look for skin conditioning ingredients such as Shea Butter, Glycerin, Stearic Acid and natural oils like Jojoba and Rose Hip which are particularly good for replacing lost oils in your skin. When you get out of the shower, you should try to take the time to moisturise everyday. Pat your skin dry, apply moisturiser to damp skin to trap moisture and remember to moisturise your hands every time you wash them. Contrary to popular belief, petroleum jelly and/or aqueous cream does not make a suitable moisturiser. Petroleum jelly creates a sealed layer which does not allow your skin to breath and can cause excess oil build up. Aqueous cream is a medical cream that is used to treat conditions like eczema, prolonged use will cause the skin cells to turnover at an accelerated rate and can make the skin sore, stripping of natural oils and doing more damage in the long run than good.
- Get a humidifier: The heating is back on, but with heat comes dryness and the air in your house may be warm but it will also strip moisture from your skin. Use a humidifier to re-balance the moisture levels in your home to avoid further drying of the skin.
- Wrap up warm: Cover your body, hands and face when it is cold to avoid the crisp cold air irritating skin.
Avoid that dreaded cold
- Wear layers of clothing to trap warmth between layers and prolong warmth without making you perspire profusely, though hot flushes may be an exception to this rule. Excess perspiration can irritate skin, but also attract illnesses if the moisture mixes with the cold. Stay warm!
- Eat lots of Vitamin C: Vitamin C protects against the cold. Also known as ascorbic acid, and is necessary for the maintenance of healthy connective tissue in the body. It helps the body to heal wounds and keeps cells healthy. It cannot be stored in the body so we must eat it everyday as part of a healthy diet. Good sources of Vitamin C include oranges, red or green peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli and potatoes. The recommended daily allowance for an adult is 40mg.
- Get plenty of sleep. If you become run down, you become more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold. See our previous blog articles for tips on how to get a good night’s sleep: https://menopauseskin.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/helpful-hints-and-tips-for-better-sleep-during-menopause/
- Drink plenty of water. 2 litres or 8 glasses a day will keep your organs functioning correctly and will keep your skin hydrated. See our previous article on the importance of drinking water: https://menopauseskin.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/are-you-drinking-enough-water/
- Try to stay on top of your exercise. Exercising can help boost immunity and metabolism so it’s worth it when you can find that motivation in the winter months. Maybe staying inside to exercise rather than the usual outside walk or jog will be a lot nicer in the colder weather.
- Keep those hands clean! But be careful not to use too much alcohol gel as this can dry out your skin. Wash your hands with a moisturising hand cleanser and then always follow with Stratum C Complete 4 Hand Care as it contains everything you need to protect your hands all year round – anti-wrinkle, anti-age spot, SPF and Keratin Amino Acids, as well as a rich Shea Butter base. Visit stratumc.com for more information on the moisturising skin care products from Stratum C menopause Skin Care.
Follow these top tips and you will enter 2015 with a ‘Spring’ in your step! (We couldn’t resist the pun!) Now that you are ready to face the rest of Winter, we will leave you to prepare and wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Season’s Greetings from all at Stratum C & Forme Laboratories