07 May 2014

Not Loving the Skin You’re In? 5 Ways to Make Peace with Mother Nature

WomanlookinginmirrorYou’d think by the time you hit your 50’s that acne might be a thing of the past. I don’t know about you, but after 40 solid years of fighting this beast, I am tired. And then there are the wrinkles that no potion or procedure can touch.

With the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you go through menopause. Roller coaster hormones make all kinds of skin problems, like wrinkles and acne, fair game in this time of your life.

With estrogen on the wane, testosterone steps up to wreak havoc when it comes to what’s happening on your face. Surges of testosterone cause acne, not only on your face, but other places including your neck, back and chest. Stress also creates contributes to changing hormone levels and may make you more likely to break out.

While testosterone muscles up on the acne front, decreasing estrogen is working to break down your collagen and elastin and thin the dermis, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. You may also notice that your skin lacks the glow that it once had and that broken capillaries are appearing just below the surface of your skin. Hair becomes thinner and nails may break more easily.

So, what’s a gal to do? While these problems may seem like big obstacles to overcome, there are some simple things you can do to restore balance to your body and your skin.


I know you’re tired of hearing it. Seems like the cure-all to everything, right ? But that’s because it is critical! All women 35 and older need to exercise at least 5-7 days a week (and make sure some weight training is included). Exercise increases your circulation and gets oxygen to your tissues. Not only will you feel better, but your skin will thank you.

Eat Clean

Again, a tool in your arsenal is the food you eat. Approximately 30 percent the calories you consume should be from carbohydrates, and of those carbohydrates, the majority should come from fresh fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals. Make it a goal to have a streamed green vegetable with at least one meal. Forty percent of your diet should be in the form of lean protein, and 30 percent from healthy fats. Keep salt to a minimum to avoid fluid retention.


Our bodies are mostly water. And our skin is our biggest organ. Makes sense, then, that you need lots of water to keep your skin healthy. Aim for at least ½ oz. per pound of body weight. This will flush your system and help your skin reclaim its glow.


The likelihood of skin cancer goes up as you age, especially if you were an “iodine and baby oil” teenager (you know who you are). Daily use of a broad-spectrum SPF is a must in all skincare regimens, but avoid sunscreens that contain hormone disruptors (avobenzone and oxybenzone).

Choose Cosmetics and Skin Care Wisely

As important as what goes into your body is what goes on your body. Choosing a skincare regimen that is right for you is vital. Look for products that use pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. You can find out more about the safety of your cosmetic products at www.safecosmetics.org.

I also recommend having a consultation with a holistic aesthetician who can guide you in the use of herbs and oils for your skin. This can save you a LOT of money in the long run AND keep your skin looking beautiful.

Dr. Anna Garrett

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