As we get older, we experience skin problems we didn’t have to deal with in our 20s and 30s. Blame hormonal changes that not only result in menopause, but in a host of undesirable skin issues. Estrogen levels drop, which means inflammation increases. (Estrogen is naturally anti-inflammatory, so when you have less of it, the resulting inflammation affects your skin.) Unfortunately, inflammation is the major cause of aging, which can cause changes that damage skin cells.

Estrogen is needed for to keep skin functioning normally. It affects collagen and elastin, melanin and sebaceous gland activity (skin oil). Estrogen also helps keep water it in the dermis, keeping the skin plump. With the major decrease in estrogen that occurs in our 50s, the skin loosens and thins, and wrinkles deepen.

So what can we do about inflammation due to lower estrogen levels? Give up on having beautiful skin? Not a chance! There are proactive solutions you can take to ensure the beauty of your skin now, and for years to come.

  1. Eat a healthy diet. Antioxidants, good fatty acids and Vitamin C play an essential role in the health of your skin. Antioxidants fight free-radical damage. Fatty acids from almonds, olive oil and avocado increase moisture levels in the skin, and Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen production.
  2. Exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and helps clear the way for brand new, healthy cells. It also helps reduce blemishes and breakouts, clear clogged pores, rid the skin of dryness and lighten hyper pigmentation, leaving the skin soft and smooth.
  3. Increase circulation. By this, I mean all-over circulation and microcirculation. Regular (3-5x a week) aerobic exercise like Zumba and brisk walking will increase all-over blood circulation, while facial massage and regular facial scrubs (which also exfoliate) help microcirculation to your skin, leaving it glowing and more even-toned.