Menopause 101: Guide To Soothe Symptoms
The M word that so many women fear… Menopause. It is one of life’s absolutes that is a natural part of life, but is not talked about as much as it should be. Unfortunately for many, this time comes without warning with severe symptoms. Learning what can be done to help mitigate any issues one may be having will make the transition that much smoother.
The lack of conversation on this topic is a large part of why so many women end up feeling alone and ashamed whilst experiencing new discomforts they don’t understand. Menopause inevitably happens to post 40-year-olds, alongside a slew of symptoms like irritability, hot flashes, and weight gain/loss (alongside many other things). Newer generations have been able to welcome into the zeitgeist a new openness to formerly secretive, female-centric topics such as periods, acne, and even pregnancy—a term that was once censored on television, however, talks in regards to menopause are still rare or uncommon. So, let’s talk about it.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States. (Source) Some side effects can be demoralizing, so we look to easy fixes you can do at home to help combat these symptoms and results. Since menopause comes with lowered estrogen levels (thanks to hormonal changes, your body is making less and less estrogen), you can experience things like dry skin, hair loss, rashes, acne, etc. Don’t lose hope, as a lot of these issues can be helped through topical treatments!
If you already had dry skin that’s getting drier, or experiencing this for the first time, it’s time to switch out your moisturizers to something intensely hydrating to seal your skin barrier and promote water retention. This advice goes for the skin on your body and on your face. We love nourishing facial oils to clog your pores (in a good way) with hydration so the skincare you just put on doesn’t evaporate. Use WOW Skin Science Castor Oil to break down makeup like an oil cleanser, AND moisturize your skin as the last step of your routine. This multipurpose must-have can be used head-to-toe (meaning your hair and body will love the nourishment too!) You can add 1-2 drops of essential oils in this carrier oil to help align to your prioritized ailments-- stress, immunity, relaxation, etc.
For dry skin on your body, including patches of inflammation from stress and hormone changes, use the WOW Skin Science Raw Argan Oil Body Butter to help soothe and hydrate even the driest skin, without being comedogenic (pore-clogging) like coconut oil or flaxseed oil would be. Argan oil is very light on the skin while being high in Oleic Acid and Linoleic Acid for ultra-hydration. The shea butter base in all of WOW Skin Science’s body butters also helps even out your skin tone for an added skincare benefit!
Like we mentioned before, castor oil is the multipurpose product you need. For hair, it helps to stimulate hair growth and fight existing hair loss. Castor oil can be applied as an overnight hair treatment directly to your scalp, massaged in circular motions, and rinsed the next day to treat, nourish, and soothe your hair and scalp woes. Boost hair health with a plant-powered treatment, like our vegan hair oils! Our fans love WOW Skin Science 10-In-1 Hair Oil and our new Onion Black Seed Hair Oil to work wonders on dry, falling out hair. The hydration penetrated your hair strands to nourish from the inside, out.
You can also upgrade your shampoo + conditioner routine with ultra-hydrating ingredients. Use WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner or Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner Duo to combat your new hair issues. Both of these plant-powered formulas are made to help clarify build up that’s damaging hair follicles, while hydrating and nourishing hair with natural ingredients.
After cleaning your hair, follow up with the WOW Skin Science 10-In-1 Apple Cider Vinegar Mist Tonic to help balance & hydrate your hair and skin to give you the ultimate preventative care against dryness, acne, uneven skin tone, and more. You read that right, this can be used on your skin too!
Skin Rashes or Acne
Hormone changes (including puberty and menopause) can bring about various skin conditions like acne, and dry, irritated skin. “During menopause, hormonal changes include a loss of estrogen. Estrogen is related to the production of collagen, an essential building block of skin. Estrogen is also related to the production of natural oils that keep your skin moisturized. The lack of collagen and natural oils can cause your skin to become thin and itchy.” (Source) For many, the lowered estrogen can bring about skin rashes that might make the affected skin dry, and irritated with long-lasting scars. Look for repairing treatments like WOW Skin Science Moringa Body Butter, with Vitamin A to build back your collagen levels.
Lastly, for many women, the hormonal changes bring about adult-acne. If you thought dealing with these skin flare-ups would end in high school, think again. To get rid of acne, use a deep detox formula like WOW Skin Science Activated Charcoal Foaming Face Wash With Brush. Plant-powered with activated charcoal to absorb impurities that are clogging pores and causing acne. The hand soft-silicone brush gently exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal the soft, glowing skin underneath!
Managing new symptoms can be overwhelming, especially when it impacts your relationship with those around you. Go for natural fixes like WOW Skin Science’s 100% therapeutic-grade and pure essential oils. Their incredible benefits can be used in so many ways, for so many reasons. Boost your skincare, haircare, and wellness routine with these holistic fixes!
For any dry skin issues, use soothing essential oils like lavender, frankincense and geranium by adding a few drops in your body butter to hydrate before bed. To combat acne, use naturally antibacterial essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, orange, and rosemary to fight acne-causing bacteria. Be sure to NEVER use these potent elixirs on their own, as it can be too harsh without a carrier oil or cream to mix it with. You can also combine essential oils with other kinds of body oils to massage your body with.
For many people experiencing menopause, the entire experience is one that is shrouded with anxiety and stress, so a nice relaxing massage can work wonders for their mental state. Or using the essential oils in an aromatherapy diffuser would also be a wonderful use of these multifaceted miracles.
Self Care is Self Preservation
All in all, it is important to keep in mind that by not talking about a topic, we continue to make it taboo. The fact of the matter is that menopause is the inevitable result for all people, and the less we talk about it, the more daunting it can appear. Because many of us will go through certain issues that are only exacerbated through menopause, it is important to keep in mind advice that can help to combat the results of this hormonal change. The most important thing to remember is to treat yourself with kindness and prioritize self-care to help manage symptoms of this next stage of your life. Good luck!