The skin changes with normal ageing. Oestrogen decline during the menopause can also affect the skin. Less collagen and elastic fibers are produced. Collagen is
the supportive protein structure of the skin and elastic fibers provide the flexibility of the skin. The drop in collagen and elastic fibers accelerates
wrinkling and sagging.
Oestrogen stimulates fat deposits over the female body. As the oestrogen levels decline during menopause, fat deposits become redistributed over the abdomen and on the thighs and buttocks.
To help maintain healthy skin, you may consider some of the below points:
- Stop smoking. Smoking has a huge effect on the appearance of the skin
- You are what you eat – eat healthily with plenty of vegetables and fruit
- Beware of the sun – be sensible, you need vitamin D from the sun but moderate your exposure
- Move your facial muscles to keep your skin and muscle tone more defined
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated
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