Dry Skin Symptom of Menopause

Dry skin  due to menopauseCC BY-NC-ND by Loony Libberswick Dry skin. It can be a symptom of menopause. And unfortunately for most, over the counter remedies such as lotions and creams rarely work to alleviate the condition. The reason? Because these products don’t add moisture to your skin, they simply form a barrier in an attempt to keep the moisture that is already there in. The good news is that there is an effective and cost efficient way to replace the water that is missing from your skin. Drink more water!

It’s a known fact that most of us do not drink the amount of water we need to support our bodies. After menopause, lack of water becomes even more apparent. Doctors recommend that women who are currently pre-menopausal drink at least 8 8-ouce glasses of water per day, even more if they regularly consume diuretic substances such as caffeine. Women currently undergoing menopause are encouraged to increase the recommended intake of water to up to twelve or more glasses to help alleviate symptoms.

Also, taking in additional oil in the diet, in the form of more oily fish and omega-three fatty acids, is recommended. Both salmon and sardines fit the bill on this one. But if fish is not your idea of a great meal, try eating walnuts, eggs, or flax seed. Even adding a little flax seed oil to your normal recipes will help.

It’s also a good idea to stop using harsh soaps and shower a little less often. Using soaps designed to moisture will help keep the natural oils on your skin in place. Also, by taking a shower every other day instead of every day, you decrease the skin’s exposure to soap and other fragrances that dry out the skin and aggravate the problem.

Lastly, don’t give up on your favorite lotions, creams and oils. While they won’t cure your condition, they will most certainly help stop excessive loss of water through the skin and the medicated ones can even help alleviate the itching that goes along with your dry skin. Make sure that you stick to preparations that list water and not alcohol as the primary ingredient.

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