When I was younger, the skin on my face was always slick with oil. And as only an adolescent girl can do, I let it get me down. Each time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I'd recoil at that shiny reflection looking back at me. Of course, now, being in this so-called midlife, I wish there had been - along with that glimpse - a voice of reason to calm me. If there had been, it might have said something like this: Be grateful for all that oil! You'll miss it one day. But alas, there was no such voice. Instead, my youthful indignation - however wrongfully - made me shun that sebum, creating an
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It seems that lately, everyone is talking about menopause. Okay, not everyone, but the people I associate with. We’re all of “that age:” either we’ve gone through it or we’re presently going through it. And, as unreliable as memories can sometimes be, when it comes to menopause mine are crystal clear (even though my periods officially ended years ago in my early 50s): the hot flashes that torched my inner furnace, the night sweats that soaked my dry sheets, the moods that brought back (bad) memories of PMS when I’d fall into depressions so deep I swore I’d never climb out (but I always did), the
When you think about things that cause wrinkles, sagging, and age spots, you probably blame the sun. And you'd be right: Sun exposure is the number one culprit in aging skin - but there are so many other factors. Some we can control, and others, we can't. It's normal for the actual structure of your skin to change with age. Its outer layer thins and the number of pigment-containing cells decrease, resulting in skin that appears thinner, paler and more translucent. Remember the strong, firm skin you used to have? That strong and resilient framework and structure that supported your skin for so long is
Hot flashes, forgetfulness, irritability, and weight gain: These are expected symptoms of menopause. But what you might not expect is something else entirely: dry, itchy skin. When estrogen declines, so does the production of collagen and oils, two important things that help keep your skin firm, smooth, and supple. Hang on to your youthful glow with these top tips.
I got a short email today from one of my readers: "My skin used to be so oily, I was always complaining about the shine. And now that I'm going through menopause, things have changed. It's so dry that it feels like my face will crack! I'd like to get some oil back. Any ideas?" I can relate. My own skin used to be so oily and greasy that I'd never go anywhere without those anti-shine wipes. I swear, I kept that company in business. Of course, it was so long ago that I can't remember the exact name of the company, but wipes like that are still around, like these. And yes, I should have listened to my
Life events can be a series of the simple and straightforward. A situation happens; we deal with it. And then, we move on. Except when they're not simple and straightforward. Consider breast cancer. Those two words are often wrought with a much more complicated and oftentimes knotty web to navigate. What comes before breast cancer: A feeling of relative security; a going-about-my-life mentality without spending too much time thinking about the myriad health conditions, risks and diseases that are out there. What comes during breast cancer: Anxiety, fear, shock, disbelief, sadness, strength,
HEALTH STATISTIC(S) OF THE DAY More than one-third of U.S. women suffer from pelvic floor disorder, or PFD. About 377,000 are reported to have had surgery (as of 20102) for the disorder, with those numbers expected to climb significantly over the next several decades. During their lifetime, approximately one in 11 women will have surgery to address pelvic floor issues, says women's health expert and advocate, Donnica Moore, M.D. The Story The pelvic floor contains a group of muscles that act as a sling, supporting the urethra, vagina and anus to keep them all wher they belong. Anything that