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Women experience all kinds of changes during the aging process. Emotional changes, such as depression, increased anxiety, mood swings, and other mental health issues can sneak up on you when you least expect it. There are also many physical changes that happen gradually, including hair, skin, body shape, and odor changes.
Understanding the changes that naturally take place during the aging process and knowing what you can do about them can help you have a smoother transitiion to the next phase of your life.
The cause of mental illness during menopause is not always clear. Hormonal change is usually the catalyst for symptoms, but some women experience worse symptoms than others. Different lifestyles and external sources can intensify symptoms. It is important to consult with your physician to discuss treatment options.
Sometimes, however, symptoms will completely disappear once the external source is removed. Stress, for example, can switch on anxiety, which may effect decision-making and bring on feelings of hopelessness, which may manifest itself in uncontrolled crying. Once that stress is removed and the anxiety is relieved, the mind can think more clearly and hope is restored.
If symptoms are effecting on your quality of life, it is time to seek help. After you contact your physician, take action yourself by trying a few simple things that can help relieve the symptoms quickly.
Some things to try include:
As you age, you will notice changes to your skin texture, color, and elesticity. Your skin may become thinner. Based on your genetics and lifestyle, this may happen at any age between 50 and 70. The dermal layer of your skin doesn't rejuvenate itself like it used to. The cells don't divide as quickly. Your skin may look pale or even translucent due to a reduction in pigment. The fat cells in the hypodermal layer will begin to break down and your skin will become loose, thin, and hang freely.
You may also notice brown spots, also called age spots or liver spots. They are usually gray, brown or black and can vary in size. Over time, UV exposure damages the pigment-producing cells in the skin and some of them tend to produce more pigment as a result. Liver spots typically appear on the face, hands, and arms, as these are the areas exposed to the sun the most.
Your skin will probably loosen as you get older. Some women experience this more than others. Depending on the condition of your skin, it may sag at a different rate than someone else. Well-maintained skin that is moisturized regularly tends to sag less as you age.
There are no 100% garaunteed ways to avoid these skin changes, but there are a few things you can do about them.
Here are some tips to keep your skin beautiful no matter what your hormones are doing:
The information on this website is not intended to be medical advice. Please consult your physician.