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Menopause is a phase that usually arrives in our 50s
(or earlier in some cases) and even now it is still surrounded by ideas that make it hard to know exactly
what happens to us during this process. Here at Natura Bissé we want to help you understand this time a little
better because we know that every woman experiences and feels the changes differently.
The lead up to menopause is caused mainly by one factor: an imbalance in our progesterone and, especially, estrogen. This hormone is produced in the ovarian follicles, which deteriorate in quality over the years and therefore stop making estrogen.
As well as being responsible for the menstrual cycle, estrogen regulates cholesterol, maintains the correct bone density1, participates in neuronal activity, controls cognition processes and mood, and improves memory2. At the same time it helps keep our hair and nails strong as well as contributing to a plump and supple complexion. So, as you can see, it’s a fundamental hormone!
In our 40s or thereabouts, our estrogens begin to destabilize and early symptoms appear: hot flushes, irregular periods, higher cholesterol, loss of bone density, lower sex drive and mood swings.
Two or three years before menopause, these
symptoms become increasingly evident.
The ovarian follicles stop producing estrogen
the age of 50, adding insomnia, aches and pains in the body, migraines, vaginal dryness,
gain, lack of concentration, facial hair and weaker nails.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and needs estrogens too, as they improve the skin’s collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, as well as regulating pigmentation. Without this group of hormones, the skin aging process is accelerated3.
We can’t avoid skin aging, but it is possible to minimize the signs of menopause with proper skincare. During menopause our skin and body change, and we may experience the following signs of aging:
· Use a facial cleanser for dry skin both at night and
in the morning.
· Exfoliate your skin every few days to remove dead cells and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
· Use firming creams daily to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
· Always remember to use a sunscreen for the face. It is essential to combat the signs of aging.
At Natura Bissé, we have designed the perfect solution for your skin during the three phases of menopause: Essential Shock Intense Line. Although it can be used by anyone who wants to minimize the look of sagging and dull, lifeless skin, it is ideal for this stage of life as it contains isoflavones, a unique ingredient present in this collection’s star products such as the serum and cream.
ISOFLAVONES: This active agent acts in a similar way to human estrogens and therefore minimizes the effects of hormonal changes on the skin.
A scientific study has shown that isoflavones contribute to a
thickening of the epidermis and an increase in collagen and elasticity as well as hydrating, soothing and fading
the appearance of wrinkles4.
In addition, the Proteoglycan-Derma Complex and the Aminoessence Cocktail complete the action of the isoflavones by firming the skin’s appearance and supporting its skin moisture barrier. An incredibly effective line of products designed to minimize the effects of hormonal fluctuations on skin and reveal a complexion that looks youthful and full of vitality.
The lack of estrogen lowers
levels of serotonin, the happiness hormone, causing us to feel irritable, blue and even depressed, emotions that
may also arise as we notice the signs of aging or are affected by other symptoms such as insomnia.
To fully accompany you at this stage of life, we spoke to Sofía Fournier, gynecologist and women’s health expert, who gave us a few tips on how to go through menopause in the healthiest way possible.
A cocktail of essential nutrients for the skin!
(1) Romero, C. E. (1997). Efectos cardiovasculares de los
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(2) Pérez, M. A., Arancibia, S. R. Acciones protectoras de los
estrógenos en el sistema nervioso central. UNAM.
(3) Honeyman, J. M. (2012). Funciones metabólicas y hormonales de la
piel. Revista Chilena de Dermatología, 28(3), 234-239.
(4) Accorsi-Neto, A., Haidar, M., Simões, R., Simões, M., Soares, J.,
Jr, & Baracat, E. (2009). Effects of isoflavones on the skin of postmenopausal women: a pilot study.
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