In the years before menopause, levels of female hormones begin to fluctuate paving the way for a transitional period called perimenopause. Symptoms of perimenopause vary according to hormonal imbalances in a woman's body. Common symptoms include hot flashes and night sweats, but some women also discover the appearance of new or additional cellulite. Many female bodies in perimenopause are estrogen dominant, which means levels of estrogen exceed levels of progesterone. Higher amounts of estrogen can result in added body weight, making women particularly vulnerable to cellulite.
How Perimenopause Affects the Skin's Appearance
Added body fat, circulation, and muscle tone all affect the skin's appearance during perimenopause. As women age, skin becomes thinner. Cellulite forms when fat cells push through thin skin layers causing a dimpled and pitted appearance. The problem is compounded when women get little exercise. Muscles underneath the skin layers lack tone and provide little support, and poor circulation to the skin creates a pale, anemic undertone.
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Most women experience symptoms of perimenopause between the ages of 40 and 50. To see if perimenopause might explain your new-found cellulite, take the quiz below.
- Are you experiencing moments of intense body heat, warm skin, and perspiration?
- Are instances of profuse sweating interfering with your sleep?
- Is your sexual desire waning?
- Are you experiencing vaginal dryness and/or painful sexual intercourse?
- Do you feel increasingly sad, anxious, or irritable?
- Do you suffer from regular headaches?
Natural Ways to Combat Cellulite and other Symptoms of Perimenopause
Symptoms of perimenopause affect quality of life for women in transition. A few natural approaches encourage smoother skin, less physical discomfort, and better peace of mind.
- Limit exposure to toxins like food additives, alcohol, and caffeine to boost the efficiency of the lymphatic system.
- Because it interferes with the metabolism of vitamin C, which plays a key role in the production of collagen and elastin, remove sugar from the diet.
- Detoxify the body with teas, drink mixes, and other natural products.
- Take a high-quality multivitamin to close the gap between nutritional needs and actual nutrient consumption.
- To increase muscle tone, improve circulation, burn fat, and reduce stress, make physical exercise part of your regular routine.
- Manage stress with techniques like deep breathing, meditation, tai chi, or yoga. Stress directs blood away from the skin and triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that promotes fat storage in the body.
- Use natural products like black cohosh, evening primrose, wild yam or maca to balance hormones.
No woman enjoys the discovery of cellulite, especially when combined with other unpleasant symptoms of perimenopause. While prevention is always the best medicine, a few natural approaches can improve the skin's appearance during perimenopause and help relieve other distressing symptoms.