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“What can I do to maintain my skin's youthful glow as I head into menopause?”
From Dr. Sapna Westley, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology:
“I think it's a combination of internal and external things. I always talk about the importance of sun protection. A good healthy diet; a high-antioxidant diet is really important with aging. Fish oil, an omega-3-rich diet, is also good for helping with that natural glow and [adding] moisture to the skin.
And don't smoke—that's a big no-no for the skin, especially with aging.
Then it's about adding in appropriate ingredients. Glycolic acid is a nice ingredient; ceramides, too. Hyaluronic acid, because of the hydration that it's adding to the skin… it really helps people feel like they're getting a nice glow to their skin as well. And retinol is such a big ingredient because it really does have the most data for waking up collagen, texture, tone, and helping with fine lines and wrinkles."