Menopause causes drastic changes in women’s bodies as they pass from the child-bearing stage into the more reflective years. Many women see this change as depressing, because it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain youthful-looking skin as oestrogen levels drop and tone and suppleness decrease. The absence of oestrogen also lets testosterone flourish, causing excess hair growth on the upper lip and chin. Instead of viewing this change as a loss of beauty, we should celebrate it as a transition. It marks the end of child-bearing years, which are so often associated with femininity, sexuality, and desirability (in women), but beauty extends beyond this two-dimensional definition. To deny this is harmful and self-defeating, because all women inevitably experience this shift as they mature. When we view beauty as good health and strive for this instead of attempting to hang on to youth, we promote a more loving, self-accepting perception of attractiveness.
According to Ayurveda, the transition into menopause is a Vata time. It is a change from one phase to another, and Vata governs the energy of change and movement. This means many women may experience characteristics of Vata dysfunction: scattered mental patterns, forgetfulness, oversensitivity to their surroundings, and insomnia. Vata physical aspects can increase; the skin and hair may become thinner, more coarse, duller, and drier, while the bones become more brittle. But it is also during this transition that other dosha imbalances become more obvious. Women with high Pitta experience hot flushes, breakouts and moodiness, while those with Kapha accumulation experience water retention and lethargy.
Topical skin care plays a huge role in making an effortless transition into menopause, and massaging your body with Vata Hydrating Body Oil is best for pacifying Vata. Pay special attention to your scalp using SAMOL Hair & Scalp Oil as it also calms your nervous system when applied here. Apply moisturiser to your face to protect the skin and compensate for lower sebum production.
Support this oiling by pairing it with increased hydration to further reduce Vata symptoms. Using our Vata Nurturing Face Cream containing hyaluronic acid helps make up for a decrease in oestrogen and diminishes fine lines and dryness, as do relaxing practices such as spending time in the bath with our Balance & Calming Bath Soak.
Resting both your mind and body is imperative when trying to balance Vata during and after the menopause. Meditation is another powerful tool in grounding your energy and focus; it spurs self reflection and can help you welcome this life change.
[Source: Beauty Pure and Simple – Kristen Ma]