What to know: Many of the positive lifestyle changes you work so hard to maintain—eating right, sleeping tight, keeping excess weight at bay—can be threatened in the ten years leading up to menopause. That’s because as women enter their 40s, egg quality declines, estrogen diminishes a little and progesterone plummets.

What to do:

  • Check the pounds. With hormonal changes can come weight gain. Stay on top of your diet by focusing on whole foods, eating seasonally and being mindful during meals. Avoid restrictive dieting, however, which can cause a yo-yoing effect and may accelerate wrinkles.  
  • Supplement for sleep. Perimenopausal women may have trouble falling or staying asleep, possibly due to low progesterone, high cortisol demands or a disturbance in melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Additionally, erratic estrogen levels can cause hot flashes, which aren’t conducive to peaceful rest. Melatonin is available in supplement form and can ensure you’re getting enough sleep during hormonal fluctuations.
  • You may suddenly start noticing visible skin discoloration from years of sun exposure. Although the damage is done, you don’t have to despair: More and more skin care products provide skin-brightening benefits by using pigment-regulating ingredients such as red algae, kojic acid and vitamin C.   

Try: HiQ Facial Serum. This ultrapotent facial serum taps research-backed concentrations of antiaging all-star coQ10 to deliver serious results.

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