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When your estrogen starts to go, you may find yourself struggling with dryness. Dry skin, dry lips, general dehydration — these are all problems that several Woolfers have complained about. So, we’ve collected our favorite tips and tricks below:

Use a Humidifier

Lots of Woolfers recommend humidifiers to combat dryness. Venta humidifiers are a bit pricey, but are self-cleaning.  Vick’s has a cheaper option, and you can also DIY by boiling water and letting it sit on the stove (add a cinnamon stick or lavender for a spa effect.)

Drink Coconut Water

Ok, we don’t have actual medical proof that coconut water is more hydrating than regular water. But some Woolfers swear it leaves them feeling extra hydrated.

Use Cooking Oils On Your Skin

Olive oil — great for salads and for skin. You’ll want to be careful and not use too much if you have greasy skin, but coconut oil and olive oil can both be great moisturizers. You can also mix oil into a moisturizer you already like to give it a little extra oomph.

Take Fish Oil 

Try freezing your fish oil pills to reduce the aftertaste!

Stop Drinking

You probably already saw this one coming. We hate to be downers, but alcohol totally dries you out … you’ll notice some major improvements if you cut it out of your diet.

Eat Healthy Fats

Despite what your mother may have told you, some fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet. Foods like avocados, flax seeds, and nuts will help keep your skin feeling hydrated.

Use Topical Moisturizers

if you’ve never slept with Vaseline and socks on your feet, you’re seriously missing out. We also got recommendations for Super Salve moisturizers and serums containing hyaluronic acid.
***Perhaps the most popular piece of advice we heard was to apply your favorite lotion immediately after getting out of the shower.***

Drink More Water

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be easy to forget to drink enough water.  If you’re feeling dried out, try carrying around a reusable water bottle to make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day.

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