Also called perimenopause, this second onset of puberty can include changes to your hair, skin and weight. Dr. Oz shares the signs of, and solutions for, perimenopause.

Signs of perimenopause:


  1. Changes in skin. Solution: Use moisturizers that contain retinols. These are available over the counter and in prescription form.
  2. Weight gain. Solution: Enjoy a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a daily dose of vitamin D and calcium.
  3. Hair changes. Solution: Women can take minoxidil, a medication originally intended to treat high blood pressure, to promote hair growth. Perimenopause can also cause unwanted hair; hair removal techniques, such as waxing or laser treatments, are good solutions.

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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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