Your body changes in your 30s and 40s — that’s an inevitable fact that we usually try to fight.
It’s the reason why there are billions and billions worth of eye creams, night creams, serums and all the anti-aging products beauty companies try to sell us when really, all they should be selling is a message of acceptance of who you are and what you look like at any decade in your life.
To help you accept the way your body changes in your 30s and 40s, here are some things you can expect.
In Your 30s:
1. Your metabolism slows down significantly
Usually, our metabolisms slow down starting at the age of 25 but this doesn’t go full tilt until we hit our 30s. It’s when incontinence is most common and we begin to accept the fact that we can never eat a burrito in every meal (unless we want to gain 30 lbs a year, according to studies).
2. Your bones become weaker
Your 30s is as good as any time to invest in a good calcium supplement because it’s when your bones become thinner. At this age, you become prone to bone diseases like osteoporosis.
3. Hormonal Problems
Due to the hormonal changes in your body, you may experience mood swings, sleep disturbances and anxiety more than you did in your 20s. Heavy bleeding may also occur in your 30s and your fertility starts to drop.
In Your 40s:
1. Thinner Hair
Hair loss is a common problem in your 40s. You might wake up one day and notice that your locks don’t seem to be as lustrous as they were before. The culprit? Perimenopause.
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2. Irregular Menstruation
The usual, reliable, 28 days menstrual cycle could become closer together (25 days or even less). This is also a tell-tale sign that your fertility is rapidly declining. Eventually, you stop ovulating altogether and your monthly period comes every three months or so, until it finally stops.
3. Weight Gain
When you hit your 40s, your estrogen levels drop while your testosterone levels rise. This causes fat to redistribute and cause you to gain weight. Most of the weight gain would fall on your belly.
You will experience tons of other body changes in your 30s and 40s, which is why it’s always important to invest instead on your relationships — not in the way you look.