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January 21, 2022

What’s Your Midlife Self Care Routine?

Two self-titled 'menopause execs' share their self-care tactics and experience.

I was never great at gossip, workplace or friend drama, but now I literally can not tolerate it.

Heading into a new year is always a good time to reassess our self-care routines. What’s working, and what’s not? What do we need to change, add, tweak?

Here two self-titled menopause execs,  i.e. women who work in the newly burgeoning “menopause space,” compare their self-care tactics and expereince as they wade through the midlife waters. As our bodies change, what we need to do to take care of them changes, and the same is true for our mental health, so what are the best tricks, hacks, and wisdom to feel our best as we age?

Nina Collins, 52, is the Chief Creative Officer at Revel, a social and events platform for women over 40, and Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, 50, is the CEO of Kindra, one of the more successful new companies developing products aimed at relieving hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other symptoms of menopause.

All available without prescription. What are their best recommendations for looking and feeling great at this time of life?

Catherine:

What’s a typical day like for you?

Is there such a thing as a typical day anymore? Days start with a dog walk, usually earlier than I would like. Followed to the frenzy of getting the kids off to school. After that, I try to get some exercise and from there I jump into work. The routine of getting ready for the office and the daily commute are gone for now and I cherish the way I can move between work and life. I feel like I get more out of both.

What’s your biggest stress these days?

Winter! We lived in LA for the last 6 years and this is the first winter I have seen in a while. It’s cold and I am still trying to figure out how to manage that for myself and my family.

Tell us about your exercise routine?

I always resisted working out at home. I was a serious gym-goer for the last two decades. BUT when my Peloton arrived, I really embraced it. Now I use it for cycling, yoga and meditation. All of which I rely on to keep me sane!

What beauty products do you use?

My skin is crazy dry – ALL OVER. So my moisturizers are important to me. I recently switched to M-61 PowerGlow products, and I really like them. The biggest thing for me is feeling like my skin and hair can look dull, so I am constantly trying products to help. I am also obsessed with our new Kindra bath product. I use it in the shower for my skin, as an intimate wash and to cleanse my face - yes, I love it that much!

How’s your sex life?

Well, it’s not the same as it used to be, but my husband and I are making it work for us. As we age into our changing bodies together, it can really take on a new dimension around intimacy – that’s the best part.

How do you feel about Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Here’s the thing I know – every menopause journey is unique. With so many factors changing in our bodies at once (34 different concerns!), women have to find the solutions that work best for their needs. For me, estrogen-free products work great for my body – shout out to the CORE supplement – but that’s not the case for every body. Use solutions that make you feel great.

What no longer works for you as you get older?

Drama. I was never great at gossip, workplace or friend drama, but now I literally can not tolerate it.

#1 tip or insight to share?

I wish there was a magic pill to ease the changes of our aging bodies, but there’s not. The reality is that we have to put in the work to make new pathways and routines that support where we are now. The tip is – don’t think you have to do it alone. People want to hear your story and your journey will be better for hearing theirs. Enjoy this part of the road, together.

Nina:

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m (very happily) a divorced empty nester (four twenty-something kids!) and I split my time between my apartment in Brooklyn and a small house on the East End of Long Island. I live alone with Strudel, my gorgeous white poodle, and I have a very lovely boyfriend who comes and goes consistently. He cooks too! It’s all pretty great. A typical day is me working hard at my desk, on Zooms, and taking breaks to walk Strudel.
 

What’s your biggest stress these days?

Growing Revel! I love it so much and I want women everywhere to know about it and be able to partake in all that we offer!

Tell us about your exercise routine?

I have a Peleton and it’s pretty, but I haven’t used it in 3 months. I walk a lot! I do yoga with my boyfriend some days, and I have a really amazing group of women with whom I’m invited to do a daily strength training class on Zoom. They meet every day M-Th, and I join them maybe 1x a week. 

What beauty products do you use?

I’m addicted to the Eminence skincare line for my face, Skin-Trip coconut lotion for my body, plus always some sort of organic oil, and my new favorite Kindra product is their bath soak, which doesn’t irritate (and in fact soothes!) my private parts! 

How’s your sex life?

Good, thank you very much! Regular! I’m on HRT so don’t have too much of an issue (yet?) with vaginal dryness, but recently my doctor did suggest I play with adding Revaree to my routine. She loves hyaluronic acid for the aging vagina!

How do you feel about Hormone Replacement Therapy?

I love it. I resisted for a few years and then my hot flashes got so bad (at 50, two years after my last period) that they were truly debilitating. I’m now on a .0375 Estradiol patch and I take 100mg of Progesterone orally every night. I sleep like a baby and have the most intense, fabulous dreams. I know I can’t stay on it forever, and I won’t, but God am I grateful.

What no longer works for you as you get older?

Drama of any kind.

#1 tip or insight to share?

Honestly, it’s Weight Watchers. I’ve lost 12 lbs this year and fitting into clothes that fit me pre-menopause makes me feel fantastic. I feel guilty saying that, worry that it’s somehow anti-feminist, but it’s true, and I’m all about being honest. I’m going to try and stick with this for life. I think my days of simple carbs are over.

Looking to step up your menopause routine? Kindra has a hormone assessment designed to help you understand your changing body. In under 5 minutes, you can get personalized recommendations, tailored to your needs.


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