Menopause Skincare Madness
Why your skin is changing and ways to help
Life is about changes, some of them welcomed, and others occasionally dreaded. One time that has a sense of impending doom for many women is that of menopause.
After menopause, a woman’s body produces less estrogen and progesterone, both vital hormones for overall health. Hot flashes, mood swings, loss of sleep, and vaginal dryness are some commonly associated symptoms. Menopause can also have a profound effect on a woman’s skin during this period in her life.
Knowing what might be coming your way can help you prepare for the changes and make suitable adjustments for your skincare routine. Here are some skincare tips to help perimenopausal or menopausal women
The reduction of estrogen slows down your body’s oil production and ability to retain moisture. Dry, dull skin shortly follows menopause as your hormones plummet.
Our advice: Use a rich moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help lock in moisture and replenish dry skin. Try not to use overly irritating ingredients that could cause further inflammation and dryness.
Think you left breakouts behind in your early twenties? Think again. Adult acne can happen during menopause. Low estrogen levels are the cause for this and testosterone can trigger the skin’s sebaceous glands, which can increase breakouts. Breakouts usually happen around the neck and chin areas.
Our advice: Try adding in benzoyl peroxide and topical antibiotics. These retinoids can help alleviate adult acne while also providing important anti-aging benefits. Be sure not to overuse them as your skin is more sensitive with age. And don’t think that skipping moisturizing will help. Maintain your cleansing and moisturizing routine to keep hydration levels balanced and pore cleared.
Increase in Wrinkles
Levels of collagen drop as estrogen levels drop. About a third of your collagen is lost within five years of menopause (Yikes!). This causes your skin to be prone to wrinkles and sagging.
Our advice: A topical retinoid can help slow down the formation of wrinkles. Also, dermal fillers, resurfacing lasers, and peels can also help stimulate collagen production. You can also try Perfect Image’s Hydra-Repair Wrinkle Cream to replenish and refresh the skin. It’s filled with hyaluronic acid and peptides to tackle drying skin and fine wrinkles which makes it a great addition for skin in need of rejuvenation.
Aging skin is even more vulnerable to sun damage due to its weakening elasticity and collagen stores. And though we all love those vitamin D infused happy sun rays, prolonged sun exposure is the number one culprit for skin damage. As your skin is undergoing changes, make sure to protect your collagen stores with conscious sun exposure.
Our advice: Keep away from the sun as much as you can, and when you are outdoors, make it a must to wear sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater and to reapply with the recommended times. Also, wide-brimmed hats are a chic way to protect your delicate face and decolletage area.
Lack of Sleep
Many of the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can cause a lack of sleep. Lack of sleep (no matter the age) can cause a haggard appearance, eye bags, and lowers overall skin health. Not to mention that a lack of sleep increases your cortisol levels. This triggers inflammation which then breaks down the proteins that help make the skin smooth and radiant.
Our advice: Make sleep a priority and design your room so it is the optimal snoozing cave. Make your room as dark and quiet as possible, and keep the temperature cool. Unplugging from electronics a half an hour before bed can help with Relaxation techniques before bedtime. Avoid big meals and alcohol before bedtime ensures a higher quality of sleep.