Skin Care Tips for Menopause

Skin Care Tips for Menopause

Menopause usually starts in a woman’s mid-late 40’s. This period is when women have their last periods and are no longer able to conceive a child. They also get hot flashes, mood swings, loss of sleep, and vaginal dryness as some of the symptoms that come with menopause. After menopause, a woman’s body makes much less hormones like estrogen and progesterone. This can have an effect on a woman’s skin during this period in her life. Here are some skin care tips to help pre-menopausal or menopausal women.

1. Lack of Sleep: Most of the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can cause lack of sleep. Lack of sleep then causes a haggard appearance and eye bags. But physically, lack of sleep increases your cortison levels which triggers inflammation which then breaks down the proteins that help make the skin smooth and radiant.

Our advice: make your room as dark and quiet as possible. Also trying relaxation techniques before bedtime helps. Avoid big meals before bedtime and maintain a healthy weight.

2. Dry Skin: thyroid hormone can decrease during menopause, which can contribute to dry skin and hair.

Our advice: Get your thyroid checked for hypothyroidism if you are experiencing dry skin. Also, boost your vitamins and mineral intake through healthier meals or through supplements. Ask your doctor which supplements will be right for you.

3. Adult Acne: think you left breakouts behind? 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 benzoyl peroxide and topical antibiotics. These retinoid can help alleviate adult acne.

4. 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: topical retinoid can help slow down the formation of wrinkles. Also, dermal fillers, resurfacing lasers and can also help and stimulate collagen. You can also try Perfect Image’s Hydra-Repair Wrinkle Cream.

5. Sun Damage: although we get our Vitamin D from the sun and the sun makes us happy. Prolonged sun exposure is the number one culprit for damages that happens to our skin. Ageing skin is even more vulnerable to sun damage.

Our advice: keep away from the sun. Use sunscreen when you know you’re going be outside. Also wide brimmed hats and oversized glasses help too (and they can be very chic).

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