Menopause: How To Beat the effects on your skin

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MENOPAUSE is just one of those things that is a completely natural part of life, a biological process that starts about a year after your last period.


Usually when women reach their forties or fifties, then there tends to be a natural decline in reproductive hormones, this, in turn, brings about noticeable changes to your skin, including the following too:

Dry skin: After menopause, our skin does, in fact, loses its ability to hold water.

Accelerates aging: Collagen (the protein that is responsible for skin elasticity) starts to decline at about age the age of 25, then reduces even more in women after the menopause. Combining dry skin, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and a sagging neck and /or jawline. So we then begin to look older too.


Rashes and easily irritated skin: The body becomes much more sensitive to changes in temperature, noticeably heat, and our skin can become itchy, and thin resulting in more chance or rashes and bruises.

Pimples or breakouts: Skin breakouts too seem more evident due to the drop in the female hormone, estrogen, tied with the increase in the male hormone, testosterone.

Age spots and hyper-pigmentation: During menopause, some women see more melanin production on their face, it’s called melasma, which is hyper-pigmentation. The common areas tend to be the cheeks, upper lip and not forgetting the forehead.

Excessive hair growth can also result due to increased testosterone production, or to an imbalance as hormones change.


The recommended course of action:

Keep your skin really moisturized. Choose a cream cleanser, and use a one that is right for drier skin, not a foam or gel cleanser.

Use a nourishing face mask weekly to feedback that moisture to your face skin. **

There are nourishing creams that can be used, containing vitamin c, which is an antioxidant, also there are also creams with hyaluronic acid too, that stimulate the skin in a positive way, which are also used to help things like scars heal better!

Sunscreen with a broad spectrum of protection can also keep the skin young, and of course, stop further damage, giving you a layer of protection too from UVA and UVB light.


Exercising little and often will also increase circulation, it can also release hormones you would not have the benefit of without the same exercise, these are known to be really positive for health and youth.

Get plenty of sleep as this will no doubt help with those dark lines under your eyes you get from lack of sleep!

Start eating food that is high in antioxidants, to fight off free radicals that can accelerate the aging process, like berries and fruits with vibrant colors, they are high in antioxidants.

Drink plenty of water every day to hydrate the skin as well as the body. Water carries helpful nutrients and minerals too.

Book a skin treatment with a professional, they can also give you specific advice and get you on a skin program designed to treat any specific areas you need to address.

Sources:

WebMd / SteptoHealth / Derma Institute