Menopause is a complex period that and it’s linked not only to the end of menstruation, but also to a number of other changes that occur in the body.
We talk about symptoms a lot, but here is something worth exploring too: your changing skin! The hormonal changes before and after menopause change the physiology of the skin. The decline in ovarian activity causes the skin to age. The amount of follicles in women’s ovaries decreases. This leads to decreased production of oestrogen and progesterone, which also affects skin health.
Here are some common skin problems that menopausal women experience:
As estrogen levels decrease during menopause, testosterone produced by the adrenal glands causes more sebum to be released, which makes the skin oily.
Again, due to the higher amount of testosterone, some women may get facial hair, especially in the chin area. It is quite unpleasant, but there are many modern techniques for its removal.
During menopause, your body becomes more sensitive to temperature. You may experience episodes when you suddenly feel hot and sweaty, and your face gets red and flushed. The drop in oestrogen can also make your skin itch or become more sensitive than usual.
As your oestrogen levels decrease during menopause, the areas where your body stores fat change. You get more adipose tissue on your abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The fat under the skin on your face, neck and arms is lost. Sadly, you get more wrinkles there because the skin in these areas loses its elasticity.
The loss of collagen and skin flexibility is called elastosis. Elastosis refers to the degenerative changes in the dermal tissue with increased deposition of elastin material.
The condition is made worse when the skin gets exposed to the harmful UV rays.
Age spots appear due to the regulatory effect that oestrogen has on melanin production. In areas of the skin that have been exposed to harmful sunlight over the years, melanin synthesis increases. This is due to hormonal changes. This is how brownish spots appear on the skin of the face, arms, neck, chest.
How to improve your skin during menopause
There is a lot you can do to restore the vitality of your skin.
1. Detox your skin
Cleanse your face every day. Remove your make up thoroughly, wash your face with the right products if your skin is sensitive and apply a moisturiser every night before bed.
It is also recommended to exfoliate the skin of your face and body once a week. This process is vital for removing dead cells from your skin, and it works as a preventive measure for acne.
2. Protect your skin from the sun
Always apply the appropriate sunscreen (the minimum protection factor (SPF) should be 30). The best hours for sunbathing are before noon and after 4 pm.
3. Eat the right foods – high in healthy fats and collagen
Consuming natural products rich in healthy fats can be very effective in maintaining the beauty and youthful appearance of the skin. Avocados and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids which are great for you.
Increase your intake of foods high in collagen to make up for the loss of collagen. Good sources include: fish, chicken, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries, red and yellow vegetables.
garlic, and white tea.
4. Eliminate stress
Stress affects your skin. It can become drier, more sensitive and you might even develop conditions such as psoriasis. When you are under stress, you are more likely to skip your skin care routine, which will make things worse. To release stress, try doing things that relax you every day such as walks, yoga or meditation. We cannot eliminate all stress, but we can choose how to deal with it.
5. Moisturise your skin – inside and out
Choose creams, masks, oils and other cosmetics that hydrate your skin well. Deep moisturising is essential for the skin that is losing its elasticity rapidly. In addition to appropriate cosmetics, to maintain the vitality and youth of your skin, you need to drink a lot of water (2L or more a day) and consume plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Once menopause is over, your skin becomes drier because the sebaceous glands are less active. The solution to this is to provide your skin with even more moisture by using heavier creams. Avoid long, hot showers and apply moisturiser to your feet and hands when you take a shower while your skin is still damp. This locks in moisture and helps stimulate hydration.
6. Minimise wrinkles
Make sure you always apply a moisturiser on your face, jaw and neck every day and look for skin care products designed to prevent fine lines. These routines will make you look more radiant. There are cosmetic treatments such as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) which helps with skin tightening. It is considered to be a non-invasive and painless replacement for face lifts.
7. Minimise age spots
Take advantage of excellent skin care products that are helpful in reducing age spots. Try exfoliating products that remove dead skin cells. Another skin product is whitening products that help lighten blemishes. There are also laser procedures which effective in reducing age spots.
8. Keep your hands youthful
Your hands reveal your age. Each year, your hands will lose moisture, collagen and fat, especially during menopause. The veins become more noticeable and the skin may acquire a more wrinkled appearance. Moisturise your hands. When you go out in the sun, protect your hands using sunscreen on them.
9. Look after your sleep
A good night’s sleep can work wonders, mentally and physically. And its absence will be shown on your skin. Getting enough sleep can help prevent the appearance of bags and dark circles under the eyes. Aim for 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night as ambitious as it might sound!
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