Menopause and our skin
Menopause affects every woman on the planet, and yet it still feels like a taboo subject, quite often the butt of a joke!
But trust me from somebody going through Menopause it is not a joke.
There are over 30 different symptoms that we can have going through menopause, the most common are hot flushes and night sweats (affecting about 75% of women), weight gain around the stomach, loss of sexual appetite, loss of sleep, vaginal dryness, itchy skin, more facial hair and laxity of skin.
After watching the Davina McCall programme on Channel 4 Sex, Myths and the Menopause, I decided that I needed to do something! So I'm now on HRT and fingers crossed it helps!
During menopause it is now known that we lose over 25% of our collagen, which results in skin looking saggy and feeling dull. The lack of collagen can also result in our skin becoming dry. The hormonal changes may also result in adult acne or rosacea appearing. Great isn't it!
But we can make some changes to help our skin. Firstly take a good look at your skincare routine. It may be that you need to change the products you have been using to something more suited to menopausal skin. Switch out any foam or gel cleansers to a cream cleanser which will help to maintain hydration. If you are suffering from acne or rosacea, make sure your products are all unscented and as natural as possible. Add in hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serums to your morning routine, again they will add moisture and protect against free radical damage. Change up your moisturiser for something thicker, our skin needs as much moisture as we can give it!
Add in a Retinol serum or night cream to your evening routine. Vitamin A (retinol) is great at repairing the skins barrier.
And use a standalone face SPF 50+ everyday
There are other things you can try including collagen supplements, eating more Soy, and even HRT or oestrogen creams to stimulate collagen.
In salon, go for skin tightening treatments such as
micro-needling and radio frequency. These treatments use methods which stimulate new collagen and elastin production, resulting in firmer less wrinkled skin. Acne can be treated using high frequency or chemical peels, but ensure that the peels are not too harsh as our skin gets thinner we need to protect that barrier with cleansing hydrating facials.
If you are concerned about your skin, then please book in for a free consultation and we can have a chat.