Caring for your Skin during Menopause
2. How to choose best skincare routine in menopause?
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
4. What else can I do to improve my mature skin?
Known as the “change of life”, menopause is a natural part of aging and the final goodbye to your period. Most women begin menopause in their 40s and 50s, marked by declining levels of estrogen and progesterone. This hormonal change has been shown to accelerate aging, and got us thinking about skin care products that could support menopause skincare regimens!
1. Menopause starts...what does that mean to my body?
Menopause is one of the periods in women's life, when our bodies change and adapt to new life period. It is a great opportunity to meet our needs and learn how to listen to our bodies. You have a chance to react to your skin's needs mindfully, being conscious of its requirements.
What are the first signs of menopause?
- mood swings,
- hot flushes,
- sleeping problems,
- irregular periods,
- dry skin.
Menopause period is individual for every woman, most often begins between the age of 45 to 55. The whole transition can last a couple of years, so it is crucial for every woman to know what changes are appearing in her body and how to care for our physical and mental health during that time.
After menopause, it appears women’s cells age 6% faster than before, with women losing about 30% of skin collagen in the first 5 years of menopause.
What changes is my menopausal skin exposed to?With estrogen levels dropping off a cliff, the effects on the skin are far ranging-from dryness, sagging, and thinning of the epidermis, to breakouts and of course wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
You can find any of these symptoms:
- sagging in the cheeks,
- extra dryness of the skin,
- increased facial hair growth,
- increased sebum production.
In addition, the pH level of skin has been shown to change around age 50, making the skin more sensitive, which accounts for increased skin irritations such as rashes and eczema. To help address menopausal skin concerns,look for collagen-boosting, hydrating ingredients that will help strengthen the skin barrier.
2. How to choose best skincare routine in menopause?You hit one of the greatest periods in your life. Your skin changes - and it deserves the best treatment!
For Oily Skin, Acne, Skin Irritations, and Uneven Skin TonesMenopausal skin is drier and thinner than typical teen acne prone skin, so avoid using harsh treatments. Choose a soap-free gentle hydrating cleanser and apply a treatment serum such as Vitamin B5 Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. This non-greasy serum helps calm inflammation, encourages the skin’s natural healing process, and alleviates increased sensitivity and redness.
For Sagging Skin and Jowls, Pronounced Wrinkles, Fine Lines and Age SpotsTo help stem the loss of collagen in menopausal skin, try Matrixyl® Synthe'6 serum - a powerful peptide that stimulates the synthesis of six major cell-building components. Matrixyl® Synthe'6 assists in restoring collagen and elastin, increasing firmness, smoothing wrinkles and improving photo damaged skin. "Sun spots", liver spots and solar lentigines are very common in adults older than 50 but younger people exposed to a lot of sun can also experience sun damge too.
For Dry, Thin and Dull Damaged SkinAs we age, our natural production of CoQ10 decreases. As a powerful antioxidant, CoQ10 helps combat free radicals and promote healthy cell regeneration, helping to rebuild collagen and elastin. CoEnzyme Q10 Serum also contains Matrixyl® 3000 which maximizes the synthesis of collagen, while Hyaluronic Acid helps the skin retain moisture for plumper, more glowing skin
Include these serums into your skincare routine - replenish and restore menopausal skin conditions:
- Matrixyl® Synthe'6 is a good PM treatment serum that can work overnight while your skin cells are in restorative mode. Apply on clean skin as the first step of your menopause skin care routine.
- Follow with B5 Hydration Serum to regulate skin’s healthy functions with added hydration to boost moisture.
- Finish with Coenzyme Q10 for increased antioxidant benefits to strengthen and protect the skin. Due to its consistency, this serum is best used following a lightweight serum.
OTHER WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR SKIN IN MENOPAUSE
- Apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin from the sun and minimize the risk of skin cancer.
- Use a mild cleanser and moisturizer to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier.
- Use clean, simple formula products, fragrance-free products and with no parabens.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrateIs it possible to prevent or reverse skin aging? Unfortunately, these are the naturally occurring effects to the menopausal skin transition. The changes are inevitable, but also natural and follow a healthy life cycle. So what CAN YOU DO?
What is important in this stage of life is taking good care of yourself and listening to your body. Dull skin condition is not unavoidable, that is why you can stimulate dropping collagen production, take care of your skin's hydration level and brighten your face with appropriate ingredients such as Vitamin C.
Even out the skin tone
- Exfoliate - get rid of dead skin cells that make your skin look dull and flaky. It might be the cause of itchy skin.
- Tone it out - even out your skin with a good face toner, for example containing salicylic acid.
- Brighten - include active brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C (check out our Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C serum).
Focus on hydrationHelp the moisture from escaping by drinking plenty of water, matching appropriate skin care and getting quality sleep.
You can incorporate extra “Hydrator” such as Hyaluronic Acid 100% Pure into your routine. You can apply the product after any treatment serums, or combine with your favorite moisturizer.
Get professional helpIf you are facing symptoms that are worrying for you, reach out for help. Get in touch with your health doctor if you are exposed to any problems such as vaginal dryness, short breath or muscle ache.
4. What else can I do to improve aging skin?
As we age, our mobility tends to decrease, our muscles get weaker, especially if not stimulated and worked on.
An apple a day.....keeps the doctor away. Have you heard of that saying? An apple is of course exemplary in this case, however, the idea is pretty self-explanatory.
Balanced diet is crucial for menopausal women. Keeping your body stacked with nutrients and supplements will help you deal with changes in hormone levels. Dull skin might be the cause of an inefficiently balanced diet and lack of important ingredients in your meal plan. Try supplementing Vitamin D, especially if you do not spend too much time outside or the place you live in is lacking in sun exposure. Remember to always apply SPF protection to prevent skin cancer.
I like to move it, move it!If you never were too active during the day, it is time to change it! Find a type of activity that you enjoy the most and make it your pleasure, not obligation.
There are many possibilities for you to try out:
- nordic walking,
- swimming (or aqua aerobics!)
- or simply - long walks.
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