It’s not enough that menopausal women have to battle nuisances like night sweats, hot flashes and weight gain, but they typically have to combat very dry, thinning skin as well. As the body goes through menopausal changes, it stops producing Estrogen, which once encouraged the production of Collagen. As skin loses Collagen, it also becomes thinner, dryer, saggier and frailer. It can also be more prone to acne breakouts, and as cell renewal slows down, skin can become more dull and lackluster.
However, unlike some of the other side effects of increased wisdom (aka turning 50), skin changes can be managed and treated with relative ease. Here are some tips for keeping menopausal or pre-menopausal skin as healthy, vibrant and youthful as possible.
For menopausal and post-menopausal women who have declined to do hormone replacement therapy, topical Estrogen creams have been shown to improve skin’s strength and texture.
Since there’s less Estrogen to keep male hormone’s in check, women experiencing menopause may also find themselves experiencing breakouts. Since anti-acne products like Benzoyl Peroxide can be too drying for delicate skin, prescription Retinoids
(Retin-A, Differin) may be a good option, as they also help fight wrinkles too!
Adding “good oils” to your diet (like Canola, Safflower, Sunflower, Olive, Omega-3 and Flaxseed) can help replenish depleted oil levels in your skin. You can add them through cooking, salad dressings or even supplements.
Cleanse skin morning and night with a non-drying cleanser like a cream- or oil-based one. Also, leave skin a little damp as you apply a moisturizer as it will help your skin stay moist.
Use a gentle exfoliator on your face, hands and body to help speed sluggish cell turnover and reveal more radiant skin. Resurf.a.stic™ for face and body is a great, portable, moisturizing exfoliator that is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.
Help skin appear more firm and taught with a firming cream that stimulates Collagen production.
Wear an SPF 30 daily to protect skin from further damage, especially dark age spots.