As you enter menopause, your hormones can go haywire sending oil production into overdrive. Rosacea, an autoimmune skin disorder, can also cause adult skin to flare up, break out and be generally sensitive. If you easily flush or have a perpetual red “mask” across your cheeks, you should consult a dermatologist for a diagnosis. While your skin recovers, try using a primer to neutralize the red. Blemishes are best covered up with a green-hued concealer.
After menopause, your body’s oil production wanes, which is great if you have oily skin and hair, but can leave those with dry hair feeling like they have strands of straw. To balance your body’s lack of moisture, try deeply hydrating shampoos and conditioners. A super-moisturizing hair mask can really work wonders. And don’t forget about water. Drinking your eight a day does hydrate every cell from the inside out. As for the pesky grays, the melanin cells that give our hair its color start to die off as we age, leaving our hair shades of silver, gray or white. A special color-enhancing shampoo is the perfect perk-me-up to cover regrowth on those in-between-salon days.
As we age, our hair growth naturally slows, but if your part is becoming wider and more pronounced, it’s probably time to see the doctor. There are some easily corrected medical conditions that can lead to thinning hair, like thyroid problems or an Iron deficiency. To boost sparse strands, try specially-formulated shampoos, conditioners and serums that stimulate hair growth. Zig-zagging your part creates more volume and fullness at the crown. For sparse brows, try one of the innovative brow-defining gels that impart tiny hair-like fibers on the browline for a beautifully natural look.
A dip in estrogen allows for an increase in testosterone, causing us to lose some hair on top and grow it in other, more unladylike places, like your upper lip and chin. Waxing or laser hair removal is a better solution than shaving, which can leave regrowth more coarse. Lasers aren’t a great solution for darker toned skins as they can lead to hyperpigmentation and make you look like you have a permanent mustache, even after all the hair is gone. Fuzz-busting creams can help eliminate the fine, downy hairs that waxes and lasers miss.
Your neck is one of the first spots to give away your true age because it’s naturally thinner than facial skin. This thin-skinned spot also sports less Collagen, an essential building block to thick, resilient, taut skin. The most important thing is to stop the sag before it progresses further. Extend your facial beauty products down your neck and décolleté. Look for products with Collagen-boosting peptides. And be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen on your neck because this is a prime, exposed spot for the sun’s damaging rays.
Those tiny little fleshy growths are usually a result of excessive rubbing on the eyelids, underarms, neckline and other areas where irritation occurs. They are generally nothing to be worried about, but it’s always a good idea to have them checked out by a doctor to ensure that they are not cancerous. They can be removed by your doctor or sometimes, they scab and fall off on their own.
Those rashy-looking red bumps are keratosis pilaris and they are quite harmless. KP is a hereditary condition that’s caused by excess skin cells clogging the hair follicle. About half the world’s population battles the “chicken skin” dilemma. Luckily, KP usually diminishes with age and is often better during the warmer seasons, when sparer styles rule fashion. To control your KP bumps, try skin-smoothing products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids like Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid. Microdermabrasion can also help.