Caring for Your Skin During and After Menopause
Caring for Your Skin During and After Menopause
Menopause is a time when women go through many changes. The hormonal fluctuations the body goes through can be very dramatic, affecting everything from mood to stress levels.
Thankfully, there are some positive things you can do to counteract the effect menopause has on your skin, both during the transition and after.
When does menopause occur?
The time menopause begins is really different for every woman, but its onset is typically right around the time we become middle aged. Some women become peri-menopausal as early as the age of 39, while other women do not see a sign of menopause until their late 40s or early 50s.
Menopause itself can last for several years. Along with the eventual conclusion of one’s monthly menstrual cycle (and not without a bit of chaotic cycling just prior to its conclusion), a woman will note a number of physical changes that occur when menopause starts.
How menopause affects the hormones
Hormone levels decline and the production activity of the ovaries also declines during this time.This reduces B-Estradiol, resulting in sensations of warm skin, flushed face, hot flashes and excess sweating. Additional changes in a woman’s body include a change in the ovaries and adrenal glands that result in the reduction of androgen secretion.
What this means for the skin
With a reduced amount of B-Estradiol being produced, the skin will demonstrate an acceleration in aging. Lowered progesterone and estrogen levels in the blood also have effects on the skin.
As estrogen declines, the amount of oil produced by the skin increases and the testosterone levels in the blood increase the density of sebum. The combination of thicker sebum and oily skin can contribute to acne eruptions. Facial hair may also appear on areas of the face such as the chin. This is due to the testosterone levels in the blood. A decrease in estrogen levels can result in the presence of wrinkles and sagging skin, particularly in the arms, hands, neck, and face.
When menopause starts, Elastosis, a synthesis of elastin and collagen is diminished as well, because of reduced estrogen levels. This means the skin cannot repair itself as well as it used to and it becomes particularly evident if a woman is exposed to excessive amounts of ultraviolet light. The epidermal layer of the skin thins; the dermal capillaries diminish the amount of blood flow to the skin and limit the oxygen and nutrients the basal cells and Stratum Germinativum need within the epidermis to maintain optimal healthy conditions.
The end result is slower cellular repair and cell hydration loss. Hyperpigmentation can also occur once estrogen levels decline.
It’s not all bad news…
Now with all that negativity out of the way, there are plenty of benefits when making the transition into menopause.
The monthly cycle ends, cramping and monthly bloating ends, there really is an end to the awful symptoms that accompany pre-menstrual syndrome, and there is no more monthly maintenance of a rather uncomfortable period. Hurray!
With a few simple techniques, you can care for the skin and ensure your skin looks and feels its best.
Every woman is different and therefore, every woman’s skin will react differently during this transition period in her life. The goal is to identify the condition pertaining to your skin in particular and then treat it accordingly. Just because it says your hormones will produce more oil, don’t treat your skin for oiliness unless you see signs of oily skin such as acne breakouts.
Take care of yourself
The best you can do for yourself during and after menopause is to treat your skin with great care. Be gentle with yourself. Wash your skin daily and use a light moisturizer. You can benefit from an occasional exfoliant as well, or even better, try our salicylic cleanser, which is gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Be sure to use a good SPF of at least 30 or higher every time you expose your skin to the sun.
Stress and mood swings
Since stress levels can increase and mood swings can occur during menopause, make sure you exercise regularly to keep stress at bay. Exercise also triggers the feel-good endorphins that elevate your mood. With hot flashes and changes in body temperature, it is likely you will sweat more. This can prove beneficial as it detoxifies the pores, but you might want to shower twice a day to deal with the excessive sweat. If you do shower more, increasing the amount of moisturizer you use is a must. Every time you shower you wash away natural oils on your skin that help in keeping it hydrated.
How Retinol can Help
The active ingredients in Kate Ryan’s Retinol Evening Renewal Serum serve as an excellent tool for skin rejuvenation and wrinkle defense. It refreshes the skin, renews it, and encourages the presence of stronger, healthier, smoother, fresh and firm skin. This serum contains Vitamin A, an active ingredient needed for skin repair and healthy cellular growth. Vitamin A also serves as an all natural antioxidant that fights and destroys free radicals that would otherwise damage the skin and instigate the onset of wrinkles.
The serum also contains Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, an active ingredient that helps minimize the production of oil and reduces dark spots and hyper pigmentation, as well as inflammatory conditions in the skin.
Meanwhile, Vitamin B5 or Panthenol and Hyaluronic Acid serve as two source ingredients for maximum healthy skin hydration.
Read more about the incredible benefits of retinol here.
Hopefully, this article helps you realize that there are a number of ways to keep your skin healthy during menopause and that it doesn’t have to be the scary transition you might imagine! If you have any more questions, comment below and we will be happy to answer them!
Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.