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How to care for your skin during menopause

Uncategorized / August 1, 2022

Everyone is excited about when periods end, but no one talks about how menopause affects the skin. Menopause, also known as “the change” by most people, starts twelve months after a woman’s last period. Menopause does not bring the comfort women to expect from it. During the start of your menopause, the body experiences a lot of change. Many hormonal triggers on the inside show on the skin. The skin looks different during your periods; the same is expected for the menopausal phase. This article will guide you on how to care for your skin after menopause.

 

Signs of menopause

 

When it comes to menopause, you don’t need a doctor for a diagnosis. The changes and symptoms of menopause are self-diagnosable. The first signs are uneven or missed periods. You would also experience hot flushes, mood swings, dry and flaky skin, and a change in the body during sexual intercourse. Menopause comes with age for most women. There are cases of premature menopause which occur in women before 45. The skin changes become visible in women between 45 and 55. If your period does not show up for 12 months at a stretch, you might have hit menopause.

 

Menopause is a hormonal change. It makes the body produce less collagen. The body needs collagen for elasticity and hydration. Without the right amount of collagen, the body begins to shrink, and our skin becomes dry. It causes thinning of the skin layers resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. During menopause, the skin becomes saggy and shows signs of aging over time. Though most of these signs of aging are inevitable, you can restore your youthful glow with the proper skincare routine.

 

We need estrogen for water retention on the skin. It makes the skin healthy and plump. During menopause, the levels of the hormone estrogen go lower. You can get the estrogen levels higher with a facial massage and other skincare tips.

 

Menopause causes dark spots on the body. It comes with unwanted facial hairs due to the hormone shift in the body. These hairs appear on the upper lip or chin.

 

If you thought acne went away with your teenage age, it is best to know that post-menopause acne breakout is a thing! The pimples don’t go away with menopause due to a drop in estrogen levels.

 

Here are tips on how to care for your skin during menopause.

 

1. Cleanse: Hitting menopause does not stop you from cleansing the skin twice daily. It will reduce the chances of post-menopause acne. You need to cleanse your skin to get rid of dirt and oil. Always use a paraben-free cleanser. Using harsh products to cleanse your face will strip it of its natural oils. Use a gentle cleanser in your morning and nighttime routine. Dry skin is not an excuse to cleanse.
2. Moisturise: Menopause means you need to up your moisturizing game. The hormonal changes leave your skin dry. It also reduces the water retention ability of your body, which means you need a moisture-locking product for your skin.

 

3. Serum: After you hit menopause, a facial serum becomes your best friend. The serum is essential for skin hydration. It reduces the dark spots from menopause and minimizes skin breakouts. A good face serum reduces wrinkles and fine lines while boosting collagen. Serums stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin. It also improves skin color and fades aging spots.

 

4. Hydration: During menopause, keep the skin hydrated inside and out. Take more water as it keeps the inside of the skin healthy. By consuming more water, your skin has a youthful glow. It helps to flush toxins from the body. Drink about 8-10 glasses of water in a day.

 

5. Sunscreen: Applying sunscreen is essential in your skincare routine even after you hit menopause. It protects your skin and ensures sunblock. It is advisable to use water-based sunscreen during menopause. It helps to get rid of dark spots while protecting your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Use sunscreen every day except during your nighttime routine. Always reapply the sunscreen every 2-3 hours for better results on the skin.

 

6. Have a skin-healthy diet: Avoid food that contains inflammatory ingredients. Take sugar, refined flour, and overly processed food out of your diet. Eat more vegetables and leafy greens to maintain a glow. Also include seeds, nuts, fish, and berries in your meal. Make organic food, fruits, and vegetables a priority in your diet during menopause. They are high in antioxidants and help calm the inflammation from hormonal change.

 

It is best to limit stress during menopause. All types of stress affect the skin. Exercise regularly and take care of your body and soul. Take medically recommended supplements to keep your skin healthy.

 

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