Ways to help slow down skin aging during Peri/Menopause.

Ways to help slow down skin ageing during Peri/Menopause.

Navigating the changes in your skin during peri/menopause can be challenging, especially when the effects are unexpected and sometimes overwhelming. You may have used a trusted skincare brand for years then all of a sudden it stops working, and you may start getting breakouts, itching and dry skin. Understanding how hormonal shifts impact your skin is the first step towards managing these changes and maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion. You can then look at changes you need to make with your skincare routine, lifestyle, diet and treatments you might want to try.

Let’s start by looking at how peri/menopause affects your skin and what you can do to counter these effects naturally.

The Hormonal Shift

Peri/menopause marks the transition to menopause, typically occurring in women aged 45-55. During this phase, the body experiences significant hormonal fluctuations, particularly a decline in estrogen and progesterone. These hormonal changes can have several effects on your skin:

  1. Dryness and Dehydration:

    • Cause: Estrogen helps maintain the skin’s moisture by stimulating the production of natural oils and hyaluronic acid. As estrogen levels decrease, so does the skin’s ability to retain moisture, leading to dryness and dehydration.
    • Solution: To combat dryness, incorporate hydrating serums with hyaluronic acid into your routine and use rich, nourishing moisturisers. Drinking plenty of water and using a humidifier can also help keep your skin hydrated.
  2. Loss of Elasticity and Firmness:

    • Cause: Estrogen also plays a crucial role in the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin firm and elastic. Reduced estrogen levels mean less collagen and elastin, leading to sagging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Solution: Use products containing peptides and retinoids to boost collagen production. Regular professional treatments like micro-needling or radiofrequency therapy can help stimulate collagen and maintain skin firmness.
  3. Increased Sensitivity and Inflammation:

    • Cause: Hormonal changes can make the skin more sensitive and prone to inflammation, leading to redness, irritation, and conditions like rosacea.
    • Solution: Opt for gentle, fragrance-free skincare products. Ingredients like niacinamide, chamomile, and aloe vera can soothe and calm irritated skin. Avoid harsh exfoliants and focus on products that reinforce the skin’s barrier.
  4. Changes in Skin Tone and Pigmentation:

    • Cause: Hormonal fluctuations can lead to increased pigmentation, resulting in age spots, melasma, and uneven skin tone.
    • Solution: Incorporate vitamin C serums and antioxidant-rich products into your routine to brighten the skin and reduce pigmentation. Regular exfoliation with gentle AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) can help even out skin tone.
  5. Thinning Skin:

    • Cause: The decrease in estrogen can lead to a reduction in skin thickness, making it more prone to bruising and showing signs of aging more prominently.
    • Solution: Strengthen your skin with products that contain retinoids, which can help thicken the dermis. Ensure you’re protecting your skin from the sun with a broad-spectrum SPF to prevent further thinning and damage.

5 Top Tips for Managing Skin Changes During Peri/Menopause

  1. Hydrate and Moisturise:

    • Use hydrating serums with hyaluronic acid and up moisturiser to a richer consistency.
    • Eat lots of fruit and veg with a high water content.
    • Drink plenty of water and consider using a humidifier to maintain moisture levels in your environment.
    • Avoid ingredients in your skincare like petroleum, paraffin and mineral oils.
    • Choose skincare rich in omegas 3 and 6. Rosehip oil is a good choice.
  2. Boost Collagen Production:

    • Look for products with peptides, retinoids, and antioxidants to stimulate collagen and maintain firmness.
    • Consider professional treatments like micro-needling, radiofrequency therapy and HIFU for enhanced collagen production.
    • Your skin needs a lot of vitamin C to produce healthy collagen, add a good quality vitamin C serum to your routine and add more vitamin C to your diet.
  3. Gentle Skincare:

    • Choose gentle, fragrance-free products to avoid irritation.
    • Incorporate soothing ingredients like niacinamide and chamomile to calm sensitive skin.
    • Stop over exfoliating.
    • Don’t cleanse with skincare wipes.
  4. Sun Protection:

    • Always use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above sunscreen, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin from UV damage and prevent further pigmentation and thinning.
    • If you can’t afford lot’s of products this is the one you can’t afford to skimp on. Sun damage is the main cause of premature aging.
  5. Healthy Diet and Lifestyle:

    • Eat a balanced diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins to support skin health.
    • Regular exercise can improve circulation, promoting a healthy, glowing complexion.
    • Manage stress through practices like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing to prevent stress-induced skin issues.
    • Get a good nights sleep, this helps with stress, eating better and repairing skin.

Conclusion

Peri/menopause is a natural phase of life that brings about significant changes in your skin. Even so I can knock your confidence and make you feel you’ve lost your spark!

If you’re ready to take action and get your sparkle back! Why not book a free skin chat to discover a treatment and homecare plan that will get you feeling the confident you again!

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