From puberty to pregnancy, we are aware of the effects of hormones on our skin. Skin changes during menopause include dryness, increased UV sensitivity, hormonal breakouts, pigmentation spots and dull, exhausted-looking skin are just a few of the effects fluctuating hormones may have on our complexion as we journey through perimenopause – the phase which may last for months or years leading up to the time when periods eventually cease.
Every woman’s menopause experience is entirely unique (from hot flashes to insomnia, anxiety to joint pains and mood swings…) so the way your skin reacts will be too.
Taking care of your skin during menopause is really all about hydration and reintroducing ingredients to boost collagen production. As you age, it’s important to adapt your skincare routine to suit your skin needs
Vitamin A repairs skin and stimulates collagen production. It’s safe, and as long as the treatment you choose doesn’t dry you out, it’s fine to use it for an extended period of time. Hyperpigmentation can sometimes be more of an issue during menopause because skin is thinner, and you’ve had more chronic sun exposure at this point. You might have had lots of tans or burns in the past, so you have a lot of melanin in your skin and get darker more easily. Vitamin A can help with this, too.
Use a really good, rich moisturiser. Something with hyaluronic acid will be particularly helpful at easing the dryness that many women experience with menopause.
It’s a good idea to do a gentle at-home peel twice a week to remove dead skin cells, brighten, and allow products to penetrate the skin more easily.
Unfortunately, facial hair can start to appear due to the imbalance of oestrogen and testosterone. Electrolysis is the best treatment for this.
Vitamin D is a very important supplement, and we often underuse it. It is important for keeping the skin firm, supporting its repair mechanisms, and activating its anti-microbial systems.
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