Did you know that around one third of women in the entire population of the UK face challenges with menopause?
Menopause can throw your skin into a spin and means our skincare regime may need a shake-up. The skin changes in many ways including thinning skin, lower collagen levels and dryness. Healthy skin starts from within so understanding what nutrition is best for healthy skin can improve the challenges we face with menopausal skin.
What is the menopause?
Put simply, menopause is when a woman stops getting periods and can no longer get pregnant as part of the natural ageing process. The ovaries stop releasing eggs, and levels of reproductive hormones including oestrogen and progesterone fall. Usually menopause occurs between the ages of 45-55 although one in a hundred woman under 40 in the UK experience menopause
Common symptoms of the menopause include difficulty sleeping, hot flushes, lack of energy, brain fog, headaches, loss of confidence and low mood. Menopause can also impact the skin.
What happens to skin during the menopause?
Oestrogen is closely involved in many processes in the skin. This means that when oestrogen levels start to fluctuate during the peri menopause, and fall after the menopause, it often has a knock-on effect on skin. Skin changes include thinning skin, lower collagen levels, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dryness, problem skin and sensitivity. There are many nutritional ingredients can help support your skin during this time.
Skin Conditions and Nutritional recommendations:
Dry, itchy and sensitive skin.
When there is less oestrogen in the body, less hyaluronic acid is produced. As a result, skin may appear dry, less plump and lacking in hydration. Hyaluronic acid plays a crucial role in ensuring the skin stays hydrated and vibrant.
The skin researchers at Advanced Nutrition Programme recommend ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, vitamin A and omega fatty acids to support the skin barrier and to keep the skin moisturised and plump.
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Thinning skin, fine lines, and wrinkles
Collagen is a protein that helps to provide the foundation for our skin – creating a structure that keeps it plump and resilient. Lower collagen and elastin levels cause the skin to become thinner, less firm and make fine lines and wrinkles appear more visible. In the first 5 years of Menopause we lose up to 30% of our collagen.
Advanced Nutrition Programme skin experts recommend taking collagen supporting ingredients including zinc, vitamin C, MSM, and phytonutrients.
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Just when you think your teens are over and with it no more skin problems, skin can become a common complaint for menopausal women. Changes to the skin’s pH, and to the levels of oil produced by the skin are also thought to contribute to the increased likelihood of problem skin during the menopause causing many menopausal women to experience acne
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Menopause and the gut
When Oestrogen levels change during menopause the bacteria in the gut also changes. Maintaining a diverse, healthy microbiome is vital to overall wellbeing and skin health.
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