Your Skin - Menopause and beyond
Your skin Menopause and beyond needs and deserves special care.
We all want to look young and healthy for as long as possible but hormonal
upsets can cause changes in the skin even after menopause. So please think ahead because self care is so important as we approach this crucial time of our lives.
As well as hot flushes (flashes), chills, possible weight gain and various other symptoms, the menopause has a significant impact on skin. Collagen production is reduced resulting in a decrease of elasticity and increased dryness. This can accelerate the natural signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
The sooner you adopt an effective skincare and wellness routine the better, preferably long before the onset of menopause. You will protect yourself from unnecessary damage and help to maintain a younger and healthier looking skin.
You have little control over any of the hormonal changes going on in your body that it makes perfect sense to take positive steps where you can.
1 Wear Sun Protection
A woman should always be careful to protect her skin against the sun because
exposure in your younger years can seriously affect how you look when you’re
older. Early care will help to avoid the continuation of skin changes after
It’s particularly crucial during menopause to step up sun protection as
your body is now producing lower levels of melanin. The decrease in estrogen makes you far more
vulnerable to the dangers of the sun.
Use a higher SPF sun cream when your skin is exposed particularly once you’re
postmenopausal. Even if you’re not slathered in sun cream
every day you should always choose skin and makeup products with SPF qualities so
your skin is naturally more protected, even if it’s not in the middle of
2 A good diet for your skin, menopause and beyond
As we get older our body produces less of the protein collagen which has such adverse effects on the skin. Not only does it become less elastic
and start to show signs of wrinkles but it becomes more fragile and translucent. Your skin is altogether thinner as you lose some of the
protective fat layer.
Boosting your collagen levels will help to slow this down and a good
diet can certainly help. Certain foods can increase or maintain your collagen
production ensuring that your skin looks and feels healthier for longer.
Foods containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and antioxidants will all
help – this includes such superfoods as blueberries, kale, dark chocolate,
chili peppers, citrus fruits and root vegetables. Get plenty of protein from meat, eggs, chicken and fish and/or vegetarian protein such as legumes and pulses.
3 Use Moisturizing Products
Women are incredibly spoiled for choice when it comes to creams and
lotions for their skin. However, not all of these
will achieve what you want in life’s later years.
The hormonal changes of
menopause exacerbate dry skin so it’s essential to use richer products with extra
moisturizing qualities. I’m intrigued by
the latest skincare technology which is clinically proven to deliver dramatic
results without synthetic chemicals. The Redefining Body Balm, Restorative Eye
Cream and Water-Lock Moisturizer by Tata Harper are all organic and
chemical free designed to increase your skin’s ‘longevity through natural
In fact it’s claimed that after just one use of the complete regime
pores are minimized, lines appear softened and hydration balance is restored
giving skin a radiant glow. Certainly worth taking a look!
4 Get a good night's sleep
Tiredness can be an unfortunate side-effect of getting older, but that’s
not always a bad thing. If it means you take positive steps and try to achieve a better sleep then it can be beneficial.
The hormonal changes during menopause and beyond are negatively impacted by a lack of sleep and this can affect mood swings and your general ability to function through the day.
Although your body repairs itself when you rest, including rebuilding
collagen levels and fixing UV damage, it can’t of course turn back the clock! But it will ensure that all the ageing
processes slow down.
5 Exercise more!
Exercise does get harder as you age but it’s important to keep yourself
moving. Something as simple as regular walking
can positively affect your fitness levels.
When you’re active you increase blood flow carrying more oxygen and
nutrients to cells around your body, all helping to improve your skin during menopause and beyond, and
removing cellular debris from the inside.
While physical exercise has a very positive impact on your skin, stress weakens your immune
system further aggravating skin conditions. It can also cause you to become forgetful so don't let it be the skincare
routine and looking after yourself that you forget and undo all your hard work!
But seriously, acknowledge any difficulties you’re facing and try out other forms of stress relief if you need some
The longer you’ve been kind to your skin, the healthier and better it
will look during your menopausal and postmenopausal years. But if this is a
wake-up call, it’s never too late to make improvements to a good skin
routine. It doesn’t take long to produce
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