Skincare during Menopause
Perimenopause and menopause means hot flashes, night sweats, and… acne or dry skin too? We break down 3 tips to help combat the loss of estrogen as women age and how that effects our complexion.
Usually between ages 40-60 women will enter menopause. Estrogen is the hormone in a woman’s body that signals changes –the start of menstruation and the end of ovary egg production. For most perimenopause and menopause means hot flashes, night sweats, and… acne or dry skin too?
Estrogen works within our skin to help stimulate collagen, oil/sebum, and retain moisture – all are critical for healthy skin- and without it our skin feels dry, itchy or becomes inflamed.
3 Tips for caring for Menopausal Dry Skin
- Essential Fatty Acids are the bff to your skin’s oil barrier, keeping your complexion hydrated. Not only should these be in your food but topical application has shown to help offer relief to those suffering with dehydrated skin. Natural sources of these EFA’s include fish, avocados, walnuts, olive oil, eggs, milk, broccoli and more. Learn more about natural food sources of these EFA’s at https://optinghealth.com/foods-high-in-fatty-acids/.
- Use gentle, nourishing cleanser on your body. Harsh soaps and hot water can strip your skin of its natural oil leaving you susceptible to break outs, infections and itchy skin. Instead, reach for a lightly exfoliating cleanser that has hydrating emollients to keep the pH of your skin balanced. Your skin needs a layer of sebum (natural oil) to help keep free radicals, bacteria and germs out– using products that completely strip all oil from the skin will only lead to your body believing it needs to produce more (gross, acne!). We suggest the Peau de Fleurs Cleansing Mousse.
- Moisturize daily. The best time of day to massage that lotion on is within a few minutes of exiting the shower. Damp, warm skin allows for better absorption of topically applied products like moisturizers, making them more effective. If your skin is feeling particularly dry or in need of a vitamin boost, reach for products rich in Vitamin C, natural hyaluronic acid and botanical anti-oxidants. Moisturize with Skinfood!
Perimenoupause and Menopause will bring about many changes but may not be the only cause to dry skin. If you’re following a skincare regimen and have a healthy diet but are still suffering with dry skin it may be best to see a dermatologist who can determine if there are other factors that may be at play.