The menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Symptoms can include hot flashes, weight gain, insomnia, loss of sex drive, mood swings, depression, body aches and of course changes in the skin. This can usually be the reason a lot of women opt for HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to help relieve some of the symptoms.
How does the menopause affect your skin though? And what can you do to keep it looking its best...?
LOSS OF OESTROGEN
With the reduction of oestrogen in the stage of menopause, it can effect how fat is deposited. This can lead to more fat around the abdominal area and a reduction around the face leading to a loss of volume and some sagging.
To help treat sagging jowls and skin, why not boost your collagen levels by taking a Skinade supplement each day.
Treatments such as microneedling have also shown an improvement as well.
FINE LINES & WRINKLES
Due to a reduction in elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles can become more apparent.
I would recommend the Skinade supplement to help with this along with facial treatments. You want to ensure your skin is as hydrated as possible to really give that 'plumping' effect.
Ensure you're drinking plenty of water, reducing caffeine and alcohol intake as well as processed sugars (processed sugars are directly linked to wrinkles due to a process called glycation).
PIGMENTATION & AGE SPOTS
As hormones can control your melanin production, with a shift in oestrogen levels, ladies can experience some age spots and pigmentation wit the menopause.
Wearing a good SPF daily is a necessity. I always recommend the Nimue SPF 40 as it really is a fantastic product. I have used this for years and have really noticed that my skin is better with it on.
Also, try and avoid over exposure to the sun. Where possible wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face as much as possible.
Always seek advice from a GP if you have new moles/age spots appearing that you are concerned by.
As we get older our skin begins to reduce the amount of oil it produces which can lead to dry and dull skin. This again can be due to a change in hormone production.
To keep your skin looking glowy and hydrated, ensure you are using a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to remove a build up of skin cells. I love the Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme and also my Exfoliating Pearls to really life away dead skin cells without tearing or damaging the skin like some scrubs can.
I would also recommend taking a good omega skin supplement (Skinade has organic flaxseed built in). You could try the Advanced Nutrition Therapy Skin Omegas. This is basically an edible moisturiser to keep your skin looking plump and hydrated.
Thanks so much for reading,