Although menopause is a natural phase that all women experience, it remains a topic shrouded in taboo, leaving many women silently grappling with its effects. However, you don't have to face this journey alone—we, the Skin Nerds, are here to offer our nerdy advice and guidance every step of the way!
The Impact of Menopause on Skin Menopause signifies the end of menstruation, typically occurring when a woman hasn't had a menstrual cycle for 12 consecutive months. While it is commonly observed in women approaching their late 50s, menopause can occur earlier, even in one's 30s.
The transition through menopause is a gradual process that can span several years, during which time the body undergoes psychological and physiological changes due to hormonal fluctuations. Skin alterations can begin during the peri-menopausal stage. With declining hormone levels, the skin produces less sebum, resulting in a shift from oily to drier skin.
Heightened sensitivity is a common occurrence, and other issues may include breakouts, itchiness, redness, wrinkles, changes in skin texture, and overall appearance. Those already dealing with skin conditions like acne may find that they worsen during this period, as the skin becomes more sensitive. Moreover, increased sensitivity can trigger allergies, and low estrogen levels often lead to dry skin.
Taking Action When your skin suddenly reacts to everything, it can dent your confidence. However, there are steps you can take to improve your skin's condition and alleviate any discomfort.
Nourish from Within At The Skin Nerd, our approach involves treating the skin from the inside, outside, and on top. Considering this philosophy, making lifestyle changes such as reassessing your diet and increasing water intake can positively impact your skin's condition.
Reducing alcohol consumption and finding healthy ways to manage stress can also help alleviate external conditions like itchy skin. A diet rich in nuts, seeds, and fish can benefit your skin and enhance your overall well-being. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule and incorporating exercise into your routine will keep your muscles fit and promote the circulation of oxygenated blood throughout your body.
Addressing Specific Skincare Concerns Dryness: To soothe dry skin, avoid prolonged exposure to hot baths and remember to regularly moisturize your skin. Utilize sunscreen to protect your skin and steer clear of harsh soaps and detergents that can exacerbate dehydration.
Sensitivity: Stay away from scented skincare products. We firmly believe that "smells don't change cells," and these unnecessary additives can irritate sensitive skin without providing significant benefits. Look for anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and calendula extract to calm and soothe irritated, red skin.
Blemishes: Due to night sweats and hot flushes, you may experience breakouts on various parts of your body, including your breasts.
Sagging: Sagging skin is a natural part of the aging process that all individuals will eventually experience. To prevent premature sagging, prioritize sun protection and incorporate vitamin A (Retinol) into your skincare routine. Additionally, treatments such as microneedling or laser resurfacing can have a significant effect.
By following these recommendations, you can proactively care for your skin during menopause, empowering yourself to navigate this transformative phase with confidence and grace. Remember, the Skin Nerds are always here to support you on your journey!