Menopausal skin requires special care, and a refined customized approach. When working with menopausal skin, it's more than simply powering up a laser or other device. Treating menopausal skin is about understanding the requirements of skin that is undergoing some dramatic changes. It's about knowing the correct course of action and utilizing a holistic approach to target issues from a variety of angles. With the right guidance, skin can be healthy and glowing at every age.
Changes That Happen
As we get older we often become wiser, and our confidence in ourselves increases. Unfortunately other things in our lives have a tendency to decrease, such as hormones and collagen, which makes skin more prone to signs of aging such as sagging, wrinkling and thinning. Menopausal skin is often delicate and sometimes even fragile, requiring special care and attention.
A reduction in fat under the skin, and loss of elasticity creates noticeable sagging in the jawline and neck, and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. Older skin types are often very dry, further exacerbating the wrinkles of crows feet, lip creases and creating a crepiness to the overall skin texture.
Some clients have described the sensation of aging skin going into menopause as if their skin has "shrivelled up" almost overnight.
- Lack of hydration can make signs of aging appear much worse
- Skin can become thin and fragile
- We experience a loss of fat and volume under the skin
- Loss of elasticity results in skin sagging
- Pigmentation changes and sluggish cellular turnover create a dull complexion
Keep Skin Healthy And Vibrant
Keeping skin hydrated is a great first step. Cleansing and exfoliating are important, but we don't want to over do it. With aging skin it's important not to strip the skin of its natural moisture. Long hot showers are definitely out for menopausal skin types.
- Choose a cleanser that doesn't strip your skins natural moisture.
- Choose the correct moisturizer for your skin type.
- Brighten skin with a gentle exfoliator taking care to maintain the skins barrier function.
As estrogen drops, a key goal is preserving collagen and encouraging our bodies to maximize collagen production to keep skin as plump and full looking as possible. Proper diet and the correct combination of skin care products and clinical treatments can work wonders to jump start sluggish collagen production.
- A well balanced diet provides the essential amino acids necessary for the creation of collagen. Think vegetables, nuts, fruits...lots of colour + healthy fats such as Avocado.
- UV protection helps minimize the damage that is caused by sun induced free radicals.
- Soy, which is rich in isoflavones (plant based compounds that act like estrogen in the body) may help improve changes such as thinning of skin. Tempeh and Miso are good sources.
Exercise is also great for skin, as it helps reduce stress. Stress can boost the production of destructive enzymes in our bodies which further degrade collagen. Plus, it helps increase nourishing blood flow into the skin.
As we age, it can be come more challenging to maintain a consistent sleep pattern. Hormones and metabolism benefit from healthy sleep patterns, as does skin.
Whether you're currently in menopause, or have finished but would like to know more about caring for your skin as you age, we would love to meet you!
Consultations are complimentary. Simply call 250.590.5459 today.