Skin care during menopause: Best dermatologist tips

Heather Campbell
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Skin care during menopause is a whole different ball game.

Skin care during menopause: Best dermatologist tipsMenopause brings about a big change in hormonal, physiological, and psychological balance.

As a whole, hormones have essential roles in skin care. With hormone changes, our skin care routine needs to change too. Targeted and appropriate skin care needs to be taken to a whole new level, add sun protection and add anti-aging products. Drink water and eat healthily to negate menopausal skin.

Everything is questioned during this delicate phase in a woman’s life.

And your skin is no exception! Read on to learn all about what to expect and how to take care of your skin during menopause.

Skin care during menopause: Introduction

Menopause is an unavoidable natural biological event in a woman’s life that occurs around age 50.

This is due to ovarian aging: the depletion of the stock of oocytes (eggs before maturation) formed during uterine life and the slowing down of the synthesis of sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) put a stop to ovulation.

This end of ovarian hormonal activity closes our reproductive life period with its most obvious manifestation: the end of menstruation.

But this is far from being the only upheaval for our bodies. Our whole body will have to get used to functioning with this new hormonal deficiency, after decades of living with the rhythm of our menstrual cycles.

The influence of our sex hormones goes far beyond our reproductive system.

The disorders that herald menopause are well known:

  • Increased risk of developing certain cardiovascular diseases or osteoporosis
  • Irritability and fatigue
  • Urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Hot flashes

But the consequences of the hormonal imbalance of menopause also manifest themselves on the skin.

Skin and hormones: you no longer recognize your skin

Estrogen and progesterone greatly influence the health of our epidermis. They stimulate the dermis cells, which are in the first line to ensure the skin’s elasticity.

In particular, fibroblasts play a key role in the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin fibers.

When these hormones drop, the skin’s moisture, tone and suppleness take a hit.

The aging of the skin accelerates: it becomes thinner, marks, your epidermis changes texture and sometimes even color. Wrinkles and blemishes become more pronounced, and the features become more pronounced.

At the same time, your epidermis tends to become rougher, uncomfortable, tugging, itching.

The cause is the fatty acids in the cell membranes. In structural deficit after the age of 50, they no longer play their cement and protective barrier role. With the drop in estrogen, the cell layers are less numerous in the dermis, and cell renewal slows down.

The skin tissue is less dense, the skin is less resistant to external aggressions and is less able to repair itself. Did you have dry skin? It may become very dry.

In short, your skin is already not at its best… but that’s not all! The drop in progesterone leaves the field open to androgenic hormones that act directly on the sebaceous glands.

Sebum tends to accumulate on the surface of the skin and imperfections become more frequent, sometimes resulting in acne, rosacea, and outbreaks of small pimples.

If until now you could be satisfied with the bare minimum for your skin care, at menopause it will become very difficult to avoid a more advanced cosmetic routine. Both to find comfort and to get through this psychologically delicate stage.

As a woman, we are used to seeing the condition of our skin fluctuate according to our cycles, the events of our hormonal life (pregnancy, breastfeeding, contraception).

But during menopause, it’s different. These profound changes are not temporary. You’ll have to rethink your routine from top to bottom.

The essential cosmetic care for menopause

Of course, what was true up to that point remains true: these inconveniences may be very common during menopause, but not all of them will affect you.

You must always and above all adapt your cosmetic care to your skin’s real and particular needs.

But generally, during menopause, the skin needs several things, such as:

More numerous and powerful active ingredients to cover its intense needs

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start using targeted, concentrated skincare products that are adapted to your skin’s needs.

A serum to reduce pigment spots and treat blemishes is a good idea in this case.

A reinforced antioxidant routine

Your skin is more vulnerable to free radical damage.

Many skincare products are particularly rich in natural antioxidant ingredients, but you may need to incorporate an anti-aging cream into your routine or add a few drops of repairing oil synergy to your moisturizer.

Richer care

If your skin is uncomfortable, enrich your facial moisturizer with a synergy of nourishing pure plant oils.

Also adapt your body care with moisturizing milk or a nourishing cream.

You don’t risk suffocating and over-greasing your skin with vegetable fatty acids if you have some imperfections.

Tip: You are not bound by (expensive) skincare products that are available on the market. Learn how to easily (and cheaply) make your own cosmetics in our other post Make your own cosmetics: Good reasons and things to know

Regain radiance and tone with a revitalizing treatment for your skin

There’s nothing worse for morale in this time of great upheaval than a sunken reflection and a dull complexion that makes you look sad and tired even after a good night’s sleep.

Your skin deserves to be pampered.

To plump up your skin, offer it a vitamin cocktail with antioxidant and regenerating plant oils and essential oils, a radiance and firmness face serum:

  • Vitamin A derivatives and phytosterols repair and strengthen the epidermis by boosting its cell renewal and regaining its elasticity
  • Oils rich in linoleic acid to compensate for hyaluronic acid deficiencies
  • Powerful antioxidants to fight against the signs of time and revitalize the skin such as grape, daisy macerate, prickly pear, etc.

Apply it preferably in the evening, on your perfectly cleansed skin with a gentle cleanser adapted to its needs.

Take the time for a gentle massage with small circular movements that activate microcirculation, stimulate collagen and facial muscles.

You can also reinforce its effects with some facial exercises.

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Help your skin get through the day with good habits

The best care in the world won’t do much if you ruin your efforts with inappropriate care and habits.

A scrub will not help your face regain its radiance but will only make the skin more irritated. Opt instead for a soft radiance face mask.

Totally ban petrochemical ingredients such as synthetic preservatives and perfumes, silicones and mineral oils and sulfated agents that are too aggressive for your fragile skin.

Continue to protect yourself from endocrine disruptors as they are involved in the significant sleep disturbances common in menopause.

Rigorously protect your skin from UV rays, even on cloudy days. Your skin is more vulnerable to the sun’s rays.

For the body, natural sun protection products allow you to protect yourself on a daily basis without fearing the disastrous chemical sun filters or the nanoparticles of mineral sun filters.

Drink enough water to preserve your elastin and make your diet an ally.

Eat meals rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals to keep your skin firm and iron and proteins to maintain your muscle tone and promote collagen synthesis.

Maintain regular physical activity, oxygenate yourself and stay relaxed without stress.

The 8 natural remedies to better live the menopause

Menopause is a dreaded stage for many women. When it is mentioned, we usually think of the unpleasant symptoms it brings.

And yet, it is an important step for the woman because it is the beginning of a new life.

Here are some natural tips and tricks to help you cope with menopause.

Adopt a positive attitude

Everything starts in the head.

Starting menopause on the right foot is all about having a positive attitude.

It may not seem like a big deal, but accept your body and your age.

Maintain sexual activity

Despite the decrease in libido, sexual activity remains an important issue.

Maintaining sexual activity reduces the loss of bone density and reduces the risk of breast cancer. Regular sexual activity helps to fight against the aging of the vulva and vagina.

Regular lubrication oxygenates the cells of the vagina and reduces the evolution of vaginal atrophy.

In case of dryness of the mucous membranes, you can use vaginal moisturizers (gel or capsules) made of hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera or vegetable oils (borage, evening primrose, wheat germ), but leave out (literally) petrochemical petroleum jelly.

In terms of hygiene, and particularly for intimate hygiene, we advise against washing products made with sulfated detergents that are far too irritating, especially for this sensitive area.

Take care of mature skin

Skin aging is characterized by sagging and dry skin.

The skin loses elasticity and firmness, which causes wrinkles to appear.

To take care of mature skin, a 100% natural anti-aging skincare product must contain:

  • Plant extracts to stimulate cell renewal
  • A concentrate of active antioxidants to activate the production of elastin and collagen under the skin (for a firmer and less dull skin)
  • Unprocessed natural vegetable oils to moisturize and nourish the skin

Use plants to alleviate symptoms

St. John’s wort, passionflower, valerian or ginseng taken as an infusion are natural and effective solutions for mood disorders (irritability, anxiety, stress) and insomnia.

They act as natural antidepressants. However, beware of the risk of photosensitization when using St. John’s wort.

Against climacteric disorders (in other words, related to menopause), the chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus) also known as the pepper tree will stimulate and act on the pituitary gland which produces estrogen and progesterone.

The Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is also interesting because it is phyto-estrogenic, meaning it will counterbalance the decrease in female hormones.

Remineralizing plants such as alfalfa, horsetail and nettle are excellent against osteoporosis.

Forget your guilt about weight gain

Menopause can lead to a slight weight gain that varies between 4.5 and 9 pounds. Contrary to popular belief, this is a very beneficial thing.

The adipocytes (fat cells) will transform the adrenal hormones into estrogens, which will slightly compensate for the natural decrease of this hormone during the peri-menopause.

Continue to be physically active

Asian women suffer less from menopausal symptoms. Apart from their different diets, maintaining physical activity improves well-being.

Beyond being beneficial for the joints and the body, Tai Chi and Yoga and Pilates and stretching act as hormonal therapy.

Therefore, it is recommended to exercise at least 50 minutes a day and avoid smoking, which is harmful to your heart and bones. And it’s really bad for your skin too.

Eat lighter meals and stay hydrated

To combat hot flashes, try to eat more lightly by reducing portions and having nuts as a snack (nuts, almonds, etc.).

If you can, avoid drinking too many hot beverages (especially coffee), alcohol, spicy foods and sweets.

Fill up on vitamins and minerals

Once a woman reaches menopause, her body is disturbed by changes in hormones.

Advancing age also leads to deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals.

I therefore recommend that you include foods rich in essential fatty acids (particularly omega-3) that help fight hypertension and cardiovascular disorders.

It is found in a large number of vegetable oils (hemp oil, linseed oil, rapeseed oil).

Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 help protect the heart. They are found in whole grains (oats), chestnuts, white beans, lentils, avocado, bananas and parsley.

To strengthen bones, which become more fragile with age, foods such as broccoli or vegetables from the cabbage family are interesting for their calcium content.

You will also find it in wakame (seaweed rich in calcium), fruits (preferably organic) such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, sesame seeds, oranges or figs.

Calcium, vitamin D (mushrooms, eggs) and vitamin K (spinach, cabbage) are indeed excellent for the bones.

To compensate for the decrease in female hormone production, it is possible to eat foods rich in phyto-estrogens such as flaxseed, chickpeas, onions or soy (in moderation).

Skin care during menopause: Conclusion

Finally, menopause or not, the advice remains the same to take care of your skin.

Stay tuned to your skin, observe its reactions and adopt a rigorous but gentle routine.

During menopause, women frequently suffer from low self-esteem.

So pampering yourself and taking care of your skin can help you negotiate this difficult turn of events.

This is especially important since other symptoms often contribute to a feeling of loss of femininity:

  • Voice that becomes deeper
  • Development of hair, especially on the face
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of density and support of the breast

This is a normal and natural passage, of course.

But if you feel really unwell, if these manifestations are difficult to bear, talk about it.

A doctor, friends, loved ones, or even acquaintances can provide you with valuable support to get through your menopause serenely.

About Heather Campbell

As a dietitian, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More