Perimenopause and menopause bring on some important changes to women’s bodies, some of which impact the appearance and feel of the skin. While the aging and changing of the skin are inevitable, many things can support the health and appearance of your skin throughout the stages of menopause.
Postmenopausal skin changes commonly include increased dryness, sensitivity, reduced elasticity and thickness, and even menopausal acne. So, how does postmenopausal skin care differ, and what precisely can you do to support your skin during this time?
Hydration and Moisturization
The first thing to pay attention to is hydration. Since your estrogen levels decline during menopause, the skin may become drier and lose some natural elasticity. Drinking a sufficient amount of water and using a moisturizer tailored to your skin type can help maintain hydration and improve the appearance of your skin. In addition, look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides.
Regardless of age, protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is essential for maintaining healthy skin. It’s recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily, even on cloudy days. Because the skin becomes thinner and more sensitive with age, sun protection becomes even more critical for maintaining healthy, mature skin.
A diet rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins can support skin health from within. Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats in your diet. Foods high in antioxidants (such as leafy greens, berries, and nuts) can help combat oxidative stress and promote skin vitality.
Because collagen production naturally decreases with age, providing the body with the raw materials for its production becomes even more critical. Consuming foods rich in vitamin C (such as citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries) and amino acids (found in lean proteins, eggs, and beans) can support collagen synthesis and skin elasticity.
While adapting your skincare routine to address the specific needs of mature skin, you might consider using products that contain ingredients like retinoids, which can help improve skin texture and stimulate collagen production. Incorporate a gentle exfoliation routine to encourage cell turnover and remove dead skin cells. Additionally, products with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide can help address fine lines, wrinkles, and hydration. Gentle, professional treatments like Hydrafacial are also excellent for restoring moisture and promoting collagen production.
Permanent Hair Removal
Another concern that can be present for some is the growth of some thicker hairs on the face, and while you can pluck these, there may be some instances where laser hair removal or electrolysis hair removal may be better.
Keep in mind that consistency is key when it comes to maintaining skin health. It’s a good idea to consult a dermatologist or skincare professional when creating a personalized skincare regimen that addresses your concerns and needs. Also, be patient, as visible improvements in skin health may take some time to become noticeable. We’d love to be a part of your skin health journey. Give us a call for a free consultation!