Caring for your skin during menopause
A lot of changes happen to women’s bodies during menopause, including changes to your skin.
Estrogen levels fall when women approach menopause, and a reduction in estrogen receptors in the skin means less sebum production. Sebum is responsible for keeping skin lubricated and promoting collagen production. Decreased estrogen levels also cause the skin to thin, which makes sagging more prominent. Crow’s feet and lines above the lip typically begin appearing during menopause, as well.
The first step to taking care of your skin as you approach and move through menopause is cleansing. Since your skin is drier, it benefits from added moisture, so make sure to use a hydrating, creamy cleanser rather than foam or gel face washes, which can strip moisture from the skin.
Moisturizer is also vital for skin care in menopause. Opt for a heavier cream, and moisturize your skin while it’s still damp for the cream to really soak in.
Important at any age, sunscreen is still essential during menopause. Skin has less natural protection from the sun as you age, so it’s smart to put SPF 30 or higher on every morning.
Age spots are also prone to showing up as you approach menopause age, and exfoliators and toners aid in evening skin tone.
Retinoids promote cell turnover, which combats the natural thinning of the skin, but retinoids tend to be drying, and women in menopause are already battling dry skin. A good alternative to strong retinoids is retinols. Retinols are a weaker form of retinoids. Consider using a pea sized amount once or twice a week to help increase cell turnover.
Looking beyond the skin on your face and decolletage, it’s also worthy to frequently moisturize your hands, protect them from the sun, and wear gloves when gardening and doing yard work. The back of the hands lose moisture, collagen, and fat during menopause.
Kaia Earth Skin Care offers Intensive Botanical Night Cream and Pure Moisturizer Serum, hydrating products for any age, including women in menopause.