Menopause Skincare Tips

Jun 10, 2022 | Beauty, menopause, skin

What Can I Expect during the Menopause with my Skin?

Luckily recently people are starting to talk a lot more about the Menopause, sharing stories and advice about what to expect with regard to physical and emotional changes in your body and mind, but to a lesser extent changes to your skin.

Also, as a natural skincare specialist and from personal experience I have to say there is less advice with regard to dealing with these changes naturally and in particular what to expect with your skin.  Of course we’re also all different, so there are many different issues that can occur with your skin, but not all will necessarily happen to you.

I’d like to highlight some of these issues for you and the things you can do to improve and even solve some of these problems using natural and new non-invasive technologies.

Typical Menopause Skin Symptoms

During peri-menopause (the time before your periods stop) and during the menopause you can experience many physical and emotional changes due to falling levels of estrogen and increased production of testosterone.  You can experience anxiety, mood swings, changes to your hair and skin.

Previously advice was harder to come by and your doctor simply suggested HRT, but luckily there is increasingly more help out there at the moment and there are natural alternatives to HRT which can be really effective and many natural ways to combat the changes which can also affect our skin.

The following issues can be experienced with our skin during the menopause:

  • Drier or extremely dry skin
  • Unwanted hairs (sometimes thicker) on the face
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Breakouts
  • Dull skin
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles/fine lines
  • Eye bags/dark rings under eyes
  • Brittle/dry nails

What can we do about these problems – naturally?

  • Dry and sensitive skin
Dry skin

How to combat dry skin in the menopause

Well for dry skin and skin that becomes more sensitive we can make sure we keep our skin better hydrated by ensuring we drink plenty of water (8 x 240 ml glasses of water) per day to keep our skin looking healthy and more plump.  We can also use pure hyaluronic acid (there are two types – animal derived and plant derived) underneath our makeup and moisturisers for super-hydration.  Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its weight in water and delivers this incredibly well into the skin, leaving it supple, plumped and in great condition, thus minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  You can also take this in the form of supplements which also helps hydrate the body and cells from the inside and even helps with aching joints.  Choosing products with nourishing oils and minimal scents to cleanse and moisturise your skin will also help to boost your complexion.

  • Breakouts and acne

Unfortunately blemishes and even acne can recur at this stage of our lives, which can be super-frustrating.  Choosing light cleansing products such as cleansing milks or gels won’t block your pores and ensuring you regularly exfoliate will help keep pores unblocked.  Paying particular attention to closing the pores with a toner after cleansing will also help keep skin clear.   Using natural ingredients such as pure local honey on clean dry skin or a paste of brewer’s yest on blemishes as a face masque also works wonders to keep skin clear!  There are some great non-invasive machines we also use with our skin clients which work really well to keep skin clear, together with the right skincare regime for your skin.  These are blue and purple LED light therapy and microdermabrasion.

Breakouts

Blemishes, acne and breakouts in the menopause

  • Dull Skin
Skin exfoliation

Regularly exfoliate skin to keep it younger looking

Your skin can look dull if your skin becomes very dry, or generally in the menopause, as our skin cell production cycles slow down and layers of dead skin cells build-up on the surface of our skin.  As a result, making sure you exfoliate twice a week using a gentle scrub, a muslin cloth with your usual cleanser or a liquid AHA exfoliant will remove these dead cells and give you a more glowing, smoother skin.  A micro-dermabrasion session once a month for a really deep exfoliation also brightens, smooths and gives the skin a youthful glow and enables your moisturisers to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

 

  • Skin sensitivity
Sensitive skin

Skin sensitivity can suddenly occur during the menopause

Unfortunately the menopause can suddenly cause your skin to become more sensitive and prone to sun damage.  If this happens we need to change our skin care regime to use super-gentle cleansers, such as creamy ones containing ingredients such as coconut oil, grapeseed, shea butter and argan oil, as these are light, anti-inflammatory oils and are extremely unlikely to cause any irritation to the skin.  Make sure you use gentle toners without alcohol – beware, there are many products which say they are gentle, but when you look on labels they contain alcohol or other astringent ingredients which are too harsh for sensitive skins.  Stick to floral waters and use as a toner.  You can also combine your regime with Yellow and Orange LED light therapy to help with liver spots, sun damaged skin and skin irritation and Green to help calm rosacea or blue for psoriasis and eczema.  Skin can also become more sensitive to the sun – so make sure you use factor 50 on your face in the summer and use a good natural sun screen to avoid harsh chemicals.

  • Eye bags and dark circles under the eyes
Puffy eyes and dark circles

Dark circles and puffy eyes can occur during menopause

Puffy eyes can also suddenly be a problem, as during the menopause we can suffer with a great deal of fatigue and interrupted sleep.  Circulation can also slow down, which means toxins aren’t drained from the skin as quickly as previously, but there are things we can do about this.  We can get advice about herbal sleep aids, gently massage the under-eye area regularly, ensure we drink plenty of fluids, take collagen supplements and even use a caffeine under-eye cream.  Other things we can do are to have microcurrent combined with radio frequency treatments to stimulate the circulation and muscles around the eyes and use LED light therapy such as Green light with a calcium supplement function which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps our skin cells function better.

 

  • Sagging skin and fine lines & wrinkles

As the fall in levels of estrogen during the menopause adversely affects our skin cells’ ability to renew, our production of collagen and elastin, our skin can sag due to the lack of skin elasticity and the lack of sufficient collagen fibres to keep our skin looking taut.  However there are things we can about this as well.  Using firming moisturisers with hyaluronic acid, plant retinols and super-rich ingredients will keep your skin really hydrated and looking as plump as possible.  It’s important to exfoliate as above to keep skin looking glowing and less crepey. Having a facial massage regularly helps the circulation in your skin and keeps it looking healthy.

Sagging skin and wrinkles

Sagging skin, lines and wrinkles occur during menopause due to hormonal changes and less collagen production

Again you can have a microcurrent facial regularly, which stimulates collagen production and gives the muscles underneath your skin a workout to keep them as taut as possible.  Combined with radio frequency, this treatment works to improve the condition of and tighten the upper layers of your skin using radio waves and heat to shrink excess layers of fat cells beneath the skin.  You can also use red light LED therapy with a calcium supplement function.  This is extremely effective as it is the deepest penetrating light frequency and works to stimulate collagen production at a cellular level – this goes where creams and lotions cannot and works on lines, wrinkles, dry skin, large pores and even cellulite.

  • Unwanted hairs
Sugaring hair removal for hormonal unwanted hair

Sugaring hair removal is a great way to remove unwanted facial hair during menopause as it is so gentle

Annoyingly during the menopause, we can see an over-production of testosterone, which can cause hairs to grow in places where we don’t want them and we can feel really self-conscious about this.  A great treatment which we do can also be used even on sensitive areas such as the face and is 100% natural and really effective is sugaring hair removal.  This is a natural paste made from just sugar, lemon juice and water and massaged onto the skin against the direction of growth of hair at body temperature.  It is then removed with the direction of hair growth and as the sugar paste seeps to the base of the hair follicle, there are less breakages and hair is removed at the root.  It lasts longer than waxing and as it is massaged in it causes lasting damage to the hair follicle and hair growth is weaker each time it’s removed.  Gentle enough even for the most sensitive of skins and doesn’t leave your skin red afterwards!

  • Dry and brittle nails
Dry and brittle nails during menopause

This can occur during menopause due to hormonal changes and lack of hydration

As our skin can become drier, and collagen production reduces, our nails can become drier and brittle too.  Taking hyaluronic acid and collagen supplements can help, as can using a layer of hyaluronic acid underneath nourishing hand cream, drinking plenty of fluids each day and paying attention to rubbing a nourishing oil such as olive oil, argan oil or avocado oil into your cuticles at night before you go to sleep.  Keeping hands moisturised like this and buffing any dry skin away will all combine to improving the condition of your nails.

We can help!

Get in touch for more information or advice at or book on our next drop-in natural menopause and acne skin clinic for face to face advice in Truro at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natural-menopause-acne-drop-in-clinic-tickets-349056135297

 

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