Hot Flashes. Forgetfulness. Irritability. Weight gain. Without saying much more than that, you’re probably already thinking menopause. The hormonal changes that occur during and after menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology.
You can do something about the changes to your skin and hair that occur in menopause. With the right care, you can lessen these effects.
- Cleansing – is an important skin care step, especially as you age! As you get older and your skin gets drier, your skin especially can benefit from extra moisture. The key is using a cleanser that’s right for drier skin. Look for a creamy formula that hydrates instead of foam or gel cleansers, which can strip moisture away.
- Hydrate – After menopause, your skin gets drier because oil glands aren’t as active. Try to give skin more moisture with a heavier cream and hydrating serums. Skip long, hot showers and put on moisturizer while your skin is still damp. That helps boost hydration. (Our choice: AlumierMD Ultimate Boost Serum — ZO Daily Power Defense and Hydrating Creme. Treatment: Mesotherapy or PRP + Hyaluronic Acid)
- You still need SPF – even though wrinkling is caused by the amount of sun you got in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you still need to protect your skin! Why? Skin may have less natural protection than when you were younger. So look for a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher, and wear it every day. (Our choice: AlumierMD Sheer Hydration sunscreens)
- Minimize Wrinkles – You get wrinkles from sun damage over the years, as well as the hormonal changes of menopause. As your hormone levels decrease with age, that can change your skin quality and make wrinkles worse. Wrinkles may be more obvious when your skin is dry, especially as you age. Use serums and moisturizers on your face, jawline, neck and décolleté every day, and look for skincare products designed to help fight fine lines and sagging and that lead to a brighter appearance overall. (Our choice: ZO Daily Power Defense, Firming Serum, Wrinkle + Texture Repair, Growth Factor Serum — AlumierMD AHA Renewal Serum, Retinol Resurfacing Serum, and Neck & Décolleté Cream. Treatments: Plasma Lift (PRP), BBL, Laser Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels, Venus Viva – Nano-Fractional Resurfacing)
- Age Spots – on the face, hands, and chest can look more obvious around menopause. Help prevent them by using a sunscreen every day. Already got spots? Fade them with exfoliating products that shed dead skin cells, which can be dull and flaky. Skin-lightening products can help fade spots. Toners can also help even out skin color. (Our choice: ZO Daily Power Defense, Retinol Skin Brightener — AlumierMD Retinol Serum, Eventone Brightening Serum, Intellibtight Serum or Lightening Lotion. Treatments: BBL, Laser Pigmentation Removal and Chemical Peels)
- Acne – this is likely due to a drop in estrogen levels or an increase in androgen hormones like testosterone — introducing this hormone to your system can cause your skin to break out. Typically, menopausal acne is a temporary condition that goes away once a woman settles into postmenopausal hormone levels. Topical treatments, such as retinoids, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories, as well as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, may also be used to treat hormonal acne. (Our choice: ZO Exfoliating Polish, Complexion Renewal Pads — AlumierMD Retinol Resurfacing Serum, Acne Balancing Serum, and Spot Clearing Lotion. Treatments: Laser Rejuvenation, BBL, Chemical Peel)
- Help Your Hands – the backs of your hands can lose moisture, collagen, and fat during menopause. That can make veins more obvious, the skin can look see-through and wrinkled. To reduce the look of wrinkles, use a moisturizer often on your hands and wear gloves when doing house or yard work. Remember! Protect them from the sun with SPF! (Our choice, AlumierMD Sheer Hydration SPF. Treatments: BBL, Plasma Lift (PRP)
- Eat Your Antioxidants – as your estrogen levels drop, so does the collagen in your skin. Collagen gives your skin its youthful plumpness and keeps your skin tight. Eating foods with antioxidants may help make your skin stronger from the inside out. Look for brightly coloured fruits and vegetables (they get their color from these healthy compounds) and try to eat every color of the spectrum.
- Look For Balance – stress can make your skin drier and more sensitive. It can also trigger conditions like psoriasis. And if you’re stressed out, you might even forget your skincare routine. Try yoga, meditation, and other stress-reduction techniques to help you relax.
- Work It Out – exercise does more than just tone your muscles. It helps the skin in two ways. First, it relieves stress. Exercise also boosts blood circulation, which begins to slow with age. The extra oxygen and blood flow can help your skin look brighter and healthier.
- Beauty Sleep – getting enough sleep helps your skin look fresh. Sleep can help prevent dark circles under your eyes, and it also gives the rest of your body a chance to recharge. Lack of sleep can change your hormone levels and metabolism in many of the same ways that aging does. So shoot for a solid 7 to 9 hours of shut-eye every night.
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