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How Menopause Affects Your Health & Skin

How Menopause Affects Your Health & Skin

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that occurs when a woman's ovaries cease to release eggs and her menstrual cycles come to an end. Menopause brings about hormonal changes that can profoundly impact various aspects of health, mood, sleep and aging of the skin. Understanding these effects and implementing appropriate skincare strategies is essential for maintaining skin health and vitality during this transitional phase.

What age is this happening?

Everyone body is different but it typically occurs around the age of 45 to 55, with the average age of onset being 51. Menopause is confirmed when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. 

Effects on Skin

The hormonal fluctuations that accompany menopause, particularly the decline in estrogen levels, can have noticeable effects on the skin. Some common changes include:

  1. Dry, Thin Skin and Wrinkles: Estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining skin hydration and thickness. As estrogen levels decline during menopause, the skin may become drier, thinner, and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Loss of Elasticity and Sagging skin: Estrogen also contributes to the production of collagen and elastin, which are responsible for the skin's firmness and elasticity. With decreased estrogen levels, the skin may lose its elasticity, leading to sagging and a less youthful appearance.
  3. Increased Sensitivity, Rash and Acne: Changes in hormone levels can make the skin more sensitive and reactive. Women may experience heightened sensitivity to skincare products, environmental factors, and certain ingredients, leading to irritation and discomfort.
  4. Hyperpigmentation and Facial Hair: Hormonal fluctuations during menopause can trigger facial hair growth, increase in melanin production, resulting in the development of dark spots, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation issues.

Solutions and Skincare Tips

While menopause brings about changes in the skin, there are several strategies and skincare tips that women can incorporate into their routine to support skin health and minimize the effects of hormonal fluctuations:

  1. Hydration is Key: Combat dryness by incorporating hydrating skincare products into your routine. Look for moisturizers containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides to help replenish moisture and strengthen the skin's natural barrier.
  2. Use Sun Protection: Protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen daily. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply it every two hours, especially if you're spending time outdoors.
  3. Focus on Gentle Cleansing: Opt for gentle cleansers that won't strip the skin of its natural oils. Avoid harsh ingredients like sulfates and alcohol, which can further dry out the skin and exacerbate sensitivity.
  4. Incorporate Antioxidants: Antioxidants help protect the skin from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Look for skincare products containing vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea extract to help brighten the complexion and improve overall skin health.
  5. Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): For some women, hormone replacement therapy may be recommended to alleviate symptoms of menopause, including changes in the skin. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine if HRT is right for you and discuss potential benefits and risks.

Menopause brings about significant hormonal changes that can impact the health and appearance of the skin. By implementing a targeted skincare routine and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, women can effectively manage these changes and maintain a radiant, youthful complexion throughout the menopausal transition and beyond.

Be kind and give ourselves extra grace - and know that you are not alone. 

We formulated Emani to rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking and feeling healthy throughout perimenopause, during menopause and beyond.

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