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Ageing is a beautiful gift, and it's a wonderful thing when our faces reflect the full, happy lives we are living.
At the same time, we can also look and feel our best and enjoy the confidence of beautiful, glowing skin, at any age.
During menopause, hormonal changes can affect your skin in various ways. Some common skin issues that women may experience during menopause include dryness, thinning, increased sensitivity, and a loss of elasticity. To support your skin during this transitional phase, here are some tips and strategies:
1. Anti-ageing skincare:
Studies indicate that women's skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. Choosing effective, high quality anti-ageing skincare can help delay and prevent the visible effects of menopause on the skin. Look for skincare that specifically stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
2. Manage stress:
Chronic stress can exacerbate skin issues, and this can worsen during hormonal periods such as menopause. Engage in stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation or walking in nature, and hobbies or creative outlets you enjoy to promote overall well-being and improve skin health.
Drinking an adequate amount of water is crucial for helping to hydrate your cells, help nutrients reach the skin, and flush damaging toxins from your body to optimise glowing skin. Ensure you stay properly hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water daily. 4. Moisturise:
Use a rich, hydrating moisturiser daily to combat dryness and maintain skin elasticity. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lipids, and natural oils. (like The Ultimate Moisturiser) 5. Sun protection:
Did you know the sun can dehydrate your skin and destroy the collagen in your skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity? Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by using sunscreen with at least SPF 30. 6. Gentle cleansing:
Opt for a gentle, pH-balanced, fragrance free cleanser to wash your face. (like The Perfect Balance Gel Cleanser) Avoid fragranced products, harsh soaps and aggressive scrubs that can strip the skin of its natural oils and compromise your skin barrier. 8. Limit hot showers:
Prolonged exposure to hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and contribute to dryness. Opt for lukewarm water instead and keep showers brief. Apply your skincare to damp skin immediately after showering to keep skin hydrated.9. Avoid excessive alcohol:
Alcohol consumption during menopause may affect your hormones, which can exacerbate menopausal symptoms. Additionally excessive alcohol consumption can have detrimental effects on the skin's health and accelerate the ageing process.Remember that every person's skin is different, and what works for one individual may not be suitable for another. It's essential to be patient and consistent with your skincare routine to see improvements in your skin's health during menopause. If you have specific concerns, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice.