Menopause Self-Care: How To Manage Menopausal Skin

What is Menopause?

Starting in their 40s, women’s bodies begin experiencing different stages of menopause due to a gradual decrease in the production of the hormone estrogen. These hormonal shifts are normal, and every woman’s experience may be different.

In addition to the many changes women must navigate, menopause also affects the skin. These may include excessive dryness, loss of elasticity leading to sagging, and changes in tone, texture, and color.

One of the symptoms of menopause, natural skin changes, is due to fluctuating hormone levels. However, with the proper insight and a consistent skincare routine, you can maintain a healthy, radiant complexion.

“Menopause is defined as the time when women’s natural hormones – specifically estrogen – are no longer produced, creating hormone or estrogen deficiency without supplementation,” says Dermatologist Elizabeth Rostan, MD, Founder of Charlotte Skin and Laser in Charlotte, NC. “Estrogen is essential for healthy skin, heart, bones, and other organs, and without estrogen, these organs show significant changes.”

How Does Menopause Affect Your Skin?

Many women experiencing a drop in estrogen levels during menopause notice that their skin becomes drier and loses its natural moisture and resiliency. “These changes lead to the appearance of sagging skin and deeper wrinkles as well as a sallow, more transparent skin color,” says Dr. Rostan.

To relieve the effects of menopause on the skin, it's crucial to keep your skin well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate your body from within, and use skincare rich in peptides and defensins. “We recommend DefenAge Skincare for the treatment of aging skin because of its ability to promote the renewal of new, upper skin layer cells. This is particularly helpful in post-menopausal skin that is thinner and more fragile. DefenAge harnesses the power of a group of molecules, called Defensins, that promote healing and renewal of the skin as if in response to injury – but without the injury,” says Dr. Rostan.

Some women turn to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) during menopause to help alleviate menopausal symptoms, including the impact on the skin. “I encourage all my patients to get professional advice on hormone replacement in the early menopause period,” shares Dr. Rostan.

“I believe estrogen has numerous health benefits that should be considered to maximize post-menopause health and life quality. Benefits to skin, heart, and bones are well documented and there is evidence of benefits in cognition, mood, sex life, sleep, and many other aspects of a well-balanced and healthy life after menopause,” she adds.

Menopause Self-Care

Menopause often comes with emotional changes and increased stress levels. Chronic stress can adversely affect your skin's health and accelerate aging [Healthy Life - besthealthblogs.com]. “I also encourage healthy diet, exercise, sleep, stress avoidance and active social life and engagements,” says Dr. Rostan. Engaging in stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises can promote a sense of calm and positively impact your skin [Haelthy - haelthy.com].

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