Your skin goes through several dramatic changes during the menopause due to sudden hormonal fluctuations.
However with some careful and targeted preparation, you can minimise the changes your skin makes while going through the menopause.
A Night Repair Cream
Night creams become especially important during the menopause because nigh time is when the skin does most of its rejuvenating and repairing and so it’s crucial to maximise and aide this process as much as possible.
At night you can use heavier and greasier ingredients on the skin than during the day to really nourish drier skin.
A night cream that calms down sensitive skin and contains a high content of anti oxidants is particularly beneficial for menopausal skin as night sweats can mean you wake up with flushed and sensitive skin.
A retinol cream
Retinal is a vitamin A derivative and can transform your skin in a variety of ways: it speeds up cellular turnover, exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and helps to achieve a brighter, more even skin tone overall.
Start with a lower concentration, especially if you have sensitive skin, as this ingredient can be drying; for most women, the skin will adjust fairly quickly and you can move up to a higher strength in time.
An SPF day cream with antioxidants
Antioxidants fight off the damaging effects of free radicals found UV light that contribute to premature aging.
Seek out a broad-spectrum UV daily cream containing potent antioxidants and you’ll have a winning combination to really help protect your skin from the ravages of menopausal change.
A sensitive & anti-inflammatory eye cream.
An anti-inflammatory eye product for sensitive skin is therefore a must-have if you want your eyes not to become too adversely affected by the menopausal changes in your skin.
A water-free cleanser
Water evaporates on the skin, making it dry out quickly.[quote]The menopause can also make skin extremely sensitive so water can sometimes become an irritant[/quote] . Water is a caustic substance, making it fairly abrasive to sensitive skin.
In addition any sudden temperature changes, especially cold to warm as when using warm water during winter time when the air outside is cold, can make menopausal flushes worse.
As your skin becomes more delicate and sensitive during the menopause, you should practice water-free cleansing to help protect and preserve your skin as much as possible.
Make sure you use a water-free, chemical-free and perfume-free cleanser to both clean skin and remove make up to really protect sensitive skin from any sort of irritation or reaction.
A protective lip balm
Just like the skin of the face, your lips become thinner during menopause. Lips also become more fragile and so it you are prone to cold sores, the hormonal imbalances coupled with the thinner skin on the lips can make menopause a cold sore danger zone.
Protect and nourish lips more than ever during menopause.
Seek out a cold-sore preventative lip balm that both conditions lips t stop them become dry or cracked as well as preventing cold sores taking hold.
A skin-toning treatment
Age spots and discoloration are yet another common occurrence during menopause. The hormonal imbalances can cause mild pigmentation loss, making skin look slightly patchy.
If your complexion could use a little evening out, try a treatment product designed specifically to address hyperpigmentation.
An adult acne treatment
There are two types of acne most commonly experienced during menopause.
Acne rosacea is a type of adult acne that appears as crops of small pussy pimples with a red rash on the cheeks, nose and forehead. Acne rosacea is extremely common in menopausal women.
Seek out a non-drying anti-acne and anti-redness moisturiser that helps control both the acne and the redness, but keeps the skin moisturised.
If you have just normal acne without the redness, seek out a non-drying and non-chemical anti-acne masque specifically for adult skin that helps treat the acne without drying the skin.
A gentle exfoliating treatment[quote]It’s a common misconception is that if you have mature or menopausal skin, you shouldn’t exfoliate or you’ll cause irritation – but actually, if you don’t get rid of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, even the very best moisturizer won’t be able to penetrate into your pores.[/quote]
But instead of attacking your sensitive skin with aggressive scrubs, try a serum that contains an ingredient like alpha or beta hydroxy acids to gently dissolve that layer of dull skin and brighten your complexion.
Hyralonic acid fillers
This sudden loss of volume in the skin is due to the drop in oestrogen.
Injectable fillers made from synthetic Hyralonic acid are a subtle but excellent way of erasing sudden menopausal wrinkles and can plump up sagging or deflated skin.
Don’t over do it, but a few injections on sites where wrinkles are appearing and before the volume in the skin really begins to deplete can considerably minimise the sagging or ‘popped’ appearance of menopausal skin.
A simple skin supplement
There are many supplements for menopasual symptoms but if you want to help your skin, omega oils are the most useful way to help strengthen the skin barrier and contribute to skin elasticity.
A wide- brimmed hat
Any UV light on menopausal skin can have damaging effects. In addition hair often becomes thinner during menopause so the scalp is more exposed to UV damage too.
Buy several in different colours to suit your clothes. Hats can be very glamorous so try and make wearing a hat a fashion statement rather than feel it’s a drag or an item that ruins your appearance.
A chilled jug of green tea
Green tea is one of the best sources of antioxidants. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory.[quote]A chilled container of green tea kept in the fridge is the single best calming treatment for hot skin flushes.[/quote]
Dip cotton pad into chilled tea and wipe over flushed skin fro instant soothing and calming.
You can also put green tea in a skin spritzer container and use it as a spray or mist to spray onto flushed or hot skin.