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March Blog Post - Menopause Skin Care

March is Women's History Month. Menopause is coming or already present for many women based on inevitable hormonal changes of the body. These hormonal changes lead to shifts in how the body functions and numerous skin conditions. I keep hearing, "Why isn't anyone talking about this?" Well, let's talk about it...

What is Menopause?

Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.

Menopause is a natural biological process. But the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, and emotional symptoms of menopause may disrupt your sleep, lower your energy or affect emotional health.

Perimenopause symptoms can begin as early as 35 and the effects of Menopause can last throughout life. There is a steady decline of the estrogen hormone. Once Menopause occurs as an event marking the end of the reproductive years and the menstrual cycle, the body is at risk for a number of conditions including heart disease, osteoporosis and increased risk of Cancer.

Menopause and the Skin

Changes in hormone levels, particularly a decline in estrogen during menopause, contribute to skin aging. This can lead to a reduction in collagen production and skin thickness.

Menopause is a significant life stage that brings about hormonal changes, which can impact the skin. Here are some skincare tips and recommendations for managing skin changes during menopause:

Hydration is Key:

  • Drink plenty of water to maintain skin hydration from the inside out.

  • Use a hydrating moisturizer to combat dryness, which can be a common symptom during menopause.

Gentle Cleansing:

  • Choose a gentle, hydrating cleanser to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils.

  • Cleanse your face twice a day to remove impurities and prevent breakouts.

Sun Protection:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily to protect your skin from UV damage.

  • Sunscreen helps prevent age spots, wrinkles, and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

Antioxidant-Rich Products:

  • Include skincare products containing antioxidants like vitamin C and E to combat oxidative stress and free radicals.

  • Antioxidants can help with the overall health and appearance of the skin.

Retinoids for Collagen Production:

  • Consider using retinoids to stimulate collagen production and address fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Start with a lower concentration and gradually increase to avoid irritation.

I am here to support you!

It's essential to listen to your body and adapt your skincare routine based on your specific needs during menopause. As a Licensed Esthetician who is currently dealing with skin conditions related to the hormonal changes of menopause, I have deepened my study to offer methods and recommendations to support your skin health.

Are you dealing with skin concerns related to Menopause? Please select an answer on the poll below. I am looking to support clients with managing Menopausal skin concerns. The answers will provide much needed data to support my current base of knowledge. Schedule a Virtual Skin Care Consultation or The Consultation Facial below to learn more about your skin type, skin condition and skin care products to achieve healthy skin!

Are you dealing with skin concerns related to Menopause?

  • I have clear, healthy skin!

  • I have hormonal breakouts

  • I have unwanted facial hair growth

  • I'm not sure and want to improve my skin condition

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