Whether you are entering peri-menopause or experiencing menopause, this is for you.
As we get older we can enjoy more freedom, deeper confidence and friendships and relationships that have stood the test of time. We care less what people think, and make more time for what - and who - we love.
There are plenty of physical changes to come to terms with, but most can be taken care of with a little insight into the causes and a bit of foresight – like creating a great natural skin care routine in your mid 40’s.
That’s right - as if there wasn’t enough to get your head around, you may find your skin changes during menopause too! Simply put, the changing hormones in your body affect your skin – reducing collagen production, skin elasticity and hydration.
Two main factors contribute to healthy, luminous, blemish free, young skin – good collagen production, and a healthy protective barrier over the skin to keep moisture in and microbes out. Both of these are impacted by menopause, but great skin care goes a long way toward restoring them to optimal levels, and retaining healthy, glowing skin!
Here are our 10 top clean skin care tips for 40+
- Look for serums or facial oils with retinol (a form of Vitamin A) or peptides as these can boost collagen production.
- Use skin care with antioxidants – and you can help your skin by consuming antioxidants too! Antioxidants work to combat the effects of age on skin both by boosting collagen production and by protecting the skin from damaging free radicals in the environment.
- Choose a serum containing Hyaluronic Acid - this incredible active can hold a thousand times its own weight in water, for days! It’s very useful as it helps draw other actives into the skin cell along with the water
- If you notice age spots and pigmentation, look for Vitamin C or Rosehip Oil as these can even skin tone, lighten darker spots and brighten skin. They are also full of antioxidants.
- Use a great sunscreen every day – not only is aging skin more prone to sun spots and skin cancers, but UV exposure inhibits collagen production too. What’s more our skin is more vulnerable as we have fewer melanocytes to manufacture protective melanin. So our skin is easier to damage, more prone to spots and cancers, and sun exposure makes it even less effective at producing collagen.
- Choose facial cleansers that don’t strip the skin’s natural barrier, and moisturisers which leave a slight layer to help protect the skin from bacteria, microbes and dryness.
- Acne and adult rosacea can be triggered by the more sensitive skin, the reduced protective layer, the rising pH level of the skin and the ‘unmasking’ of testosterone as estrogen and oestrogen drop. The result is that many women in menopause notice more acne and sometimes flushed, bumpy or rash-like adult rosacea. Acne is an inflammatory response so try using clean skin care products with manuka which contains antifungal antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, anti-inflammatory skin-hydrating black cumin, anti-inflammatory raspberry seed oil, calming quandong or skin soothing jojoba.
- Use synthetic fragrance free skin care, bath, and body products; as synthetic fragrances contain phthalates which are hormone disruptors (the last thing we need), and can increase skin irritation.
- Find that your day-time moisturiser isn’t giving your skin the boost it needs anymore? Swap to a richer ‘night cream’ or add a few drops of your favourite serum or facial oil into your day cream.
- Boost your inner beauty to help your body ‘s natural processes thrive - with sleep, hydration, good nutrition, exercise, and de-stressing, whether that’s a weekend away, hiding out with a good book or a glass of wine with friends.
Want to know why your skin is changing with menopause?
During perimenopause, which is the 5-10 years before your cycle stops, women often experience hot flashes, and reddened skin. They may experience breakouts, adult rosacea, and skin that begins to get dry or oily patches.
At menopause, levels of the hormone oestrogen drop. Oestrogen supports collagen production, which falls as oestrogen levels drop. Less collagen production means menopausal skin is dryer than usual, becomes thinner, and looks more creased.
Oestrogen is also a key hormone for ensuring a healthy barrier (sebaceous layer) on our skin, which helps keep moisture in and microbes out. When the skin’s protective barrier is reduced, it may be more easily irritated… just like us.
The pH level of our skin rises around the age of 50, reducing the effectiveness of the skin’s natural defence against microbes and bacteria, which means that skin becomes more sensitive, rashes and irritated skin may occur; and eczema or rosacea can get worse.
Because the pH level of our skin changes and oestrogen levels drop, during menopause skin becomes more vulnerable and sensitive, and we may develop rashes and irritated skin; eczema or rosacea can get worse, or your usual moisturiser may begin to cause flare ups.
Acne and adult rosacea can be triggered by the more sensitive skin, the reduced protective layer, the rising pH level of the skin and the ‘unmasking’ of testosterone as estrogen and oestrogen drop resulting in increased oil production.
Estrogen helps control melanin and as our hormone levels change, facial pigmentation and ‘age spots’ can accelerate.
Knowledge is power – now you can create a clean beauty skin care routine that nourishes and protects your skin through menopause and into the future! Enjoy.