Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life when she stops having periods and gradually enters a new phase. This life-changing transition is known for its hormonal changes that affect various aspects of women's health, including the condition of the skin. In this article we will dive into how menopause affects women's skin and the challenges that can arise during this period, but first the most typical questions I get that are not about skin:
Question 1: What is menopause and when does it begin?
Answer: Menopause, also known as menopause, is the period when a woman's periods gradually stop and her reproductive hormones decline. The average age of menopause is around 51, but it can vary from woman to woman. It is important to note that menopause is an individual experience and can last for several years.
Question 2: What symptoms can women experience during menopause?
Answer: Women may experience a number of symptoms during menopause. Some common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, and irregular periods. It is important to note that not all women experience the same symptoms and their intensity may vary.
Question 3: Are there any treatment options to relieve the symptoms of menopause?
Answer: Yes, there are several treatment options available to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Hormone therapy, also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can help restore hormone balance and reduce symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. There are also non-hormonal treatments, including herbal remedies and lifestyle changes, that can help relieve symptoms.
Question 4: What are some helpful lifestyle tips for coping with menopause?
Answer: Lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on menopause symptoms. Some helpful advice includes regular exercise, a healthy diet with adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, avoiding triggers such as caffeine and alcohol, stress reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga, and ensuring adequate sleep. It's also important to maintain regular health checkups and talk to a doctor about individual needs.
What happens to the skin during menopause?
During menopause, women experience a drop in estrogen levels, which is the primary female sex hormone. This drop in estrogen has a direct impact on the structure and function of the skin. Estrogen contributes to maintaining the skin's elasticity, moisture and firmness. When estrogen levels drop, the skin becomes thinner, drier and loses its natural glow.
Loss of collagen and elastin:
Collagen and elastin are two crucial proteins that help maintain the skin's firmness and elasticity. Unfortunately, the hormonal changes of menopause lead to a loss of these proteins, resulting in a reduction in skin firmness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The natural production of collagen and elastin drops drastically, making it harder for the skin to repair itself and maintain its youthful structure.
Increased dryness and sensitivity:
Another challenging aspect of menopause is increased dryness and sensitivity of the skin. The falling estrogen level leads to a reduction in sebum production, resulting in a dry skin condition. Dry skin becomes more prone to irritation, itching and redness. In addition, the sensitivity of the skin can increase, making it more reactive to external influences such as sun, wind and cosmetic products.
Hyper pigmentation and discoloration:
Menopause can also cause skin problems such as hyperpigmentation and discoloration. Due to hormonal changes, an accumulation of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color, can occur. This can result in darker spots or uneven skin tone. In addition, previous sun damage can also become more visible during menopause, which can lead to further skin discoloration.
Prevention and care of the skin during menopause:
Protect the skin from the sun: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) daily to minimize damage caused by the sun's rays and reduce the risk of pigment changes. So it is all year round, even in winter. This is precisely why there is SPF30 in all my face creams.
Moisture treatment: Moisture, moisture, moisture, daily morning and evening to provide the skin with necessary hydration and reduce dryness and itching. Hyaluron in particular is one of the things you can easily add to your skin. It will both moisturize and remove irritation. Make sure you have all 3 chains of hyaluronic in your moisturizer. It's easy, you just need to be able to find the name hyaluron 3 times in the ingredient list, or simply shop at Raz Skincare, and you're safe and sure to get the best.
Exfoliation: Exfoliate the skin regularly to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. Choose mild exfoliants, as menopausal skin can be more sensitive. I would recommend a wet washcloth with a teaspoon of Orange Face Peel, just 2-3 times a week, maybe when you wash your hair anyway.
I have a whole guide on treating hyperpigmentation, this should never be started in the summer period when the skin is exposed to high sun, but wait until September. Finally, contact me on IG when the time approaches, because I often have instructions and maybe an offer to help with sun damage.
Hormone therapy: In some cases, hormone therapy may be recommended by a doctor to regulate hormone levels and relieve symptoms of menopause, including skin problems. However, it is important to consult a doctor and weigh the benefits and risks of such treatment.
- Healthy lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking. This will help strengthen the overall condition and health of the skin.
The effects of menopause on women's skin can be challenging, but by taking the right precautions and care, you can minimize negative effects and maintain healthy and radiant skin. It is important to be aware of skin changes and seek advice from a beautician, dermatologist or doctor if worrying symptoms occur. By implementing the care tips mentioned, any menopausal woman can maintain healthy skin and improve their overall well-being.
If you are in the situation yourself and would like even more help and security, you have the option of booking a skin analysis with me, it can be done online or we can meet. Depending on what you prefer or where you are in the country. Read more about my skin analyzes here!
Treatment of skin during menopause with Raz Skincare:
Morning routine – sequence and use
1. Powder to Mousse
Start your morning routine by cleansing your skin using Powder to Mousse. This product adds minerals to your skin and preserves its natural glow.
Apply Hh as a moisturizing serum every morning to add moisture to your skin and give it the building blocks for new skin cells. This serum also helps smooth fine lines by increasing collagen production.
3. Rich Face Cream
Finish your morning routine by applying Rich Face Cream as your day cream. This cream contains SPF30, which protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays. It is an important part of your menopause routine.
Evening routine – sequence and use
1. Powder to Mousse
Use Powder to Mousse as a cleanser every evening to remove make-up and cleanse the skin of impurities it has accumulated during the day.
Use as a moisturizing serum every evening. It will restore lost moisture and peptides will help rebuild your skin.
Use A retinoid as a serum every night to loosen up the scar tissue in the skin. Apply a thin layer as this product stimulates skin cell renewal and contributes to the formation of new skin. Together with peptides and hyaluronic (which you find in Hh), A-retinoid is the most important product in your reconstruction of a skin during menopause.
Use Repair as a night mask. You may not need this glory, but it's one way to make sure your skin doesn't lose too much water overnight – and you'll wake up with the softest skin!
Orange Face Peel
Use Orange Face Peel 3-4 times a week to remove dead skin cells, increase cell renewal and prepare the skin for better absorption of your other products.
Fruit acid and vitamin C treatment may be relevant for those who have a lot of hyper pigmentation. Here it is recommended to contact me or another skin care expert to get further advice and a more intensive treatment for September, when your skin is no longer exposed to the sun's strong UV rays. The products are therefore not included in this package.
When will I see improvements?
Results vary from person to person, but if you have not used hyaluronic before, you will probably notice the first improvements immediately after application. The timing of improvements also depends on how early you start treatment in menopause and your age at the start of treatment. If you follow the guidelines and have not taken care of your skin according to them in the past, you can expect rapid improvements.
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3 things you must never do to your skin during menopause:
When you have skin during menopause, it is important to take extra care of your skin. Here are five things you must never do to maintain skin health and well-being:
Avoid aggressive drying cleaning products:
Menopause causes a natural decrease in the production of natural oils in the skin. Using drying cleansers that remove too much of the skin's natural oils can exacerbate this dryness and lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, tightness and irritation.
Don't forget SPF30
Don't forget to apply sun protection: Although you may not experience the same sun sensitivity in winter as in summer, it is still important to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF30, even on cloudy days, as UV rays can still penetrate the clouds, or be reflected by snow in winter.
Avoid alcohol-rich toners
Drying and alcohol-based toners: Toners with a high alcohol content can further dry out and irritate the skin. Since menopausal skin can be more prone to dryness and sensitivity, you should choose toners with mild and soothing ingredients.
Remember that each person's skin is unique and it can be beneficial to consult a skin care expert for personalized guidance and recommendations for caring for your skin during menopause.
The beauty expert Raz