Menopause and Your Skin Part 2

Dryness

The decrease in estrogen during menopause often results in a reduction in oil production. Although this can prevent some breakouts, it has a drying effect on your skin. The dehydration means that the skin isn’t as supple and is unable to hold on to the necessary level of moisture. As it dries, you may notice a change in texture, and it may also begin to flake and peel, leaving a less-than-desirable appearance.

Skin in this condition needs smart fats, which include essential fatty acids, gamma linolenic acid (GLAs), omega-3 fatty acids, and even algae oil and squalane. These are capable of replenishing the hydrolipid barrier. Skin care products that are designed to nourish and protect skin should be used during this time.

Avoid saunas, as well as hot showers and baths, because these can strip skin of oxygen and cause the skin’s barrier to dry out even further. You may want to set the thermostat in your home to be a little cooler so the skin has the opportunity to soak up as much hydration as possible.

If you aren’t already,  begin applying moisturizer to the skin as part of your daily skin care routine. This should be applied first thing in the morning before makeup and also before bed every night after washing the face. Some of the best ingredients to look for in a moisturizer include dimethicone to help with uneven texture, hyaluronic acid to replace what the body has lost naturally, glycerin and ceramides. Your esthetician can help you find the best products for your skin concerns.