Skin Care After Menopause

Skin Care After Menopause

 

 

 

 

Lower estrogen levels associated with menopause contribute to aging skin, but why do some women appear to age faster than others? Skin aging is a natural process that affects everyone to varying degrees depending on genetics and habits. Women lose up to 30% of skin collagen in the first 5 years during menopause and an additional 2% on average every year afterwards. They may notice that their skin bruises or tears more easily as a result. The main determinants of skin changes are not only aging but also sun exposure.  Sun exposure can affect the rate of skin aging up to 80 percent! Long-term UV exposure, both A and B, leads to the breakdown of skin elasticity and collagen, resulting in fragile thin skin, dryness, fine lines, and deep wrinkles showing up years later. 

 

 

 

 

How can skin be protected after menopause? Here are some evidence-based tips:

  • Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen every day with protection against both UVA and UVB rays with a minimum of 30 SPF. 
  • Wear protective clothing such as rash guard shirts or lightweight long-sleeve vented shirts and wide-brimmed hats. Protect your eyes by wearing good-quality sunglasses too!
  • Exercise daily to boost blood circulation that delivers nutrients and oxygen to the skin.
  • Skin products that provide anti-aging ingredients including UV protection, and antioxidants like Vitamin C, collagen peptides, retinol, and hyaluronic acid have been shown to reduce lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration.
  • Use gentle soaps while showering and apply skin moisturizers daily to help maintain natural oils in the skin.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Poor sleep negatively impacts growth hormone secretion and impairs collagen production, resulting in more wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • Avoid smoking. It’s not only bad for your lungs, but it also causes oxidative stress and premature skin aging.
  • Drink lots of water to keep skin well-hydrated.
  • Eat a healthy well-balanced diet that is low in sugar, carbohydrates and high in healthy monounsaturated fats (such as avocados and salmon) to provide essential moisture to skin.
  • Minimize alcohol and caffeine intake because they dehydrate skin and contribute to premature aging.

 

 

 

 

Consider a consult with an esthetician or dermatologist about new skin treatments currently available or on the horizon. New generation skin care products containing non-hormone selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) shown to rejuvenate aging skin are now available. Topical low-dose estrogen shows promise in research studies for maintaining or restoring skin buoyancy and health, however, long-term safety with use is still under review.  Laser or broadband light treatments and other non-invasive skin restoration treatments show mixed results in studies but may be helpful for some individuals. Consult with your dermatologist or esthetician. Laser or broadband light treatments and other non-invasive skin restoration treatments show mixed results in studies but may be helpful for some individuals. 

 

 


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estrogen, hormone health, hormone therapy, lifestyle, menopause, women's health


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