SKIN CARE TIPS - Skin Care After Menopause
- Post By Debbie Oku Okokon 11:43am on Monday 25th March 2019
"According to Dr Glenn Kolansky, MD, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Red Bank - skin care for wrinkles often includes topical retinoids — prescription-strength lotions, gels, or creams
By Debbie Okokon
A woman’s hormones help support youthful skin. After menopause, your skin starts to change. During menopause, lower levels of estrogen are produced and this has a big impact on your skin, less estrogen makes your body prone to thinning, sagging and wrinkling.
Menopause causes many changes to your skin. Your body stops making as much collagen. You lose some fat under your skin and your skin's elasticity drops. That, combined with dryness caused by hormonal changes, can cause sagging -- especially around the neck, jawline, and cheeks -- and fine lines and wrinkles. The lines and wrinkles you get with menopause are often crow's feet and lines above the upper lip.
So how do care for your skin after menopause? Going through the menopause opens the skin up to a whole host of complications but once your hormones begin to settle back down, what does this mean for your complexion? Unfortunately, it won’t go back to the way it was before so it will need as much TLC as you can muster. Here’s how to care for your skin following POST menopause.
Look for moisturizers with a rich comforting texture to combat slackness, and creams formulated with collagen-boosting actives like Vitamin C, vitamin A and Copper Peptides to address wrinkles. You can also pair your topical products with a collagen-boosting supplement, to further improve the texture and firmness of the overall skin.
When it comes to choosing a sunscreen for this time in your life, look for gentle formulas that are free from potential irritants like parabens and stick to creams and lotions that will add an extra layer of hydration to the surface of the skin.
Another major problem for post-menopausal skin is trans-epidermal moisture loss. As the skin navigates its way through a labyrinth of hormonal changes, the epidermal layer starts to thin and cell turnover slows down, causing the skin to weaken and lose its ability to hold onto water. This is why the skin looks grey and sallow, and why the moisturizer you were using before the menopause no longer satisfies the skin’s moisture cravings.
To combat this newfound dullness, invest in an exfoliator; one that isn’t too harsh or stripping with tiny micro-granules, which will buff away cell build-up from the surface of the skin.
To keep the skin as hydrated as possible, switch your usual cleanser to one that is oil-based. This will not only cleanse the skin and remove impurities but will condition and repair the lipid barrier. Along with this, invest in a barrier-repairing cream or serum to rebuild the epidermal layer and seal the gaps that allow moisture to escape the skin during the day.
After a few months, your skin should start to look and feel more like itself again and the longer you can maintain this post-menopausal approach to your skin care regime, the better.
About Doo Havilah Medspa:
Doo Havilah Medspa is a sole proprietorship business owned and operated by Debbie Oku Okokon, a trained Esthetician.
Basically, what we do is help people who are helpless and frustrated about their skin conditions achieve a healthy, radiant, flawless skin and ageless beauty.
We work closely with our clients, taking them through the steps of knowing and taking care of their skin.
With our methods, clients will not just have youthful, glowing, flawless skin, but mental and physical rejuvenation will be achieved.
Written by Debbie Oku Okokon
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