With the menopause comes a change in hormone levels which can trigger an imbalance in the skin. Here, we reveal how to prepare your skin for the menopause.
How can menopause affect your skin?
During menopause levels of the hormone oestrogen drop and this has several consequences for skin health:
HYPERPIGMENTATION: With lower levels of oestrogen the amount of melanin the body produces is less controlled. This can cause age spots to appear, especially on the hands.
BLEMISHES: Did you think acne only affected teenage skin? During menopause our skin can secrete a thick form of sebum which makes our skin oily, porous and prone to acne.
SAGGING SKIN: As we age, so does our skin and the likelihood of developing wrinkles increases during menopause. This is because the synthesis of skin-firming proteins, such as collagen and elastin, diminishes, causing the skin to lose its elasticity.
How to manage menopausal skin changes
Menopause typically occurs in middle age but by adapting your skin care early and following these top tips you can help to safe-guard your skin from the symptoms.
Eating a healthy diet is thought to make the symptoms of menopause more manageable[i] and the same can be said for your skin. For skin to stay healthy it requires a constant supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants from fruits and vegetables help fight free radical molecules that contribute to the emergence of acne and wrinkles.
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower contain a compound known as DIM which helps support healthy oestrogen metabolism and can reduce symptoms associated with menopause and peri-menopause such as hot flushes, weight gain and acne.
TAKE UP YOGA
Some people find that undertaking gentle exercise, such as yoga, can help them to manage the symptoms of menopause, but could face yoga help you to menopause-proof your skin? This anti-ageing practice involves completing a series of daily face movements designed to strengthen the muscles in the face and improve circulation. Thought to help firm skin on the neck and face, some also believe that practicing certain yoga moves can help the body to alleviate toxins that contribute to blemishes. Want to start facial yoga but unsure where to start? Be sure to check out our essential guide to face yoga.
MAKE IT YOUR PRIME TIME
Has dry skin left your make-up looking cakey? Investing in a good primer could help. Designed to deliver hydration to the skin, applying a primer will create a shield between your make-up and the skin and will make your make-up easier to apply and ensure that it stays put.
During times of hormonal change, it is essential that your skin and body have the chance to rest. Aim to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night and for the ultimate beauty sleep cleanse the skin before bed with Green People’s Age Defy + Cream Cleanser. Made with Hibiscus and cranberry this anti-ageing formulation helps to naturally firm the skin whilst promoting hydration. After cleansing, rejuvenate the skin by applying the Age Defy+ Hydrate & Renew Serum which is rich in green tea. Once this has soaked into the skin seal in the hydration by gently tapping Green People’s Age Defy + Cell Enrich Facial Oil onto the skin. Great for dry skin it contains Perilla which retains skin moisture and, because it is antiseptic, it can also help keep blemishes at bay.