Skin Changes during Menopause
Did you know that since experiencing symptoms of the menopause, 47% of women suffered from an increase in dry skin, 45% noticed an increase in lines and wrinkles and 27% felt their complexion had become dull.
Why does the menopause effect our skin?
As a woman gets older and starts her menopause journey, oestrogen levels start to decline. This has an impact on our bodies and a detrimental effect on our skin. To maintain skin health oestrogen is required to help produce collagen. Collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin are all needed to help our skin stay healthy and younger looking.
3 Easy steps to skin improvement
Taking a collagen supplement has huge health benefits, not just for your skin. By the time we reach the age of 50, we have lost 1/3 of our body’s collagen. Collagen helps your body in the following ways:
- Stronger bones and joints
- Reduction in wrinkles
- Promotes stronger hair and nails
- Boost metabolism
- Helps with arthritis
- Aids with weight loss
We like Golden Greens. Collagen Complex, which is a formula taken with water. However, if you’re not a fan of taking drink supplements try Solgar’s Collagen Hyaluronic acid Complex Tablets as some people find taking a tablet much easier.
Emepelle is the first and only skincare range to feature MEP Technology, a new class of cosmeceutical ingredient, designed specifically to reinvigorate the natural functions of skin affected by the declining oestrogen levels during menopause. It rejuvenates menopausal skin by encouraging the skin to behave as if the oestrogen were still there. MEP doesn’t add oestrogen to the body, it is non‐hormonal. Instead, it encourages key skin cells to activate new oestrogen receptors. This process helps restore lost collagen for younger‐looking skin that’s hydrated, brighter and firmer.
Drink more water
We believe the answer to a lot of our menopause symptoms can definitely be helped by drinking more water! Our skin is no exception to this rule. Women should aim to drink roughly 2.7 litres per day to help flush out toxins from our system. Drinking your daily water allowance will also benefit acne, push out bacteria and keep your skin hydrated. Herbal teas are also another great way of getting your daily water allowance and take away the boredom from just plain old water.
Dry and Itchy Skin
Itchy skin, believe it or not is a symptom of the menopause and can be quite common. The lack of moisture in the skin during peri-menopause and menopause can lead to dry or itchy skin and also can make your skin more sensitive, than maybe it has been previously. You may even find that products you have been using regularly are now irritating your skin.
As we get older and during menopause the lack of oestrogen in our bodies, means that the production of sebum is diminished. This, then obviously causes our skin to become drier. The dry skin, lacking in sebum, will feel tight and uncomfortable, and look dull and parched, with more lines appearing.
The drier it becomes, and if not treated properly, it can become sensitive and red in appearance. Also, dry skin has little resistance to harsh climates (hot or cold), which could also make it hot, burning and itchy. This is why in the winter, when our body has to cope with central heating then cold conditions outside, you may find your skin can become dry and scaly.
Extremely dry skin can also lead to other skin problems such as eczema. If you do have eczema you may turn to your doctor for a cream to help, however the imbalance in hormones is probably the root cause. Treating dry skin properly, can help lessen any further issues.
The main thing we want to do is stimulate the production of sebum, onto the skins surface. We can do this by using pressure on the skin. Whatever products you use, really massage them in and stimulate your skins tissues. Use more pressure or tapping techniques to push the product into the skin. This will stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.
Another important thing to remember is not to over cleanse your skin. This can remove all the important sebum we are trying to protect.
Menomagic have a great range of skincare products, such as the ‘All in one cooling cream’. If you do get the feeling you want to itch, take a pre-emptive approach and cool the skin while hydrating it. Menomagic also have a Shea butter which is perfect for soothing rough, dry, itchy or tingling skin.
It is important when choosing any new product for your face or body that you stay clear of any products that are perfumed as this will irritate your skin further.
For further product advice please visit our Skin Changes symptom section here. If you see anything you like, then use the code ITCHY10 and we will take 10% off for you!
*Survey results commissioned by Emepelle of 1,000 menopausal women in September 2020