How Menopause Affects Your Skin
I've been talking a lot about dry skin lately. Winter and colder weather can be a major contributing factor to causing dryness and dehydration within our skin. And it's not the only culprit.
No, dry skin has many possible causes. For example, it can be triggered by...
- central heating indoors
- cold weather outdoors
- sun damage – sunbathing for long periods of time, even with sun block, can dehydrate the outer layer of your skin
- excessive washing
- using harsh foaming products that strip away your skin’s natural barrier (they often contain a skin irritant ingredient called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, so keep an eye out for that)
And that's just looking at external factors!
When it comes to internal factors, hormones (obvs) play a big part. And perhaps never more so than during peri-menopause and menopause.
In response to our survey, 100% of women said they notice skin changes during peri-menopause and menopause.
The most common complaint is dryness, closely followed by unexpected acne, and unusual sensitivity.
And 47% said they experience multiple skin issues during this time.
We received responses like...
"Particularly my forehead and chin, are really dry."
"Feels lizard-like in its dryness"
"Oily patches got oilier on occasion but normal areas became quite dry with some very dry spots."
And quite a few women mentioned a return to "teenage" skin...
"Definitely have teenage skin again - very prone to major breakouts."
How to care for dry skin
At this time of life (and, indeed, when experiencing dry skin at any time of life), there are two main steps you want to take. Are you ready? Here they are...
- hydrate from the inside-out
- hydrate from the outside-in
Seems simple enough, right? But what does that actually mean in practice?
From the inside out means looking for natural whole foods that are going to truly feed your skin from inside - look for foods containing lots of lovely nutrients, waters and liquids, and essential fatty acids and healthy oils.
From the outside-in is very similar, to be honest, except that you're looking for nutrient-rich products to apply to your skin rather than eat. In this case, you're still looking for products that contain lots of lovely natural nutrients, waters and liquids (Facial Mists are about to become your best friends), and essential fatty acids and healthy fats.