Skincare + Menopause: How to Care for Your Skin

Cecile LaRiviere

Posted on May 13 2013

What steps can women in perimenopause/ menopause take to protect their skin?

Estrogen loss in the perimenopausal years contributes to rapid facial aging with marked loss of volume and hydration. Women can counteract these changes by consuming ample purified water, eating a diet rich in anti-‐oxidants, and taking extra vitamin D3 in the form of a supplement. Skin care regimens should combine anti-‐oxidant and hydrating nutrients without harmful chemicals such as parabens, phalates, and petroleum products. A mineral based broad-‐spectrum sunblock should be applied daily to provide UVA and UVB protection.

Are age spots associated with menopause and what can be done about them?

Hyperpigmentation commonly occurs during periods of hormonal change such as when using oral contraceptives, in pregnancy, and early in perimenopause. The pigment cells and melanocytes can become activated by the high estrogen levels that precedes menopause. Women may note pigment changes on the face and chest.

Other skin changes such as red dots (cherry angiomas) on the chest and skin tags on the underarm and breast area may appear during this time. Hyperpigmentation is best managed with vigilant prevention using mineral based sun blocks. For the treatment of existing hyperpigmentation, consult with a dermatologist.

Why is getting a good night’s sleep especially important for your skin during menopause?

We’ve long accepted the idea that when we are well rested we tend to look healthier. However, new science has now provided evidence that beauty sleep is more than just an expression, its science. Research has shown that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and tired compared with when they are well rested. The good news is that a good night’s sleep won’t cost you a penny! Aim for 8 hours and use natural remedies over sleeping pills to help get you there.

What foods should you include in your diet eat that can help keep your skin healthy?

Eating a diet rich in colourful anti‐oxidant foods such as carrots, berries and kale can lead to better skin tone and texture. The anti-‐ oxidant power of these foods helps protect the skin from age‐related deterioration, and the B vitamins help support cell turnover and collagen synthesis for improved skin tone and firmness. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as wild salmon, chia seeds and almonds can help maintain a more youthful complexion and have been shown to help reduce age and sun induced deterioration.

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