Menopausal Skin - Help!
OK hands up, who is feeling just a tiny bit fed up with their skin? Dry skin? Dull skin? Break outs? Increased sensitivity itchiness?
Things change as we get older, but you don’t need me to tell you that. I get more questions about the best way to deal with changing skin than anything else.
It's easy to be negative when met with these symptoms.
We are our own harshest critics with that little voice berating ourselves for our skin being too dry, oily or have too many lines.
Our skin is a workhorse, working behind the scenes, including when we are asleep. This includes:
First line of defence against bacterial and pollutants.
A protective barrier to the world.
Carrying out repairs.
Helps maintain a constant temperature.
None of us can change the ageing process - and I think that most of the time we don't want to.
The thing about getting to menopause - or perimenopause is that it is a gift.
How many women do you know that didn't make it to their 40s or 50s? We all know someone.
What is magic, is the perspective that comes with age.
We know what we are about, and we (mostly) have the confidence to look back on these experiences, the good ones and bad ones, and smile -and look forward to all the adventures life still has to throw at us.
Instead let's take a step back and come up with some strategies to feel better and support our skin through this natural transition.
The menopause is defined officially as one year after your last period - but for most of us, the preceding time, the perimenopause lasts about four years.
So What Happens To Skin During the Menopause?
Hormonal changes become apparent during the perimenopause, as a direct result of reduced oestrogen in our bodies.
The skin thins and becomes more loose and can start to sag - which is when we catch a view of ourselves at an unfortunate angle - two chins anyone - yup you know what I mean.
Sunspots or pigmentation suddenly appear out of no where - even when you've been diligent with the sun cream.
And why didn't anyone warn me about the intensely dry skin!
Help for Menopausal Skin