It has been going on for months – the random sweats, the long sleepless nights, never knowing whether a period will arrive and the overwhelming, unpredictable mood swings. The last thing you need now is to be battling with your skin but sure enough, your legs look and feel very dry and flaky.
Elsewhere, you notice your face is currently looking not dissimilar to how it looked in your teens, as spots begin to emerge along your T-zone. However, unlike in your teens, your skin has lost its youthful plumpness, which has been replaced with more than a few fine lines. You sigh and wonder if there’s anything you can do to rescue your skin from the ravages of the menopause.
Nada Ward, founder of face and body bar brand Beauty Kin, has her expert advice:
Why does my skin change during the menopause?
During the menopause, your body goes through several changes and one of those is decreased collagen production. Collagen is the protein that provides elasticity and structural support to your skin, bones and connective tissues. Studies suggest that women lose about 30% of collagen in their skin during the first five years of the menopause. When your skin lacks collagen, it starts to sag and this is what causes fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s also common for menopausal skin to be subject to acne breakouts. This is due to estrogen levels dropping and androgen hormones increasing, which is also the reason that some women experience accelerated body hair growth during the menopause. As your skin is thinner than it was in your teens, typical teen acne treatments may be too harsh to use during the menopause, so it’s always best to consult a medical professional if you’re unsure.
Menopausal skin also loses some of its ability to hold water, which can be exacerbated after sun exposure. This can make the skin very dry and in desperate need of moisture. Luckily, the Beauty Kin Hydrating Bar is excellent at providing a smooth, moisturising treat for skin in need of deep, gentle hydration – perfect for thirsty, menopausal skin!
How to take care of menopausal skin
Your menopausal skin needs and deserves some tender loving care and what it really craves is hydration. It’s important to establish an effective skin care routine that you can stick to in order to ensure your menopausal skin gets enough moisture while looking and feeling as good as it possibly can. Essential tips for menopausal skin care include:
- Foam and gel cleansers can strip moisture away from the skin, so use a mild, creaming cleanser daily. Beauty Kin’s Hydrating body bar is ideal for this! Use a heavier moisturiser with hyaluronic acid as soon as you finish in the bath or shower for further hydration.
- Apply sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF daily to prevent age spots, wrinkles and generally boost your skin’s protection from the sun.
- Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods such as citrus fruits and leafy greens, as they’ll strengthen skin that is lacking in collagen.
- To reduce acne on menopausal skin, look for salicylic acid in cleansing and moisturising products. The Clarifying Bar contains this natural exfoliator while going easy on delicate skin.
Hydrate with Beauty Kin!
There are countless skin care products available that will claim to moisturise your skin, reduce signs of aging and get rid of blemishes. However, it’s important to note that traditional soaps will do the opposite! Beauty Kin’s body bars are very gentle on your skin, leaving you with no concerns that your skin will be robbed of its natural moisture.
The Hydrating bar softly nourishes very dry skin with squalane, a plant-based emollient with antioxidant powers that restores moisture. It also contains tomato seed oil, which can improve the skin’s elasticity with the magic of lycopene. The jojoba in the Hydrating bar will soothe your dry, tired skin and bring it a brand new burst of energy.
The Clarifying bar is ideal if your menopausal skin is faced with the ugly head of acne. Salicylic acid is excellent at clearing away dead skin cells and unclogging pores, while tamanu oil is an antioxidant powerhouse which gently soothes redness and acne scarring. It also contains neroli, which brings your skin back to top condition while emitting a beautiful fresh fragrance.
When your body goes through something as monumental as the menopause, it’s important not to neglect self-care and to prioritise yourself and your skin.
You’ve earned the time it takes to do your skin care routine and we promise that your skin will thank you so much for giving it the love and attention it deserves. Menopause? Your skin doesn’t know her!
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