Menopause is a natural part of life for every woman and by around the age of 45 our bodies begin to shift and change into peri-menopause. As most women know, menopause is when the body no longer produces estrogen, and perimenopause is when the estrogen starts decreasing. Although you may not yet notice the subtle changes, now is a good time to start managing some of the visible signs of aging by seeking out professional and medical advice.
As estrogen levels decrease, collagen (the key protein in your skin) drops making skin more prone to wrinkling during and after menopause. Vitamin A (retinoids) and Vitamin C are the most researched, most proven antioxidants for anti-aging. Both help build collagen and are important during menopause.
Antioxidants also disable Free Radicals, which are damaging particles generated by sun, pollution and aging that attack the DNA of healthy skin cells, leading to wrinkles, discoloration and possibly cancer. Studies have shown that topical Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, and Green Tea offer great anti-aging benefits and a “mix of antioxidants”create the best result! Peptides are another skin care ingredient that is helpful to aging skin. They help minimize fine lines and wrinkles and can increase thickness of the skin.
While many women have seen the benefits of Botox/Dysport and Facial Fillers to remove the lines and wrinkles, Resurfacing Lasers can also improve skin texture, stimulate collagen, and reduce fine lines and pigmentation (commonly seen with menopause).
Dryness is a common menopause symptom as the lack of estrogen affects our ability to hold moisture in our skin. For Facial Care use a good hydrator and moisturizer to help with water loss and seal the skin. Your skincare should include two steps; 1) twice daily use of topical Hyaluronic Acid, which is an extremely effective humectant to rehydrate, smooth and firm your skin. 2) Using an Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer twice daily is also important to provide an occlusive barrier to preserve the water you have in your skin and prevent water loss. Therefore, you should hydrate your skin first, and then apply your moisturizer.