Tips to help with these changes and how Meno-Glow can help
They don’t call menopause “the change” for nothing.
Menopause is diagnosable 12 months after a woman’s last period, and triggers a wide variety of changes throughout the body. Some of these changes are welcomed – no more PMS! – but some may be less enjoyable.
How estrogen affects hair and skin
If you’re seeing changes in your hair and skin post-menopause, you can usually blame rapidly declining levels of the hormone estrogen.
“Estrogen promotes water retention and plumpness in the skin,” Dr. Williams says. “When estrogen drops, you lose some of the molecules that help keep the skin moisturized. Estrogen also contributes to hair growth and fullness. Without it, your hair may become thinner.”
Common menopause skin and hair changes
These are the most common changes people can expect in their skin and hair post-menopause.
Sagging and loss of plumpness
You can usually manage post-menopause skin dryness with a good home care routine. Dr. Williams recommends:
- Cleanse skin gently: Even if your skin is dry, cleanse your skin each day to remove makeup and daily grime. But don’t use a foaming cleanser unless your face is oily. “Use a non-foaming, gentle cleanser designed for sensitive skin,” says Dr. Williams. Meno-Glow Wash will gently exfoliate and deep-clean without drying or damaging the skin leaving your skin feeling fresh and comfortable, with a marked reduction in redness. It is not only suitable as a face wash, cleanser and make-up remover but also as a gentle and effective all-over wash for the entire body, scalp and hair.
- Moisturize daily: After menopause, many women need to up their moisture game. “Moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid help hold in water, keeping skin supple,” Dr. Williams says. Serums and creams with antioxidants may also help. “Antioxidants like vitamin C fight off free radicals that contribute to aging.” Meno-Glow Moisturiser addresses sensitivity and curbs the inflammatory process through carefully selected active ingredients. These active ingredients, in combination, have anti-oxidant effects and deactivates the pro-inflammatory processes.
- Avoid irritating ingredients: You don’t want to make skin troubles worse with ingredients that aggravate your skin. Avoid products with fragrance, colors and alcohol (usually listed as SD alcohol or denatured alcohol). “If it smells or looks pretty, it’s probably not good for sensitive skin,” says Dr. Williams. “Go for bland, colorless products with little to no scent.” Meno-Glow Wash contains carefully selected ingredients to revitalise your skin without harming that skin’s protective layer and eliminates the need for a toner. Your skin is the most functional at its natural pH level, which is between 4 – 6. The Meno-Glow Face Wash is formulated with a neutral pH level and works with the enzymes in the skin’s upper layer. Meno-Glow respects the skin’s acidic mantle (a thin protective film on the skin’s surface that acts as a barrier). Irritating this barrier makes your skin prone to redness and sensitivity.
- Take warm, not hot, showers: Keep showers short and not too hot. Hot showers strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it parched. And moisturize immediately after you towel off. Skin can absorb ingredients better when it’s still damp.
Those pesky dark marks, sometimes called age spots, often appear after menopause and they’re hard to treat at home.
“Dark spots may not always respond to over-the-counter creams,” says Dr. Williams. “There are several prescription creams that can help such as tretinoin which is a prescription-strength retinoid. If that’s not enough, in-office facial peels or laser treatments can fade individual spots and enhance the overall brightness and youthful appearance of the skin. Ask your dermatologist about these options.” Meno-Glow Retinol Serum focuses on intense skin structural rebuilding and rejuvenation. Utilising the optimal retinol concentration for clinical effect. This completes the foundation regime together with Wash and Moisturiser.
Unwanted facial hair
As hormones shift, you may notice hair on the upper lip or chin. If you want it gone, the tried-and-true methods of tweezing, waxing, hair removal creams and threading will get rid of it — until it grows back.
Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal solution. It destroys the growth cells in hair follicles, so they can’t grow back. Most people need several appointments to get results. If you decide to go this route, choose a licensed electrologist or ask your doctor for a recommendation.
Laser hair removal can get rid of unwanted facial hair — but there’s a caveat. “The laser targets melanin, which gives hair and skin its color,” says Dr. Williams. “Laser treatment only works on dark hair. If your unwanted hair is light, the laser won’t work.”
Post-menopause acne breakouts
Unfortunately, menopause doesn’t mean the end of pimples. Some women get acne throughout their lives while others get more acne when estrogen levels drop after menopause.
If you notice post-menopause breakouts, don’t slam them with the strongest acne product you can find. Many of the acne products on store shelves are too harsh and drying for adults. Try a gentle cleanser that contains salicylic acid. If over-the-counter products aren’t working, see your dermatologist for a prescription solution. Meno-Glow Wash carefully selected ingredients including salicylic acid and is specifically designed for menopausal skin.
Hair loss and thinning
Estrogen promotes hair growth, density and fullness. During menopause, people may notice their hair is thinning, less full or shedding more.
“Treat your scalp like fertilizer that you want to optimize for hair growth,” says Dr. Williams. “If your scalp is dry, use gentle, moisturizing shampoos and wash it less frequently. If your scalp is oily, however, you may want to shampoo every day. This varies from person to person.”
And older adults are more likely to experience androgenic alopecia, often called male or female-pattern baldness. It can cause overall thinning or bald spots. Over-the-counter products with the ingredient minoxidil can help.
Finally, if you notice any of these signs, see your dermatologist:
- Distinct circle-shaped bald spots on the scalp.
- Hair loss that occurs with itching, burning or pain.
- Pimple-like bumps on the hairline.
- Hair coming out in clumps.
Sun Protection is a MUST
No matter what your skin challenges are, sunscreen is your friend. Slather it on every day, all year round. Sun protection can ward off signs of aging and prevent skin cancer.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher. Choose one you like so you’ll be more likely to apply it every morning. If you’re going to be outside, reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
“The sun’s rays age your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer,” Dr. Williams says. “Even in the winter, UV rays penetrate the clouds.”
Take Care of YOU!
We may not like what time and hormone changes do to our skin and hair. But you have the power to maximize your well-being. Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, don’t smoke and see your doctor regularly. Also, read our article: 5 reasons a skin care routine benefits your emotional wellbeing for helpful tips on skin care. If you make good health a priority, you’ll feel — and look — your best.[divider width=”full”]
WHY MENO-GLOW SKIN CARE
A COMPLETE SKIN REJUVENATION FOR ALL SKIN TYPES – Your answer to menopausal skincare concerns:
- Dry Skin
- Decreased elasticity
- Fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes
- Thinning of the hair
- Facial flushing
Medically designed and scientifically formulated by a specialist plastic surgeon, Meno-Glow Skin Care addresses skin concerns related to menopause.
Our Meno-Glow Skin Care Range offers a simple skin care regime that facilitates skin rejuvenation and symptomatic relief of the issues caused by estrogen depletion.
Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, the skin’s barrier function recovers, and sensitivity is significantly reduced.
What makes Meno-Glow Skin Care genuinely unique is how the formulation truly respects the skin.[divider width=”full”]
Dermatologist Kiyanna Williams, MD: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff/25998-kiyanna-williams
Meno-Glow, Liri Victor, Cosmetologist