How Menopause Affects Your Skin

How Menopause Affects Your Skin

Menopause is one of those times in people’s lives where their bodies go through a number of drastic changes all at once. Pretty much all of them center around the echoing effects of changing hormone levels in the body and that end up causing so many issues. Those going through this time in their life either muddy their way through on their own or ask a doctor to help relieve some of the worse symptoms. There is no shame in either approach. It is important to know that menopause’s many changes affect your skin quite profoundly. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can give you the knowledge that you need to actually prepare and maintain your skin throughout menopause. This will help reduce the negative effects and keep your skin happy and healthy. We’ve got a quick overview of the major changes you’re going to need to be aware of to help you do just that.

Thinning Skin
A big issue once one hits menopause is that the skin begins to thin in a fairly pronounced way as the years pass. This is due to the loss of the effects of estrogen on your skin. The hormone influences how available your blood is to your skin. A decrease in the availability of nutrients and blood flow through capillaries and the like means that your skin cannot maintain itself as well. It simply won’t be getting all the materials that it needs to maintain your skin. When combined with the other effects of estrogen loss, your skin will become more easily torn as well as easier to see through. This is why veins become more prominent with age and part of why we appear to bruise easier. It is simply easier to damage and see damage in the skin. Another major change in skin feeds directly into this problem as well: the loss of collagen.

Crumbling Structures
The loss of collagen is at the heart of many of the problems we begin to notice during menopause. As one of your body’s primary structural proteins, collagen is necessary to help support and maintain many things in the body. It is particularly prevalent in the skin as it is what helps to fill your skin out. Younger skin has plenty of collagen that is readily replaceable. That’s why it tends to be comparatively firm and heal better. The materials necessary to protect it just stop being nearly as available after menopause without estrogen there to motivate the process. Anti-aging products tend to be crucial to keep motivating the skin and nourishing it enough to help maintain collagen product during and after menopause. They will help even out the overall decline and make it easier to deal with any issues that surface. It will not, however, entirely stop the problem and you can expect this to have other effects beyond the overall thinning of the skin.

Wrinkles In the Plan
That decrease in collagen is ultimately why you’ll notice more fine lines and wrinkles during and after menopause. Your skin needs collagen to repair areas of damages skin. Anywhere they folds regularly, such as around the eyes and face, damages the skin each time it folds. Without a steady supply of collagen, the damage begins to stick more and more over time until it becomes visible. You can expect already present wrinkles to deepen with time thanks to this. Anti-aging products can help reduce and minimize them, but they will still be around. Additionally, you can expect new areas to begin to wrinkles as the skin begins to sag without as much support from collagen. We recommend getting regular facials with facial massages integrated into the facial to help with this. They will help nourish and boost blood flow to help maintain collagen levels at a higher level than they would be otherwise and overall help you age more gracefully.

Menopause does many things to the skin and there is no real way to perfectly escape it. Hormone treatments can minimize ill effects, but they aren’t always recommended. That’s why we would like to stress good quality, preventive skincare to help ensure we all age as gracefully as possible. In the end, that is most of what we can do to help minimize the signs of aging and menopause.

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