Menopause is a complex process that all women reach by middle age. While there are plenty of changes that go on inside the body, menopause also affects the outside.
Hormonal changes have a direct impact on your skin. Due to declining estrogen levels, many women experience a loss of collagen, decrease in dermal thickness and elasticity, dry skin, unwanted facial hair, fine wrinkling, and a decrease in skin strength.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with problematic skin after menopause. There are a number of skin care tips and treatments for beautifully aging skin after menopause.
Good eating habits and regular exercise are also important not only to maintain beautiful skin but also to enhance your “inner glow”. These healthy lifestyles are important to your skin’s health as they are to your overall wellbeing. A healthy lifestyle includes exercising at least 30 minutes a day, having enough beauty sleep and eating plenty of vegetables and avoiding carbs and oily foods. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water every day.
Smooth Out Wrinkles
During menopause, collagen production decreases causing your skin to become more prone to wrinkling. Studies show that nearly one-third of your collagen is lost within the first five years following the onset of menopause. Botulinum Toxin (or more commonly known as Botox) is an effective solution for fine lines and wrinkles. A Botox injection works by blocking the nerve that causes wrinkling. Botox results last for an average of three to four months.
Restore Volume to the Face
After menopause, it’s normal to lose volume in the face. Dermal fillers are used to plump hollowed areas of the cheeks for a more youthful complexion. Fillers also have other uses such as “filling in” fine lines or contouring the face. Fillers are effective treatment to reduce eye bags, nasolabial folds and lines above the upper lip and around the mouth. Today, there are many safe and FDA-cleared types of fillers, including Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse.
Wash with a Hydrating Cleanser
You may find that you need to modify your skincare routine following the start of menopause. Hormonal changes can cause the skin to become dryer and thinner, making extra moisture a must. Switch to a hydrating and nourishing facial wash, such as the Vitamin A Cleanser by Dr. Sylvia Skin Care. Made with vitamin A and beta carotene, the cleanser provides just the right balance of nutrients and moisturizers for mature skin.
Keep Your Skin Protected from Sun Damage
Keeping your skin protected from sun damage is more important after menopause than ever before. Aging skin is naturally more vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. Without proper protection, wrinkles and fine lines on the face can worsen and you may start to develop discoloration. For daily wear, opt for a feather light formula like the Oil Free Sun Protection SPF 30 by Dr. Sylvia Skin Care.
Lift and Tone Loose or Sagging Skin
Menopause, along with natural aging, can take a real toll on the elasticity of your skin. No matter what you do to avoid it, your skin will begin to show wear. Ultherapy is a non-surgical, FDA approved procedure that can lift and tighten skin. This ultrasound treatment uses the body’s own regenerative response to stimulate new collagen which gradually lift skin on the face and neck.
Minimize Age Spots and Discoloration
Aging can cause sun spots and other forms of discoloration. Sun exposure and other environmental factors can worsen hyperpigmentation. Limelight is a type of intense pulsed light system used to treat pigmented lesions, age and sun spots, diffuse redness, and uneven skin tone. The procedure uses “intense pulse light” (IPL) to heat the top layer of skin drawing out brown spots which scabs after a few days leaving a more even skin tone.
There’s no single best way to care for your skin after menopause. The right skin care, active lifestyle and safe aesthetic treatments are great combination to maintain beautiful skin even after menopause.
To find out more about the aesthetic treatments mentioned, please contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor about the changes you want to see in your skin.