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Oh, menopause. It’s the only thing worse than the first day you got your menstrual cycle and realized you would have it on and on for many years to come. You never thought you’d dread the years your period comes to an end but here you are, doing just that.
Menopause has such a negative connotation attached to it. Society has convinced men that their wives are going to turn into the Wicked Witch of the West, all the while tricking those women into thinking it’s all downhill from here. They couldn’t be any more inaccurate.
Despite approximately 2 million teaching menopause each year in the United States, according to Dermascope, it’s a topic that is rarely discussed.
With menopause comes many changes. That’s inevitable. However, not all changes are bad, especially when it comes to growing as a woman and transitioning into a different chapter in life.
You already know the basics of menopause but it’s the specifics that can help you understand how your skin will change during this transitional period in your life. Most women experience menopause during the ages of 48 to 55, in which their menstrual cycles slowly come to an end.
However, what’s important to know is that the decrease in estrogen and progesterone production can cause many changes – mental, emotional and physical.
But before we get into that, let’s take a look at three stages of menopause:
This is the beginning stage of menopause, where you start to show early changes which we will discuss in just a moment.
The second stage of menopause is often noted for being the most severe.
The last stage of menopause is when your female hormones finally start to balance out, with your symptoms and changes follow en suite.
Menopause is different for every woman, just as a menstrual cycle is. However, there are some generalizations we can make that will help you determine what you can expect from menopause.
As you age, your biological flow of hormones declines and slows down. This results in an insufficient supply of hormones which causes sensory cell inactivity and an increase in biological lag. In other words, your body starts to slow down and regression in your appearance starts to speed up.
As mentioned, menopause is different for everyone and the symptoms vary from person to person. However, there are many menopause symptoms that are more common than others, as a result of the decrease in estrogen production, such as:
There’s one symptom mentioned that is a huge contributor to the aging of the skin, and that is an internal hormone imbalance. When your levels of estrogen decrease, an imbalance occurs that directly affects your skin. The entire process is significantly hard on your body, which can result in any of the follow menopause skin concerns:
As you reach menopause, your estrogen levels decrease which causes several changes in your skin as it also lowers your natural collagen and elastin production – two huge factors needed for a youthful appearance. A decline in estrogen also increases the risk of collagen breakdown and photoaging, which increases your skin’s sensitivity when exposed to UV rays. The more UV rays, the worse your skin, and it’s an endless cycle if not addressed with age reversal treatments and antiaging skincare.
Additionally, your skin naturally loses its supportive fat that is found underneath the surface which causes your skin to loosen, start to sag and start to form fine lines and wrinkles. Again, unless you have effective age reversal treatments and antiaging skincare.
Before we get into age reversal treatments for menopausal skin, it’s crucial for every woman to know the importance of quality, clean skincare products. Not all antiaging skincare products are created equally, and the effectiveness and details are in the skincare ingredients. So, always read the labels and pay attention to what you’re putting on your already-vulnerable skin.
With skin inflammation comes more than discomfort. It can develop skincare conditions, such as rosacea, eczema and pigmentation. It can also increase your risk of skin cancer. So, this is a skin change you don’t want to overlook.
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With a deficiency in elastin and collagen fibers, your skin’s elasticity slowly starts to sag. Pardon the pun. This can occur anywhere on your face, from your eye area to your lips, brows, forehead, décolleté, neck, cheekbones, etc.
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During menopause, your glands aren’t as efficient at moisturizing your skin with the body’s natural oils as it once was. As a result, you develop extremely dry surface and lifeless appearance.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when your body puts up a defence against UV radiation. Think sunburns, suntans, freckles, etc. These occur as a result of your body releasing a larger amount of melanin to devour the radiation. Generally, a slight sunkissed glow won’t pose an immediate threat but not all pigmentation changes are as innocent. Some pigmentation concerns include large dark spots on the skins surface, aging spots, sun spots, fading skin tone, loss of a healthy glow, etc.
The skin changes in many ways during menopause and we would be here all day if we went over all the possibilities. So, if we haven’t covered a specific menopausal skincare concern of yours, feel free to contact Anika Beauty or visit our antiaging salon in Hudson, New Hampshire for a customized age reversal treatment.
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