Menopause is a natural part of ageing that typically affects women between the ages of 45 and 55 years old. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51. Due to a drop in hormone levels, menopause is accompanied by both physical and psychological changes. Many women notice their skin becomes drier, thinner, and perhaps even rougher to the touch. Thankfully, there are some simple lifestyle changes and natural skin care remedies that can lessen the drying effects of menopausal skin and keep skin looking bright and healthy.
Understanding Menopause and Bodily Changes
Menopause is a biological process that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. In the months or years leading up to menopause (perimenopause), the body naturally goes through changes. This is due to a significant drop in oestrogen levels, the hormone responsible for producing collagen and the natural oils that keep skin glowing. As oestrogen levels decline and the skin loses elasticity, you may notice your skin becomes drier, especially around the neck, cheeks, and jawline. Overall, your complexion may develop a dull look with flaky, rough patches. In addition, menopause can lead to hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, and even an increase in irritability and anxiety. These symptoms can appear months or even years before your periods end and can last roughly four years after your last period.
The Best Ingredients for Menopausal Skin
A gentle and regular skincare routine is an important step in caring for mature skin. Unfortunately, however, many products contain harsh chemicals or toxins that can actually do more harm than good. To replenish lost moisture and restore the skin’s appearance, we recommend the following ingredients:
Macadamia oil - This hydrating oil is produced by cold-pressing macadamia nuts. It’s a rich source of omega 7, vitamin E, and proteins which makes it the perfect remedy for nourishing dehydrated skin.
Apricot oil - Full of antioxidants and minerals, apricot oil is a soothing choice for dry, sensitive, and mature skin. It’s obtained from the kernel of apricots and is full of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B17, as well as nine essential fatty acids.
Coconut oil - Coconut oil is renowned for its supreme hydrating qualities. Its ability to quickly penetrate the skin helps it improve skin elasticity, boost hydration, and repair skin damage.
Beeswax - This natural remedy is rich in Vitamin-A, making it highly effective at boosting skin cell growth and rejuvenating dry skin. It also protects the skin from environmental damage by forming a protective barrier and clearing it from pathogens.
Ermana’s Revive Face Oil and Cleanse Balm are the perfect addition to your menopausal skin care routine because they are packed with these beneficial ingredients. 100% natural, they are sure to moisturise, heal, and nourish dry skin like a dream.
Lifestyle Changes for Caring for Menopause Skin
In addition to soothing skin care, there are some simple lifestyle changes that can help combat the hormonal changes of menopause. Here are some of our favourite solutions:
Wash with a Gentle Soap - As the skin ages, it loses some of its ability to hold water. Washing with a harsh soap can further dry out the skin by stripping it of its natural, protective oils. Gently care for mature skin by choosing a mild cleanser that is free from harsh chemical and other harmful ingredients. Our Comfort Organic Hand and Body Wash is a wonderful alternative because it’s infused with lavender, geranium, and ylang ylang essential oils. Plus, aloe vera has been added to smooth, soften, and hydrate the skin. Use this nourishing body wash anywhere on the body, including the scalp.
Reduce Shower Times - Water, particularly hot water, has a tendency to further dry out the skin. For this reason, we recommend reducing shower times and using lukewarm water as opposed to hot. When you are finished washing, refresh your skin with our Organic Rose Water Mist. It helps balance the ph of the skin, restore hydration, and regenerate skin tissues, making it an ideal choice for mature and sensitive skin.
Improve your Diet - Fuelling your body with natural supplements and nutrients can help improve and reduce menopausal symptoms. Try increasing your intake of vitamin E, flaxseed, and soy.