Women over 40 beauty, Skincare, Fashion, Fitness and Lifestyle

Guest post by Dr.Erin Gilbert, New York City Dermatologist

“Menopause” is a medical term that describes the absence of menses brought about by the cessation of ovarian cycling (or ovulation). This is not an overnight event, and it gradually develops in most women over several years. The average age of menopause in US women is 51 years old, and the range is 45-55 years old.

Skin changes during menopause actually begin during peri-menopause. Hormonal imbalances, such as a gradual decrease in estrogen , can often lead to breakouts. It’s often the first outward sign that hormonal swings are afoot!

Menopause is well-known for “hot flashes,” but the skin changes that accompany it are not common knowledge.

The most common and important changes are:

1. A reduction in oil (also called sebum) production in the skin. This leads to skin that is dry and flaky, both on the face and the body.

2. Loss of elasticity.

3. Loss of glow, which I can only describe as “Je ne sais quoi?” I have seen this restored to the skin, almost miraculously, on Hormone Replacement Therapy.

How women should adjust their skincare routines during menopause?

  • During perimenopause, battling the acne is the first priority. Regular use of a retinol or retinoid like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream will carry you through this period and will continue to have excellent anti-aging benefits when menopause hits.

 

  • Dry Skin: The best way to battle dry skin is to increase your consumption of healthy oils found in Food sources like nuts, avocados, Salmon, Flax Seed, and directly as coconut or olive oil. Increase your water consumption of water to 8-10 glasses per day: hydrated skin appears less sallow and fewer fine lines are visible.

 

  • Switch to a cleansing cream or oil which does not strip your skin by sudsing. Using a gentle exfoliant, like RoC MAX Resurfacing Facial Cleanser, can help you shed dry top layers of skin, which prepares the underlying skin to absorb the products you apply afterwards better.

 

 

  • For the body, I suggest an unfragranced cream rather than a lotion.

As you begin making these changes in your skin care routine don’t forget to check in with the men in your life! They undergo “Andropause,” so you are not alone!”