As women approach perimenopause we may notice changes in our skin. Hormonal changes can impact the skin's elasticity, moisture levels and overall appearance. However with the right skincare routine, you can help keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Here are some tips for skincare during perimenopause.
As oestrogen levels decrease during perimenopause, the skin may become drier and more prone to wrinkles. To combat this, it is important to moisturise regularly. Look for a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate the skin and improve elastiscity.
Use Natural Sunscreen
Sun damage can accelerate the ageing process and increase the risk of skin cancer. If you were like many of us that grew up in the 70's and 80's you may have slathered yourself in baby oil before you sunbathed, while listening to the Top 40 on the radio, while the presenters told you when to turn over! To protect your skin now, use a broadspectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Apply it every day and reapply after swimming. I love Wotnot sunscreen and they make a natural primer/sunscreen combination.
Avoid Harsh Products
During perimenopause, the skin may become more sensitive. Avoid using harsh products that can irritate the skin such as alcohol based toners or exfoliants with rough particles. These can cause tiny micro tears with lead to increased inflammation in the skin. Instead opt for gentle cleansers and moisturisers that are targeted for mature skin.
Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. However, they can also cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. if you're considering using a retinoid, start with a low concentration and use it every other night to allow your skin to adjust. ONLY USE RETINOID CONTAINING SKINCARE AT NIGHT as the sun can cause hyper-pigmentation and Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Sunlight also decreases the efficacy of the product
Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin hydrated and improve its overall appearance. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and consider incorporating hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers and leafy greens into your diet.
Taking care of your skin during perimenopause is important for maintaining its health and appearance. By following these tips you can help keep your skin looking its best.
As part of my 8 week Skin & Hormone Essentials programme I can help you find out your true skin type and give you advice on a personalised skincare regime for your perimenopausal years.
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