While we’re well aware that the simple but inevitable act of ageing can affect our skin, the menopause can bring a whole other set of problems our way.
We look at the different symptoms and what we can do about it – and thanks to MenopauseRX for the information.
Intrinsic aging As the cells of the skin age, they become less able to carry on their normal functions. The skin thins as production of collagen and elastin lessen. The hair produced by the skin begins to turn gray. Skin releases superficial dead cells less readily, causing dry and dull-appearing skin.
Photo aging The areas of the body that are exposed to sunlight typically show much more deterioration over time than areas on the same person that aren’t exposed to UV rays, such as the inner arm. Increased wrinkling on the face compared to the inner arm is generally due to the accumulated damage from sunlight.
Environmental aging As the outer shield for the body, skin comes into contact with a lot of damaging conditions and materials. Pollutants. Sprays. Wind. Extreme temperatures. Smoking. All of these take their toll as well.
THE KEY ROLE OF OESTROGEN
By the time you reach menopause, the results of these three aging effects are beginning to accumulate. Unfortunately, menopause accelerates these skin changes. Mostly, it has to do with the loss of estrogen.
Estrogen is very involved in the normal function of the skin. It directly affects the function of key cells in the skin, like the fibroblast (produces collagen and elastin), keratinocyte (closely involved in skin protection) and melanocytes (involved in evenness of skin color, etc.). It also helps regulate hair follicle function (hair production) as well as sebaceous gland activity (producing skin oils).
THEN COMES MENOPAUSE
With the arrival of menopause and its decreasing levels of estrogen in the body, the effect is felt in the skin as well. Cells in the skin have estrogen receptors; this means that they ‘listen’ for instructions from estrogen. When the oestrogen begins to disappear, those messages aren’t getting through.
Here are some key skin changes that the decrease in estrogen levels is believed to be at least partially responsible for:
- Increased loss of collagen –the support structure in the skin
- Decrease in the glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) that provide ‘plumpness’ to skin
- Decrease in dermal thickness
- Decrease in skin elasticity
- Dry skin
- Fine wrinkling
- Poor healing, increased susceptibility to trauma
- Increase in unwanted facial hair
- Decrease in scalp hair
- Decrease in skin strength
Which is why using something like REN Sirtuin Phytohormone Replenishing Cream is a brilliant idea for women of a certain age.
This is an advanced treatment moisturiser formulated to intensively hydrate, recharge and replenish pre- and postmenopausal skin.
- Improves vitality and radiance.
- Skin appears plumper, firmer, fuller.
- Combats dryness to restore comfort and elasticity.
- Protects against free radicals to combat the signs of premature ageing.
How to use:
Apply a generous amount morning and evening onto clean face and neck.