Why Does Your Skin Change After Menopause?You're not imagining it. Your skin is aging 10 times faster after menopause. Here's what's going on:
- Collagen loss: when you're young, your skin is pumping out collagen (the protein that keeps it elastic) like there's no tomorrow. After you hit 21%, you start losing a little bit every year – until you reach menopause. Then, collagen loss picks up speed – quickly. You lose as much as 30% in the first five years alone! Blame that on estrogen. Now that your skin doesn't have as much, it causes all kinds of havoc.
- Water loss: another thing your skin loses after menopause? Dermal glycosaminoglycans. That's a fancy way of referring to hyaluronic acid and all the other substances that bind water to your skin. Without them, your skin can't quench its thirst and becomes dry.
- Slow cellular renewal: your skin is always renewing itself. The oldest, most damaged skin cells on the surface of your skin disappear, giving way to brighter and healthier cells. But this is another thing that slows down after menopause. During this delicate stage, the top layer of your skin flattens and thins, becoming unable to renew itself as quickly. Those old, damaged dead cells remain on the surface for longer, giving your skin a rough, dull appearance.
- Oxidative damage: that's the damage free radicals cause to your skin cells, DNA, collagen etc. You experience some oxidative damage (usually due to unprotected sun exposure and normal aging) all your life, but after menopause, it multiplies. Skin can't protect itself as well, incurring way more damage than normal.
How To Take Care Of Skin During MenopauseI know, it's a scary list! Bad things are happening to your skin and you feel like you have no control over it. Well, you do. There are many things you can do to slow down the damage menopause does to your skin. Here's where to start:
- Build back collagen
- Fight Wrinkles With Retinoids
- Get Your Hyaluronic Acid Back
- Switch To Oils
- Load Up On Antioxidants
- Don't Forget Sunscreen