Skin and eyes becoming increasingly dry and irritable are often associated with the natural ageing process. However, it’s also one of the most common symptoms women encounter when going through the menopause. Suffering from dry and itchy skin and eyes can be uncomfortable, sore and really impact confidence and wellbeing. In a recent survey of 3,875 postmenopausal women, over 40 showed that 36.2% suffered from dry skin. The skincare industry has, however, heard this call, and there exists a wealth of products and techniques that you can implement that will help alleviate these symptoms. This guide will explore:
- Symptoms women experience related to this when going through the menopause
- Why the menopause causes the eyes and skin to become irritable
- Practical pieces of advice you can employ and useful products that exist that can provide welcome relief.
What types of symptoms in relation to dry skin and eyes should I be aware of when going through the menopause?
- Patches of red flaky skin on the save and body
- Skin will feel tight and uncomfortable
- Skin can begin to crack and start to peel slightly
- Some women experience itching sensations with pins and needles
- If you have a dark skin tone, you could notice grey or ashy tones to your skin
- Dry, tired and irritated eyes
- Some women experience light sensitivity, blurred vision, as well as burning, gritty, and sandy feelings in the eyes
Why does the menopause impact my skin and eyes?
- As with most symptoms women go experience during the menopause, one of the primary reasons dry skin and eyes occur is due to the fluctuation of the oestrogen hormone.
- Oestrogen stimulates the formation of skin-smoothing collagen and oils, meaning and menopause begins, dry and itchy skin becomes more commonplace.
- The body stops being able to secrete the normal amount of natural oils in the skin, so it is harder to retain moisture, particularly for the skin on the face.
- Collagen also gives skin elasticity, which is why many women experience increased sensitivity.
- Decreasing hormone levels are also believed to affect the ocular tissues and the composition of tears your eyes produce, meaning they can be left sore, dry and irritated.
How do I adjust my daily routine to suit dry skin and eyes caused by the menopause?
- Food and drink - focusing on consuming foods that are rich is essential fatty acids (omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, fortified eggs) can help produce the skin’s oil barrier and keep the skin hydrated. Diets that are lacking in this leave skin acne prone, dry and itchy.
- Using a specific sunscreen that’s hypoallergenic and a high SPF is a great way to protect the skin’s natural barrier.
- Avoid taking hot showers as the water will strip your skin’s moisture. Instead, use warm water for a shorter period of time. Finish up by using a highly nourishing body moisturiser.
- Applying a soothing anti-itch lotion can really help calm the skin when it’s feeling its most irritated.
- Oatmeal has been used for centuries to treat dry skin. It contains chemicals called avenanthramides that may help reduce the redness and help with inflammation.
- Investing in a humidifier can also help as it adds moisture to the air, also helping you de-stress and sleep better. This can also help you skin feeling fresh and dewy.
- When your eyes are feeling sore and irritated, try carrying some eye drops with you, particularly useful if you’re on the move and need quick relief. For at home, a cooling eye mask is also a great option.
There are a wealth of different options available to help ease the uncomfortable symptom of dry skin and eyes. Whether you decide to use one or several of the options listed in this guide, hopefully, your day to day life can be made that bit better.