Changing levels of hormones as menopause approaches mean that many women experience problems with dry, itchy skin. Here are some skincare products that can help to alleviate the symptoms and make your skin look and feel softer, smoother and more rejuvenated.
Why does menopause cause skin problems?
In the years leading up to menopause (known as perimenopause), the body’s production of the hormone oestrogen begins to fall.
As well as controlling a woman’s reproductive cycle, oestrogen has a number of other functions, including helping the skin to retain moisture and stimulating the production of collagen and natural oils, which keep skin smooth, plump and elastic.
As oestrogen levels begin to fall, one of the common side effects is dry, itchy or irritated skin. Your skin may appear flushed, red or flaky, and it might feel rough, tight or sore. As it ages, skin can also take longer to heal and repair itself, which can lead to blemishes and a dull and lacklustre complexion.
The good news is, there are steps you can take to help soothe and protect your skin from the effects of menopause.
Keeping your skin hydrated
Using a moisturising cream, serum or body butter regularly can help to soothe and rehydrate your skin.
It’s important to choose a product with gentle, natural ingredients, such as calendula, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and shea butter which contains vitamins and fatty acids to help keep skin healthy, bright and well hydrated.
"Calendula cream is incredible. My skin instantly feels less itchy and irritated." Live Better With community member
Applying a light facial moisturising cream first thing in the morning provides a protective and nourishing layer of moisture throughout the day. It’s best to choose a cream that’s specially formulated for sensitive skin, such as the Hot Beauty morning moisturiser.
If you’re suffering from significant facial dryness, using an intensive moisturiser or serum can help. Lindi skin face serum is designed to rehydrate skin and reduce redness, and comes in a choice of scents: refreshing citrus or relaxing lavender.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning on heading on out into the sun, it’s important to safeguard your skin with a quality sunscreen, such as the popular Caribbean Blue sunscreen, which offers effective protection while also intensively moisturising your skin.
Tip: Use a body moisturiser after showering or bathing, and whenever skin feels tight or dry. Applying it to slightly damp skin will help to lock in moisture. If your hands or feet are dry and cracked, apply a moisturiser at bedtime and pop on a pair of cotton or bamboo gloves or socks for an extra-intensive moisturising treat!
Dealing with hot and irritated skin
If you have hot, dry or irritated skin, the Live Better With community recommend Menomagic cream - an ‘all in one’ cream that many women have found actually can take some of the the heat and discomfort out of the menopause!
Menomagic is an organic, paraben-free cream that’s specially formulated to help support you through menopause.
As well as effectively cooling the skin, Menomagic soothes dryness and itchiness, as well as helping to support sleep and promoting overall wellbeing.
The four essential oils in Menomagic have been carefully selected and blended, and include:
- Peppermint, for cooling
- Rose geranium, for uplifting
- Clary sage, for balancing
- Lavender, for relaxing
To use Menomagic to cool your skin, apply it to the inside of the wrists, behind the ears or the pulse points on the neck. For dry, sore or itchy skin, apply it directly to the affected area. Meanwhile, for help with sleeping apply it to the soles of your feet.
“A true pot of magic! It smells great and really works in a matter of minutes. Sleeping much better too. I will definitely be back for more.” Live Better With community member
Cleansing menopausal skin
If your skin is feeling the effects of menopause, it’s important to avoid using soaps or cleansers which contain any harsh chemicals, as these can dry out your skin and lead to flaking and chapping.
Opt instead for natural cleansing products, such as Deborah Neill handmade soap, which protects against dry and chapped skin, and Faith in Nature aloe vera body wash, which combines the naturally moisturising properties of aloe vera and the anti-inflammatory effects of ylang ylang.
As your skin ages, it can also begin to suffer from an accumulation of dead skin cells, making the skin look dull and leading to spots or blemishes.
Using an intensive facial exfoliator can help to remove dead cells and reduce age spots, revitalising tired skin and improving your complexion.
Boosting sagging or wrinkled skin
As collagen levels are depleted, skin can lose its firmness and suffer from sagging and wrinkling.
Many people find that using a collagen booster can help to improve their skin’s natural plumpness and restore a more youthful glow (and it’s an easier alternative to injections!)
The Live Better With community recommend the Skin Doctors collagen boosting day/night duo pack, which contains clinical strength ampoules which protect the skin against environmental damage and improve the production of elastin and collagen, smoothing lines and boosting the condition and appearance of skin.
From natural cleansers to intensive moisturisers and collagen boosters, you can see the full Live Better With range of products to help with dry and itchy skin here.
Do you have problems with dry and itchy skin? Have any tips or advice to share? Why not visit the Live Better With Menopause community forum.