Dry, dull and lacklustre skin is a common problem during menopause. As hormone levels change, the skin’s natural moisture starts to deplete, leaving it feeling dehydrated, scaly and flaky. From moisturising regularly to eating the right diet, there are things you can do to help combat the effects of menopausal dry skin.
As a woman approaches menopause, levels of the hormone oestrogen begin to fall. Oestrogen is responsible for regulating levels of moisture in the body, and for producing the natural collagen and oils which help to keep skin plump, supple and elastic. During menopause, it becomes harder for the skin to retain moisture, and it can become drier, thinner, more sensitive and prone to dark areas (‘age spots’) and blemishes.
Here we look at how using a good moisturising lotion, the right makeup, and eating certain foods, can help to make your skin look and feel healthier, brighter and more hydrated.
Best lotions for menopausal dry skin
Keeping your skin well hydrated is key to helping to combat the dryness associated with menopause. Using a good moisturising lotion every day can help to soothe and rehydrate your skin.
It’s best to choose gentle products with natural skin-boosting ingredients and avoid anything containing harsh chemicals.
Here are some recommended dry skin lotions:
- Hot Beauty Morning Moisturiser - if your face is feeling dry and sensitive, this lightly fragranced moisturiser will help soothe and nourish your skin. Specially formulated for menopausal skin, the ingredients include jojoba, associated with balancing the complexion; soy and evening primrose oil, which contain phytoestrogens; and geranium essential oil, which can help with hormone balance. (And for a moisturising boost at night, try Hot Beauty Night Serum.)
Skin Blossom Moisturising Body Lotion - this natural moisturising lotion uses organic ingredients to help boost your body’s moisture levels and revitalise dry, dull and tired looking skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, and also comes with a refreshing orange scent for an added lift!
- Udderly Smooth Extra Care Cream - this luxurious unscented cream contains rich moisturising ingredients and urea to soften and rehydrate dry, cracked and sore skin:
My skin feels so moisturised after using this cream, I don't know how I managed before I used this! Live Better With community member
Weleda Skin Food - this rich and intensive moisturiser contains calming herbal extracts, including chamomile and calendula - known to help with inflammation - alongside sweet orange, lavandulae, wild pansy and rosemary, which give the lotion a gorgeous, light fragrance:
"Took my hands from parched to silky with a couple of applications. Love it." Live Better With community member
Menomagic - this popular organic treatment can help to significantly reduce dryness and itching. Menomagic contains four essential oils, including peppermint, rose geranium, clary sage and lavender, which can help to sooth and relax. Simply apply it to the affected area for some welcome relief.
Best makeup for menopausal dry skin
Changing hormones during menopause can lead to a dry and dull complexion, and your face may suffer from redness, blemishes or age spots. The skin on your lips can also become dry, sore and chapped. In addition, changes to skin tone, elasticity and firmness mean that key facial features, including the eyes, eyebrows and lips, can lose their definition.
Here are our favourite confidence-boosting makeup items for menopausal dry skin:
- Defiant Beauty Mineral Eyeliner and Mineral Black Mascara - as well as affecting your skin, changing hormones can also make your eyes feel dry and sore. This highly pigmented, long-lasting eyeliner and mascara are gentle and versatile, making them ideal for providing extra definition, while being kind to sensitive skin and eyes.
- Lavera Eyebrow Pencil - this soft eyebrow pencil is easy to apply and provides an intense colour. A certified NaTRUE product, it’s made from organic natural ingredients, including jojoba oil to help nourish dry skin.
- Defiant Beauty Colour Corrector - if your complexion appears dry, dull and discoloured, using a colour corrector can help. The colour correctors come in a range of palettes, including blue for sallow skin, green to help cover blemishes and redness, and orange to cover dark circles under the eyes.
- Defiant Beauty Lip Gloss - if you want to accentuate your lips while also protecting against dryness, this lip gloss is made from natural ingredients and has a lovely buttery formula. Easy to apply and non-sticky, it will leave your lips looking gorgeous and feeling in great condition.
Best diet for dry skin
As well as keeping your skin hydrated on the outside, it’s important to think about what you’re eating. A balanced diet which includes lean proteins, starchy carbohydrates and healthy ‘unsatured’ fats will help to keep your skin healthy.
To nourish your skin from the inside, your diet should also include foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. These help maintain to the skin’s natural oil barrier, make it more supple, and reduce inflammation.
It’s also important to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet. Vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium help to promote cell growth and repair, and protect skin against dehydration, pigmentation and wrinkles.
Good sources of Omega-3 include fatty fish (such as salmon and mackerel), flax seeds and walnuts. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats and vitamin E, and you can get your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals by eating your ‘5 a day’ of fruit and vegetables (blueberries, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers and sweet potatoes are good examples).
You can also give your skin a quick and easy nutritional boost by adding a handful of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or nuts to your breakfast cereal or salad.
To keep your skin hydrated, it’s also essential to drink at least 8 glasses of water or another clear liquid, such as squash, every day. However, you should avoid drinking too many alcoholic or caffeinated drinks, as these can dehydrate the body. Smoking also accelerates the ageing of the skin.
Many people find they benefit from additional nutritional support, in the form of a dietary supplement.
You can find out more about menopause supplements here. (You should always consult your doctor before taking any supplements.)
Finally, for some healthy eating inspiration, the Live Better With community recommend The Midlife Kitchen by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice, which contains a range of health-boosting recipes. (You can also find Sam on Instagram and on her blog.)
Have you had problems with dry skin during the menopause? Looking for useful tips or advice? Why not visit the Live Better With community forum.