How does menopause affect skin?

Menopause happens to every woman. As your hormone levels plummet, your skin, scalp and hair can change which can affect your confidence and wellbeing.

As we age, collagen production naturally slows down which can lead to skin that shows signs of ageing more rapidly and appears less plump and firm. The menopause can also lead to issues with bone density, which can again be improved by increasing your collagen intake.

Here are the changes you might see in your skin as menopause - which officially starts one year after your last period - begins:

Dry skin

You may notice that your skin feels drier than it did before menopause - this can be especially noticeable when the air is dry. Skin loses some of its ability to hold water during menopause. Keeping hydrated and using a good quality moisturiser formulated for dry or ageing skin can help, as can LOTUS which can help up your collagen, hyaluronic acid and keratin intake to give your skin a boost.

Age spots and sun damage

This does depend on the amount of time you’ve spent in the sun and what protection you’ve used, but it’s likely that sun damage will start to be visible now. You may see darkened patches of skin on your face, neck, hands, arms or chest. You also should be vigilant about signs of skin cancer, as this can sometimes look like age spots too.

It’s never too late to start using SPF, so if you haven’t ever used it before, it’s time to start. Use SPF 30 or higher and apply to skin that your clothing won’t cover.

Thinner skin

As estrogen levels fall during the menopause, your skin becomes thinner. Unfortunately, this means that your skin can bruise more easily. Whilst you can’t thicken your skin, you can use SPF to reduce any further thinning.

Sagging, slack skin and wrinkles

As we mentioned, your skin quickly loses collagen during menopause. According to studies, you can lose as much as 30% of your collagen during the first five years of menopause. You then continue to lose around 2% of your natural collagen every year for the next 20 years.

This collagen reduction can lead to a loss in firmness and increased sagging of the skin. You may notice jowls forming along with wrinkles and lines. You may also start to see pouches under your eyes and large pores.

You can help to maintain your collagen intake during menopause with a collagen-boosting drink like LOTUS by VITYBOX.

Acnes, rashes and irritated skin

The pH levels in your skin drop around the age of 50, which can lead to increased sensitivity, rashes and irritated skin. The levels of female hormones drop before and during menopause which can lead to teenage-like acne and clogged pores.

Wounds heal more slowly

Hormones play a surprising part in skin healing, so when the levels fall, skin takes longer to heal. Boosting your collagen can help with skin health and healing.

Boost your skin’s health, along with your collagen, keratin and hyaluronic acid intake, during menopause with LOTUS by VITYBOX.

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