Menopausal women tend to lose confidence in themselves because of how their skin turns dry and wrinkled. They sometimes feel uncomfortable undressing in front of their spouses as they feel disgusted with the imperfections brought about by menopause on their skin. According to psychologist Kristina G. Gorbatenko-Roth, “The skin is the most noticeable part of our body that could be impacted by psychological factors, yet very few psychologists are studying it.”
Menopause can harm your skin as your estrogen levels drop, so is the capability of your skin to produce oil, making your skin super dry, flaky, and sometimes itchy. You may notice that your skin will start to wrinkle and pigmentation will begin to manifest.
Solution To Dry Skin
“Skin problems can be extremely distressing,” says Rick Fried, MD, PhD. Dermatologists have a solution to these problems. Women of menopausal age can use heavier-duty moisturizers or facial oils to prevent dryness and wrinkling on their faces. They can also use richer hydrating facial cream and body lotions. Drinking a lot of water can also actually help to moisturize your parched skin.
Be Careful In Choosing Skincare Products
Women are always conscious of what they put on their skin, trying every single product they see on commercials or if they heard from friends products that seem to be effective. But what really should women be looking for in skincare products they buy so as not to waste money?
Here are five ingredients you must look for in your skincare product the next time you visit your skincare store. These ingredients are proven to support your skin’s resiliency and natural components. They are found effective in stimulating cellular metabolism, preventing wrinkles, hydrating and keeping skin firm, and improving tone and skin texture.
- Antioxidants. All antioxidants help fight off free radicals and aging. Vitamins A or C promotes skin tone and texture. Antioxidants are said to help in stimulating collagen production and cell turnover, decreasing the appearance of fine lines, unclogging pores, and giving you an even complexion. Vitamin E protects the skin from external damage, helps keep your skin youthful-looking. Green tea is proven to calm the skin and restore its natural luster.
- Hydrators. Hydrating components are designed to help retain water in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a substance in your skin lotion that allows preserving moisture by attracting water and plumps the skin. When your skin is dry, it lacks oil, and when it is dehydrated it lacks water. For your skin to be optimally healthy, you need to have a balance of these two components. You can benefit from natural hydrators like aloe vera, avocado, and honey.
- Lipids. Ceramides have been proven effective in increasing skin hydration and improving barrier function. The fatty acid that is abundant in the young and healthy skin helps in maintaining lipid balance in the skin, but as we age, we lose this balance making our skin much drier. Some natural sources of lipids are coconut, jojoba, rose hip, evening primrose, and sunflower seed. They help repair and protect the skin.
- Peptides. These are proteins consisting of two or more amino acids. Peptides promote skin firmness, stimulate cellular metabolism, and strengthen skin health. They have the ability to revitalize the skin’s building blocks, making skin much stronger.
- Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s). AHA is known best for reducing wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and acne. Glycolic acid contains the smallest molecular size and the strongest of all AHA’s, being able to penetrate the skin most easily, making it very effective in exfoliating the skin. You will readily notice the change in your skin, making it look more radiant, softer, and smoother. Natural sources of AHA include raw organic sugar, milk, grapes, yogurt, and lemon. Be sure not to expose yourself to the sun when you are using exfoliants and peels.
Using quality products is essential, and may sometimes cost more, but it is better than trying those cheaper alternatives that are not as effective making you spend your money on products with ingredients that are not safe for your skin. “The key is to help patients focus on an image associated with the desired change, whether it’s warmer, cooler, dryer, moister or less itchy skin,” says Boston psychologist Ted A. Grossbart, PhD.
You do not need to get embarrassed in front of your spouse or your friends when they notice that your skin is starting to change. Do something about it. You can prevent skin aging by learning how to take care of yourself properly. Have the confidence to talk to an expert who can help you best so you will age beautifully.