How can we best support our skin through changes during menopause?
Menopause is a natural stage in a woman's life that occurs when she stops menstruating and reaches the end of her natural reproductive cycle. This stage doesn’t happen overnight, age will vary from person to person but is usually defined when a woman has gone a full 12 months without a menstrual bleed.
We called in the knowledge of nurse practitioner and nutritionist, Fiona Rizzi, who has been working in integrative and functional healthcare for over a decade. She has a deep passion for personalised medicine, encompassing physical, emotional and spiritual support and can offer us a medicaly trianed insight on the topic to accompany our skincare specialists advice for looking after the skin.
The Perimenopause is known as the menopausal transition, and is when a woman can experience irregular cycles of ovulation and menstruation leading up to menopause and continuing until 12 months after her final period. As not all women are regular with their periods, it’s quite common for women not to know they are perimenopausal right away.
Every woman’s experience is different and they may see a number of changes both hormonal and physical but the biology of these changes remains the same. During menopause women produce significantly reduced levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These three sex hormones play an important role in supporting energy levels, mood, quality of sleep, digestion, bone health, metabolism, hair, nail and not to mention, skin health.
Our adrenal glands (small glands that sit above each kidney) are responsible for making these three important hormones once ovarian production declines. They are also responsible for making our stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. A key reason why women experience a myriad of different and sometimes overwhelming symptoms during perimenopause and menopause is down to the adrenal glands being so ‘worn out’ from stress, exposure to environmental toxins, imbalanced blood sugar levels, lack of sleep and living fast paced lives. This can lead to this small but important gland being unable to make sufficient levels of these sex hormones, and why it is so important to reduce stress where possible and make time for self care - it’s not just being kind to the body but a biological need!
Skin health can change considerably during menopause. Common skin side effects include:
The circadian rhythm is an internal biological clock which initiates and monitors various physiological functions within our bodies. Studies have shown that circadian rhythms can be affected by fluctuating hormone levels(1). Melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep quality can decline during menopause. Melatonin is also a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that plays a role in cellular and skin health(2)..With this in mind;
Menopause is a time when self care becomes mandatory. In many ancient traditions menopause is seen as a new beginning, a time to pause, reflect and develop spiritual wisdom. In Maya Tiwani’s book ‘A women's Power to Heal', Vedic tradition celebrates this phase as a time to enter into a space of wholeness, wisdom, intuition, and insight. By making self care mandatory, women may uncover their authentic self and discover that the menopausal years can be an enlightening opportunity to pause and reflect.
When we eat an excess of sugar or refined carbohydrates our blood sugar levels rise. This leads to an increase in the release of excess cortisol and adrenaline from our adrenal glands which can impact their ability to produce our sex hormones. This can lead to anxiety, restlessness, inability to focus, inflammation, brain fog and poor sleep. Having your blood sugar levels balanced can be key in supporting menopausal transition.
Menopause is a time to deeply nourish your cells with healthy foods and antioxidants.
Adopting a principled skincare routine with antioxidants, anti inflammatory, nourishing and hydrating ingredients can support skin health, integrity and appearance during menopause.
We understand a lot of the ingredients we read on skincare bottles can seem like another language, but that’s why Renude is here! Our Renude Aestheticians will support you along this momentous journey, helping to demystify those complicated ingredients list, select products from a range of brands that are right for you based on your changing skin needs.
If you would like to speak with a Renude aesthetician for skincare support during perimenopause or menopause, take our skin health quiz as a first step to receiving your personal routine.
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