Perimenopause: how it effects Skin and Skin Cells:
Understanding the Changes and How to Care for Your Skin.
Perimenopause is a transitional phase in a woman's life that typically occurs in her 40s or early 50s. For me it started at 43.
It marks the period leading up to menopause when hormonal fluctuations become more prominent. While most people are familiar with the well-known symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes and mood swings, fewer are aware of the significant impact it can have on the skin and skin cells.
I did some research about the impacts so I wanted to share what I found and explore the effects of perimenopause on the skin. Also discuss effective strategies for maintaining healthy, radiant skin during this transitional phase.
Collagen and Elastin Depletion:
Collagen and elastin are two essential proteins responsible for maintaining the skin's structure, elasticity, and firmness. As women enter perimenopause, their estrogen levels decline. Estrogen plays a vital role in promoting collagen production and preserving skin thickness. With reduced estrogen levels, collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down, resulting in sagging, thinning, and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Increased Dryness and Loss of Moisture:
During perimenopause, hormonal imbalances can disrupt the skin's natural moisture balance. Estrogen helps to maintain healthy levels of sebum, a natural oil that keeps the skin hydrated and supple. As estrogen decreases, sebum production declines, leading to drier skin. This increased dryness can make the skin appear dull, rough, and more prone to irritation and sensitivity.
Slowed Skin Cell Turnover:
In addition to collagen and moisture loss, perimenopause can also affect the skin's natural cell turnover process. As estrogen declines, the skin's ability to shed dead skin cells and generate new ones slows down. This can result in a dull, lackluster complexion, uneven skin tone, and the accumulation of dead skin cells, leading to clogged pores and the development of acne or breakouts.
Increased Sensitivity and Redness:
Hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause can make the skin more reactive and sensitive. The decrease in estrogen levels can compromise the skin's protective barrier, leaving it susceptible to external irritants and triggering inflammatory responses. This can lead to increased redness, irritation, and the development of conditions such as rosacea or eczema.
Skincare Tips for Perimenopausal Skin:
a. Hydration is Key: Moisturize your skin regularly using hydrating Face Oils like Nourished Skin Co's Organic Face Oil containing ingredients like Macadamia Oil, with essential fatty acids to replenish moisture and restore the skin's barrier function.
b. Boost Collagen Production: Incorporate skincare products with ingredients such as natural retinol, vitamin C, peptides, or growth factors into your routine. These can help stimulate collagen synthesis, improve skin elasticity, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Nourished Skin Co's Organic Eye Serum and Organic Face Oil contain several ingredients with all of these.
c. Exfoliation and Cell Renewal: Incorporate gentle exfoliation to encourage cellular turnover, remove dead skin cells, and reveal a fresher complexion.
d. Sun Protection: Shield your skin from harmful UV rays by using a natural sunscreen or sun protection with SPF. Sun protection plays a part for preventing further collagen breakdown and protecting against age spots and uneven pigmentation.
e. Balanced Diet and Lifestyle: Opt for a nutrient-rich diet, including fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins. Stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and manage stress levels to support overall skin health.
Perimenopause is a natural stage of a woman's life that can bring about significant changes to the body, the skin and skin cells. By understanding these effects and adopting a proactive skincare routine we can create balance and restore healthy skin cells.