Transitioning from perimenopause through to menopause and beyond can bring about many changes, including changes to our skin. From sagging, dryness and wrinkles to acne, these issues often stem from the hormonal shifts we are experiencing at this time. But don’t worry, there are natural ways to support and rejuvenate your skin during this time. Read on to get my best tips for natural menopause skin care.
Menopause & Skin: What is going on?
With declining oestrogen levels that we experience in menopause, we can see a lot of skin issues – everything from sagging skin, lines and wrinkles, dryness, itching and even a return of teenage-like acne.
And the key reason is that with that loss of oestrogen, we see a decline in collagen, a decline in elasticity and a decline in hydration. For some women, fluctuating hormones can lead to an increase in the male hormone testosterone and hence acne and unwanted facial hair.
Those previously high levels of oestrogen kept our skin lovely and plump, firm and hydrated and now things are a little more challenging. But we have lots of lovely natural tools to support our skin.
Natural Skin Care Tips For Menopause
Phytoestrogens are plant-based oestrogens that balance our oestrogen levels. They include flaxseed, maca, edamame beans, organic fermented soy products like tempeh and tofu and some fruits and vegetables.
We can also support our body’s production of collagen with collagen powder or by using bone broths. If you are using bone broths, just make sure you are getting bones from organic, grass-fed animals as heavy metals and toxins are stored in bones.
The skin will tell you what is going on with the gut. Whilst we are focused on the external, often it’s the internal that needs our attention. Make sure to focus on good gut health – lots of pre and probiotic fibre, a vast array of colour vegetables, and fermented foods.
Fats are essential for skin health, for hormone production and especially for dryness of any kind. Try to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids like avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds and oily fish daily and avoid inflammatory seed oils which can cause free radical damage.
Ensure you’re drinking enough filtered water daily, especially if your skin is dry. Hydration is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and overall health.
Avoid Inflammatory Foods
Foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, additives and preservatives are inflammatory and will cause oxidative stress which is incredibly ageing. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants and choose food in its most natural state as possible.
Choose toxin-free, perfume-free skincare products. Avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals and opt for products that nourish and heal your skin.
Choose plant-based ingredients. Frankincense, cactus oil, and Vitamin C-rich plants like Kakadu Plum offer natural rejuvenation. My favourite brands for clean products that use natural ingredients are Neal’s Yard, Weleda and Tropic.
The tissue salt combination of Calc Phos, Calc Flur and Silica acts like an anti-ageing tonic, giving support and structure as well as promoting connective tissue and elasticity.
Menopause is a time of change, but it also brings the opportunity to nurture your skin naturally. By focusing on these aspects, you can maintain radiant, healthy skin through your menopausal journey.