Menopause--- that time of life all women believe is still years away – creeps up on us in our 40s and may keep us guessing and experiencing symptoms for up 10 or more years.
But what is Menopause?
Menopause is the natural decline and ending of production of reproductive hormones. It is the opposite of puberty and has its own set of physical challenges from hot flashes, to irregular bleeding, to dryness.
Perimenopause usually begins in our 40s and 51 is the average age we enter menopause. For some women, this time can become an overwhelming hormonal nightmare.
What does Menopause mean for your skin?
Changes in your skin can start a few years before menopause, usually around your mid-40’s. The levels of estrogen, which produce the collagen and natural oils for moisturizing skin, drop as we approach mid-life. As estrogen diminishes, our skin begins to feel drier, rougher to the touch, and may be itchy, red or flaky. In addition, hyaluronic acid, which is prolific in our skin as children, drops significantly.
As you probably remember, hyaluronic acid is a very powerful humectant, which is naturally formed in the skin. This molecule binds itself to our cells and collagen to keep skin plump and moist. Lower levels can make our skin dull and less elastic, which eventually leads to sagging skin and wrinkles.
Going through the “change” means changing your skin care
The products that we used in our 20s and 30s on our skin, may not “do the job” any longer as our skin naturally changes. During menopause we become emotionally irritable and physically uncomfortable internally. And, we don’t want to see these symptoms expressed on our face. How can we help our skin during this change which for some women can last 10-15 years?
Let’s review how menopause affects our skin, and how turning to natural ingredients is effective for our changing skin and skin care routine.
What is happening to my skin?
Leading dermatologists estimate that collagen levels drop to 30% in the first five years after menopause. Since collagen is responsible for the thickness and elasticity of our skin, it leads to thinner skin, and more obvious wrinkles. Collagen is an essential element for skin thickness. Women may notice they have more wrinkles and that their skin is less firm than before.
So, now is the time to pay attention to your skin. What was once normal may change dramatically. Women with oily or combination skin may be surprised to develop dry areas. Skin may become sensitive or allergic to ingredients or products they have used for years. Another interesting side effect to the pre-menopausal and post-menopausal skin is that skin may be red, itchy, sensitive and dry.
Aging Skin – Treat it well and it will treat you well
Now, more than ever, it’s time to read the ingredients lists. And, it’s time to jettison the use of harsh ingredients in many skin care products: Many bath soaps, skin lotions and other skin care products contain innocent sounding ingredients that actually remove good natural oils which end up drying out your skin!
Skin irritants to avoid include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), the chemical compound that makes soaps and shampoos foamy. Another culprit is triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps and deodorants. Also, steer clear of synthetic dyes and colors, and probably the worst culprit of all: alcohol.
It’s a good idea to double check the labels on products in your bathroom, and look for these ingredients: “alcohol, denatured alcohol, ethanol.” Alcohol will show up most often in toner, lotions and gel products. Other drying ingredients include retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and the overuse of exfoliants.
Don’t worry –We have an alternative you can trust
Ayr skin care was developed especially for premenopausal through post-menopausal skin. Our line of products addresses the need to keep the skin hydrated and nourished. With day and night creams that offer a 72-hour moisture well of deep hydration, we make it easy to enjoy long lasting and effective hydration for your parched skin.
If you have a day that calls for more moisture, adding a drop or two of our Fair Trade Marula oil pressed into the skin adds a thicker layer to lock in moisture. Your skin may be drier seasonally, or just day to day, and adding marula oil allows you to give your skin soothing hydration whenever needed.
Our vegan formulas also avoid ingredients like soy, gluten and perfumes and color. And we leave out the parabens, alcohol, and synthetics that can cause more sensitivities and allergies as our skin changes.
One of the things most skin care lines appeal to is the vulnerability we face as our skin changes during menopause. We’re surprised with changes and are often left trying to figure out what will work now. And here’s the bottom line –as we age we spend between $100 and $300 per month more on our skin. Skin care is the largest segment of the $445 billion-dollar beauty industry and there’s a lot of noise and confusing promises out there.
So, now it’s more important than ever to make sure your skincare is truly effective and delivers on its promise.
Not all skin care lines are created the same
Many skincare lines, including some of the biggest names in the world, use unnecessary silicones and mineral oils to create the silky texture we all want, but they offer no benefits to your skin.
Knowing they do little for the skin, we at Ayr Skin Care avoid these ingredients. And, as innovators, we’ve looked for natural alternatives. In fact, we’ve developed our own silicone replacement (patent pending) which delivers smooth application, dries to a matte finish, and is made with all natural, vegetable-based ingredients. Our creams –which must be felt to be believed—are rich in antioxidants, to create deep hydration in the skin, and naturally boost collagen production for a brighter, smoother complexion. We blend naturally derived peptides and probiotics to work in tandem to feed the skin, in formulas free of irritating ingredients. And, we focus on areas most vulnerable to the aging processes including the sensitive eye area and full body moisture including our hands.
Menopause is a time for additional care
We believe in great skin care whatever your age. But menopause is a time to add some additional steps to your daily routine for top-down wellness and care.
- Be sure to keep skin moisturized with natural ingredients
- Keep your body hydrated
- Use sunscreen and a hat when outdoors
- Eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural fats
- Get 8 hours of restful sleep
Menopause often comes at a time when we are caring for older children, spouses, aging parents and we even may experience ailments of our own. It’s easy to become overburdened, stressed and –at these times—we may really need a shoulder to cry on!
So, remember to be your own best friend and advocate. Get a support group, or a good friend, and lean on them regularly to remain positive. But, the best advice we can offer is to develop balance. Take time for yourself to recharge, whether you are entering menopause soon, or knee deep in hot flashes! Take time to take a warm (or cold!) bath, put on a home-made mask of organic honey, read a book, take a walk or simply relax. Just try to find time to slow down. Your body, and your skin, will thank you for it!
Bye for now!
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