How to Hydrate Skin: 8 Tips for Menopausal Skin
By Pause Well-Aging | July 19, 2021
No matter what age we are, hydrating our skin is an important part of our well being and skin care routine. But as we approach menopause, skin hydration becomes especially important. Menopausal skin goes through a number of changes as our estrogen levels decrease. That means the amount of collagen - the protein that binds our skins together - decreases, and wrinkles and lines begin to be shown.
But changes to skin tone and texture are no reason to fret; properly hydrating your skin can help ease your skin through this transition. Discover the best ways to hydrate your skin as your body goes through the three stages of menopause.
Menopause Skin Changes
Your skin undergoes many changes during menopause, including thinning, wrinkling, and -- you guessed it-- drying out. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, during the first 5 years of menopause, collagen production drops about 30%. As this happens, skin loses some of its ability to retain water. If dry skin is left unaddressed, skin can even become itchy and irritated. But there are plenty of ways to alleviate dry skin during menopause.
8 Tips for Keeping Your Skin Hydrated During Menopause
Now that we know some of the ways menopause affects our skin, let's look at the ways that we can do something about it.
Tip 1. Use hydrating skin care products
Using products that hydrate your skin is one of the most effective ways to maintain your skin's healthy look, and there are a variety to choose from
- Cleansers that both help with excessive dryness and breakouts, removing impurities, makeup and the extra oil your body is producing, while also hydrating.
- Detox serums help with the occasional breakouts that occur during menopause, but make sure to find one that doesn’t dry out the skin. You want to keep your skin’s oil and water levels in balance with each other.
- Moisturizers, as the name suggests, play a critical role in hydrating your skin, often utilizing ingredients that are rich in fatty acids to soften and heal dry skin.
Tip 2. Drink More Water
Drinking plenty of water is essential to hydrating your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated will help improve skin health but needs to be paired with a topical moisturizer.
Tip 3. Gently Wash Your Skin
If you see too much soap on your skin when you apply, stop! This can lead to increased skin irritation and dry skin. Instead, apply a modest amount of soap (preferably a hydrating cleanser) to your face and then gently wash it off.
Tip 4. Check The Weather
When it gets cooler out, the air gets drier, which can lead to dry skin. During the colder months you can still take positive steps to keep your skin hydrated. They include using moisturizer before you go out; take warm showers, as opposed to hot; and wear heavier clothes so your skin is protected from the cold weather.
Tip 5. Eat Hydrating Foods
There are plenty of foods with water in them that will help keep your body hydrated, and you probably eat some of them already. For instance, strawberries and cantaloupe have 90 percent water content. So if you’re hungry and want to eat something that won’t dehydrate your skin, find a nutritious snack with lots of water.
Tip 6. Use A Humidifier
Want more water without drinking it? Use a humidifier. While they spread across the room you’re in, your body will take in the water which will help keep your skin hydrated.
Tip 7. Try a Hydrating Overnight Face Mask
The right face mask can give skin a hydration boost as an extra step in your skin care routine. There are plenty of masks to choose from. To hydrate skin, look for a face mask with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants like Vitamins C and E to help reduce fine lines.
Tip 8. Relax
There have been tons of studies that show stress can lead to dry skin, or even make your skin irritations worse. Long story short, it’s a chemical reaction. So one of the best ways to help hydrate your skin is to relax. So figure out what calms your nerves best and make time for it.
Pause Well-Aging: Support for Your Menopause Skin Care Needs
Pause was created to help women journey through menopause the way they want to, feeling good about – quite literally – the skin they are in. Keeping skin hydrated is another part of aging comfortably. Explore our moisturizers and hydrating treatments to see which ones are right for you.
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