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So What's the Biggest Pain point for Women with Menopausal Skin?

shona munro skincare specialist Mar 16, 2024

As the new Pause & Unite skin health expert and as founder maker behind Skin Elixir, a multi award winning UK brand based in West Bridgford - Nottingham, I want to make sure that you're being assisted to understand why you may be having issues with your skin at this time in life.

The biggest issue we feel at this stage in short, is the loss of elasticity and firmness, which leads to sagging and wrinkles. Additionally, many of us experience increased dryness and sensitivity, as well as a decrease in collagen production, which can result in a dull and uneven skin tone.

Combined, these changes can have a significant impact on our self-esteem and confidence, making it a major source of frustration and discomfort during menopause.

So why is this happening?

During menopause, levels of oestrogen are decreasing which in turn leads to a host of changes in the skin. Oestrogen plays a key role in maintaining skin elasticity and moisture by promoting collagen production and increasing blood flow to the skin.

This decrease in oestrogen levels results in a reduction of collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity. Collagen is a protein that provides the skin with its structural support, while elastin allows the skin to stretch and bounce back. With decreased levels of these proteins, the skin becomes more prone to sagging and wrinkling.

Furthermore, the decline in oestrogen can also contribute to decreased sebum production, leading to dry and dull skin. In addition, changes in hormone levels can also make the skin more sensitive and prone to irritation and hormonal breakouts.

In summary, the physiologic changes in hormone levels during menopause result in a range of skin-related issues, including loss of elasticity, increased dryness, and sensitivity, and a decrease in collagen production, leading to changes in the appearance and texture of the skin. These changes are the primary reasons why menopausal skin presents a significant challenge us at this time in life.

The question I've been asked throughout my 8 years of making skincare and fielding questions and complaints from women our age, is can I deal with these issues naturally?

My answer is yes and ingredients play a big part. For example, several studies have pointed to the potential benefits of bakuchiol, black seed oil, moringa, and rosehip seed oil for addressing the aforementioned skin issues associated with menopause. You can find these ingredients across the Skin Elixir range.

Bakuchiol, a natural compound derived from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, has garnered attention for its potential anti-aging and skin-benefiting properties. Several studies have suggested that bakuchiol can o er benefits similar to retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, without the associated skin irritation or sensitivity. Research has shown that bakuchiol can help improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and enhance overall skin texture, making it a promising option for menopausal skin.

Black seed oil, derived from the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant, has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and skin-protective properties. Research has indicated that the bioactive compounds in black seed oil, such as thymoquinone and antioxidants, can help mitigate skin inflammation and oxidative stress, which can be particularly beneficial for menopausal skin experiencing sensitivity and dryness.

Black seed oil, has been studied for its potential effects on skin health. The oil is rich in thymoquinone, which has been investigated for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.

Menopause can lead to changes in skin health, including increased dryness and oiliness. The shifts in hormones can disrupt the balance of sebum production and skin hydration, leading to these skin concerns.

Research suggests that black seed oil may help to balance oily and dry skin during menopause due to its properties. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2017 found that thymoquinone exhibited significant anti-inflammatory effects in an animal model, which may be beneficial for addressing skin inflammation. In my 8 years experience it really is. Additionally, the oil's antioxidant properties could help protect the skin from oxidative stress, contributing to its overall health.

Moringa, also known as Moringa oleifera, is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids, making it an ally for menopausal skin. Studies have suggested that moringa oil can help protect the skin from oxidative damage, enhance moisture retention, and improve overall skin barrier function.

Rosehip seed oil, extracted from the seeds of the Rosa canina or Rosa rubiginosa plants, is renowned for its high content of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. Research has indicated that rosehip seed oil can help improve skin hydration, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and support overall skin health.

For more guidance on looking after your skin during perimenopause and beyond from Shona Munro  click the image below: 

 

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