Can HydraFacial help with Menopause and Dry Skin?
The menopause causes a lot of symptoms, some less known than others, and dry skin is one of them. We’ve researched everything you need to know surrounding menopause skin changes, the causes, reasons why and how to cure them.
The symptoms of menopause
The menopause is the name of the biological process where women gradually stop having periods and experience fluctuating hormone levels. The first signs of menopause can occur between your 40s and 50s and are often accompanied by a variety of physiological symptoms.
Some of them are:
- Short, sudden bursts of heat (hot flushes)
- Night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Reduced sex drive
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Itchy skin
- Increased hair growth
What does menopause do to your skin?
Throughout the menopause, your body undergoes a series of hormonal changes and imbalances. This imbalance of hormones, specifically the significant decline of estrogen levels, can cause a number of skin issues. Some can be:
- Menopausal dry skin
- Itchy skin
- Wrinkled, aging skin
- Menopausal acne
Estrogen, interchangeable with oestrogen, is the hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system. Although present in both men and women, however, women produce higher levels of it.
As oestrogen levels change, the skin changes too. The link between hormones and the skin is key, as skin is very sensitive to hormonal fluxes, so as you enter the menopause, it’s very common to experience epidermal and dermal side effects.
The sebaceous glands are responsible for releasing sebum (oil) across the skin’s surface, known as the epidermis. The oil acts as a barrier between your skin and external damage and keeps it protected and lubricated.
The sebaceous glands are extremely receptive to changes in hormones and may respond by over producing sebum, resulting in menopausal skin breakouts and acne. Or alternatively, by underproducing sebum which strips the skin of its natural oils and results in dry, itchy skin.
The changing levels of oestrogen not only affect the outer layer of skin, but can also cause changes within the skin’s structure.
The dermis is the part of the skin where a range of cellular interactions occur that directly affect the appearance of the skin. The dermis provides elasticity to the skin and produces essential skin-firming proteins, like collagen and elastin.
Therefore, when you enter the menopause, the reduction of hormones can stunt the production of collagen, causing the skin cells to age faster, begin to sag and cause fine lines and wrinkles to become more prominent.
Dry skin menopause treatment
Luckily, there are many skin and professional treatments to help cure aged, dry and itchy menopausal skin.
Things to try at home:
Dry skin is often exacerbated by washing in hot water, harsh cosmetic products and low humidity. So by washing your skin with lukewarm water and moisturising with a heavy, emollient cream afterwards can help retain moisture and reduce dryness and itchiness.
Avoiding the use of harsh cosmetics can also help. Be sure to switch to water-based, gentle formulas to reduce unnecessary aggravation of the skin.
Investing in a humidifier can also help with chronic dry skin and may improve skin issues caused by menopause by keeping the air full of moisture.
To help aged skin, adding skin care ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, glycolic acid and retinol into your regime helps to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.
Professional treatments for menopausal skin
- Professional facials (HydraFacial) – quickly targets visible skin concerns non-invasively, without any side effects or downtime. Can help target itchiness, dryness and restore a youthful complexion to aged skin.
- Hormone replacement therapy – helps treat the physiological symptoms of menopause like hot flushes, night sweats and epidermal hydration. Can increase production of diminished hormones like oestrogen.
- Acne treatments – to help control menopausal induced breakouts and acne. Helps regulate normal sebaceous gland function which can prevent future spots.
- Collagen production – an anti-ageing treatment to boost collagen levels and alleviate the signs of aging accelerated through menopause.
The most recommended route to take for treating dry skin is having regular HydraFacials. HydraFacial is not only immensely powerful in treating menopausal skin, but is probably the best facial treatment for aging skin.
At DestinationSkin, we offer a range of HydraFacials, all working in six steps to thoroughly nourish the skin, reduce dryness and give you back a youthful complexion. It is the best facial for aging, tired skin which not only targets dryness, but can also reverse the signs of ageing and promotes a firmer complexion overall.
During a HydraFacial, you can expect your skin to be flooded with important skin care ingredients like:
- Hyaluronic and lactic acid – to firm and create an even complexion. Essential in keeping the skin looking youthful
- Salicylic and glycolic acids – to exfoliate, brighten and treat spot-prone skin. Helps regulate sebum production
- Organic botanical serums – to cleanse, hydrate and tone the skin. Improves water retention that ensures long lasting hydration
- Antioxidants and peptides – to fight against skin cell damage and leave your skin glowing. Has anti-ageing properties
- Vitamin A and C – to restore skin radiance and promote stronger skin health. Helps to unclog pores that lead to a dull, dry complexion
HydraFacial is also a collagen boosting treatment (yes, it really is!). During the final stage of the facial, called the Stimulate phase, you can expect your HydraFacial expert to use LED light technology to activate the production of collagen and elastin. Infrared light treatments work to restore the skin to its former glory by triggering cell renewal, repairing damaged skin, improving skin tone and replenishing collagen levels lost throughout the menopause.
- Menopause can cause many symptoms and some are not very well known, such as dry, itchy and acne-prone skin
- Skin issues occur in menopause due to decreased levels of oestrogen
- Skincare products can alleviate some menopausal skin concerns but may take time
- HydraFacials are the best way to target dry skin and improve your complexion and reduce wrinkles instantly
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