We are all aware of the fact that hormones play a huge role in how our skin behaves and looks. While we often discuss how puberty and your monthly cycle affect your skin, menopause is a topic that is seldom discussed. Other than weight gain and hot flushes, menopause also affects your skin in several ways one of them being dry and flaky skin. Knowing about the effects will take you one step closer to resolving the issue, here’s everything you need to know...

what menopause does to your skin

Skin thinning

The hormone estrogen is responsible for modulating epidermal keratinocytes, melanocytes and dermal fibroblasts. Once women hit menopause, estrogen levels decrease significantly leading to thinning of skin and hair loss.

Aging

The decrease in estrogen levels also affects the collagen production of the skin. You lose the healthy fat under your skin and the elasticity of your skin also drops considerably. This is why you start noticing sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes, neck and jawline. Your skin tends to get dry easily, therefore skin long hot showers and instead add nourishing oil to your skincare routine. We recommend the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Overnight Oil-in-Serum.

Dark spots

Age spots or dark spots become more prominent around menopause. Skin cells like melanocytes that help produce melanin pigment are affected and therefore dark spots seem forever to fade. The best way to avoid them is by wearing a sunscreen every day. Use a skin lightening night cream such as the Lakme Youth Infinity Skin Sculpting Night Crème, it repairs your skin every night by targeting every problem related to aging.

what menopause does to your skin

Uneven skin tone

As your estrogen levels fall the collagen production also reduces. Eating healthy diet rich in antioxidants will make your skin look firm and youthful inside out. All bright coloured fruits and vegetables will give you the required amount of antioxidants.