Even though the society in which we live today is quite open and people aren’t afraid to speak their minds, at a societal level, gender bias still looms large.
Almost half of us fail to recognize menopause symptoms at first putting it down to stress.
Why is it such a big taboo?
Menopause is a natural process and for half of the world’s population is just something that we need to learn how to deal with. But are you prepared for it? Many women feel as if there’s not enough information or discussion out there.
Even though there’s a wide range of symptoms besides the typical hot flashes, mood swings, and brain fog, most women struggle with…
Why is that?
Well, even a couple of years before having menopause some changes are starting to happen to your skin. One of the changes is caused because we begin to produce less estrogen and less collagen.
As we know collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies and one of the major building blocks for our skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The loss of collagen production, therefore, leads to wrinkles, enlarged pores, and dry, sagging skin.
And it is not only about the looks. Collagen is very important for skin protection from sun damage. So, make sure to use sunblock every time you leave the house. That will reduce the chances of developing dangerous skin cancers, age spots, and darkening of the skin.
What can we do to help our skin mitigate collagen loss?
It’s simple. Make sure you use the components that can help to protect and hydrate your skin. Moisturizing is very important as it traps water in our skin. That gives your skin a more youthful appearance.
Here is a list of components to implement in your skincare routine that will help to keep your skin healthy during and after menopause.
Hyaluronic acid as well as collagen and estrogen in found naturally in our skin. Unfortunately, your body’s ability to produce all three of these decreases with age. Why it is important to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your beauty rituals? Skincare products with hyaluronic acid help to draw and hold water, therefore helping to keep your skin hydrated.
Retinol and retinoids
Products that contain retinol and retinoids might be the answer to your prayers. They help to regenerate your skin at a faster pace. Topical retinol stimulates collagen and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. It is a great tool against skin aging. But be aware that retinoids come in different concentrations, and they can be harsh to sensitive skin. Start with products with a lower concentration and build your way up or consult with your dermatologist.
If you have sensitive skin, this is your go-to alternative to retinol. It is less irritating and consists of vegan ingredients. Bakuchiol is an ingredient derived from the Psoralea corylifolia plant and it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Its function is like retinol, and it increases cell turnover.
This acid is a form of vitamin C and is very common in skincare products. It is a powerful antioxidant that works its magic by neutralizing the free radicals in our skin. Free radicals cause oxidative stress and can lead to premature skin aging. It is essential to the collagen production in skin cells, protects against sun damage, and reduces pigmentation.
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