While menopause marks the end of getting menstrual periods each month, the side effects that come with this stage of life are just beginning. Hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, and trouble sleeping are common complaints. But the hormonal changes that occur during menopause affect the skin, too.
“This drop in hormone deflates the collagen which diminishes vascular and lymphatic circulation and moisturization,” says Dr. Ellen Marmur, Board Certified Dermatologist and founder of MMSkincare. “When estrogen levels decrease, the skin can also become saggy and dull.” Luckily, making a few tweaks in your skincare routine can help minimize the excessive dryness associated with menopausal, along with pre-menopausal skin.
The drop in hormones is an unavoidable part of life, but there are some practices in your skincare routine that could be exacerbating this side effect of menopause. Over-washing your face, central heat and air, cold climates, and even sweating profusely can all cause further dehydration. Other medical conditions can also be a contributing factor.