As menopause begins, you might notice several changes in the behavior of your skin. It may become drier, thinner, and dark spots may become more prevalent.

Women experience menopause when they no longer ovulate. When ovulation stops, the hormones your body produces, drastically decrease. As your estrogen levels decrease, so does the amount of collagen your skin produces.

Because low estrogen levels reduce your skin’s elasticity and ability to hold water, your skin becomes thinner, drier,  less resilient to the sun and much more reactive. Additionally, as your skin ages, cell turn over slows down and does not generate new skin cells as it used to, which makes the skin sag and appear older.

Consistent professional treatments help promote graceful aging. LED Therapy encourages collagen production and stimulates elasticity and firmness without damaging your skin. The microcurrent that is emitted stimulates the face all the way down to the facial muscles.  Ultrasound is tightening and brightening for the skin and when used with LED, promotes ATP energy. My Cryo-Facial can be essential in fighting the signs of aging. Cryogenically cooled air also stimulates collagen and elastin production and removes toxins from the top layer of the skin.

Throughout this transitional time, it is important to compliment your professional treatments with at home care. Sunscreen is key, and I recommend using MBR’s High Protection Body Lotion in SPF 30 as a preventative measure against further reduction of skin elasticity and hyper-pigmentation.

Additionally, keeping the skin hydrated is vital during menopause. Biologique Recherche Serum Colostrum is one of my favorites for dehydrated, reactive skin.  It is intensely moisturizing and contains milk proteins which enhance the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and improve its elasticity.  Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum moisturizes and increases skin cell regeneration through its powerful antioxidants and Biologique Recherche’s Creme MSR-H is formulated specifically for mature skin going through menopause.

While menopause can be hard on both the body and the mind, if you embrace the idea of aging gracefully, it can make a world of difference!

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