A few years ago I had a conversation with my aunt about menopause and skin care. She told me that during this period, many women suffer from dryness and sensitivity of the skin. “You have to be very careful about the products you use,” she told me. “Some people react badly to even the mildest soaps” I took his advice to heart and started to be more selective with the skincare products I used. I had no idea that a few months later, I would start experiencing the same problems…

Sensitive skin is a common symptom of menopause. Hormonal fluctuations can make the skin thin and dry, making it more susceptible to irritation. For many women, this can be a frustrating, even painful experience. However, there are simple ways to soothe sensitive skin during menopause. Here are five of the best:

  1. Use mild cleansers.

Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers that can strip natural oils and upset the skin’s delicate balance. Look for products designed for sensitive skin or that contain ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile.

  1. Moisturize your skin regularly.

The changes that occur in a woman’s body during menopause can have a big impact on her skin. Estrogen levels decline, which can lead to dryness, thinning of the skin, and increased sensitivity. Also, hormonal changes can cause breakouts and other skin problems. To help combat these effects, it is essential to keep the skin hydrated to prevent dryness and irritation. Look for a thick, creamy moisturizer, and apply it liberally twice a day.

  1. Protect the skin from the sun.

Ultraviolet rays can exacerbate dryness and irritation, so it’s important to use sunscreen when spending time outdoors. To protect your skin during menopause, it’s important to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, even on cloudy days. Also, drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. By taking these simple steps, you can help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy for years to come.

  1. Avoid hot showers and baths.

As any woman approaching menopause knows, hot flashes and night sweats can make everyday activities uncomfortable to say the least. And while a steam shower may seem like a tempting way to cool off, it can actually irritate sensitive menopausal skin even more. This is because hot water washes away the natural oils that protect the skin, making it vulnerable to dryness, redness and itching. To clean yourself, use lukewarm water and limit your shower or bath to no more than 10 minutes.

  1. Consider using a humidifier.

Many women find using a humidifier beneficial. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, which can help soothe and protect the skin. Additionally, a humidifier can also help with other symptoms of menopause, such as fatigue and headaches. For women struggling with sensitive skin during menopause, a humidifier may be just what they need to find relief.

  1. Prefer PHA scrubs.

PHA-based exfoliants are great for sensitive skin during menopause because they have a larger molecular size. This means they don’t penetrate the skin as deeply and are therefore less likely to cause irritation. PHA scrubs are also great for dry skin, as they help exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. To use a PHA scrub, simply massage it into damp skin using circular motions. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Then apply your usual moisturizer.

  1. Omega-3 acids are your best ally.

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help alleviate some of the symptoms of sensitive skin. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel or sardines are an excellent source of omega-3s, so be sure to include them in your diet. Borage and evening primrose oils are also beneficial for the skin of postmenopausal women. So don’t be afraid to experiment with different oils until you find one that works for you.

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