Perimenopause and your skin

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Perimenopause and your skin: A Guide by Therapy by Sam Baggott

Perimenopause is a natural transitional phase leading up to menopause, typically starting in a woman’s 40s but sometimes as early as her mid-30s. During this time, hormonal fluctuations can cause a range of physical and emotional changes. One of the most noticeable changes for many women is the effect on their skin. At Therapy by Sam Baggott, we understand how challenging this period can be and are here to offer advice and support to help you maintain healthy, glowing skin throughout perimenopause.

The Impact of Perimenopause on Your Skin

  1. Dryness and Loss of Elasticity

During perimenopause, oestrogen levels begin to decline, which can lead to reduced oil production. This decrease in natural oils can result in drier skin. Additionally, lower oestrogen levels can affect the skin’s elasticity, making it more prone to sagging and wrinkles.

  1. Acne and Breakouts

Hormonal fluctuations can also trigger an increase in androgens, which stimulate the production of sebum. This excess oil can clog pores and lead to acne, even if you haven’t experienced breakouts since your teenage years.

  1. Sensitivity and Redness

As your skin’s barrier function weakens, it can become more sensitive to environmental stressors and skincare products. This increased sensitivity can cause redness, irritation, and inflammation.

  1. Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation

The cumulative effect of sun exposure over the years, combined with hormonal changes, can lead to the development of age spots and hyperpigmentation. These dark patches can appear on the face, hands, and other areas frequently exposed to the sun.

How to Care for Your Skin During Perimenopause

  1. Hydration is Key

To combat dryness, focus on hydrating your skin from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and incorporate hydrating products into your skincare routine. Look for moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which help to lock in moisture and restore the skin barrier.

  1. Gentle Cleansing

Opt for gentle, sulphate-free cleansers that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Over-cleansing can exacerbate dryness and sensitivity, so stick to a mild cleanser that effectively removes dirt and makeup without causing irritation.

  1. Targeted Treatments

Incorporate targeted treatments to address specific concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, and loss of elasticity. Retinoids can help to increase cell turnover and reduce the appearance of fine lines, while vitamin C serums can brighten the skin and fade dark spots. However, these potent ingredients can be irritating, so introduce them gradually and follow with a soothing moisturiser.

  1. Sun Protection

Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial at any age, but it becomes even more important during perimenopause. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days. This will help prevent further damage and hyperpigmentation.

  1. Professional Treatments

Consider professional treatments to enhance your skincare routine. At Therapy by Sam Baggott, we offer a range of services designed to address the unique challenges of perimenopausal skin. Treatments like Dermalogica Skincare Therapy, CACI Non Surgical Therapy, Pro Power Peel Therapy, Nano Infusion and facials can rejuvenate the skin, improve texture, and promote a more youthful appearance.

  1. Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Your skin reflects your overall health, so maintaining a balanced lifestyle is essential. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats to provide your skin with the nutrients it needs. Regular exercise can also improve circulation and help manage stress, which can positively impact your skin.

Conclusion

Perimenopause can be a challenging time, but with the right skincare routine and professional support, you can maintain healthy, radiant skin. At Therapy by Sam Baggott, we are dedicated to helping you navigate these changes and feel confident in your skin. Book a consultation with us today to discover how we can support you through every stage of your skin journey.

For personalised skincare advice and treatments tailored to your needs, visit Therapy by Sam Baggott. Let’s embrace this new chapter together and celebrate the beauty of every stage of life.