Post-menopausal skin care tips

Post-menopausal skin care tips

As a woman goes through menopause, her body undergoes changes not just in her muscular, skeletal and reproductive systems -- but also her skin -- which experiences changes such as dryness and loss of elasticity.

During and after menopause, a woman’s skin begins to thin, sag and wrinkle as her body slows production of collagen. While there is nothing a woman can do to prevent or reverse the aging process entirely, she can certainly fight the appearance of aging with a good skin care regimen.

For some great information on how to fight against wrinkles, check out this Wrinkle-Reducing Skin Care Tips infographic.

For post-menopausal women, dermatologists suggest these tips to help keep skin looking young and healthy:

Choose creams wisely: Dry skin looks older. Use moisturizers containing glycolic acid to smooth and firm skin, and to help skin retain moisture. Additionally, using a cream that stimulates collagen production -- one that contains Vitamin A -- can reduce signs of aging.

Adjust your diet: Help your body retain moisture by adjusting your diet. Add Omega 3-rich foods such as salmon and flaxseed to your diet. Increase your water intake -- especially if you’re drinking coffee or other diuretics.

Block out the sun: As Chicago dermatologist Amy Brodskyin points out, most sun damage to skin happens at an early age, but it remains essential to protect your skin from the sun after menopause. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays,  advises San Antonio dermatologist Dr. Bahar Firoz.  The SPF rating should be at least 30, Dr. Firoz adds.

Exfoliate: Twice per week, exfoliate to help remove dead skin cells and to stimulate new cell growth.