The way we approach postmenopausal skincare is far different than the way we took care of it in our twenties. You may have stumbled into bed with a face full of makeup after a night of partying when you were in college but you can’t do that when you are older. Mature skin is much more delicate and requires special pampering to remain young-looking and supple. Your skin dries out as it ages which can cause it to become much more sensitive.
But, there’s no need to panic. Just because your skin is changing doesn’t mean your face will turn into a raisin. You will have to change your skincare routine a bit to adjust but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Hydrate like there’s no tomorrow
Older women need to hydrate inside as well as out. Always keep a water bottle by your side to sip throughout the day. Treat your skin to a moisturizing nightly skincare regimen specifically designed for mature skin. Start by cleansing gently to get rid of all the dirt and sweat, and then tone your skin with an alcohol-free toner. Then, layer on a light serum and a creamy moisturizer to replenish and nourish your skin. Make sure to extend your postmenopausal skin care routine to your neck and chest.
You can also try a more holistic approach, by moisturizing your skin with natural oils – Rosehip oil is particularly good for aging skin because it helps fade scars and sunspots. It will also help you improve your skin’s elasticity, brighten your complexion, and make your skin look velvety and radiant.
Eat more antioxidants
Antioxidants are a key element to postmenopausal skincare. They prevent the degradation of collagen that naturally occurs with age, and keeps your skin more firm and elastic. Some skin care products have antioxidants built-in, but for the best results, eat an antioxidant-rich diet.
Superfoods like goji and acai berries, quinoa, kale, flaxseed, and chia seeds are antioxidant powerhouses but you can also find them in blueberries, spinach, beans, nuts, and artichokes. Green tea is an excellent source, and drinking it daily will give you a clearer complexion, faster metabolism, and a healthier body.
Postmenopausal skincare supplements
While you should get most of your vitamins from eating a healthy diet, some supplements are beneficial for postmenopausal skin, especially if it’s prone to blotchiness or dry patches. Turmeric, for example, has a bioactive ingredient called curcumin, which is effective in fighting inflammation.
However, it can be difficult to consume enough of it large during a meal but is readily available to take in capsule form. A daily dose of a curcumin supplement can help combat dryness and eczema, and keep your skin smooth as well as fight joint pain, which is another perk.
Other postmenopausal skincare supplements to consider are coenzyme CoQ10, vitamin E, and omega-3s. Omega-3s are particularly important if you rarely eat foods like seafood or avocado because it softens and nourishes your skin.
Look for skin care products with the right ingredients for YOUR skin
Not everyone’s skin type is the same so it’s important to know what ingredients will benefit your individual skin care needs the most.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen are naturally found in your skin and moisturizers that contain them will keep your skin at its best.
Vitamin C, in serums, is light in texture and can easily penetrate the outer layers of your epidermis and brighten your complexion over time. Peptides and antioxidants are also beneficial, so look for them on the product label. There are also some ingredients to avoid, so do your research and be informed.
Wear SPF every day
Sunscreen not only prevents cancer, but also helps prevent wrinkles, age spots, and an uneven complexion. The trick is to wear it every single day, even in winter, and apply a layer of it underneath your other skincare and makeup products. It should be an important part of your postmenopausal skincare routine to not only protect your skin but also help your other products do a better job.
Above all, be gentle with your skincare as you age and treat yourself like a goddess. Indulge in high-quality products, pamper your complexion, and enjoy the gorgeous glow of your mature skin.
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What do you like to use on your postmenopausal skin? Please leave a comment below.