Effects of Menopause on Skin Series 2: Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!
Have you noticed your skin feeling drier as you age? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Many women do. Our SeeMe Beauty skin care product users have become an engaged, vocal community. We love when they reach out to us, and often what we hear from a lot of women is that they knew their skin was changing when it started feeling drier. We regularly hear comments like “no matter how much water I drink, or how much moisturizer I use, I just felt like I can’t keep my skin from feeling dry!” If you can relate to statements like that—know you are not alone. And it is a very real part of the changes that decreasing estrogen levels have on our entire bodies--especially our skin.
But don’t lose heart, there is so much we can do!
As the SeeMe Beauty community mentioned above—we also are big believers in drinking lots of water to keep our whole bodies hydrated, so keep up the effort for that inside-out healthy glowing skin. Our skin is our biggest organ, after all, and needs both internal and external help! Now that we know water will help from the inside, let’s discuss WHAT we put on the outside of our skin. WHEN we put it on can make a big difference as well.
If you read SeeMe Beauty’s first blog, Menopause Series 1, you may recall that skin becomes thinner as estrogen levels decrease. Unfortunately, thinner skin no longer holds as much moisture, so it becomes very important for us to nourish our skin by 1. replenishing the moisture our skin naturally loses throughout the day, and 2. protecting against moisture loss whenever possible.
So, what is a great replenishing & protecting skin ingredient? Let’s talk Hyaluronic Acid.
We have written before about how dermatologists recommend facial moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid and why. But the quick refresher is: hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse at absorbing moisture—one molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water—imagine the moisture delivery of that!
Did you know hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our bodies? It is actually found in many different places all over our bodies. BUT a full 50% of the hyaluronic acid found in our bodies is found in our skin. In fact, it is so important to our skin that high hyaluronic acid levels are associated with improved wound healing rates.
The bad news? Unfortunately, it is also well documented that hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease as we age. Makes sense why those bruises and scrapes take longer to heal than when you were a kid. Is there any good news?
There sure is! SeeMe Beauty skin care products contain hyaluronic acid. And it’s not just us, there is a reason that you are seeing so many products pop up that contain this natural wonder. Hyaluronic acid just that good at holding onto that precious moisture that our skin needs so badly.
What else helps keep skin moisturized? Timing is everything.
As you age, moisturizing your face is likely not a once a day event anymore either. Even if it used to be, many women find that as they age they need to reapply moisturizer more frequently to keep that hydrated skin feeling throughout their day. It is always better to keep our skin’s barrier strong and hydrated to PREVENT moisture loss as much as possible. This means moisturizing multiple times per day can be best for many women who struggle with dry feeling skin. Especially at night before bed, and after cleansing. It does take a little more effort, and remembering to drop that little moisturizer bottle into your gym bag or purse, but we think our skin is worth it!