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Natural Ways to Treat Menopausal Skin and Hair

Menopause symptoms like hot flushes, mood swings, lack of energy and vaginal dryness can be hard to deal with. Of course, you can try to put on a brave face and do your best to tackle whatever the day throws at you.

But what about when your skin has suddenly started to look dry and wrinkly, and your hair is brittle and falling out too? This can seriously knock your confidence, and make navigating menopause - and whatever else life throws at you - even more of a challenge.

Itchy, dry, wrinkly skin, hair thinning and hair loss are common menopause symptoms and, as they are some of the most visible changes that happen to your body at this time, they can be among the hardest to come to terms with.

So why exactly does your skin itch during menopause? Why is it so affected? And why does your hair look and feel different too? The answers lie in your hormones.

Skin Changes During Menopause

Collagen is a natural protein in the skin that is vital for keeping it looking healthy, plump and smooth. Everyone’s collagen levels naturally begin to decline as they get older, which is why skin wrinkles with age.

But in menopausal women, the onset of wrinkles can be much more sudden and pronounced, because a healthy supply of oestrogen is needed for a good level of collagen production.

So, when oestrogen levels drop, triggering menopause, your skin can be one of the first parts of your body to be affected. As a result, your skin might be more itchy than usual, it may feel dry, look more wrinkled and its ability to heal could be affected too.

This doesn’t just have to be something you just put up with though - you need to find a menopause treatment containing ingredients that will mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body. For example, Femarelle® Rejuvenate contains biotin, which can contribute towards keeping your skin and hair in good condition.

It’s also important to keep hydrated so your skin isn’t drying out even more and to make sure your body is getting all the vitamins it needs - again, you can find these in most menopause supplements.

What Causes Hair Loss in Menopause?

Thinning hair in menopause can simply be down to ageing, but it can also be due to that drop in oestrogen levels. Collagen is thought to play a role in healthy hair growth too, so hormonal changes during menopause can leave your hair feeling dry, brittle, thin, at risk of snapping off and falling out.

Stress can contribute to hair loss as well, so if you’re experiencing severe mood swings in menopause, this could exacerbate your hair loss, as could worrying over other symptoms.

For many of us, our hair is our crowning glory, so menopausal hair loss can massively affect our confidence, and stressing over it could create something of a vicious circle, so you need to find a way to break this cycle.

How to Manage Hair and Skin Changes During Menopause

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking vitamin supplements for healthy skin and hair growth could help you to manage hair and skin changes during menopause, but did you know some supplements specifically designed to ease menopause symptoms contain these essential vitamins?

Menopause supplements can help you to manage multiple menopause symptoms, including changes to your skin and hair, helping to boost your confidence and leave you feeling more like yourself again.

Having your hair cut a little shorter could also help to give it the illusion of looking thicker and make it easier to manage, but you shouldn’t have to put up with this as a solution - and you don’t have to.

You’ll find supplements to help you to manage menopause symptoms, including hair and skin changes, from brands including Femarelle® in our online shop.

Sources:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165%2F11589180-000000000-00000

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2133.2011.10629.x

https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopausal-hair-loss/