I JUST ENTERED PERIMENOPAUSE. SHOULD I EXPECT CHANGES IN MY SKIN?

Menopause

Dr. Kathy Fields: The short answer is—yes. Common physical manifestations of perimenopause and menopause due to a decline in the hormone estrogen include: dry, crepey skin; wrinkles and sagging; slow skin turnover leading to dull skin and large pores; acne; thinning hair; brittle nails with ridging; weight gain and cellulite. Fortunately, growing evidence suggests that early intervention can thwart some of these undesirable effects.

Collagen is an important protein that’s vital for skin elasticity. During the first five years of menopause, an astounding 30 percent of skin collagen is lost. As discussed by Dr. Diane Madfes at the American Academy of Dermatology this past summer, the “timing hypothesis” theorizes that there’s a window of opportunity to stimulate collagen receptors before they are too far gone. Any trusted method of collagen stimulation can be effective, but early intervention is the key to possible skin benefits.

Start today by helping your skin look firmer in small ways. Always wear sunscreen to avoid collagen loss due to UV exposure; choose a good low-sugar, low-carb diet; and exercise regularly.

When you notice those first unavoidable signs of sagging, loss of elasticity or wrinkles, it’s time to take more definitive steps. Try REDEFINE Regimen to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and help create firmer-looking skin with the clinically proven AMP MD™ Micro-Exfoliating Roller and Night Renewing Serum. Using REDEFINE MACRO-Exfoliator™ for Extreme Smoothness and Radiance once a week can also make a difference in sluggish, menopausal skin. If you have ongoing concerns about menopause symptoms, discuss the pros and cons of estrogen supplementation with your doctor.