Collagen and Elastin fibers are the structural support that the skin needs to remain youthful.
Collagen production is stimulated by the hormone estrogen and this is necessary for the skin to remain firm and wrinkle free.
The problem with menopause is that this production of estrogen begins to wane and this causes a breakdown in the production of collagen.
The result of the decreased collagen is that the skin becomes slack and more susceptible to wrinkles.
There are other factors that are affected by menopause that also reduce the condition of the skin.
With the skin becoming increasingly fragile with age, the top layers of the skin, the epidermis and the dermis are more easily separated and this leads to the vulnerability to damage more easily.
The skin becomes less durable and more susceptible to cuts that would not have resulted in previous years.
As well as this, there is the problem that when cuts do occur, they take a lot longer to heal.
The same applies to bruises, that are easier to get, and often look somewhat more severe and they will generally take longer to disappear.
Due to the delicate nature of the skin during menopause and as we age there is a need to be a lot gentler than would be expected with the skin of a younger person.
This care even applies to the way that creams and cleansers are used on the skin and particularly the face.
As the skin ages and becomes more fragile it is necessary to avoid pulling the skin when applying skin care products.
By rubbing in creams and toners the skin can easily get ‘pulled’ and in doing so stretch it causing permanent damage if this is done on a regular basis.
It is better to pat the skin when applying lotions and make up.
Good quality moisturizers applied day and night will assist in maintaining the skin in the best possible condition and will be money well spent.