The fall of oestrogen levels during menopause or after a hysterectomy is responsible for biological changes that occur within the body. The skin is also affected by these changes. Oestrogen is involved in the normal function of the skin. It helps to regulate the production of collagen, elastin, melanin and surface oil. Our facial skin has more oestrogen receptors than the skin on our body, so the effect of oestrogen decrease is likely to be more evident on our face than the body. Hormonal changes within the skin include decrease in collagen production and skin thinning, loss of elasticity and firmness, delay in wound healing, decreased hydration, skin permeability and hyper-sensitivity. Whilst it is not possible to stop the biological body clock, fortunately there are things that can be done to help offset the effects of hormonal ageing.
Protect your skin from the sun and extreme climatic conditions.
Hydrate your skin more often using rich, intensive moisturisers.
Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of filtered water.
Supplement your usual skin care routine with specifically designed moisturisers.
Consider taking oral phytoestrogen supplements.
Consult your physician regarding HR therapy.
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