“The change.” That’s how my grandmother used to refer to menopause. You’ve heard about menopause for so many years and now that it’s here, your skin seems to be going haywire. Most people associate the teenage years as the time in your life when you encounter the most difficult skin issues. In reality, you are just as likely to experience major skin changes while going through menopause. In fact, these issues may be even more dramatic now, as an aging component is added.
Menopause brings many side effects besides hot flashes and weight gain. All of the hormonal shifts can have a major impact on your skin.
Pimples. Many women are able to escape adulthood with nothing more than the occasional pimple. The hormonal changes associated with menopause create the perfect storm for acne to form. Testosterone levels are on the upswing, while estrogen levels decline. When testosterone levels increase, it also results in the sebaceous glands producing even more oil. Breakouts are more likely to appear at the chin, jawline, chest and back. These symptoms often begin at the onset on menopause.
Having a solid routine and using gentle facial skincare products is key to treating hormonal acne. Did you know that research indicates Niacinamide may help to treat acne? Natural essential oils like Rosemary and Lemongrass also may help to lessen breakouts. Our Daily Facial Moisturizer for Combination and Oily Skin contains all of those ingredients, yet will still give your skin the pampering nourishment it needs. We also recommend our Face Wash for Oily and Combination Skin to gently cleanse without stripping the skin.
It happens to all of us at one time or another — an errant hair we catch in the magnifying mirror. Most of us just take out our tweezers and the hair is gone. When you are going through menopause, however, darker and coarser hairs tend to crop up on the chin and other areas of the face. This is not just a nuisance. It can truly impact a woman’s self esteem. At home IPL treatments, in-office laser hair removal and a prescription called Vaniqua are options commonly recommended by dermatologists to minimize regrowth.
It is very important to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen at any age. As the production of melanin slows down with menopause, though, you are more likely to notice blotchiness, uneven tone and brown spots. You can lighten these patches of discoloration with products containing niacinamide or lemon essential oil, which can naturally help fade spots without harmful chemicals. A good choice is our Brightening Facial Moisturizer.
It seems to happen quickly. One day, your skin is tight and firm and the next it looks like it is starting to sag. At menopause, production of collagen dramatically slows down. When this happens, in many ways, your skin loses its support system. The connective tissue isn’t as strong and facial sagging may occur. Wrinkles begin to form with this loss of elasticity. Boost moisture and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with the plant-based natural anti-aging ingredients found in our Extra Moisturizing Face Cream.
D'Orientine S has skin regenerating properties, while Argan Oil may help slow down skin cell aging. Hydrolized Lupine Protein also helps to fight the visible signs of skin aging.
Cell turnover also slows down during menopause. This causes dead skin cells to remain on the skin longer than before, so they collect on the skin, leaving it dull and lackluster. There are natural ingredients that will help benefit the skin and improve clarity. Our Brightening Facial Moisturizer Lotion contains Lemon and Grapefruit Essential Oils to brighten skin, as well as sunflower seed oil, and sea kelp. Over time, skin will become more refreshed and your complexion will have a more healthy looking, radiant glow.
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, occasional anxiety is normal. Don't we all feel anxious in December? Children often feel anxious at the beginning of the new school year or the night before a big test. It's normal. I think any one of us can relate to that feeling.
But, then there are times when anxiety is more than a fleeting feeling. We're friends here. I've been sharing with you here on the Seed blog for several years. I've talked about everything from acne break outs to thoughts on skin aging. I think sometimes that it is therapeutic to write things down. If anything, I hope that sharing can help others.
Do you struggle with getting a good night's sleep? You may need to improve your sleep hygiene.
Sleep hygiene? Is that even real? Yes, it's a real thing! The National Sleep Foundation defines sleep hygiene as "a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness."
So, just what are some of these better practices and habits?
We wanted to create an easy guide that is basic for those of you who feel intimidated by the wide range of products on store shelves. I have been in the skin care industry for more than half my life. It is my job to know the ins and outs of products - but it should be easy for everyone else who is NOT in the skin care field.