Aging Skin? How CBD Skincare May Help Signs of Menopause
As makers of organic CBD skin care, we’re firm believers that skin at any age is beautiful.
Our skin protects our vital organs, allows us to move about in the world doing things we love, and can often alert us to imbalances in other parts of our bodies.
As we get older, our skin undergoes changes that are a reflection of the aging process–and that’s just a natural part of life.
If you’re a woman experiencing perimenopause or menopause and are beginning to see changes in your skin, CBD skincare may be exactly what you’re looking for to help your skin adjust, thrive, and regain its glow.
Why does skin change during menopause?
As women age, hormone levels change: estrogen levels begin to drop off, and menstrual cycles become irregular. The period leading up to menopause is called perimenopause, and it can last for upwards of two years, affecting women any time from their mid-30s to their mid-50s.
During perimenopause, periods may become irregular, hot flashes may occur, changes to sleep habits and mood swings may surface–and yes, skin changes may become noticeable to the naked eye.
Once a woman enters into menopause–considered to be 12 months after her last period–her estrogen levels drop further, and noticeable physical changes occur throughout the body.
Since estrogen helps skin retain moisture, keeps it looking plump, and helps skin retain elasticity and thickness, the significant drop in estrogen that occurs during perimenopause and menopause may alter how skin looks, feels, and functions.
Menopausal skin may experience the following signs of aging. Here’s how CBD skin care may help.
Age spots and sun damage
As we age, the skin “transgressions” of years past tend to become more visible. For some of us, age spots or sun spots begin to appear on our faces, chests, even our hands.
According to mayoclinic.org, “Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.”
Because full spectrum CBD has such a high concentration of antioxidants–compounds that combat free radicals, which may alter and damage skin cells and cause signs of aging–it works to help prevent further skin damage, and may help mitigate damage that has already occurred.
When free radicals are left unchecked, they can hinder the skin’s ability to repair itself, cause damaging inflammation, and break down collagen, which keeps skin looking plump and healthy.
All of these factors can eventually lead to skin discoloration by way of age spots, sun spots, and melasma. The potent level of antioxidants found in full spectrum CBD work to halt free radical damage and over time, may help to lessen the visible effects of this damage.
Dryness, crepiness, fine lines and wrinkles
Estrogen is the hormone that governs collagen and oil production in the skin. As women enter menopause and their estrogen levels dip significantly, the body’s collagen and oil levels also show significant decline, resulting in dry, sometimes itchy and crepey skin.
And, because estrogen also affects how the skin retains moisture, women in menopause may suddenly notice changes moisture levels not only in their faces, but on their arms, legs, elbows and knees–all over their bodies. Dry skin tends to show wrinkles more prominently, so a sudden change in skin texture may also reveal fine lines where they hadn’t been noticeable before.
According to Cedars-Sinai.org, “CBD may play a role in hydrating the skin and have anti-inflammatory effects, so using a product that contains CBD might help with treating dry skin or certain inflammatory skin disorders.”
And medicalnewstoday.com notes, “A 2019 study Trusted Source notes that CBD may be useful for treating some common symptoms of skin conditions, such as dryness and itching. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may be particularly useful for reducing potential triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.”
Incorporating an organic full spectrum CBD serum into your daily routine, such as MASK CBD Skincare Luminouss CBD Hydrating Serum, helps hydrate dry menopausal skin and encourages it to retain moisture throughout the day, thanks to a blend of full spectrum CBD, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera juice, and coconut water.
Tendency to bruise
Menopausal skin thins out over time, a result of–you guessed it–lower estrogen levels. Repeated sun exposure without SPF may heighten thinning skin, leaving it with a greater tendency to bruise.
The anti-inflammatory properties in full spectrum CBD make it ideal for helping thinning menopausal skin to feel and look healthier. When paired with other natural ingredients like healing arnica flower, found in MASK CBD Skincare Lip Stick, CBD may help alleviate the swelling and pain associated with bruised skin.
Redness and irritation
As we age, so does the acidic makeup of our skin. Around the age of 50, we begin to see changes to skin’s pH levels, and these changes can result in skin that’s more susceptible to redness, irritation, and overall more sensitive. Eczema and rosacea, even if you haven’t experienced them before, may suddenly begin to surface.
For many menopausal women, full spectrum CBD, with its plethora of anti-inflammatory properties, offers effective relief from skin that is red and irritated. According to DermatologyTimes.com, “Anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD are beneficial in treating such dermatologic conditions as acne, psoriasis and eczema due to reduction of dryness, irritation and redness. CBD-containing creams, oils, gels and serums not only moisturize and soothe the skin but are also showing encouraging results in relieving pain caused by certain skin disorders.”
Now that you know how powerfully effective CBD can be for skin at any age, which full spectrum CBD product will you be reaching for every day?