No matter which way you look at it, dealing with dull, dehydrated skin can be par for the course in menopause as your hormones are diminishing. Your skin can be your biggest cheerleader, or your worst confidante, telling all your lifestyle and health secrets. So let’s give your skin something to cheer about shall we?
You may be doing all the right things: using hyaluronic acid, spritzing on facial mists with precision and patting in the perfect amount of moisturizer—and yet, your skin still felt like a combo of straw and sandpaper. What’s up with that?
The answer, may be a super simple shift in how you are applying your product. After talking to thousands of women, I’ve found that a common snafu standing in the way of your skin feeling its best is applying your hydrating products to dry skin – both to your face AND your body. (That and not applying moisturizer with SPF 30+ every.single.day. – 80% of UV rays are getting through those clouds 365 days a year.)
Here’s why you should apply hydrating products onto damp skin.
As the humidity in the air fluctuates daily and seasonally, your skin needs an extra boost in its hydration status, which is why you may find your skin can lack luster as the weather gets cooler and drier.
This is why moisturizers and certain serums contain humectants, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which help pull in water to hydrate your skin. After you cleanse your face or get out of the shower, you want to lock that moisture in and applying your products with ingredients that help your skin do this is key. The humectants will have an easier time holding on to moisture if the skin is already moist. If you wait until your skin is completely dry, the humectants will still do their job— but they will “rob Peter to pay Paul” and pull water from your skin instead of the ambient air, which can leave your skin even drier than before.
Don’t panic, your face doesn’t have to be soaking wet making it a frustrating experience to slather on your moisturizer onto super slick skin. Rather, after cleansing, gently pat your face and body with a towel until it’s damp and your skin will lovingly accept your humectant-filled cream or serum.
If your skin feels a little too dry after cleansing—consider the cleanser you are using (some do contain humectants as well). Choose a gentle cleanser that is fragrance free. You may also want to choose a cleanser formulated for sensitive skin.
If you’ve been struggling with dry skin and doing “all the things”, try this tip—it’s not earth shattering or hot off the presses, but it is tried and true and will leave your skin gorgeous and glowing.
Want to feel beautiful and more like yourself again in menopause? Set up your free consultation today!