Your skin and menopause: how to reconcile the two

Menopause – like perimenopause, that precedes it – brings about a number of major changes in a woman's body. This reduction in hormone production causes several symptoms, including an accelerated aging of the skin. Here's a quick guide to better understand the changes and minimize their effects.

What happens exactly?

Menopause affects your epidermis in a number of ways. In its early stages, menopause causes a considerable decrease in DHEA, also known as the youth hormone, as well as in collagen and elastin, two proteins responsible for the density and elasticity of your skin. As a result, the skin appears looser, particularly around the neck, cheekbones and jaw line. Next, there’s a reduction in fat cells. In the end, your skin loses more than half of its fatty acids, becoming dryer and darker. It also becomes thinner and weaker, causing more lines, wrinkles and dark spots to appear.

What can you do to cope? Adapting your skincare routine is a pretty good start!

Menopause

Stay firm!

Firming, redensifying, restructuring: these are the roles that our skin-care products should play right from the first signs of menopause. For day or nighttime use, choose creams that are rich in active ingredients that will stimulate the production of collagen and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C, E and hyaluronic acid are important allies. Want a more intensive rejuvenation? Add an ultra-concentrated serum that will reinforce the plumping effect of your other skincare products while concealing red patches and dark spots.

Good to know: If hot flashes and night sweats are making your life miserable, look for more refreshing and mattifying formulas created to minimize the effects those symptoms have on your skin.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

As it loses its fat cells, your skin also loses its ability to retain moisture, which is why proper hydration—already a must—becomes more and more vital as menopause advances. Look for products with rich textures and highly nourishing ingredients (bee’s wax, Argan-oil extracts, etc.). Need something extra? Fortified active ingredients, like calcium, help prevent the skin from becoming excessively thin.

A few extra tips…

  • Choose products that offer protection from UV rays and free radicals, two major causes of skin aging.   
  • Use a milk-based makeup remover when you can; it’s less likely to damage the hydrolipidic film (the ultra-thin layer of oil and water that coats your skin).
  • Choose products specially designed for the areas around your eyes and mouth, where the skin is more delicate, requiring more care than a simple face cream can provide.
  • Once or twice a week, end your daily beauty routine by applying a moisturizing or brightening mask.

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Your skin and menopause: how to reconcile the two

Menopause – like perimenopause, that precedes it – brings about a number of major changes in a woman's body. This reduction in hormone production causes several symptoms, including an accelerated aging of the skin. Here's a quick guide to better understand the changes and minimize their effects.
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