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: In case of hot flashes and night sweats, 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.

Our suggestions

GLOWFIX Overnight Radiance Recovery Cream, 30 ml
IDC Dermo

GLOWFIX Overnight Radiance Recovery Cream, 30 ml

A powerful perfecting formula that does double duty as an overnight hydrator and brightening concentrate. Cocooning your skin with its whipped texture, this cream reveals visibly brighter, more even-toned and rested looking skin by the morning. Infused with pro-oxygen agents, encapsulated acids, nutri-lipids to optimize your skin's oxygen supply and overnight radiance regeneration. REGEN(16) is our most advanced anti-aging technology, and when combined with illuminating pigments, it revives and perfects the appearance of the skin for an overnight complexion transformation.

Extra-Firming Day SPF 15  Wrinkle Control, Firming Day Cream, 50 ml
Clarins

Extra-Firming Day SPF 15 Wrinkle Control, Firming Day Cream, 50 ml
360 Bio-Lift Serum, 30 ml
Karine Joncas

360 Bio-Lift Serum, 30 ml

Firming wrinkle filler Instant smoothing care deep wrinkles, expression lines, firming, visible lifting, pore refining, 24 hours hydration 4-in-1 day, night, eye contour, neck and décolleté

Hydractiv Cleansing Milk, 210 ml
Jouviance

Hydractiv Cleansing Milk, 210 ml

Gentle cleanser and makeup remover.

Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rejuvenating Eye Cream, 15 ml
L'Oréal Paris

Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rejuvenating Eye Cream, 15 ml
Premium The Mask Absolute Anti-Aging, 75 ml
Lierac Paris

Premium The Mask Absolute Anti-Aging, 75 ml

An exceptional and immediate youth boost that corrects all the signs of aging: deep wrinkles, loss of density, slackening, uneven complexion, dark spots, pores, skin texture. Its creamy and enveloping active texture creates an immediate replenishing second-skin effect with a velvety finish. Inspired by regenerative medicine, this skincare mask is concentrated in 10% in hyal uronic acid, the strongest dosage in the Premium range. It intensely replumps and instantly illuminates the skin thanks to its enhancing soft focus micro-pigments. Concentrated in 4,5% in Premium Cellular Complex - registered patent - it corrects all the signs of aging to reveal a face that radiates with youth. Enriched with a 15 % nutritious concentrate (shea butter, botanical glycerine and botanical oils), it intensely nourishes the skin for an exceptional comfort.

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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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