The menopause is one of the biggest hormonal shifts that a woman’s body will go through in her lifetime. It usually starts around a year after her last period, which is when oestrogen production begins to dwindle, causing significant impact on many areas of the body – and that includes the skin.
The most common skin changes? Dry, itchy skin (thanks to a lack of oil production), skin sagging and wrinkles (as collagen declines rapidly, too), redness and sensitivity (down to compromised barrier function) and an increase in facial hair. Skin might also take longer to heal and, thanks to a new dominance of androgen hormones like testosterone, even breakouts can occur. And there’s us thinking we left those behind in our teens!
With the menopause causing concerns all over the body (hello, hot flushes), the best thing you can do for your skin is to get ahead of the game, tailoring your skincare routine to meet your complexion’s new needs. Below, we break down some of the biggest changes you can expect to see in your skin during menopause, and share some handy advice to remedy the effects.
As oil production slows, you will likely find skin to feel drier, rougher and perhaps even flakier than usual. This is when you want to replenish moisture reserves by introducing a richer moisturiser that contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides,glycerin, and omega fatty acids.
You’ll also need to rethink your cleanser, too. Cream, oil or balm textures will likely be more suitable for menopausal skin than foaming cleansers, but speak to your Skin Mentor to find the right one for your unique skin.
Many people complain of itchy skin during the menopause, and this skin concern is closely linked to dryness. When skin’s barrier becomes hindered, it has a hard time locking in moisture which is when it can become irritable and reactionary. Look for barrier-repairing ingredients like ceramides – your Skin Mentor will be able to recommend a Lion/ne-approved formula.
Wrinkles and Skin Sagging
As collagen production (almost) grinds to a halt, skin will feel looser and thinner, and you might start to see fine lines and wrinkles becoming more pronounced. While ageing is nothing to fear, you can help curb the skin sagging by introducing cell-regenerating ingredients. We consider retinol the gold standard as it improves collagen synthesis and speeds up cell turnover, but it takes some getting used to. First read our non-scary guide to retinoland then ask your Skin Mentor for the best starter retinol product for you.
Peptides are also worth looking at. The building blocks of proteins, they can boost skin strength, smooth out fine lines and improve the skin’s barrier function.
As oestrogen levels drop, our skin produces less melanin, which means we’re more vulnerable to sun damage. SPF is non-negotiable all year round, but make sure you are using a reliable sunscreen every single day. Your Skin Mentor will be able to find you one that suits your skin and lifestyle – no more excuses!
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