How does the menopause affect our skin?
As women, we deal with a lot (AMEN) but especially when it comes to hormones. We handle periods, pregnancy, PMT and inevitably…the menopause.
We all know how the menopause affects our bodies however, it also affects our skin too. Today, I’m going to explain the changes we experience to our skin and answer the questions I get asked the most in clinic. So without further ado, let's begin...
How does the menopause impact our skin?
The biggest impact to our skin occurs in the first five years of the menopause. On average, we lose 30% of our collagen levels due to a lack of oestrogen. This is important because collagen is responsible for giving our skin its strength and structure. So as it decreases, our skin becomes thinner and less firm, inevitably leading to lines and wrinkles.
Another side affect of the menopause is that our cell turnover slows with age. This causes our natural moisture levels to decline and therefore our skin to become dull, dry and dehydrated.
It's not all doom and gloom though because all of these changes are easily treatable. Despite common belief, the treatment is the same for those pre, post and currently experiencing the menopause. The aim is always to prevent collagen depletion and balance the skin.
In order to do this, make sure you have a complete and consistent skincare routine to stimulate collagen, hydrate your skin and increase cell turnover. You will need a cleanser, serums and moisturiser that include active ingredients such as retinoids, peptides and hyaluronic acid, to achieve and maintain youthful, glowing skin. And don't forget the SPF to protect against external damage!
To make life a little easier, everything you need can be found in the Proactive Age Kit.
Frequently Asked Questions
In clinic, we discuss the affects of menopauses on a daily basis. So I thought I’d share the most frequently asked questions because as women, we’re all in this together!
My skin has become more sensitive, is this normal?
Yes, sensitive skin can be a common side effect of the menopause. After the age of 50 the pH of our skin increases ever so slightly. This means we’re more prone to irritation and fragrance free skincare will suit you best. It’s for this reason that there is no fragrance in any of our products.
Why is my skin breaking out?
Breakouts and blemishes are very common during the menopause due to hormonal fluctuations. In order to keep them at bay, use a couple of drops of the Exfoliating Cell Renewal Serum in your evening skincare routine. It contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids to gently exfoliate the skin and prevent blockages within the pores.
If you’ve previously spent a lot of time in the sun, the damage it has caused becomes more visible during the menopause. This is because your melanin (pigment) will now become darker more easily and you’ll need to wear your SPF 50 daily, to keep it under control.