6 ways that menopause may affect your skin and what to do about it.

6 ways that menopause may affect your skin.

Throughout our lives, there are times when we experience changes and challenges with our skin. As women move into their 40s and 50s a significant influence on the skin is menopause (as well as perimenopause).

Over 50% of women surveyed recently by a well known skincare brand stated that menopause or peri-menopause and the associated changes they were experiencing had left them with decreased confidence in their appearance. Many more struggled with symptoms such as adult acne, skin dryness, sagging, inflammation and increased wrinkling.

Switching up your skin care products, or introducing targeted in-clinic treatments to address concerns, can lead to increased self-confidence and a reduction in menopausal skin issues.

Check out our list below for a few ideas on getting back your gorgeous glow! 

1. Loss Of Firmness And Elasticity During Menopause

ways that menopause may affect your skin

Studies show that women lose about 30% of the collagen in their skin during the first five years of menopause. Over the next 20 years, women lose about 2% of their collagen annually. 

To combat collagen loss, it's helpful to include peptides such as Cu Complex Copper peptide ferment to encourage tissue repair and regeneration and hyaluronic acid to create a plumping effect and allow cellular repair. A great source of both is Vitae Skin Renewal Complex. Supplementation to provide our bodies with the building blocks for increased collagen production may also be helpful, in particular for those with a poor or protein deficient diet.

LED's such as those found in our UNICORN Cold laser mask,  help stimulate skin-plumping collagen and strengthen the skin tissue. 

2. Menopausal Acne And Breakouts

menopause and adult acne

You may have had great skin your entire life, but menopause throws hormones into an unbalanced state which can lead to an increase in both blemishes and hair growth. 

Menopausal skin tends to be drier, less oily and often sensitized, so a more gentle approach to exfoliation is required. Products containing salicylic acid or lactic acid are usually an excellent option to keep pores clear of skin-dulling debris.

The Unicorn LED mask can be a great choice for an at-home option. 

3. Fine Lines And Wrinkles

menopause and fine lines and wrinkles. How menopause may affect your skin

A loss of collagen, combined with less fat and elasticity in the facial skin leads to the formation of new lines and increased wrinkling.

In-clinic, heavy-set dynamic wrinkles respond well to botox. LED therapy or "Cold Laser" is suitable for reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, our body's own "filler." 

A suitable anti-aging moisturizer such as Vitae Skin Renewal can help plump out fine lines and wrinkles while introducing ingredients to super-charge collagen production.

4. Rosacea And Sensitivity

menopause + rosacea + sensitized skin

The hormonal shift that accompanies menopause can often lead to increased sensitivity, as well as red bumps and spider veins. Skin can sometimes become "hot" and experience episodes of flushing and blushing.

Products such as Definisil Anti-Redness Serum are helpful as they contain high levels of skin-soothing ingredients such as Arnica.

LED therapy helps to calm inflamed, angry skin, after which IPL (intense pulse light) is wonderful for removing visible blood vessels from the skin's surface.

5. Dry Skin During Menopause

menopause + dry skin + dehydrated skin

Estrogen is a powerhouse hormone that stimulates the production of skin-smoothing collagen and nourishing oils. As estrogen production diminishes, so does oil production and our skin's ability to maintain moisture due to a weakened lipid barrier. The result? Dry, itchy, reactive skin.

Hydration is key. First, we need to determine whether the skin is dehydrated (water-deprived) or oil-dry (poor production of sebum). Hyaluronic acid is an option for dehydrated skin, while squalene and avocado oil are a couple of options for mature, oil-deprived skins. Determining water vs oil will help us select the correct skin care products for an optimized result.  It's also essential to eat more fatty acid-rich foods, containing good fats.

6. Skin Dullness

how to brighten dull skin + menopause skin

During menopause, cellular turnover of the skin slows, leaving a build-up of dead skin cells, which dulls our complexion.  

Dull skin can be brightened using a gentle exfoliant such as salicylic and lactic acids for a vibrant glow!

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