Menopause is a stage of life where your body is going to face a lot of hormonal changes. Remember puberty? Well, here you go again. Your body will change and you will notice that your skin, hair and even your mood can be different from what you were used to. 

Those changes will start with a phenomenon called perimenopause. It is described as “The physiological stage that women approaching menopause go through when, due to hormonal changes, they progress from their usual pattern of menstruation through a phase of atypical menstruation, and finally cease menstruating. Perimenopause ends when a woman has not menstruated for a year.” Source: Wikipedia

Now, let’s dive into it and answer essential questions. 

What skincare is good for menopause? 

A loss of oestrogen production characterises menopause. This change impacts directly the biology of the skin and the way it functions. The skin will tend to be thinner, your sebum production decreases as well as your collagen and elastin synthesis. Basically, your skin can look less firm than it used to and it can be subject to dryness. 

The good news is that you can find ways to avoid those things. An adapted skincare routine can tackle the signs of ageing resulting from menopause. 

  • The essential: Hydrate & Moisturise. 

Hydration is about the hydration level of your skin. Literally the water in your skin. Keeping a high hydration level can help you avoid rednesses, discomfort, formation of wrinkles and dryness. Although dryness is not only a matter of hydration…

Moisturising refers to the oil on the top of your skin that will lock the hydration within your skin by preventing it from evaporating. It is actually one of the missions of sebum. But if you read everything, you now know that menopause diminishes your production of sebum. 

Skincare: focus on hydrating ingredients (aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, etc.) and moisturising ingredients (botanical oils, shea butter, glycerin, etc.) to hydrate and lock this hydration within your skin. You must incorporate that into your morning and evening routine. 

How can I tighten my menopausal skin?

To combat the loss of firmness you can use, not at the same time though, ingredients like retinol or glycolic acid. Both will stimulate your skin turnover to produce more collagen and rejuvenate your skin. 

To maintain the results of these two powerful ingredients, you have to protect your skin from the sun. Retinol and glycolic acid are photosensitizing ingredients so you have to wear sun protection and avoid sun exposure. In any case, sun exposure damages the skin and is the number one reason for skin ageing. The sun is not friendly for your skin at all. 

Read more about the way the sun affects your skin here: https://thediscoveryskincare.com/how-is-sun-exposure-affecting-our-skin/

To go further, next to a great skincare routine, you should maintain a healthy diet focused on antioxidants, vitamins, omega 3s and probiotics. You are what you eat!

More info on a healthy diet here: https://thediscoveryskincare.com/fruits-veggies-to-keep-you-young/

How can I get glowing skin during menopause?

Glowing skin is possible at every stage of your life whether you have acne, wrinkles, or anything considered a flaw. Your skin is beautiful no matter what. 

But to boost your natural glow here are our tips:

  • Stick to your routine every day.
  • Never go to sleep with your make-up on.
  • Exfoliate chemically once or twice a week.
  • Treat your skin with love, never be harsh. 
  • A vitamin C serum can help improve the radiance of your skin. 
  • Keep a healthy diet.
  • Sleep for at least 8 hours every night.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Practice self-care to keep the stress away.

Menopause and perimenopause, useful links: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/symptoms/

https://thebms.org.uk/

https://www.themenopausecharity.org/

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