Having a steadfast appreciation for life’s surprises is part of what maintains your vivacity and vibrant zest for life, whether you’re six or sixty. But the effects of menopause on your skin doesn’t have to be one of those surprises. Learn what to expect so you can embrace any challenge.
How menopause ages skin
The onset of menopause puts the aging process in overdrive (which is why you may be seeing more-defined wrinkles, fine lines, dryness, and lack of radiance in your complexion). Once menopause sets in, skin suffers a loss in lipids, resulting in drier, thinner skin. “There’s a decrease in epidermal cellular layers, a flattening of the cells, and a slowing down of the cell renewal process,” explains Sarah Gora, Ph.D., medical and scientific relations leader of Vichy Canada. And if that weren’t enough, the lower levels of estrogen often result in a loss of volume, prompting skin to appear saggy and sallow.
…and how to manage it
It’s a time of change—and for change. Tweak your everyday skin care regimen accordingly to help minimize the impact menopause has on your skin. Dr. Gora recommends:
Avoid creams that are too greasy, block the pores, or “that may appear to provide comfort without having a real impact on your menopausal skin problems.” Instead, opt for an “oil-in-water formula that contains lipids and anti-aging ingredients to reinforce the skin’s natural protective barrier and to improve hydration.”
Try: Neovadiol Compensative Complex.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 to avoid damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Try: Capital Soleil SPF 50.
Nix harsh scrubs or alcohol-laden products that can make dry skin worse. Instead, look for cleansing creams formulated to boost moisture with an oil-based serum or a moisturizing balm. We recommend Pureté Thermale Cleansing Micellar Oil which gently removes makeup and other impurities on the surface of your skin while leaving skin soft, supple, and hydrated.
During menopause, skin tissue stores more water at night, causing puffiness come morning. Opt for a skin care product like Neovadiol Night Compensating Complex that can compensate for the loss of water and lipids. The complex is also infused with an innovative technology that provides skin with a sensation of instant freshness to fight off the hot flashes and sweating that can occur during menopause.
For day and night:
Target the lipid-loss that can occur during menopause with Neovadiol Magistral Elixir. This dry-finish skin care oil formula is rich in 10 percent omegas to help replenish skin, leaving it soft, supple, and younger-looking. Use it in one of three ways: as a stand-alone serum that you can massage onto cleansed skin, as a balm when mixed with your favorite moisturizer, or as a mask—leaving a liberal amount on a clean face, neck, and décolleté for up to 10 minutes before rinsing away.