How long does menopause last in a Woman’s lifetime?
Just as every woman’s experience is different, how long you experience menopausal symptoms for (we know you’re thinking, how long do hot flashes last?) can also vary dramatically. Around seven years in total is quite common, although this can be more like 15 years for some.
The menopause occurs in three stages: perimenopause (when you start to transition into menopause, commonly 10 years before), menopause (is officially when you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months) and post-menopause (menopausal symptoms can continue for four to five years after, at a less frequent and intense rate). How long does perimenopause last and how long do menopause symptoms last all depend on how long your body takes to rebalance and your ovaries to cease production of oestrogen and progesterone. Many menopausal symptoms are brought on by these hormonal changes.
So, what can you expect during this time?
The most common menopause symptoms
Hot flashes – a sudden feeling of warmth in your face and upper body that can occur several times a day or a month – are the most talked about. You may have also heard about night sweats, which are caused by hot flashes during sleep and can make it difficult to sleep. The hormonal changes you experience during this time can also affect your mood, ability to concentrate and metabolism.
How does the menopause affect your skin?
It’s not just night sweats, hot flushes and fatigue that the menopause brings, for some women, it can also bring breakouts and dry skin. Declining oestrogen levels and your body producing too much androgen (male sex hormones like testosterone) can throw off your skin’s natural balance making it oilier and prone to blemishes.
Declining oestrogen levels can also cause a decline in collagen production. As collagen is the reason your skin looks plump, young and healthy, your skin can start to lose its firmness during menopause and fine lines and wrinkles can become permanent.
Post-menopause, dry skin is often the most common skin problem you can expect, as declining oestrogen levels also impact the skin’s natural barrier function and its ability to hold onto moisture.
Vichy’s menopause skincare solutions you need
While you can’t stop avoid the menopause as it naturally comes with ageing, you can compensate for some of your body’s hormonal changes with these supercharged skincare formulas to keep you looking good.
Drawing on 14 years of research to help target the visible effects of hormonal ageing on skin, no menopausal skincare routine would be complete without Vichy’s Neovadiol Magistral Day & Night Cream. It’s enriched with essential fatty acids and Pro-Xylane Apply it after cleansing and toning in the morning and evening to help your skin appear firmer and plumper.
To soothe and plump increasingly dry skin with moisture, layer on Vichy Neovadiol Compensating Complex cream. It’s gel-cream formula glides onto skin to provide instant comfort and its formula, enriched with a combination of hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and thermal water, helps compensate for your skin’s natural moisture loss during and after the menopause.
For post menopause skincare needs try our Neovadiol Rose Platinium range. Working while you sleep, apply the rich and nourishing Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Night cream. Formulated with Rose Flower Extract, Shea Butter, Beeswax and Calcium apply before bed to help improve your skin’s barrier function.