Menopause is a very personal journey, deeply linked to your genes and familial heritage. Yet there are also a series of external factors. Those external factors can be managed with the help of a good skin-care routine. You are not alone facing menopause, we are here to help you understand what is happening in order to help you fight back.
Skin ageing is a result of both genetic and external factors
During perimenopause some negative changes like skin thinning, microcirculation disorders, degradation of collagen and elastic fibers, glycation and decreased sebum secretion become noticeable and, let’s face it, kind of rude too!
The good news is you can reduce these symptoms of menopause with the right skin-care routine recommended by your dermatologist and there are some universal rules:
1. Wash your face with fragrance-free cleanser that is safe for your dry and sensitized skin.
2. Apply moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid, humectants (e.g. glycerin) generously on face and body whenever you feel dry (at least twice a day).
The good rhythm: wash gently, hydrate generously
Pay attention to skincare products rich in ceramides or omega 3 or 6 (e.g. shea butter, rice bran oil and safflower oil) that help to restore decreased level of skin fatty acids responsible for flexibility and proper skin barrier functioning.
You may also need gentle daily exfoliation to provide better skin hydration and to encourage cell renewal while unclogging pores. Depending on your skin's condition, enzymatic peels, exfoliating polish or products based on glycolic acid are recommended.
Use skin-care products (creams, serums) that contain retinol, growth factors phyto-hormones, amino acids, vitamins C, E and A, peptides and other molecules regularly to address the signs of aging.
It is also essential to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, really an UVA +++++ one, before going out and always reapply regularly. This priceless habit will protect you skin from sun damage, progressive skin thinning and photo-aging. So let’s not wait any longer, all right?
Key elements to remember for a good menopause skin care routine
A proper skin-care routine can prevent and help with your menopausal skin changes, here are the ingredients to seek out for in your products:
- Moisturizers: Hyaluronic acid, glycerin or other humectants
- Creams, serums and other skin-care products: omega oils, retinol, phyto-hormones, amino acids, vitamins C, E and A, peptides.
- Exfoliating products: glycolic acid