Menopause usually begins one year after your last period. That’s the average and with that comes some noticeable changes to your skin. As your hormone levels decrease so does the elasticity, moisture levels, and thickness which can increase your fine lines and wrinkles. It all sounds daunting, and it is but with the right skin routine and care you absolutely can lessen the effects.
Bloomberg reported that according to a 2020 report released, about 1 billion women worldwide are expected to be in menopause by 2025 – and estimated that this was a $600 billion opportunity for businesses. It was determined this demographic of women is the wealthiest, healthiest, and most active yet only 5% of advertising dollars were targeted to them. As I’m sure you see when scrolling your social media pages most of the products we buy are not even recommended by the people that look like us, in fact, they are younger women who clearly do not need them or can relate to our issues at hand.
Make that make sense.
During my 20 years as a licensed esthetician, I have worked with clients of all ages. Each face has different needs and as I’ve aged with my clients, the topic of skincare during menopause is one I’ve become so passionate about. I know brands when they are sitting in the boardrooms making decisions on products we will buy – target the age group of 18-45. What happens to the beautiful, successful, and strong women after that?
I’m here to shed some light on what to expect and how with the proper skin regime and care you can achieve beautiful skin and feel your best.
During menopause, we are producing far less estrogen and progesterone which is why we see a decline in elastin and collagen. You may notice more sagging skin around the eyes, neck, and cheeks where we naturally hold more fat. Wrinkles may appear deeper and dry skin is more prevalent. These fluctuating hormone levels are also why we experience brain fog, hot flashes, interrupted sleep and mood swings. This IS a natural process and I believe in finding the positives of experiencing this phase in life. But for now- we are going to address the not-so-positive aspects so we can better take control of what we can. During the peak 5 years of menopause, we can lose up to 30% of our collagen. Here are some important products to not overlook.
SPF- This is a non-negotiable because our skin is relying on us to protect it so our body cannot waste time fighting off UV rays on a daily basis. If we are wearing adequate sun protection, our skin can focus on skin renewal and repairing our collagen supply. This is every day for all four seasons. If you are prone to melasma, I highly recommend you stick to physical sun protection only. When using physical sun protection, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide (the only two ingredients that make up a physical block) create a shield. It reflects the rays When you use a chemical block which is just as good as protecting against harmful rays- the sunscreen is absorbed into the skin. It converts UV rays into heat. Since Melasma is often triggered by heat, it’s best to stick with physical blocks. Here are my top picks for physical spf.
Revision Tru Physical
Dr. Dennis Gross Lightweight Wrinkle Defense SPF 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical
Ilia Super Serum SPF 40
Elta MD UV Elements SPF 44
Supergoop 100% Mineral
CeraVe Hydrating Mineral SPF 30
Colorscience Brush On SPF
Here are my top Chemical Spf which are generally easier to blend in and blend well with other skincare and makeup products.
Supergoop Play Everyday SPF 50
Supergoop Unseen SPF 40 (doesn’t get all over your bathing suit straps)
Elta Clear SPF 46 (so great for acne prone skin)
Saie Slip Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 55
Retinol. This is one of the must-haves for everyone and every skin type, even sensitive ones. Retinols alter the behavior of our older skin cells, they help accelerate cell turnover, giving life to more youthful skin. If just starting out then use gradually to introduce retinol into your pm regime. Begin 2-3 times a week. Products containing niacinamide and glycerin help mitigate any dryness associated with first time retinol users.
Here are some great options:
Retivance by Obagi
Revision Retinol Complete
Differin Retinol (great for acne)
Shani Darden Retinol Reform
Medik8 Retinol 1
Skin Better AlphaRet
Colleen Rothschild Retinol Oil
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
When our skin lacks moisture it can lead to dry skin, sensitive skin, itchiness, and sometimes acne. Give yourself enough water intake as well as extra hydration topically to avoid transepidermal water loss. Skin Flooding techniques work great which you can find on my social media channels.
Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum
Revision Hydrating Serum (sold out currently but coming back soon)
Biossance Copper Peptide Serum
Avene Hydrance Serum
Skin Ceuticals HA Intensifer
Peptides do wonders for menopausal skin since they stimulate collagen production. They stem from protein and those proteins build our skin’s integrity. They work to deliver messages between cells to build more collagen and elastin. Yes, please!
Biossance Copper Peptide serum
Sunday Riley Pink Drink Essence
Medik8 Peptide Serum
Pro-collagen Neck and Decollete Balm
Speaking of Collagen- the best decision I ever made was to start taking liquid collagen. Our bodies absorb 90% of liquid collagen vs 30% when you use powders. The collagen matrix I use is blended with HA which has done wonders for my hair, joints and skin. You pay more for liquid but the results never have me think twice about that monthly bill. I have not experienced one ounce of joint pain in three years since taking it. You need two bottles a month for your full daily dose of collagen. I take 2TBS every morning first thing upon waking. This is the duo pack I have on subscribe & save so I am never without it. You receive $10 off your first order with this link. Life Collagen Duo.
- Improves joint mobility and lubrication*
- Reduces joint discomfort*
- Improves muscle tone*
- Reduces wrinkles from the inside out*
- Increases skin’s collagen content*
- Improves skin’s hydration, firmness and elasticity*
- Promotes healthy hair, nails, gums and eyes*
- Supports cardiovascular health*
Sleep issues are common as we age and it varies from woman to woman. 40% of women experience sleep issues as they step into menopause. This can be hot flashes, insomnia, and disrupted sleep. Estrogen plays a role in the metabolism of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that affect our sleep-wake cycle. It also helps regulate our body temperature. If this is a struggle for you then consider melatonin which is our body’s natural sleep hormone. Magnesium Glycinate is an important mineral in our body that influences mood regulation, supports our bones and hormone levels, and is great for menopause symptoms. Magnesium may promote sleep by regulating your body’s circadian rhythms as well as increasing muscle relaxation. It also has a role in brain function and mood regulation so this can help to ward off the progression of anxiety and mood dips associated with menopause.
This is the one I take:
Stress and self-care
I have learned through my own menopause journey that this is one of the most important aspects of thriving during this season of life. Be gentle with yourself, listen to what your body needs and provide it.
Find a mindfulness practice and don’t give up on it. It will give back to you tenfold. Meditation can be 10 minutes a day. I have daily journals, and affirmations I say and listen to.
Exercise. Not like you did in your 20’s and 30’s. Find what works for you now. Our bodies change and our needs change with it. Surround yourself with your girlfriends or whoever is your safe place to be vulnerable with. It takes a village. Eat as clean as possible. Of course, don’t restrict yourself to things you love but try to treat your body with love and kindness and diet is certainly one way to do this.
Here are a few of my most loved “me time” products.
So my point is, this is not our mother’s menopause. This is a unique journey that we will all experience differently. We have come so far and made so many advances in ways to be supported during this time in our lives. Just the transparency we have today liberates us and really solidifies the fact that we are not alone. I advise you to speak to your doctors and listen to the experts about what is to be done but there is nothing like that conversation with a trusted friend that understands the fog brain and night sweats and listening to what has worked for them.
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