As we age, some of us will experience hormonal changes and a natural biological process known as menopause. Menopause often occurs sometime during one’s 40’s or 50’s (though timing may vary) and marks the conclusion of one’s menstrual cycle. And while you may be theoretically familiar with the idea of menopause, as movies and other mainstream media aren’t shy about mocking the infamous menopausal hot flash and associated mood swings, did you know that menopause can also bring on a host of other changes, some of which involve the behavior and appearance of the skin? This week, we are exploring how to best support your skin during this time with a routine that initiates a glow up at any age or life phase!
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Main Takeaways: Just as puberty can bring hormonal changes that effect your skin, so can menopause. It’s important to then support your complexion with a routine that can accommodate its emergent needs.
Good to Know: Some of the most critical issues for menopausal skin are hydration, nutrition, and sun protection. So, when building a routine, be sure to select products that will help support these needs.
Effects of Menopause on Skin
Menopausal skin changes are often the result of declining estrogen levels. With less estrogen, your skin loses its ability to retain water as efficiently, resulting in a less firm and youthful appearance. Estrogen declines also initiate a lag in collagen production (the protein that holds tissues together), which can lead to sagging. Beyond these, dark spots tend to become more apparent, and dryness can wreak havoc as our oil glands begin producing less and less sebum. To support your skin, you’ll want a gentle routine that covers all the bases and enriches your complexion with age-defying nutrition and moisture… and you know we’ve got your back!
The Best Skincare Routine for Menopausal Skin
Every good daily skincare regimen tends to start with proper cleansing. This is especially important for menopausal skin to avoid clogges pores that will prevent nutrition and hydration from being properly absorbed. When cleansing menopausal skin, gentle and naturally derived formulas are incredibly helpful. Our So Clean! is mild and full of natural and nutrifying ingredients to protect and hydrate while you cleanse. It is gentle enough to be used twice daily by any skin type, including menopausal skin, and super bonus: it smells like a dream due to a hint of clarifying grapefruit peel oil.
2. Use a Toner
Toners are often neglected and underused skin care products. This is likely due to their convoluted history that shamefully includes harsh ingredients and high alcohol content. While there are still some no-no astringents peppering the market, many toners are now crafted from much more gentle ingredients that work together to both clarify and hydrate - two things that couldn’t be more important for menopausal skin! To choose the right toner, read your ingredient label. Avoid harsh chemicals and be sure to select a toner complete with some solid hydrating agents. If you are unsure about what to choose or overwhelmed by a sea of competing labels, you can never go wrong with our incomparably simple Rose and Shine rose water toner, which hydrates and soothes while giving you all the English garden vibes.
3. Apply a Serum
This is where things can get extra fun. Serums are highly concentrated leave-on formulas supercharged by incredibly small molecules of high-performing skin care ingredients. This kind of construction helps them deliver dramatic results in what can seem like lightning speed. But since menopausal skin tends to experience a variety of changes, you might want to incorporate multiple serums into your routine to cover all your bases and fully support your skin and all its needs. A vitamin C serum in the morning can do wonders to help brighten and energize your skin, while also helping to minimize the appearance of any dark spots that may begin to look more apparent during menopause.
For increased moisture, you won’t want to sleep on incorporating a hyaluronic acid serum to your regimen; but you will want to sleep in one! Fleur & Bee’s Just Dew It kicks dryness to the curb, giving your complexion some added dew factor and extra pep for a youthful appearance. It’s rich, yet lightweight, making it the perfect complement to your nighttime routine so you can wake up hydrated and glowy. Just be sure to apply your differing serums at different times in the day to truly get the most out of their intensive yet gentle formulas.
We’ve already said this several times throughout this article alone, but we honestly can’t say it enough. Moisture is one of the most critical issues for menopausal skin. Further, adding a good and nutritious moisturizer to your routine indisputably helps to stave off the look of wrinkles and other signs of aging by adding volume and giving your face a plumper, firmer appearance. Menopausal skin will likely benefit from a rich cream full of ingredients that will nourish and revitalize your complexion. Our H2 Oh Yeah is complete with 21 plant powered actives that together hydrate and diminish the signs and effects of aging for a healthier and happier complexion. Blending hyaluronic acid with noncomedogenic occlusive oils that moisturize and lock in hydration for the long-haul, this silky-smooth cream will help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revitalize the skin for a naturally youthful glow, and deliver unmatched hydration to support your menopausal skin.
5. Use an Eye Cream
The skin around your eyes naturally produces less sebum than the rest of your face, so when oil production plumets, as it tends to do during menopause, it is even more important to treat this delicate area with some extra love. A dedicated eye cream helps to hydrate and protect your eye area without the irritation that can sometimes ensue from just applying your regular moisturizer or other non-targeted skin care products.
To keep your eye area fresh and bright, look no further than our best-selling formula, Eyes Eyes Baby! It effortlessly hydrates, illuminates, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a triple threat effect that will have you singing eyes, eyes, baby!
6. Apply Sunscreen
It’s a total bummer, but sun exposure is the culprit of most skin aging. So, to not couple your menopausal skin changes with that caused by sun damage, be religious about applying your SPF. We love this gentle facial sunscreen for being affordable and easy to apply.
Other Tips for Menopausal Skin
But don’t stop there! You can further support your complexion in some other simple ways. Exfoliating two to three times a week with a gentle, yet effective exfoliant such as glycolic acid can help your products work better for you by clearing a pore-path to your deepest skin levels. Be sure to eat a nutritious diet of colorful plant-based foods to support skin health, and don’t forget to link up with a great dermatologist who can address any outstanding needs and perform routine skin checks for your safety. And most importantly, hydrate like it’s your job! Both topically and internally, be sure to drink plenty of water and treat your skin with hydrating products.
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