Menopause is a huge transitional period but we often find that the hot flashes and mood swings get a lot of attention, but the hormonal changes that come at this milestone can also affect the skin. Menopause usually effects women between the ages of 45-55. however some women
may experience early onset menopause due to certain illnesses, cancer, trauma or for no clear reason.
World Menopause Day 18th October 2022.
What happens to your skin?
The drop in oestrogen reduces production in collagen and elastin levels which is when many women can experience the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. However your skin also becomes much more sensitive to the sun which can mean sun spots and hyperpigmentation become much more visible - as they do on thinner skin.
During menopause there is a decrease in hyaluronic acid and your skins natural moisture which means drier skin that can also be itchy and sometimes irritated - particularly if you don't transition your skincare products during this stage of your life.
Does menopause cause breakouts?
The fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to a recurrence of the kind of acne you might associate with adolescence, so you can see breakouts and acne come back again.
How should you change your routine?
- Use Hyaluronic Acid
- Use Retinol
- be diligent about sun protection
- Wear SPF daily
- Avoid harsh scrubs, very hot shower water and strong exfoliation.
How do I add Retinol?
Retinol is the secret ingredient to anti-ageing so it's vital you are using it in your routine.
It’s also a good idea to start off using retinol twice a week and increase to daily usage. This helps your skin to adjust to the side effects. Always make sure you are using SPF alongside Retinol.
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