As if there weren’t already enough changes to keep up with, dry and itchy skin menopause symptoms are common among many women. Dryness and changing hormone levels can also trigger breakouts, redness and irritation. Luckily, these symptoms can be alleviated with the help of a gentle menopause skincare routine.
What Does Menopause Do To Your Skin?
As you approach menopause, you may notice that your skin begins to get drier. This is because the decline in oestrogen levels brought about by menopause slows down the production of collagen. As collagen absorbs water, if there is less collagen in the skin, the skin can hold less water, causing dehydration.
Collagen loss can lead to thinning skin, redness and sensitivity, while declining elastin levels (the ‘elastic’ protein found in skin) can cause skin to sag around the eyes, neck and cheeks.
How To Look After Menopause Skin
Don’t worry though! By making small changes to the products you use, you can create a gentle menopause skincare routine that tackles these skin concerns each step of the way.
A Simple 5 Step Menopause Skincare Routine
From itchy skin menopause symptoms to breakouts, you can reduce the effect of menopause skin changes and enjoy a healthy and radiant complexion by following these simple steps…
1. Dry skin: Use a hydrating cleanser
Hydration is perhaps the most important part of any good menopause skincare routine. Each step of your regimen should include products that offer skin a healthy dose of moisture, and cleansing is no exception.
Use a cleanser for dry skin, such as our Moisture Burst Face Wash which contains nourishing Almond Oil and Jojoba Beads, to gently cleanse without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
2. Breakouts: Use a gentle toner
Using a facial toner is a great way to bring balance to the skin. Our Daily Glow Radiance Tonic contains Glycolic Acid to gently exfoliate pores and increase cell turnover, while soothing Licorice calms any inflammation, leaving you with a clearer and brighter-looking complexion.
3. Skin elasticity: Apply a firming serum
When it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, using a nourishing serum can be a real skin saviour. Our Hyaluronic Wonder Oil Serum boasts an anti-ageing blend of Red Rice Bio-Ferment Cells and Hyaluronic Acid, offering the skin a plumping dose of hydration.
Similarly, gently patting a little of our Power Peptide Awakening Eye Serum onto the under-eye area helps to combat fine lines with a unique blend of stimulating Caffeine, Persian Silk Tree Extracts and Matrixyl Synthe’6™.
4. Decreased collagen and thinning skin: Protect skin with SPF
Protecting the skin against harmful UV rays becomes even more important after menopause, as skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to damage and sun spots. Using a moisturiser with SPF protection, such as our Protect And Illuminate SPF15 Lotion will give your skin an all-important dose of hydration while protecting against UV rays.
Using a rich, overnight moisturiser is also essential for keeping the skin looking plump and healthy. Our Supercharged Hyaluronic Face And Neck Crème contains plumping Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl Synthe’6™ and Shea Butter to help replenish and restore the skin’s defences while you sleep.
5. Itchy skin: Relieve sensitivity with a calming mist
Prickly and itchy skin menopause symptoms can be particularly uncomfortable, especially when combined with hot flushes and redness. A generous spritz with a hydrating mist can help to alleviate discomfort and sensitivity.
Our calming Wellness Mist Spray contains plumping Hyaluronic Acid and is fragranced with a mood-enhancing blend of Jasmine, Patchouli and Frankincense to soothe both the skin and the mind. Simply spritz over the face whenever your skin feels itchy or sensitive and breathe in the relaxing scent. Our refreshing mist is a particularly good addition to a bedtime routine, and can be used on the face, body and pillow to help you unwind.
Creating a gentle menopause skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated! Simply focus on targeting different menopause skin changes at each stage. By sticking to a regular regimen, dryness and itchy skin menopause symptoms will soon feel soothed and your complexion will look rejuvenated. Plus, it’s a great excuse to indulge in a little me-time!