The menopause and your skin – advice for confident ageing

Misia at Soothe

Many of us are aware of the ‘classic’ menopause symptoms (hot flushes, mood changes etc) but during the menopause, there is no doubt you will also experience changes to your skin.

The menopause officially begins 12 months after you have had your last period, but you may notice changes in your body months or even years before that time. On average, women in the UK start the menopause aged 51 but during the transition period known as the perimenopause, you may start to notice some menopausal symptoms.

As a business, Soothe supports The Menopause Charity; it does fantastic work and has a great website where you can find trusted, useful information and support. I think their symptoms list and symptoms checker linked on this page are especially helpful.

In this blog post:

What happens to our skin during the menopause and peri-menopause?

What we can do to treat dry & dehydrated skin

How to increase skin plumpness & improve loose, sagging skin

How to treat breakouts, blemishes, dullness & pigmentation

Our bodies & the menopause – managing weight gain (‘menopause midriff’)

What happens to our skin during the menopause and the peri-menopause?

Although we tend to think of puberty as the time when skin is most problematic, the truth is we can encounter skincare issues at any age. It’s also important to remember that our facial skin makes up only 3% of all our skin – I want to help you look after your whole body because you are more than just your face!

During the menopause, the amount of oestrogen in your skin decreases; this affects your levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid which, in combination, provide your skin with hydration, firmness and bounce.

As a result you may notice your skin:

  • is less plump and appears thinner, especially around the jawline, cheeks and eyes
  • feels drier and perhaps more itchy as it no longer has the same ability to retain moisture
  • may appear dull because our ability to regenerate skin cells reduces
  • experiences breakouts, blemishes and pigmentation

Looking beyond your skin and at your body as a whole, you may also notice:

  • weight gain, especially around your midriff
  • thinning hair
  • dips in energy and difficulty sleeping
  • brain fog
  • hot flushes & increased sweating

The Menopause Charity’s symptoms list has a more comprehensive list of symptoms, since everyone experiences the menopause differently.

If you would like to learn more about weight gain during the menopause, take a look at my post How to Manage Menopausal Weight Gain

I do believe it’s the way we choose to deal with challenges that makes the real difference and thankfully, there is a lot of positive action you can take to help your skin & body during the menopause.

What we can do to treat dry & dehydrated skin.

Be kind to your skin: dry skin can be so much more sensitive, so think twice before using scrubs, harsh exfoliants and moisture-stripping face and body washes. Products that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin or niacinamide are great at locking in moisture and keeping skin hydrated. Remember, if your skin feels tight after cleansing, it’s a sign that your cleanser is too harsh.

Avoid hot showers: they can strip oils from our skin, causing them to become even drier; enjoy a 5-10 minute shower at a warm, pleasant temperature.

Drink enough water; how much your body needs will depend on what you do each day – lying on a beach or doing a gym workout will dehydrate you more quickly than an afternoon spent reading on your sofa! Experts agree that drinking little and often is better than flooding your body.

How we can help in-spa

Menopausal clients who have visited us with changing skin have benefitted greatly from using SKN-RG’s lipid-rich plant formulations, the Cellular Repair Moisturiser, which is part of their sensitive range, is especially nourishing.

I can also recommend:

Have you read my blog post on skin hydration?

How to increase our skin’s plumpness and treat loose, sagging skin.

Boost collagen

Get a good night’s sleep: As part of our skin’s repair process, as we sleep our skin produces new collagen which is a building block for healthy, plump, youthful skin.

Exercise: Increasing your exercise levels even just a small amount can have an anti-ageing effect. It gets blood flowing around our bodies and nourished our cells with nutrients and oxygen. Read more about a study on this here.

How we can help in-spa

Try our Innermost supplements! Our scientifically-proven Innermost Glow Booster boosts collagen manufacture which strengthens skin and hair but also increases hydration levels. Collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid will help to improve the condition of the skin all over the body, not just the face. It will also help with thinning hair and nails. You can enjoy it with hot or cold liquids including water, tea, smoothies and juices, or mixed into porridge or desserts.

Cryotherapy for a refreshing nutrient boost: We also offer fabulous cryotherapy facials and body treatments, that will not only help improve the condition of the skin by boosting collagen and hydration, but the cold can bring some welcome relief to hot flushes and overheating, leaving you feeling fresh and revitalised!

Protect your skin from the sun

You may be fed up of hearing it, but wearing sunscreen every day is my number one piece of advice! UVA rays damage collagen fibres, so wearing a daily sunscreen helps to slow this process and so prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Read my blog post Here Comes The Sun for a more detailed look at how the sun affects your skin and how to choose the most effective sunscreen.

How to treat breakouts, blemishes, dullness & pigmentation.

Menopausal skin is prone to hormonal breakouts and can also appear duller than usual.

Refresh your skincare: our skin has changing needs as we go through the different stages of our lives. As you enter the peri-menopause and beyond, consider adding the following ingredients to your skincare regime:

  • Vitamin C an antioxidant that helps with dark spots and acne and to prevent sun damage and wrinkles.
  • Retinol – to help boost your skin cell function and help produce more and higher quality collagen.
  • Azelaic acid – to target inflammation, soothe redness and kill bacteria that causes acne.

Keep make up brushes and applicators clean – wash them weekly in a gentle shampoo. To prevent bacteria from spreading, use a spatula rather than your finger to scoop product from jars.

How we can help in-spa

Cryotherapy to reduce redness & inflammation: our Cryotherapy facial uses cold therapy to reduce redness & inflammation and kill bacteria. It’s a soothing treatment that helps make acne more manageable and it’ll help the skin appear more calm and even.

A brightening at-home face mask for dull skin: our Seoulista Super Brightening Instant Facial is a lovely mask which treats uneven and dull skin; it includes enough serum to spread across the neck, chest and down dry arms and hands too!

A great all-round skincare with coverage: Rosalique 3 in 1 Anti-redness Miracle Formula provides a light coverage for redness and existing sun damage, it has an SPF of 50 and contains camomile to soothe and B5 to strengthen.

How to manage ‘menopause midriff’.

I know this is an issue faced by many women, and one which can be emotionally and physically challenging, so I have dedicated a separate blog post to this.