Menopause And Skincare

Posted: Monday June 21 2021

By: Guest Blogger

Lubna is a skin care expert and founder of timetobloom.uk The former NHS plastic surgeon is mum to Ava, 3 and pregnant with her second child. She lives with her family in Selby, North Yorkshire. 

Menopause And Skincare

MenoWell–  Why you need to adapt your skincare routine for menopause

By Lubna Khan-Salim 

The menopause is a huge event in a woman’s life. Prompted by changes to the levels of sex hormones; a raft of bodily changes occur – including changes to the skin. The skin experiences nearly a 30% loss of collagen in a space of 5 years, the fastest period of accelerated aging for women; a scary number! And if you’ve been particularly lax with your sun protection, it will be magnified even further.

With the reduction in levels of collagen skin begins to thin, showing more pronounced wrinkling. The loss of elastin leads to laxity and sagging and finally the skin becomes dry, less supple and can lead to sensitivity. For some women menopausal acne becomes a problem likely related to the imbalance of male and female hormones.

Whilst these skin changes might not affect everyone, generally everyone experiencing the menopause will see collagen levels drop. And for skin, it’s the simple things that you do everyday that matter. Here are my top tips for a MenoWell skincare routine:

Cleanser

Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face morning and evening to combat dryness, consider adding in a chemical exfoliant toner into your routine such as a salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

Antioxidant

Antioxidant ingredients such as a Vitamin C serum have a host of benefits including protection from pollution and pro-ageing effects.

High factor SPF

SPF (SPF 30-50) is vital at all ages, however during the menopause when skin is delicate it is more crucial than ever.

Moisturiser

The focus should most certainly be on hydration and incorporating lipids into your skincare routine.

Retinoids

Research shows that retinoids can help target fine lines and pigmentation, alongside boosting collagen production and improving skin cell turnover, leading to a brighter, smoother complexion.

In Clinic Treatments

Once a targeted skincare regime is in place, a world of in-clinic treatments awaits.

There are a number of aesthetic treatments that can help skin texture and tone in addition to boosting collagen production. Wrinkle relaxers such as Botox© help to soften deep lines in the upper part of the face, skin boosters containing hyaluronic acid such as Profhilo give the skin vitality from within and dermal fillers can replace lost volume in the skin and reduce sagging. IPL can also be used to minimise redness, and chemical peels help to remove pigmentation.

I’m a great fan of microneedling to boost collagen and resurface the skin. For firming and lifting, radiofrequency is a good option, as it works by exposing targeted areas of skin to heat to produce collagen. Morpheus8 is a treatment that combines both microneedling and radiofrequency to firm and tighten the skin, offers amazing results. Put simply, it’s the gold standard for mature skin.