For a lot of women, menopause is no walk in the park. Night sweats, crawling sensations on the skin, hot flashes, dryness, acne and unwanted hair loss are common side effects that can throw anyone off-balance!
According to the National Institute on Aging, menopause is confirmed when a woman has already missed her period 12 months in a row. This usually happens between age 45 and 55, but it can happen earlier or later, as everyone is different.
So, what is actually happening in your body during menopause?
During this time, your body will experience great hormonal changes that can bring noticeable differences to your appearance. As hormone levels plummet, your body won’t produce as much collagen — the youthful protein that retains the structure of our skin. As collagen depletes, the skin will start to sag and become thinner and not as elastic as it once was.
These changes can happen gradually during this menopausal transition. However, some women report experiencing a plummeting nosedive in their skin health almost overnight.
There is no need to panic though, you most certainly can still have beautiful, healthy skin in your forties, fifties and beyond!
The secret? It’s time to start pampering your skin with a skincare routine that will give it the right care and nourishment that it needs to counteract the negative side effects that occur during the menopausal stage of life.
Let’s discuss women’s biggest skincare concerns before and during menopause and what you can do to combat them in order to maintain a lovely, youthful glow!
One of the first skin concerns women notice during menopause is dryness.
As hormones fluctuate, the lipid barrier of the skin can become compromised. When this happens, the skin loses its ability to hold moisture.
For those who typically have oily skin, this may be good news because their skin will start to produce less sebum. They may also notice fewer blemishes! However, for those who have normal or dry skin, their skin can become even more sensitive, flaky and itchy, especially during the winter when the air is dry.
Using your regular body soap to cleanse your face can further dry out your skin and make the problem worse.
Most soaps, especially the ones loaded with strong, synthetic fragrances, can leave your skin dry and squeaky clean after washing. These soaps strip the skin of much-needed oils.
Instead, look for a mild cleanser that will gently remove all dirt, excess oil and makeup while still nourishing and hydrating your skin. Try YEOUTH Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. Enriched with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, green tea, ginseng and seaweed, it cleanses the skin while also actively repairing skin damage and reducing the signs of skin aging.
A lot of soaps and cleansers are alkaline which means they mess with the natural pH of our skin. When this happens, our skin loses its protective layer of oils and becomes more prone to dryness and wrinkles.
After cleansing, don’t forget to recalibrate your skin pH with a slightly acidic toner such as YEOUTH Balancing Facial Toner. This skincare step is very important in order to keep your skin balanced, hydrated and consistently healthy and beautiful.
It’s a no brainer that you should focus on hydrating your skin to combat dryness. However, there are tons of moisturizers on the market nowadays. It can be quite overwhelming choosing which one will best fit your skin needs.
This is why it all comes down to the ingredients in the products you use. Look for humectants such as hyaluronic acid in all of the skincare products that you’re going to use.
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Although the skin produces it naturally, our hyaluronic acid production also decreases as we age. This leads to signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin.
Hyaluronic acid works by attracting and holding a staggering amount of moisture in your skin. In fact, it can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, perfect for really hydrating your skin and giving it that youthful glow.
This is why we love Hyaluronic Acid in our products! For daytime, we recommend YEOUTH Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that offers all-day moisture and boosts the additional skincare products in your routine.
Your skincare routine shouldn’t end there. Remember that your skin needs extra TLC now so be sure to follow with an intensive nighttime routine.
At night before bedtime, use YEOUTH Hyaluronic Acid Plus Serum to hydrate and nourish your skin as you sleep. It contains a dynamic trio of ingredients that work together to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration and pore size so you wake up to glowing, dewy skin.
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You may think that breakouts were left behind in your teenage years, but for some women, the weakened skin barrier along with the drop in female hormones can wreak havoc on their complexion.
The skin will try to overproduce sebum to compensate for the depleting skin barrier which can lead to clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. Imbalanced skin can also become a breeding ground for irritants and bacteria, which is the perfect recipe for a horrendous breakout.
Make it a priority to wash your face with a mild, non drying cleanser. Follow with gentle serums and moisturizers immediately after. Harsh products that contain synthetic fragrance are a definite no-no for mature skin as they can easily irritate and further dry out your skin.
Picking at a zit may be very tempting, but it’s not worth the scar. Squeezing pesky blemishes only pushes the inflamed gunk deeper into your pores. It also poses a high risk of leaving a scar or causing a dark spot.
Remember that smoother skin looks years younger than blemished, rough skin so it’s best to keep your hands off of your face. Get a spa facial to have your blackheads and whiteheads professionally extracted.
Chemical peels are solutions comprised of naturally occurring acids that exfoliate the uppermost layer of skin. Incorporating one into your skincare routine can drastically help to minimize blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores and even signs of aging such as age spots and fine lines.
You can book professional chemical peel sessions that use stronger acids for a much-deeper skin exfoliation. However, you can also purchase lower strength peels that you can incorporate into your at-home skincare routine.
One at-home option is YEOUTH Salicylic Acid 20% Gel Peel. Best for oily, acne-prone skin, this peel deeply exfoliates and unclogs pores of oils and dead skin to keep your complexion blemish-free.
Mature skin is thinner so take caution in using acne treatments that are generally formulated for teenage acne. These are often too harsh and drying which can worsen menopausal acne.
If the above self-care tips are not enough to get your acne under control, make an appointment to see your dermatologist. They can prescribe oral medications, suggest laser treatments or discuss hormonal treatment, if necessary.
The skin quickly loses collagen during menopause. In fact, research shows that women’s skin can lose about 30% of its collagen reserve during the first five years of menopause. After that, the decline becomes more gradual.
So what does lesser skin collagen mean?
Since collagen is one of the major proteins that forms the structure of our skin, having less of it results in skin sagging. When the skin loses firmness and elasticity, permanent lines and wrinkles become more visible. Over time, the loss of skin resilience makes it harder for the skin to bounce back and return to its tight and firm state.
Often, women notice a hollowing in their cheeks because of this. As that underlying connective tissues starts to deplete, the collagen and elastin production reduces and that is when you will start to see hollowing and vertical lines.
Factors such as sudden weight loss, excessive sun exposure and smoking cigarettes worsen the appearance of sagging skin during your menopausal years.
Spending too much time under the damaging UV rays of the sun breaks down the skin’s collagen and results in a loss of skin elasticity. Minimize your daily sun exposure and apply a generous amount of sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) to skin exposed to the sun whenever you go outside.
Did you know that indoor tanning beds emit more harmful UV rays than what we get from natural sunlight? It’s roughly three times more intense. It accelerates skin damage all around. Not only does it cause sagging skin but it poses a higher risk for major skin concerns like melanoma and skin cancer.
Boost your body’s loss of skin firmness by taking a daily collagen supplement such as YEOUTH Regenotin Advanced Collagen Generator.
The anti-aging effects of collagen supplements are mostly due to its capacity to boost the body’s ability to produce more collagen on its own. Aside from that, it also promotes the synthesis of elastin and fibrillin — other proteins important for skin health.
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It is important to note that simply choosing products with collagen and elastin in them will not effectively help your skin. Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate your skin so they are not effectively absorbed.
You want a product that will penetrate the skin deeply in order to boost collagen production from within. Look for ingredients such as retinol and peptides. These help rejuvenate your skin by promoting skin cell renewal and collagen production, which helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These ingredients also help to visibly increase skin firmness.
If you have spent a lot of time in the sun without proper sun protection, you will likely see the effects in the form of hyperpigmentation. These age spots will be more prevalent in areas frequently exposed to the sun such as your face, neck, chest, arms and on the backs of your hands.
Excessive sun exposure causes cellular damage to our cells and triggers the overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for creating your natural skin tone.
Aside from the sun, hormonal changes and skin injury can also lead to hyperpigmentation. Skin rashes, cuts, waxing or even picking at pimples can damage the skin and lead to the formation of these dark spots.
During and after menopause, your skin will be less able to repair damage caused by the sun. This is why it’s even more important to wear sunscreen during this time to prevent new spots from forming.
And yes, you should apply an SPF even on dark and gloomy days. The UV rays of the sun can still penetrate the clouds.
Antioxidants like Vitamin C help to stabilize the skin from damage caused by the sun. This essential vitamin also helps brighten the skin's overall appearance and fade dark spots.
Use an antioxidant-rich serum like the YEOUTH Vitamin C&E Serum in your morning skincare routine to protect your skin from sun damage and to also help even out skin tone. Bonus: This lightweight day serum also helps fight fine lines and smooth skin texture!
Your risk of getting skin cancer increases as you age which is why it’s important to ask your dermatologist for a skin cancer screening at least once a year. It’s better to find skin cancer and pre-cancerous growths early because it will be easier to treat.
Wrinkles and fine lines start to become more prominent as menopause starts. You will start to notice more crows feet around the eyes, deeper laugh lines and more vertical lines on your forehead.
Genetics certainly play a role in how your skin ages but other factors such as your environment, diet, and lifestyle habits can also affect how you will look during and after your menopausal period.
Wrinkles and fine lines can appear when your skin does not have enough moisture, elastin and collagen. However habits like squinting, brow furrowing, smoking or excessive sun exposure can aggravate them further.
Face muscles differ from other muscles in your body. They are directly attached to the skin and as they move, creases in the skin develop and become permanently etched over time.
You can’t stop your facial muscles from moving but you can minimize frowning, raising your eyebrows and crinkling your forehead. These expressions lead to increased forehead wrinkles.
Tobacco smoke contains toxins that break down the skin’s collagen and elastin. Every puff starves the skin of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. It results in a great deal of cellular damage that cause dry, dull, older-looking skin.
Aside from that, pursing your lips around the cigarette etches deep lines around the mouth and cheeks.
Smoking is a skin-aging double-whammy as it negatively affects the skin in a chemical and physical aspect. You will notice a major improvement in your complexion if you can kick the bad habit to the curb and stop smoking.
Aside from cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing your skin, take your skincare up a notch and invest in skincare such as serums, eye creams and neck creams that target wrinkles and fine lines.
Aging gracefully is a choice and you can definitely keep a youthful glow longer without going under invasive cosmetic surgeries with an excellent at home anti-aging skincare regimen.
An eye cream is a must in your menopausal skincare. The skin around our eyes is ten times thinner compared to other parts of the face which makes it more prone to signs of aging such as crow’s feet and wrinkles.
These lines are mainly results of your expressions but they are also due to lower collagen levels in the skin around the eyes. The delicate skin in this area needs loads of nourishment and hydration to stay tight and smooth.
For an intensive anti-aging eye cream, we recommend YEOUTH Retinol 2.5% Eye Cream. Formulated to moisturize, nourish and firm the appearance of the delicate skin around the eyes. This eye cream works to improve the look of wrinkles, crow’s feet, fine lines and skin sagging around the eye. It also helps to improve the look of under eye circles for a more vibrant appearance.
There will be a lot of changes happening to your skin during and after menopause but know that there is also a lot that you can do to maintain a healthy complexion. Getting older just means that you have to baby your skin!
Aside from upgrading your skincare routine, don’t forget that it’s important to promote balance in your life. Exercise, have a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and take time to relax! Give yourself some TLC and it will definitely show from the inside out.
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