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Menopausal Skin

An unavoidable, significant change for many women, menopause can alter your skin in numerous ways.

What skin changes can occur during the menopause?

Menopause is a gradual process that is typically preceded by peri-menopause, which can also cause significant changes to the skin. Hormonal changes in the body can result in a range of symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue, and vaginal dryness or pain.

During menopause, there is a rapid decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to dryness and reduced skin plumpness. Additionally, hot flashes can cause redness and hormonal fluctuations may result in acne. 

One of the most significant changes to the skin during menopause is the decline in collagen production. Collagen levels drop by 30% within the first five years of menopause and continue to decline by approximately 2% each year for the next two decades. This can result in a gradual increase in wrinkles and a loss of skin elasticity.

Why does the skin change during menopause?

The skin changes that occur during menopause are largely unavoidable as collagen plays a crucial role in maintaining skin plumpness and structure. With the rapid loss of collagen and a decline in steady production, the skin can develop fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.

In addition to collagen loss, menopause can also cause a decline in estrogen production. Estrogen helps the skin produce oil and retain moisture, so when its production decreases, the skin becomes drier, which can exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles. 

On the other hand, androgen levels, such as testosterone, remain stable throughout menopause. This can increase sebum production and lead to blocked pores and acne breakouts.

What can you do to prevent these menopausal skin changes?

While menopausal skin changes are inevitable and a natural part of the ageing process, there are steps you can take to support and strengthen your skin during this time. Here are some tips:

Wear daily sunscreen

 Protect your skin from sun damage by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. This can help prevent further collagen loss and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Manage acne breakouts

Androgen levels can increase during menopause, which can lead to acne breakouts. 

Hydrate your skin

Menopause can cause dry and dehydrated skin. Topical moisturisers can help hydrate and nourish your skin. It’s also important to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. 

Incorporate collagen-stimulating ingredients

Look for skincare products that contain certain collagen-stimulating ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C, and peptides. These ingredients can boost collagen production and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

Maintain a balanced, healthy diet

Eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can help support your skin’s health and prevent further damage.

Limit alcohol consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption can speed up the breakdown of collagen, leading to premature ageing of the skin.

Avoid or quick smoking

Quitting smoking can improve your overall health and the health of your skin.

What topical ingredients help to maintain skin through menopause?

Sunscreen

Applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 daily can help prevent photo-ageing, which can fade age spots, prevent new spots forming and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Ceramides (emollients)

These ingredients can help repair and strengthen the skin barrier, protecting against transepidermal water loss and minimising skin dehydration.

Hyaluronic acid (humectants)

Hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient for restoring the skin’s water content that often depletes during menopause.

Retinol

Retinol is known as the ultimate age management ingredient, as it can improve cellular renewal and stimulate collagen production, helping to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin c

Vitamin c is a potent antioxidant that can help minimise collagen and even out skin tone, leading to firmer, brighter skin over time.

Signature treatments

Crafted with Debbie’s revolutionary DNA method to provide an entirely bespoke skin journey that caters to your unique skin needs and goals. 

DNA Laser Complete Grade 2

our DNA 2 can deliver hydration to the deeper layers of the skin, as well as strengthen the skin barrier, which can help to combat dryness and dehydration associated with menopausal skin.

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HIFU

HIFU is an effective option for lifting and contouring the skin, targeting the deeper layers to combat the decline in collagen and elastin production during menopause. 

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DNA Essential Skin Grade 1

Our DNA 1 can work to nourish, hydrate and soothe the skin, as well as strengthen the skin barrier, which can help to combat dryness and dehydration associated with menopause, as well as renew and refresh the skin.

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