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By Gabriela, 12 october 2022

Going through menopause? Your skin doesn’t have to

There are times in our lives when we suddenly experience a 'leap' in skin ageing; menopause is perhaps the best example of this. Your period has stopped and a number of important hormones decrease significantly in a short time. You know like no other that this does not pass unnoticed when you are in the menopause. Menopause can also lead to different mental complications, such as brain fog, mood swings and a short fuse. Your skin can also suddenly change. Hormonal fluctuations, for example, lead to pimples, dryness and skin sagging. Then your normal skin care products suddenly stop working. Relatable? Help is at hand with our tips and products to keep your skin looking its best during menopause. It doesn't have to be complicated: adjusting a few basic steps of your skin care routine can be enough.

Hormones & your skin
While some women barely notice it, others get to experience hot flashes, weight gaining and a low sex drive. This has to do with the decrease in the female sex hormone estrogen, that also has a direct effect on your skin. You may have noticed that your skin care during or after menopause does not give you the same results as it did before menopause. This is because the reduction in estrogen means your cells are no longer working as hard to make new collagen. Estrogen plays an important role in collagen production, elasticity, thickness and moisture content of the skin. The production of less estrogen shows the opposite: fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, pimples, dullness and skin sagging.

Skin problem: dry skin
Dryness is a sign that the skin barrier is not functioning properly. As estrogen levels drop, sebum production decreases. As a result, the skin becomes drier. Small cracks can also form, through which moisture can escape. This makes the skin both dry and dehydrated. You can strengthen the skin barrier by applying a nourishing and moisture-binding day and night cream or oil, such as the Suki ERA MenoCycle Reviving Facial Cream and the Suki ERA MenoCycle Reviving Facial Oil. Hyaluronic acid also helps to prevent dehydrated skin during the menopause. You immediately increase the moisture level when you apply the Hyaluronic Facial Serum from BAEBODY.

Skin problem: dullness
Dull and grey, that's how women often describe their skin during the menopause. Dehydration, accompanied by delayed cell turnover, results in a dull, sometimes rough skin surface. When dead skin cells start to build up, it will make the skin look dull and grey. What is the solution to make your skin glow again? Exfoliate. But in a gentle, mild way because you don't want red and irritated skin. You can do this, for example, with the Dull Faace Cleanser from Faace or the Exfoliating Cleanser with Jojoba & Ginseng from John Masters Organics.

Skin problem: fine lines and wrinkles
From the age of 30, you lose about 1% of your collagen per year. Collagen production decreases at a faster pace after the menopause: no less than 30% in the first five years. You may start to notice signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, you can slow this down by applying two well-known vitamins to your skin. Vitamin C in the morning and vitamin A (retinol) at night. This duo stimulates collagen production and cell renewal, making the skin smoother and with less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. It can take up to six months before you can see the results when using these products, so patience is the key. With these products you will certainly succeed: the Vit C Moisturizer from BAEBODY and the Pro-AgeCycle Natural Retinol Serum from Suki.

Skin problem: pimples
Pimples, seriously? Your skin gets drier, but you suddenly get pimples. How? As estrogen levels drop, the ratio of your female and male hormones changes. Male hormone levels rise and those male hormones (androgens), are one of the main causes of pimples. Even if you didn't suffer from pimples in your puberty, they can suddenly appear during the menopause. Retinol, or the natural alternative bakuchiol, is also the remedy for unwanted pimples. Because it stimulates cell turnover, the pores stay 'clean' and are less likely to become clogged and form a pimple. Free two birds with one key: with retinol/bakuchiol you fight wrinkles and pimples. You can prevent pimples and inflammation with the Menopause Faace Mask from Faace, which also has a firming and relaxing effect on your skin. Did you still get a pimple? Don’t worry, you can accelerate the healing by touching it up with the Clear Spot Control from LUÉ by Jean Seo.

Skin problem: skin sagging
Just as collagen decreases with age, so does the amount of elastin in the skin. Together they keep the skin tight and elastic. With the menopause you lose more and more of that elasticity and you see that especially around your jawline and neck area. Sagged skin will not get firm again with just a cream. You can slow down the process by sticking to a suitable skin care routine. The previously mentioned vitamin C and retinol (or bakuchiol for sensitive skin) stimulate cells to produce more collagen so that the skin remains elastic. In addition, products containing antioxidants such as coenzyme Q10 and vitamins are indispensable for a firm, compact skin. You will therefore also find them in the Neck Cream from BAEBODY, which counteracts sagging of the jawline, chin and neck.

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