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Menopause: how to take care of your skin

Author - Ignae

Menopause has a psychological and physical impact, also affecting the skin, and it requires a change in the skincare routine.

Menopause sets a new phase in a woman’s life and also on her skin. This physiological process usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55 and starts with pre-menopause, which manifests through the greater spacing between ovulation's, and consequent alteration of the menstrual cycle. Menopause sets when 12 consecutive months have passed since the last menstrual period. At the same time, there is a reduction in estrogen and progesterone, impacting the whole organism, including the skin and hair. But despite these changes, it is possible to live through pre-menopause and menopause peacefully and harmoniously. And when it comes to skin, having an effective skincare routine may be life-changing!

After applying the eye contour cream, it is time to care for the whole face with formulations that reduce collagen and elastin loss by preventing the degradation of these proteins and stimulating the production of new fibers. The Enriched Regenerating Serum combines the antioxidant efficacy of vitamin C and lactobionic acid with the anti-glycation action of carnicin, niacinamide, and the anti-pollution effect of ectoin [7, 8, 9, 10]. These ingredients neutralize the factors that lead to collagen and elastin degradation, while skin hydration and epidermal renewal. The EPC Factor® was shown to provide a high antioxidant and regenerating capacity. Additionally, Rich Night Serum allows to further reduces skin dryness and potentiates the benefits of The Enriched Regenerating Serum. In addition to antioxidants and repairing camellia and rosehip oils, the Rich Night serum formulation is also concentrated in bakuchiol [11]. This ingredient allows to stimulate the production of new collagen fibers and reduces melanin production while stimulating epidermal renewal.

What is the impact of menopause on the skin?

Between 64 to 72% of women report that their skin changes significantly during menopause [1,2]. 

As menopause sets in, most women report an apparent increase in skin dryness and roughness, as if their skincare routine is no longer sufficient to meet their needs. These changes occur because estrogen and progesterone loss reduces lipid and hydrolipidic film production, that are essential for maintaining the skin's moisture and renewing its surface layer.

On the other hand, there is a drastic reduction in the synthesis of collagen, responsible for skin firmness and essential for wound healing, and an increase in elastin degradation, responsible for its elasticity. Therefore, the skin thus becomes thinner, and more fragile, and signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging become more apparent [3].

Skin tone may also reveal changes, either in the form of new brown spots or through the appearance of redness [2,3].

How to care for your skin before and during menopause

As soon as the first signs and symptoms manifest on the skin, it is essential to rethink the skincare routine holistically to rebalance the skin physiology.

Every skincare routine should start with a gentle and effective cleansing that will remove the debris deposited on the skin while aiding the removal of dead skin cells and enhancing the penetration of active ingredients. The Daily Enzyme Cleanser is the ideal product to achieve all these goals as it combines gentle cleansing with the exfoliating action of citric, tartaric, lactic acids, hibiscus extract, and bromelain, an enzyme naturally present in pineapple [4]. Hyaluronic acid and camellia oil ensure that the skin stays hydrated.

The eye contour is the first facial area to show wrinkles and it is also the most sensitive. Therefore, cosmetic formulations with rich textures for reducing these signs of aging and skin dryness are preferred during menopause. Dynamic Eye Complex provides all these advantages and carries antioxidant, tensing, and collagen synthesis-stimulating active ingredients. The peptides acetyl hexapeptide-8 and acetyl tetrapeptide-5 reduce the contraction of muscles in the eye contour area, which is responsible for the expression of wrinkles, and stimulate decongestion, which leads to the development of puffiness and dark circles [5, 6]. The complex containing five hyaluronic acids ensures immediate filling of wrinkles and fine lines.

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