The menopause is a time of great change in your body, and what is happening on the inside can have an effect on your skin. Our essential guide to menopausal skin care is intended to help you understand how your skin may react and assist in adjusting your beauty regime.
For each of the issues we make a recommendation for natural products to try from our innovative Age Defy+ collection for perimenopausal skin onwards.
Menopausal skin symptom 1: Slower skin repair and increased wrinkle formation
During the menopause protein synthesis diminishes which results in reduced production and repair of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin.
This increases the likelihood of wrinkles forming, reduces elasticity and means that your skin takes longer to recover from blemishes.
Solution: Restore suppleness and elasticity
We use ingredients including Baicalin, Beech Bud extract and Sea Holly Stem Cells to help restore and rejuvenate the supportive structures of the skin, including collagen and elastin.
These potent natural plant actives have remarkable youth-boosting benefits whilst also being very gentle on your skin.
Menopausal skin symptom 2: The appearance of age spots
As oestrogen production decreases during the menopause, it has less control over melanin synthesis in the skin. This means you are more likely to develop age spots, also known as hyperpigmentation.
These most commonly appear on your face, hands, neck, chest and arms - those areas which have been exposed to most UV radiation over the years.
Solution: naturally inhibit skin pigmentation
We use a combination of extracts from Cucumber Seeds, White Mulberry Bark and Hibiscus Flowers in our natural face cream for menopausal skin. The combined action of these plant actives is to reduce production of the skin pigment melanin by:
1) Inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase which is responsible for initiating melanin production
2) Restricting the transfer of freshly formed melanin into cells called malanosomes where it matures and develops its brown colouration;
3) Exfoliating mature, melanin-containing skin cells to reveal younger, lighter coloured underlying skin cells.
For age spots, try our face cream for menopausal skin: Age Defy+ 24 Hour Brightening
Menopausal skin symptom 3: sagging skin and cellulite
As oestrogen levels drop during menopause, fat deposits in the skin often become concentrated over the stomach and on the thighs and buttocks.
The redistribution of fat deposits reduces the thickness of the supportive fat layer beneath the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms which means the skin can start to sag.
Solution: naturally restore skin structure
To counteract the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles, we use ingredients including Jojoba esters, Beech Bud extract, Argan Kernel extract and Sea Holly stem cells which collectively increase deep tissue hydration and tighten and restore the skin structure.
For sagging skin, try: Age Defy+ Hydrate & Renew Serum
To reduce the tendency to increased fat deposition on the thighs and buttocks we use an ingredient extracted from the Bayberry plant. This has a three-way action against cellulite fat – reducing the ability to deposit fat in existing fat cells, promotes the breakdown of fat already stored in existing fat cells, and reducing the ability for the body to create new fat cells.
For cellulite, try: Age Defy+ Contour & Sculpt Body Lotion
Menopausal skin symptom 4: Increased tendency for spots
You may find that during the menopause, your skin develops spots or acne, even if you have not suffered these problems for years. The reason is that cell renewal slows down and your sebaceous glands have begun to secrete a thicker form of sebum, which can lead to the appearance of oily skin. This can also cause blockage of the pores, increasing the tendency toward adult acne in some women.
Solution: natural spot and sebum control
Ingredients that help to overcome these problems include light oils such as Rosehip, Pomegranate Seed and Perilla Seed oils, all of which have high levels of essential fatty acids.
We also use Squalane which is a major component of pre-menopausal sebum to restore its balance and consistency.
Bentonite clay will help draw out impurities, Willow Bark extract, Bamboo Stem powder and Bromelain are used to gently exfoliate excess dead skin cells to reduce the risk of pore blockage, and to help control the bacteria responsible for acne spot formation.
For spot control and menopausal oily skin, try:
As well as the issues we have covered here, menopausal skin can also be sensitive to the harsh ingredients that are found in many anti-ageing products.
The Age Defy+ collection is a certified organic beauty range specifically developed for menopausal and mature skin and, as with all Green People products, it does not contain drying alcohol, parabens, methylisothiazolinone, SLS, artificial fragrances or any other questionable ingredients.
Our customer care team is happy to help with any questions you may have about the Age Defy+ collection or menopausal skin care. Please call us on 01403 740350 or leave your comment or question below.