The big change, a midlife crisis – whatever its nickname, menopause brings a significant change to a woman’s body. Hormonal variations and fluctuations can lead to weight gain, vaginal dryness, those famous hot flashes and changes in your skin.
Additionally, a host of symptoms begin years before you reach menopause, which occurs at an average age of 51. skin becomes extremely dry and dull,” says board-certified dermatologist Joyce Park, MD, founder of Skin Refinery, a virtual dermatology practice. On the bright side, you can prepare for and help combat these complexion issues with a thoughtful approach to skincare. These five tweaks will help keep your skin looking radiant, hydrated, and healthy not just during menopause, but long term.
1. Hydrate more
Estrogen – a key hormone influencer – aids in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA), all of which give skin its youthful plumpness. “When hormones are turned upside down and estrogen begins to decline during perimenopause, it accelerates the loss of sebum and hyaluronic acid, natural moisturizing factors that keep the skin barrier strong and supple,” says Dr. Park. It is essential to choose moisturizers containing HA, lipids and ceramides to combat this loosening effect. “No7 Menopause Skincare Nourishing Night Cream and the Protect and Hydrate Day Cream are both packed with these and other great moisturizing ingredients,” notes Dr. Park. She adds that the products in this new collection “have been co-created with 7,000 postmenopausal women to help them target their most pressing skin concerns.”
2. Hydrate the rest of your routine too
“You want to incorporate moisture into every step of your skincare regimen, including cleansing,” says Dr. Park. This can further prevent excessive dryness. Start with a gentle, moisturizing face wash that won’t strip your skin and will rehydrate your skin as you cleanse it. Follow with a moisturizing serum containing humectants like hyaluronic acid (try No7 Menopause Skincare Instant Radiance Serumwhich also contains nourishing lipids and ceramides), and top it off with an emollient cream or lotion to seal in that moisture.
3. Cool the hot flashes
Perhaps the most well-known symptom of menopause, a hot flash may only last a few minutes, but feels like your body is burning from the inside. It is often accompanied by a lot of sweating. To make matters worse, it can happen when you least expect it. “Lower estrogen levels and other hormonal fluctuations can make the hypothalamus, your body’s thermometer, hypersensitive to everything from your environment to spicy food,” says Dr. Park. A good rescue item to have on hand is No7 Menopause Skincare Instant Refreshing Mista refreshing facial mist filled with rose water, which also helps calm and hydrate.
4. Brighten dull skin
“Skin cell turnover naturally slows with age, but the decline in estrogen during menopause makes this process even slower,” says Dr. Park. This can cause a buildup of dry skin that dulls the complexion. To combat this, gently exfoliate a few times a week with an AHA product to remove dead surface cells. It’s also important to incorporate an active ingredient like retinol into your regimen to increase turnover and help rebuild lost collagen. Additionally, Dr. Park recommends looking for formulas containing antioxidants, such as green tea, vitamin C, and niacinamide to brighten skin while neutralizing UV damage. No7 Menopause Skincare Protect & Hydrate Day Cream contains all three, plus SPF 30. Plus, boost your glow with the brand’s Instant Radiance Serum to help address the appearance of collagen-depleted skin.
5. Target fine lines and loss of elasticity
“Lower estrogen decreases the production of collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for firm, plump skin,” says Dr. Park. To help boost production of both, look for peptide-rich formulas like No7 Menopause Skincare Nourishing Overnight Cream, Radiance Serum, and Protect & Hydrate Day Cream. They all contain peptide-rich Matrixyl 3000+. “This proprietary peptide technology helps plump and firm the skin,” says Dr. Park. The products also include soy isoflavones, antioxidant compounds derived from soy plants. These have been shown to help safely counteract menopausal skin changes caused by declining estrogen levels, says Dr. Park. Finally, don’t forget the daily and diligent sun protection, which you can also find in the Protect & Hydrate day cream.
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Gina Way is a writer and editor specializing in beauty, health, and lifestyle content. Her work, from beauty articles to celebrity interviews, has been featured in _Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, O The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and Cosmopolitan, among others. She also writes digital content for The Cut, Well + Good, Refinery 29 and Vogue.