Effect of Menopause on the skin

How can I improve my skin during menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of women’s lives, most often happening between the ages of 45 and 55. Hormonal changes during perimenopause and full menopause often lead to skin concerns such as dryness, wrinkles, and increased sensitivity.

The effect of Menopause on the skin

During Menopause oestrogen and progesterone levels decline quickly. This means that our body is not producing enough collagen, which is vital for the plumpness and firmness of the skin and can also affect skin sensitivities, such as itchiness, rashes, rosacea and eczema. It is very important to understand the effect of menopause on the skin so we know what to expect from this new time of life.

What skincare products should I use?

Well, looking after your skin with good skincare products is great. But here’s the thing that skincare companies don’t tell you. Most cosmetic skincare products only penetrate the top layer of the skin layer called the Epidermis, and won’t be absorbed by the skin deep enough to stimulate collagen production.  There is a good reason for this; one of the main functions of the Epidermis is to protect your skin from the outside world and foreign substances. If substances penetrate too deep, that is dangerous to our bodies.

Top Tips to Improve the skin during menopause

  1. HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

HRT replaces the female hormones that are declining during menopause. I understand everyone has opinions about HRT, but Oestrogen and progesterone are female hormones that play important roles in a woman's body. If your hormones are balanced, it will help to improve your skin.

  1. HIFU and RF Microneedling

Both treatments are non-surgical and target deeper layers of the skin to stimulate our natural collagen and elastin. Most Collagen and elastin stay in the second layer of the skin called the Dermis. These treatments target Dermis layers using focused ultrasound or Radiofrequency.

  1. Balanced diet, Quality sleep and regular exercise

You might have heard this hundreds of times, but a balanced lifestyle is always a secret for good skin. It is worth investing in your diet, sleeping environment and exercise to enjoy life to the full.

Remember, consistency and patience are key to improving your skin. It may take time to see noticeable results, but by following these tips and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can promote healthier, more vibrant skin during menopause.

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Setsuko Takeuchi

Setsuko is a Beauty Therapist with more than 15 years experience. After obtaining an NVQ level 3 from Exeter college, she obtained further level 4 qualifications in Laser & Light Therapy Treatments CIBTAC and Skin Needling VTCT. She has also had advanced training in Intimate Waxing from Kim Lawless.