YOU, YOUR SKIN, & THE MENOPAUSE

The ageing process starts when women are in their 20’s, maturity is reached around the mid-twenties, then a steady decline occurs and is accelerated during the menopause. The menopause officially begins one year after a woman’s last period. As hormonal levels plummet many unwelcomed changes occur. Since we specialise in skin care and hair removal these are the areas of focus in this blog post.

We can assist you in the following ways:

  • Wrinkly relaxing treatments
  • Fillers to plump up your skin
  • Clinically tested skin care range
  • SPF creams
  • Laser hair removal
  • Hydrating facials
  • Laser treatments  

Conditions resulting from ageing and the menopause

Jowls, slack skin, and wrinkles

ABOVE: One of our lovely clients treated with a combination of wrinkle relaxing injections and fillers.

Studies show that women’s skin lose about 30% of collagen during the first 5 years of menopause. After that, the decline is a more gradual 2% loss of collagen every year for the next 20 years.

https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/skin-care-during-menopause

As collagen diminishes, skin loses it firmness and begins to sag. Jowls appear and permanent lines run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time.  Later, the tip of the nose dips. You may see pouches appear under your eyes and experience enlarged pores due to the lack of skin firmness.

If sagging skin or wrinkles bother you:

  • Protect your skin from the sun. This can reduce visible wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles appearing.
  • Use a skin care product that contains retinol or peptides as these ingredients can increase collagen in your skin
  • Wrinkles may be more obvious when your skin is dry so use a moisturiser on your face, jawline and neck every day, and look for skin care products designed to help combat fine lines and promote a brighter appearance overall.

Age spots and other signs of sun-damaged skin

Start to check your skin more thoroughly and book an appointment with the doctor as soon as you notice any changes to age spots, moles, etc.

Fade them with exfoliating products that shed dead skin cells.  Skin-lightening products can help fade spots too. Toners can also help even out skin colour. Laser treatment can reduce the appearance of age spots.

To reduce further damage wear sunscreen inside and outside – every day .. even in winter!

Excess facial hair

About 30 percent of women report unwanted hair on the face. Always consult your GP to confirm the cause of this condition (known as Hirsutism) before treating it. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hirsutism/\

Treatments can include: bleaching, plucking, laser therapy, or electrolysis.

Dry skin

During menopause, skin tends to get dry as it loses its ability to hold water.

  • Wash with a moisturising cleanser instead of soap. For mature skin, soap can be too drying and make your skin look dull.  Opt for a creamy formula that hydrates instead of foam or gel cleansers, which can strip moisture away.

  • Apply moisturiser after bathing and throughout the day when your skin feels dry. A moisturiser with hyaluronic acid or glycerine can be especially helpful.

  • Skip long, hot showers and apply a moisturiser on damp skin. 

Pimples and other types of acne

As female hormones drop before and during the menopause, some women start to notice the appearance of acne like pimples.

  • Avoid using teenage acne products as these can be too drying and harsh.
  • Wash acne-prone skin with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This helps unclog pores.
  • Make a dermatology appointment if you cannot get acne under control. A hormonal treatment may be necessary.

Help Your Hands

The backs of your hands can easily give your age away.  Due to the lack of moisture, collagen, and fat during menopause veins may seem more obvious and skin more wrinkled.  Skin can start to look transparent and bony. Use a moisturiser often on your hands and use an SPF product to protect them from the sun.  Wear gloves when doing house or garden work.

Here’s a reminder of services we can offer to help you look and feel your best through aging and the menopause

  • Wrinkly relaxing treatments
  • Fillers to plump up your skin
  • Clinically tested skin care range
  • SPF creams
  • Laser hair removal
  • Hydrating facials 
  • Laser treatments

Please call/email/text us to arrange a no obligation consultation where we can discuss your conditions and work together to create a bespoke treatment package to help you look and feel refreshed.  

Other things to ease menopausal symptoms outside of our support include:

  • Speaking to your GP for their expert advice and guidance
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night to help repair your body and skin
  • Mindfulness and meditation to ease the stress and promote a good night’s sleep
  • Exercise – take gentle exercise to keep your bones healthy and your skin glowing

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