Menopause marks a time of great change for your entire body. The skin is your body’s largest organ and often shows the most visible reflection of your body’s new hormonal normal. As collagen and moisture levels drop, almost everyone will begin to see more pronounced signs of aging. The key to aging gracefully is to support your skin during these changes so it stays healthy, hydrated and radiant.
How Hormones Affect Skin
During menopause, your body slows its production of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones affect the skin in different ways. Estrogen stimulates collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production that keeps skin plump and firm. Progesterone stimulates the skin’s oil (sebum) production, which keeps skin moisturized.
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In addition, lower estrogen levels mean your skin is producing less hyaluronic acid, which regulates skin hydration. Meanwhile, lower oil production due to falling progesterone means your skin won’t be as good at locking in the hydration that remains.
Changes in Skin During Menopause
These changes in the way your skin functions can show up on your skin as:
- Skin that appears saggy or deflated
- Fine lines, wrinkles, and crepiness
- Enlarged pores and uneven skin texture
- Dryness and flaking skin
- Redness and irritation
- Acne as skin adjusts to your body’s new hormonal balance
Can You Prevent Skin Changes During Menopause?
While some signs of aging are inevitable, the right skincare formulas can help your skin stay healthy, hydrated, and calm through these hormonal changes. During menopause, your skincare routine should be filled with nourishing ingredients aimed at replacing lost hydration, moisture, and collagen while supporting your skin’s protective
Key ingredients to look for include:
A Layered Skincare Routine for Menopausal Skin
This menopausal skincare routine is bursting with clinically proven ingredients to support your skin during this time of hormonal change. Follow this routine for healthy, smooth, hydrated skin.
Step One: Wash With a Hydrating Cleanser
The best skincare routine during menopause starts with a cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without damaging the skin’s moisture barrier or stripping it of its natural oils. Our
Massage our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil into a dry face, then rinse with warm water to transform it into a silky, luxurious milky cleanser. Pat with a towel until your skin is almost dry, then follow with step two.
Step Two: Use A Toner With Active, Hydrating Ingredients
When we think of toners, we often envision the harsh astringents we used to target blemishes in our teens. But toner is an essential step that balances your skin’s pH and prepares it to receive the active ingredients in your skincare routine
Step Three: Nourish Your Delicate Undereye Area
The skin beneath our eyes is naturally thinner than on the rest of our faces. It’s also the first place we’re likely to see the effects of age-related dehydration, which often shows up as crepiness and sagging.
Smooth and visibly lift undereye skin with our
Step Four: Target Signs of Aging with Dermatologist-Approved Actives
A targeted treatment serum containing science-supported active ingredients is essential when assembling a menopausal skincare routine. Build your regimen around the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients, retinol. This dermatologist-beloved ingredient speeds cell turnover to increase collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Unfortunately, more rapid cell turnover can sometimes cause irritation if you don’t have the right formula.
During your nighttime routine, massage our Retinol Night Serum into completely dry skin and be sure to use sunscreen the next day.
In the morning, follow your toner with a few drops of our
Step Five: Deeply Moisturize
Moisturizer provides deep hydration and nourishment to the upper layers of skin while shielding it from environmental stressors. The best moisturizers for menopausal skin are rich in nourishing ingredients like
People with dry and menopausal skin are also especially vulnerable to overnight water loss, as the skin’s permeability increases overnight due to additional blood flow naturally supplied by the body. Protect your skin from dehydration by strengthening its barrier and helping to repair daytime damage with our most intensive renewal cream,
Clinically-proven stress-busting ectoin binds with moisture and seals it into skin, pairing with squalane to leave the skin feeling stronger and more supple after a single overnight treatment. Sleep-promoting magnesium and peptides help calm stress-inducing neurotransmitters to optimize skin’s capacity for repair. You’ll awaken to deeply hydrated, less sensitive skin that’s smoother with fewer fine lines
Step Six: Lock In Active Ingredients
Pairing your moisturizer with non-comedogenic facial oil (such as our