Dry, dull, itchy and tight – sound familiar? The hallmark of menopausal skin is dryness - almost all women will experience this and it’s the complaint we hear most often from our lovely Living M community.
Hormonal fluctuations can change the condition of our skin quite rapidly. The good news is you can rejuvenate your skin and restore lost moisture and glow - but you need to be using the right skincare ingredients and know what to avoid.
WHY IS MY SKIN SO DRY IN MENOPAUSE?
If you are noticing increased tightness, dryness and your skin has lost that glowy look, then declining hormone levels are the cause. Oestrogen is responsible for the production of collagen and natural oils in the skin which keep it plump, firm and radiant. When levels decline in menopause, skin becomes drier, thinner and less radiant. Many women fail to link the changes in their skin with the menopause - assuming that their skin symptoms are being caused by simply ageing. Understanding how hormones affect our skin and what ingredients can help is key.
WHAT INGREDIENTS CAN HELP TACKLE SKIN DRYNESS AND LOSS OF RADIANCE IN MENOPAUSE?
The skincare regime you used in your pre-menopause years is likely not going to be enough to combat the increased dryness caused by the menopause. A more targeted approach is needed to get great skin – with the right skincare regime, ingredients, and products.
STREAMLINE YOUR ROUTINE WITH FEWER, HARDER WORKING PRODUCTS
Skin becomes much more sensitive in menopause which can make skin dryness even worse. It can be tempting to try lots of new products or add more steps to your skincare regime but this can be counter-productive and make matters worse. When our skin barrier starts to weaken it can become prone to inflammation and breakouts. The more products you use, the greater the risk of irritation so streamlining your skincare is a must. Living M Skincare has been especially created to target the hormonal skin changes caused by menopause with an easy to use 3-step regime of multi-benefit products.
THE BEST SKINCARE INGREDIENTS TO TREAT DRY MENOPAUSAL SKIN
THE SUPERHYDRATORS - GLYCERIN & HYALURONIC ACID
As we approach menopause, skin loses its ability to hold onto water which increases skin dryness. You need extra hydration to replace lost moisture from the skin’s surface. Use super-hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin which act as humectants and draw water into the skin. Living M Quench & Sooth Serum has been formulated with three different types of hyaluronic acid and glycerin for an intense hydration boost.
Collagen levels start to decline dramatically in menopause but there is a lot you can do to protect and boost collagen levels in your skin. Peptides are an intelligent skincare ingredient that send messages to your skin to produce more collagen and elastin, essential for supple, nourished skin. Living M Collagen Boost Moisturiser is a multi-benefit moisturiser formulated with a blend of signal peptides that stimulate collagen production in your skin.
SOOTHING & CALMING NIACINAMIDE
As we go through menopause, our skin barrier starts to weaken and skin becomes much more prone to irritation. By boosting the production of natural ceramides in the skin, niacinamide acts to strengthen the skin barrier protecting against moisture loss and dehydration. Niacinamide is also proven to brighten skin tone and boost radiance without causing irritation. Dryness can leave our skin dull and lacklustre so incorporating niacimanide into your skincare regime is an effective way to get your glow back without risking irritation. It’s such a great all round ingredient for menopausal skin, we have included niacinamide in Quench & Sooth Serum and our Collagen Boost Moisturiser.
SKIN STRENTHENING CERAMIDES
Menopause decreases the ceramides and fatty acids that form part of the skin’s natural protective barrier. To help your skin feel less sahara-like adding ceramides topically in skincare is a must. This will help nourish and restore the membranes in our skin helping it lock in much needed moisture. Our Super A Retinol Sleep Cream is formulated with a blend of skin identical ceramides to lock in moisture and strengthen skin while the retinol works its magic
NOURISHING NATURAL BUTTERS
Your skin in menopause is going to need a more nourishing moisturiser than it has before. A lot of moisturisers for menopausal skin are very rich and highly fragranced – neither of which are going to do your skin any good. Fragrance is a known irritant and creams that are super rich can clog your pores and trigger spots and breakouts. Our Collagen Boost Moisturiser contains a blend of two super nourishing natural butters – Avocado and Cupuaçu. Known as nature’s super-moisturisers they effectively relive dryness and tightness and restore moisture levels.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID IF YOUR SKIN IS DRY IN MENOPAUSE
As increased dryness can mean increased skin sensitivity, it’s important to avoid any ingredients that might irritate skin and make the situation worse. Many products contain ingredients that can aggravate skin so look for formulations that are free of fragrance, drying alcohols and essential oils (lovely on your body but really not designed to be put on your face!)
Living M skincare is formulated without any known irritants so you can rest assured you are only using good for you, skin-nourishing ingredients. All our products are free of fragrance, drying alcohols, essential oils, sulphates and silicones.
Menopausal skin can seem really confused. Dry and tight on the one hand but breaking out in a way you might not have experienced since your teen years on the other.
You are in need of powerful actives that will make a real difference to your skin but not irritate it, it's all about balance. Products claiming 'our strongest formulation ever' may not be what your skin needs. It's important to use products with active ingredients included at a level that is optimised for menopausal skin if you want to combat dryness and get your glow back
Living M skincare has been specifically formulated to meet the unique needs of menopausal skin. Formulated with a proven blend of powerful collagen-boosting actives, antioxidants and multimolecular hyaluronic acid in super nourishing formulas that will deeply moisturise skin without causing irritation or breakouts.
The Menopause Skin Solution Set is a simplified menopausal skincare routine for maximum results formulated with ingredients that complement each other at optimum levels for maximum results. The high-performance products have been expertly developed to complement one another to target the top symptoms of menopausal skin changes – dryness, loss of firmness and radiance, fine lines, skin sensitivity, redness and inflammation and hormonal breakouts.
Step 1 Quench & Soothe Serum (35ml) is a next level super hydrator designed to soothe and calm sensitised skin. Helps control hormonal breakouts for an ultra-hydrated, brighter, clearer complexion. Superstar Ingredients: Multi-molecular hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and Vitamin B5.
Step 2 Collagen Boost Moisturiser (50ml) is a multi-tasking dream cream designed to boost collagen production and deliver vital nourishment for plumper, glowing, firmer skin. Superstar Ingredients: Signal peptides, resveratrol, niacinamide, multi-molecular hyaluronic acid, avocado and cupuacu butters.
Step 3 Super A Retinol Sleep Cream (50ml) A high-performance retinol blend designed to accelerate cell turnover for radiant, smoother, stronger skin. Specifically designed for menopausal skin so you can enjoy all the benefits of retinol without the irritating downsides. Superstar ingredients: 0.5% encapsulated retinol, ceramides, multi-molecular hyaluronic acid.
Click here to shop Menopause Skin Solution Set £100.00 (Usually £125 when bought separately).