It might surprise you to learn that going through menopause can have a greater effect on our skin than chronological ageing.
The hormonal fluctuations we experience in menopause deplete our skin’s natural resources and the effects can be dramatic – it can often feel as though our complexion has changed overnight. Many women complain that the products they have been using for years have stopped working or, worse still, have started to irritate their skin. Your skin’s needs are changing and you are going to need a different approach to skincare in menopause if you want healthy, radiant-looking skin. Here’s why changing your skincare routine matters in menopause.
What Happens to Our Skin in Menopause?
Skin changes in menopause are caused by declining levels of oestrogen and progesterone which are essential for collagen production. As oestrogen levels decline, collagen production slows down. Skin becomes drier and thinner with a weakened skin barrier. Cell turnover slows rapidly, and skin starts to lose its ability to hold onto water, appearing less plump and radiant. Dry, dull-looking skin is the biggest skin concern we hear from our customers.
Skin can also become more sensitised and prone to irritation. Hormonal imbalances can trigger breakouts, flushing and inflammation. Your skin can act confused – dry, dull and irritated on the one hand but breaking out at the same time and it can be hard to know what products are going to be right. Your skin is going through big changes which all add up to a complexion that’s dull, dry and lacking in radiance. It’s time to switch up your routine if you want to effectively target your changing skin needs and counter the unwanted effects of menopause.
How to switch up your skincare for menopause
1. Simplify Your Skincare Routine. When you start to see changes in your skin, it can be really tempting to try all the latest products and layer lots of different ingredients, adding more steps in your skincare regime. Trust us this is not the best approach in menopause. Using lots of different products can overload your skin, causing more problems than it solves. As your hormones change, your skin becomes much weaker and prone to sensitivity, so simplifying your routine is a must. Scale it right back to avoid irritation and focus on multi-benefit products that will give your skin everything it needs. Living M is a highly effective two- step daily skincare system specifically designed for the unique needs of perimenopausal and menopausal skin. Try THE PERFECT PAIR for everything your skin needs in an easy-to-use daily skincare duo.
2. Avoid Irritating Skincare Ingredients. Because your skin is more prone to sensitivity and dryness as you approach menopause, it’s important to avoid anything that is likely to irritate skin and make it even drier – exactly what you are trying to avoid. Changing hormone levels cause our skin barrier to weaken, so products that you have been happily using for years can suddenly start to aggravate your skin. Living M Skincare has been formulated without any ingredients that are known to irritate skin such fragrance, essential oils, drying alcohols, and sulphates. These ingredients are in many skincare products, but they should be avoided in menopause.
3. Use multi-benefit products.Multi-benefit products are designed to target multiple skin concerns at the same time. They are both time and cost effective not to mention better for the environment – using less product is more sustainable and means less waste. Multi-tasking skincare products are ideal for menopausal skin which can have many and often contradictory needs. Skin can be super dry but breaking out at the same time, flushing and sensitive but in need of powerful actives to combat the effects of accelerated collagen loss. Living M has specially developed products designed to target the hormonal skin changes caused by the menopause. Try The Perfect Pair- a duo of multi-tasking products that gives menopausal skin a daily dose of everything it needs. Use both the Quench & Soothe Serum and Collagen Boost Moisturiser morning and night.
4. Use the right active ingredients at the right levels. In menopause you need clinically proven active ingredients that will make a real difference to skin but not cause irritation. The main skin complaints in menopause are dryness, loss of radiance and increased sensitivity. These superstar ingredients are essential for targeting menopausal skin changes In menopause, it’s all about balance - we have included these skincare superstars our skincare products at optimal levels for menopausal skin.
BEST SKINCARE INGREDIENTS FOR MENOPAUSAL SKIN
Hyaluronic acid. It is THE BEST for replenishing vital lost hydration and getting back that glowy, fresh dewy look. Our products are blended with three different types of hyaluronic acid to hydrate both the surface and deeper layers of the skin.
Niacinamide. To boost radiance, strengthen skin and protect it’s natural barrier – this skincare superstar has so many benefits for menopausal skin but boosting glow without causing irritation is a big one.
Peptides. To boost collagen levels - these clever skincare ingredients stimulate your skin to make more collagen.
Resveratrol. To protect against environmental stressors and reverse the signs of skin damage – found in the skin of red grapes it is one of the most powerful antioxidants there is.
Nourishing Natural Butters. To relieve menopausal skin dryness – we included avocado and cupuacu two of nature’s super moisturisers.
Menopause is on of the biggest physical changes we go will through in our lives and it affects us on many levels, both physically and mentally. Fluctuating hormones mean big changes for our skin but with the right skincare routine and products we can counter the unwanted effects of menopause and get great, looking healthy skin.
Living M is a highly effective two step daily skincare system specifically designed for the unique needs of perimenopausal and menopausal skin. Try The Perfect Pair - Collagen Boost Moisturiser and Quench & Soothe Serum for everything your skin needs in an easy-to-use daily skincare duo. Use AM and PM for firmer, plumper skin that glows. The Perfect Pair £64.00 (Save 20%. £80 when sold separately).