Menopause: the best skincare for menopausal skin

If menopause has left your skin dull, dry, sensitive or acne-prone, there are simple steps you can take to look better

Monday, 18th October 2021, 2:19 pm
Menopause the best skincare for menopausal skin

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There is obviously a hefty psychological element to menopause. But in tandem to that, it’s effect on women physically can be overwhelming.

Of course, it’s worth consulting your doctor, learning about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and supplemental options if you’re having serious mood changes as a result. In addition to that, though, there are simple steps you can take to look and feel better in your changing body.

What happens to our skin during menopause?

Declines to the levels of sex hormones (progesterone and oestrogen) in our bodies prompts many changes: hot flushes, night sweats, dull skin, dry skin, flaking scalp and looser skin.

It’s as stark a physical upheaval as entering into puberty is, and, just as we change our skincare routine at that time (well, we should - though many of us didn’t and suffered acne indignities as a result) we need to rethink our approach upon hitting ‘The Change.’

How should you change your skincare routine when menopausal?

You don’t need to leap to a 12-step routine or to hit the Crème de la Mer counter to fix your regime. Your primary aim should be to add in hydration and lipids to the ingredient you’re feeding your skin, and a decent retinol. These don’t have to be prohibitively costly. A £200 serum won’t necessarily fix your issues faster than a £50 one.

Lifestyle changes can help, too - keeping up water intake, sleeping more, eating plenty of antioxidants, avoiding too much alcohol, but let us be frank: the prospect of an abstemious existence post menopause doesn’t seem likely to help us cope. Instead, focus on doing what you can, when you can, lifestyle wise- and keep your skincare consistent.

Here are the products our testers found worked to help improve their menopausal or perimenopausal skin.

Pause Hydrating Cleanser from Pause Well-Aging

Seek out a gentle, hydrating, soap-free cleanser for menopausal or post-menopausal skin

Seek out a gentle, hydrating, soap-free cleanser for menopausal or post-menopausal skin.

A great option (though not cheap) is the Hydrating Cleanser from Pause Well-Aging. It’s light and creamy, and manages to remove dirt and oil without leaving your skin stripped - important if you’re wrestling with dryness.

Containing vitamins, antioxidants and peptides, it also works to promote collagen production, for firmer, brighter skin.

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Rosalique Skincare 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF50 30ml

Menopause can cause sensitive skin to become even more so, and even prompt late-onset rosacea, which can be both painful and distressing.

Menopause can cause sensitive skin to become even more so, and even prompt late-onset rosacea, which can be both painful and distressing.

Rosalique Skincare’s 3 in 1 Miracle Formula is aptly named - it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, provides moisture, and protects to SPF50, which is important, as sun exposure makes inflamed skin even angrier.

It’s a colour corrector, so it comes out green, but don’t be alarmed, it mattifies to your skin colour as you spread it on, notably reducing redness. Be advised - a little goes a long way.

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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Using a liquid exfoliant with salicylic acid in it nightly can be the most effective way of exfoliating dull, dead skin cells

Acne breakouts are common among menopausal women, as hormones fluctuate. Using a liquid exfoliant with salicylic acid in it nightly can be the most effective way of exfoliating dull, dead skin cells and clearing pores, reducing your acne.

It’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it will redness redness and blackheads with consistent use. Just sweep on after cleansing but before serum/moisturiser. As with anything else on this list, use consistently to ensure best results.  

From our forties onwards, cell turnover is reduced, so exfoliating face and body once a week improves cell replenishment - this will help restore glow to dull skin.

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The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Strengthening Growth Shampoo - 300ml

Use a strengthening shampoo to deal with brittle hair

Menopause can trigger itchy scalp or leave hair brittle, dry or thinning. Using sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners helps soothe the scalp and boost locks to glossy glory.

Mark Hill’s Hair Lab range is ideal for strengthening hair prone to breakage through hormonal, heat, chemical damage or thinning hair. It contains no sulphates or silicone, is cruelty-free, vegan and comes in a 100% PCR bottle.

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MenoGlow Super Hydrating Sleep Creme 50ml

Your primary aim should be to add in hydration and lipids to the ingredient you’re feeding your skin

Testers adored the Tri-Active™ Regenerating Moisture Complex on parched, stressed menopausal skin - but at £70 it’s quite the investment.

Altogether more obtainable is Prai’s excellent night creme, MenoGlow Super Hydrating, which is light enough not to block pores but densely packed with hyaluronic acid to provide dry skin with moisture.

Our tester - who had dry, sensitive skin, noted that within a week of using MenoGlow she was waking up with plump; soft and hydrated skin. Also worth checking out: MenoGlow Hot Flush Cool Fix Serum, which does an outstanding job of cooling flushed skin within an instant.

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VICHY Mineralblend Fluid Umber Foundation 30ml

A mineral foundation can be great on sensitive, dry, irritated skin, and Vichy Mineralblend is infused with nourishing skin care ingredients

French pharmacy cosmetic brands offer some of the most impressive formulations on the market, at the most obtainable prices.

A mineral foundation can be great on sensitive, dry, irritated skin, and Vichy Mineralblend is infused with nourishing skin care ingredients, including Hyaluronic acid and glycerin.  It spreads like butter without leaving a greasy film

The 70per cent water-based formula plumps skin, filling out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin looks radiant and smooth.

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Braun Silk-épil Silk-épil 3in1 Trimmer FG 1100 with 4 Extras Including High Precision Head

A proportion of menopausal women grow unwanted facial hair

Facial hair is controlled by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is modulated by oestrogen, which dominates your testosterone levels. As such, when your oestrogen levels drop during menopause, your DHT levels can go up, increasing the presence of DHT in your hair follicles. In short: your facial hair can start to grow faster and thicker, particularly around the upper lip and the chin.

Tweezing can suit for the odd chin hair, but if you’re growing a moustache and would like not to be, a facial trimmer can work wonders to be rid of it within seconds, without irritation to the underlying skin, or the smell or time required to use a depilatory cream.

The Braun Silk-epil is gentle on the skin, but will do away with unwanted whiskers - the work of moments after cleansing in the morning.

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Galinee Perfume-Free Cleansing Bar

Use gentle soaps to protect your delicate areas

Let us not mince words here: menopause causes there to be less oestrogen in your body, and subsequently leads to the tissues of the vulva and vagina growing thinner and drier.

Regular cleansers do not assist the issue by being quite alkaline in nature, causing itchiness and often infection.

The Gallinée Perfume-Free Cleansing Bar, by contrast, mimics the natural pH of a ladies’ nethers, ensuring your natural biome isn’t disturbed.

The soap lathers beautifully and of course can be used all over your body, including the outer vulva (on a different note entirely, t works well to wash babies, too). This French brand is excellent at soaps: check them out.

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Indeed Labs™ me-NO-pause cooling mist 75ml

Hot flushes can be embarrassing and uncomfortable; but they needn’t be endured without succour.

Hot flushes can be embarrassing and uncomfortable; but they needn’t be endured without succour.

Indeed Labs™ me-NO-pause cooling mist 75ml sprays on lightly to immediately cool (store it in the fridge for optimal results).

It contains cooling cucumber extract and calming magnesium, as well as the glycerin and hyaluronic acid, to top up moisture levels as it provides succour. Not sure about the name, but it’s delightfully calming in a tough moment.

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