5 Things You Need To Know About Perimenopause And Your Skin

5 Things You Need To Know About Perimenopause And Your Skin

Welcome! You have arrived. Some of you may be just starting down the perimenopause path and some may be well into. We all age, but do we need to look our age? The jury’s out on that one. For most of us, our skin starts showing tiny signs of age in our 20s, but during perimenopause (or menopause transition, which begins several years before menopause, usually in mid-late ’40s), there are other changes that happen that affect our skin. The hallmark of this era, as it were, is that the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. This decline in estrogen can begin in our 30’s and gains speed as we go. It can wreak havoc on our bodies with fun things like vaginal dryness to hot flashes and potential weight gain – lovely.  But perhaps we can see it a bit more on our faces as fullness and elasticity begin to weaken and the fine lines start to emerge. It can feel as if there are 99 perimenopausal problems, but we can push back on time and with the right approach, dry, aging skin won’t be one. Here’s what to know about how this phase of your life can affect your skin.

  1. You’re not alone. We probably don’t have to tell you that women who are going through/have gone through “the change” have been largely ignored by the skincare industry. Baby pink packaged products marketed toward Millennials and Gen Z are having a moment thanks to their instagrammability, but Gen X and older is a segment that’s been overlooked in the skincare space for the past few years. Which is shocking, considering that by 2020, over 50 million women in the US will be over the age of 51, the average age when menopause occurs. The good news is that a shift is happening, and several product lines are launching in 2020 to address both perimenopausal and post-menopausal skin.
  1. You may experience redness. This can result from the hot flashes that can occur during this time, and you might find that your skin gets more red than usual. If the redness sticks around for long periods of time, be good to your skin and opt for products that are designed for sensitive skin or even rosacea-affected skin to ensure you won’t exacerbate your skin situation.
  1. Skin dryness is a thing. Menopause causes a loss in 30% of collagen and skin lipids, which are what keeps our skin looking plump and young. To help with this, you want to make sure you’re using a super-hydrating cream for hydration (which is different than dryness) in addition to an oil to ensure you’re treating your skin for both oils. We like to layer an oil on top of a cream to seal in the moisture. In the warmer months, or if you live in a temperate climate, a lighter cream, like a gel cream, and a smaller amount of oil works well.
  1. Also… skin thinness happens. The good news keeps on coming! Because of the relationship between collagen production, skin thickness, and less estrogen, skin becomes thinner during menopause and the process starts in the transition before it. A collagen supplement like Vital Nutrients Collagen in your morning coffee helps.
  1. Age spots and deep wrinkles are more apt to occur. We know. We know. Don’t shoot the messenger, ok? The situation: Menopause itself causes a 36% reduction in cell reproductivity, and the time leading up to that is sort of the opening act. Now is the time to apply targeted treatments for firming, hydrating, and treating aging skin to address these things. Regular exfoliation with ingredients like lactic, salyclic, and glycolic acids can help.