Not all women have the same experience going through menopause, much the same way not all women have the same experience during pregnancy. I’ve met moms who never had a day of morning sickness, and others who were so sick they were bedridden for most of their babies' gestational term. Similarly, I’ve met women who’ve never had a hot flash during menopause (grrr!) and others who felt they were a total basket case every day. We just have different experiences.
Despite this, menopause is a time of challenges and changes and some of them will be the same for all of us, especially the changes it brings to your skin.
During menopause, women experience a decrease in estrogen, which has a dramatic effect on their skin. Estrogen helps keep the skin hydrated and plump, so its decrease during menopause often leads to dryness, wrinkles, sagging skin, and a dull complexion. In addition, reduced estrogen levels can also lead to increased sensitivity to certain ingredients in skincare products. This means that products that used to be fine for your skin may now cause redness or other types of irritation.
While the effects of menopause on skin may not be discussed as often as the emotional outbursts, chocolate binges, or celebration of no more menstruation (yay!!!!), you are helping yourself immensely when you know how to confront those changes to your skin. Here are some key skincare ingredients that will help your skin look its best during the menopausal years:
One of the most important things to do when taking care of your skin during menopause is to keep it hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is a fabulous ingredient to look for in your skincare products because it helps pull moisture into the skin and keeps it there. This can help reduce signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles while also helping to keep your complexion looking plump and smooth.
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and is used in many anti-aging products. It helps increase cell turnover which helps improve collagen production. This can lead to more youthful-looking skin with fewer wrinkles, lines, blemishes, and age spots. Our Fresh Magnolia Glow Stick is absolutely loaded with collagen-producing Vitamin A because of its high concentration of raw beeswax.
During menopause, estrogen levels drop which means that our bodies are less able to naturally produce antioxidants—substances that protect us from environmental stressors like pollution or UV rays from the sun. To make up for this deficit, look for products that contain antioxidants as they can help protect against signs of aging caused by oxidative stress on the skin. Magnolia Skin Essentials’ products provide some of the best ways to incorporate antioxidants into your skincare routine, due to the high levels of antioxidants contained in Magnolia Extract.
The right skincare regimen can go a long way towards minimizing the effects of menopause on your skin—and luckily there are plenty of ingredients that are specially formulated to do just that! Products we recommend for menopausal skin are Magnolia Facial Serum, Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum, Day & Night Whipped Moisturizer, Vitamin Boost Eye Repair Cream, and our Fresh Magnolia Glow Stick. Get started today on creating a skincare routine tailored specifically to meet your skin’s needs!