How To Treat Your Skin During Menopause
Written by Kerry Benjamin
Let's talk about a phase in life that isn't discussed enough: menopause. Menopause and skin care are two subjects that must go hand-in-hand more often. Because, let's be honest, menopause doesn't just affect your hormones internally; it shows up on your skin, too. So why should you navigate these changes alone? Spoiler alert: You shouldn’t.
Why Menopause Affects Your Skin
Menopause leads to lower estrogen levels, which in turn reduces collagen production and your skin's ability to retain moisture. This results in drier, less elastic, and more sensitive skin.
Not the glow-up we were hoping for, huh? But let's be clear; you’re still fabulous, and this is another phase of life we can master together.
I know there are a million products out there promising miraculous results, but healthy skin doesn’t take a miracle. It takes a method. Let's talk about how StackedSkincare products can fit into that method for you.
You Must Exfoliate to Hydrate
You can pile on all the moisturizers and oils, but they will be ineffective sitting on top of dead skin. You must exfoliate to hydrate. Dermaplaning is instant dry skin relief - it removes the dead skin creating a barrier for your products to penetrate. To amplify your exfoliation, use our TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel 3-5x/week to gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin with lactic acid.
Your skin renews itself every 28-90 days (see chart below), shedding dead skin cells to reveal the newer cells underneath. This natural regeneration process is called skin cell turnover and it’s what helps your skin look bright, plump and radiant. As you can see, as we age, and head into our menopause years, our cell renewal begins to decrease significantly to 45+ days. This is why increasing your exfoliation as you age is so important.
Proper Hydration includes 3 key ingredients
In order to properly moisturize your skin, you need humectants, emollients , and occlusive ingredients. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid, are ingredients that attract and bind water. In skin care, they draw water from the deeper layers of the skin to the outermost layer. Emollients moisturize the skin, and oils seal the hydration and prevent water loss. You can find all these ingredients in our hydrating products, including our HA Hydrating Serum, Microbiome Moisturizer, and Shiunko Face Oil.
For maximum hydration gains, pair these products with our Microneedling Tool.
Retinol and Retin A are the gold standard for boosting cell turnover and stimulating collagen production, which is super critical during menopause., Our unique Advanced Retinol Serum is formulated with a humectant complex, making this product gentle yet highly effective for sensitive, menopausal skin.
Menopause dryness doesn’t just affect our faces, it’s our body too. Be sure to exfoliate with our gentle TCA Multi Acid Body Peel twice weekly to resurface your skin. Not only will you feel less dry, but you’ll notice less creepiness and those dark spots start to fade away. Pair it with our Hydrating Body Serum twice daily. This lightweight serum absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave your skin greasy. I like to leave it in the shower and spray it on while my skin is still moist, and I finish with jojoba oil to seal it in.
Menopause doesn’t have to be the end of glowing, fabulous skin. With a little method and much self-love, we got this, ladies! Here's to empowered choices and radiant skin, no matter what stage of life you're in!
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