Skin After Menopause
As with the post on menopausal skin, how your skin behaves after menopause is also quite individual. You may find that some of the changes that did not occur in menopause are occurring now, and some may not occur at all. Below are the more typical changes you may notice.
One of the major changes you will notice post-menopause is just how dry your skin is, and the climate we have in Australia will not help this. As estrogen production really tapers off, skin becomes very dry and itchy. To combat this, drink lots (and lots) of water. Restrict hot showers, and look for a heavier duty cream for face and body. You may find yourself having to re-apply more than once a day. Applying both face and body moisturisers soon after a bath or shower can help improve hydration. Make sure you moisturise around the jawline, neck and décolletage, as skin in these areas is often neglected.
Sagging and wrinkling of the skin will unfortunately continue over time. Look for a skincare regime that targets sagging and wrinkling, and continue to use intensely. You may need to look for a more hydrating version as your skin dries out, and may need to up the ante with a serum if you are not already using one. Some great products to try for hydration and firming/wrinkling are:
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream
A super hydrating formula specially formulated for mature skin, Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream utilises leading edge botanical ingredients and plant oils to meet the needs of mature skin. As skin renewal slows over time, the Regenerating Cream supports the skin’s natural processes of renewal to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin looks more toned, refined, and rejuvenated, and feels noticeably smoother. 40ml RRP $108.00
philosophy ultimate miracle worker multi-rejuvenating nighttime serum-in-cream
An amazing 2-in-1 product, philosophy ultimate miracle worker night is a night cream that combines the concentrated power of a serum with the nourishing benefits of a cream to help reduce the signs of skin ageing while you sleep. The serum-in-cream formula combines multi-rejuvenation complex with bi-retinoid (hpr+) and anti-ageing active plant cells from the iris flower. Together these ingredients stimulate skin regeneration, helping the skin rebuild its natural collagen. A patented pearl delivery system encapsulates plant cells, which are rich in natural polyphenols, proven to improve the synthesis of collagen and boost cell regeneration. 60ml RRP $110.00.
Avene PhysioLift Smoothing Day Cream
A mature skin life-saver, Avène PhysioLift Smoothing Day Cream is a moisturiser that helps to prevent and correct the appearance of pronounced wrinkles, deep furrows, loss of firmness and luminosity, while moisturising your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth. As the formula is rich in thermal spring water, the cream meets the needs of ageing, dry, stressed skin by providing comfort, suppleness and softness. It also contains a trio of ingredients to help maintain collagen, plump the skin and smooth the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Skin is left visibly replenished and rejuvenated. 30ml RRP $68.95
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Golden Age Rosy Day Cream
It seems like there is a L’Oreal Age Perfect Cream for every skin age, and the Age Perfect Golden Age range is specifically designed for very mature skin. As we age, our skin loses firmness, becomes thinner, and loses it’s rosy glow. Formulated with Peony Polyphenols, the formula stimulates the epidermis to give your skin a rosy colour and radiance. The Golden Age Rosy Day Cream combines Peony Flower extracts and Neo-Calcium which instantly hydrates your skin and helps restore skin density. Day after day, your skin will feel denser, firmer and luxuriously hydrated. 50ml RRP $36.95.
Dr Natasha Cook Concentrated Hydration+
If your skin is dull and dry and in need of an intense hydration boost, this is a wonder moisturiser. Formulated by Australia’s Dr Natasha Cook, the cream is a multi tasking night and eye cream in one. The luscious cream sinks instantly into your skin and protects against redness and skin sensitivity. The Cream also contains ingredients to help fade pigmentation and strengthen skin’s natural barrier. A perfect product to take on long haul flights to keep your skin hydrated throughout the trip. 50ml RRP $99.00
O Cosmedics Comfort Cream
For skin that is looking a little worse for wear, this is TLC in a jar! As the name suggests, this lush cream provides comfort to even the most stressed and compromised skin, by helping to repair the skin’s barrier. Containing precious oils, anti-oxidants, super hydrating ingredients, and O Cosmedics exclusive V8 Peptide complex™, this cream heals, protects, hydrates and helps to repair damage caused by UV stress. 50ml RRP $109.00
Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Body Lotion
It’s not only our facial skin that suffers from dryness post-menopause. For body skin that is crying out for moisture, Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Body Lotion really works.The formula contains high tech ingredients that help deliver intense moisture with a non-greasy finish. An added bonus for mature skin, Cocoa butter helps to even out the skin tone, while smoothing away roughness and penetrating deep into the skin where dryness starts. The formulation leaves the skin soft and supple, and super hydrated. 225ml RRP $5.25. Also available in 400ml and 750ml sizes.
As with menopausal skin, protection from the sun is very important. As the skin’s natural defences decline, skin is more prone to burning than ever. Continue to wear sunscreen (SPF 30+ or above) and protective clothing every day. If you are out and about, remember to re-apply sunscreen regularly.
Shiseido Gentle Sunscreen SPF 30+
For skin that has been through menopause, and needs a little extra TLC, a gentle sunscreen that will be kind to skin is a must. Shiseido’s Gentle Sun Protection Lotion is an exceptionally gentle non-chemical action sunscreen lotion for the face and body that offers effective protection against both UVA/UVB Rays for people with sensitive, fragile skin. It is ideal for anyone with sensitive or fragile skin, including children, as it contains no alcohol, mineral oil, PABA, colourants or fragrance. 100ml RRP $54.00