Menopause up close Part 2: The right skin care
With menopause, completely new skin conditions often arise. Even previously easy-care skin types are now becoming stubborn. New wrinkles are often the least of the problems. We are talking about extreme dryness, itchy scalp or parchment skin. Sometimes the skin type seems to turn 180 degrees. But why? We'll clarify that here along with the question of what care menopausal skin actually needs.
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Menopause: New requirements for skin care
Menopause triggers very mixed feelings in women. From hot flashes to the thought of putting tampons on the checkout conveyor for the very last time. But skin problems? They don’t necessarily come to mind – until they catch up with you. Then they go far beyond cosmetic ailments. That's why many people are disappointed or even desperate when their skin feels tight and cracking despite so-called anti-aging products . But they are designed more for visible effects than for noticeable skin improvements.
Do you feel at a loss as to how to get your skin back under control? Then you are exactly right here. Let's take a look at what menopause does to your skin and how you can regain better skin balance . Please note our 4 tips below!
This is how the skin changes during menopause
Perimenopause (literally the time “around menopause”) is characterized by strong fluctuations in hormone levels. Sometimes the estrogen is very high compared to the progesterone (estrogen dominance), sometimes it is very low. This increases skin irritations . Maybe you can no longer tolerate products that you used very well before.
About a year after your last period, estrogen levels drop permanently. This can have several consequences:
The skin becomes thinner
Experts estimate that around 30% of skin collagen breaks down in the first five years after the last menstrual period. That's why skin thickness decreases by about 1% every year after menopause.
This has several causes: 1. The skin produces less sebum, which makes its protective barrier porous. 2. It lacks substances that bind moisture in the skin. 3. Skin firmness decreases, increasing its surface area. Water escapes from the skin more quickly.
This is due, on the one hand, to the lack of moisture and, on the other hand, to slower regeneration. The skin is less protected from environmental influences, but also reacts more sensitively to many ingredients.
You can tolerate less sunlight
The skin produces less of the skin pigment melanin, which ensures a tan and at the same time protects against sunburn. UV radiation now irritates the skin more and promotes the formation of age spots.
And of course: wrinkles
Less collagen, less cushioning moisture, which also makes lines and wrinkles more prominent.
Facial care during menopause
When it comes to skin care during and after menopause, the focus is on two things: plenty of moisture and protection from losing it again. Products containing water alone are of little use. Firstly, many people with already dry skin are initially sensitive to it. Second: Your skin has difficulty retaining water. You'll be creaming and creaming without any noticeable success. Because your skin needs:
- Moisturizing factors that bind water in the skin
- Oils that strengthen the skin barrier
1. Prevent moisture loss: The role of hyaluronic acid and co.
Some substances have the ability to bind water to themselves and thus in the skin like a magnet . These include glycerin , AHA acids, hyaluronic acid and urea as intensive care. Care with these ingredients significantly reduces the risk of moisture escaping and should not be missing in your bathroom! They are good for your skin morning and evening.
💙 Product tip: The FIVE facial serum has a strong moisturizing and preserving effect thanks to rose water, glycerin AND hyaluronic acid. To the facial serum
2. These oils take particularly good care of your menopausal skin
Do: Vegetable oils are recommended because they nourish and protect the skin without completely sealing it off. They also provide substances such as ceramides, phytosterols and long-chain fatty acids that repair the skin barrier . Because it protects the deeper layers of skin from moisture loss.
Don't: Mineral oils such as paraffins or silicones seal the skin so tightly that it stops producing certain enzymes that are necessary for regeneration. This makes the drought even worse in the long run.
💙 Product tips: The FIVE Shea Cream and the FIVE Facial Oil Regeneration cover the most important of these substances. Phytosterols in argan oil and shea butter give the skin stability and elasticity. Linoleic acid from argan oil is converted into ceramide 1, which blends seamlessly into the skin barrier. To the Shea Cream .
The sea buckthorn pulp oil in the FIVE Regeneration Facial Oil provides you with the rare palmitoleic acid. It strengthens the skin barrier and is considered very well tolerated by sensitive skin. For facial oil regeneration .
You may be wondering why we don't combine the three products mentioned above and give you one product that provides your skin with moisture and oils at the same time?
The classic cream does exactly this: It consists of a water and an oil phase. In order to permanently connect these two phases, emulsifiers are required. They ensure the creamy consistency. However, emulsifiers are not picky. They also combine water (from the tap) with your skin's own lipids, which are so important for the protective layer. This leads to a washout effect that leaves the skin barrier more porous. The drought is getting worse .
Single-phase products such as moisturizing serums and gels or facial oils and waterless balms (like our Shea Cream) usually do not require emulsifiers - bye-bye washout effect! You can simply mix them together between your palms, apply to your face and let your skin do the rest.
3. Essential: sun protection
It's actually a must anyway, but especially now that your skin is becoming more sensitive to light . Many former sun worshipers feel that their mature skin no longer tolerates UV light well. Avoid direct sunlight and always – ALWAYS! – ensure adequate protection through clothing and sunscreen. Go for a high SPF here.
4. Important for facial care: the pH value
Maintaining the skin's natural pH value is important for 1. an intact protective function and 2. skin moisturization 1 . In mature skin, the pH value tends to be higher anyway. That's why you should now be careful with care that increases it, specifically with soap. Soaping once increases the pH value of the skin for several hours. We explain in more detail what role the pH value plays in the article on the skin microbiome .
Skin care isn't everything
Rest assured, you can get your skin's new dry spell under control. But I'll be honest, cosmetics alone usually don't solve the problem. The cause of skin problems during menopause are hormonal changes. And you feel it in many ways, from physical to emotional well-being. That's why it makes sense to approach the problem holistically . Part 1 of this series tells you what role nutrition, stress, sleep and self-love play in addition to the care routine.
I wish you much success with your new skin routine and that you continue to feel beautiful!