Menopause is a natural and expected phase in every woman’s life. It is also a gradual process. Hence, its effects tend to manifest as the stage progresses. One of the most common impacts of menopause is the appearance of pigmentation ‘spots’ or marks as well as dryness and wrinkling. This is why it is essential to pay special attention to your skin during menopause and embrace a skincare regimen that works for you.
Why Menopause Changes the Skin
Medical experts generally define menopause as the absence of a menstrual period for twelve months. However, women experience skin changes years before fully entering into menopause. One of the significant characteristics of menopause is the loss of collagen and estrogen. These two hormones are responsible for maintaining skin moisture and brightness of your skin. Given that these critical hormones are lost to menopause, it is normal for women to experience changes in their skin.
Skin Changes to Expect During Menopause
Many changes occur on women’s skin during menopause, and individual experiences can differ. However, some typical skin changes occur across-board. They include:
- Dryness and itching: Menopausal women often experience hot flashes. These hot flashes are sudden feelings of heat which cause intense sweating. Also, hot flashes lead to intense itching, skin irritation, and dehydration. Also, as earlier stated, menopause leads to the loss of estrogen. Estrogen is responsible for boosting water retention and maintaining skin moisture. The skin becomes extremely dry and dehydrated with the loss of estrogen hormones.
- Wrinkling and sagging: Menopause causes skin wrinkling. It also makes the skin lose its firmness, resulting in sagging. The primary cause of this is the loss of collagen. Collagen is the major protein that helps keep the skin firm and elastic. Given that menopause sheds collagen, the skin becomes dull, loose and saggy.
- Acne: Some women experience acne during menopause, even if they have no previous experience with acne. During menopause, estrogen levels drop while androgen increases. This hormonal imbalance clogs skin pores and ultimately leads to mild adult acne.
A Proper Skincare Routine for Menopause Skin Changes
While you cannot change or reverse the menopausal process, a good skincare routine can help you maintain healthy and nourished skin. You can adopt the following regimen to adequately care for your skin during menopause.
Your morning routine is vital because it strengthens your skin in preparation for the hustle and bustle of your day. Start your morning routine with Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream, to cleanse, refine, balance, regulate, fortify and protect your skin’s natural protective barriers. Let your skin feel relief and radiance. For sensitive skin, you can consider our Soothing Cleansing Milk, enriched with jojoba oil, anthyllis, and almond oil to provide an extra shield against dryness.
Afterwards, apply the Facial Toner to your face and gently pat it over your face. With a toner, you can hydrate your skin and increase its ability to absorb your other skin products. Formulated with medicinal plant extracts, our toners soothingly restore the skin’s function and support the regeneration process for mature skin.
To close the morning bathroom ritual, we recommend the Regenerating Day Cream Intensive as the last step, providing nourishment all day long. If you love make-up, then its quick absorption is a suitable makeup base. You can supplement this day cream with the Regenerating Oil Serum Intensive, specially designed to enhance the nourishing and rejuvenating effect for your skin. To top it off, we recommend you apply the Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF30 to protect your skin from the hot African sun rays and prevent sun burns.
Your evening routine is equally important because your skin accumulates lots of sweat and dirt during the day. After a long day, your skin care routine is the best way to pamper your skin and provide the right nourishment to rejuvenate overnight. Start your evening routine by using the Soothing Cleansing Milk to remove all dirt that your skin accumulated during the day.
After rinsing off your Soothing Cleansing Milk, mist the Intensive Menopause Treatment Spray all over your face and neck and gently rub it into your skin. With carefully selected ingredients to balance hormonal skin changes, this treatment cream kick-starts your skin’s rejuvenation process and revitalizes dull, lifeless or hyperpigmented skin. Allow your skin to enjoy an even and bright complexion, with the right extracts to improve its firmness, resilience. natural barrier, and elasticity.
Round up your evening ritual by applying the Hydrating Cream Mask to your face and neck. Infused with quince seed extract, jojoba oil, almond, avocado and rose wax, your skin can enjoy moisture retention and protection from dryness, while receiving intensive care for dry or sensitive skin. You can then wash off excess hydrating mask and dry your face by gently patting it with a clean dry towel.
Most importantly, it is essential to use gentle skin products during menopause. Dr Hauschka is a leading natural skincare brand that provides products designed to care for menopause-affected skin. The products are made with 100% natural ingredients that help calm and rejuvenate your skin throughout menopause. The products are also torture-free and produced under sustainable conditions. To find out more about Dr Hauschka’s product offerings, visit wwww.drhauschka.co.za
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Dr. Hauschka Tinted Face Sun Cream SPF30R735.00
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream Intensive 40mlR1,755.00
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Oil Serum Intensive 20mlR1,755.00
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream Complexion 40mlR1,625.00
Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream 40mlR1,625.00
Dr. Hauschka Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin 40mlR1,665.00
Dr. Hauschka Facial TonerR735.00
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream 50mlR115.00 – R425.00
Dr. Hauschka Soothing Cleansing MilkR265.00 – R685.00