Looking after your skin during the menopause

Caring for our skin and adapting to change is important, especially during menopause. As hormone levels dip, your skin can become dry, slack, and thin. Thankfully, good skincare can help combat these changes and reduce the negative effect they have on your skin. So what happens during menopause?

Developing Age Spots

If you’ve spent time out in the sun, it’s likely that you’ll start to see this reflected in your skin during perimenopause. This reflection comes in the form of age spots and other signs of sun-damaged skin. These spots typically appear on your face, hands, neck, arms, or chest. Age spots likely occur when the pigment producing cells in your skin produce too much pigment resulting in discoloration of the skin.

Wrinkles, Jowls & Slack Skin

Your skin begins to rapidly lose collagen during the menopause. Collagen is a protein that holds the body’s tissues together. And when oestrogen drops, your skin’s collagen production decreases, too. Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. Thereafter, women lose about 2% of their collagen ever year for the next 20 years. This loss of collagen can cause the skin to lose elasticity, reduction of the thickness of the epidermis, increase in the formation of wrinkles and sagging, and also make the skin vulnerable and easily damaged.

Skin Redness & Rosacea

Rosacea can be triggered by menopause. It is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by facial redness and small red bumps (often mistaken for acne or eczema) on the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. It can also result in permanent enlarged blood vessels on the face. Rosacea can flare up and last for weeks to months at a time.

Dry or dehydrated skin

During the menopause, your skin loses some of its ability to hold water. This means your skin can get quite dry. This loss of moisture can be especially noticeable when the air is dry. Dry skin tends to look dull while fine lines and wrinkles do appear more exaggerated.

How can REFORM Skincare help?

Introducing our hero product for menopausal skin – HYAL • VITAMIN C + E. This serum is specially formulated to hydrate, brighten, and promote a more youthful complexion while protecting from environmental and free radical damage. Click here to shop this super serum

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is our main active ingredient in the HYAL • VITAMIN C + E Serum. It is a natural antioxidant that prevents the absorption of UV radiation and the subsequent formation of free radicals. The antioxidant properties make Vitamin C essential for skin health. It is also praised for its anti-aging and brightening benefits. Studies have shown that it also works as a sun-damage protectant. This amazing ingredient has also been praised for its anti-inflammatory benefits, helping to reduce the appearance of skin redness.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is our second active ingredient in the REFORM Skincare HYAL • VITAMIN C + E. It is a fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E is also powerful antioxidant that may be effective at reducing UV damage in skin. Topically applied vitamin E may help nourish and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin E easily absorbs into skin. Topical use via creams or other products may increase the amount of vitamin E stored within the sebaceous glands.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles by retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells.

Ferulic Acid

Ferulic acid is a plant-based antioxidant. The acid is known for fighting free radicals while also boosting the effectiveness of other antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E. When present in skin care products, it helps to protect overall skin integrity by reducing the development of fine lines, spots and wrinkles.

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