The menopause is a physiological, natural and inevitable moment in every woman's life. During this hormonal change, the body and skin find a new balance. We asked SKINIUS dermatologists for their advice on how to prepare the skin for the menopause and what good habits to observe every day to regenerate the skin.
The menopause is characterised by a lowering and slowing down of oestrogen production by the ovaries. Oestrogens are the main female hormones which, in addition to regulating fertility, are of metabolic importance and help maintain the well-being of the bones and cardiovascular system.
What happens to the skin during menopause?
Oestrogen is one of the main hormones that keeps the skin in balance. When their levels drop, the skin can lose its firmness and elasticity. The production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin also declines, which can result in drier or, on the contrary, thickened, combination and oily skin. Around the eyes and in some areas of the body such as the inner arms, neck and décolleté, the first signs of sagging and laxity can be seen.
The microcirculation can also be more fatigued during the transition to menopause. This can result in dull skin, or small imperfections such as surface capillaries (if there is a family history or predisposition) responsible for rosacea and couperose.
Is it true that spots on the skin increase during the menopause?
The appearance of dark spots on the skin is not necessarily due to the menopause and the activities of oestrogen. Skin blemishes can be a process simply related to chrono-induced (time passing) and photo-induced (caused by excessive sun exposure) aging and not solely due to hormonal change. Surely the best strategy in these cases is prevention and adequately protecting the skin during sun exposure with a high anti-aging photoprotection.
Adult-onset acne in menopause
Menopausal acne is a condition that can resurface due to hormonal change. This phenomenon can affect those who have already had to deal with this disorder in adolescence, but it could also affect those who have never suffered from it.
Rosacea, on the other hand, is a chronic skin inflammation that manifests itself with acne-like symptoms such as pustules, pimples and redness, but they are not the same thing. The main causes of rosacea can be associated with a worsening of an already existing rosacea, or with a particular mite (demodex) that is naturally present on the skin, which under certain conditions (with the arrival of the menopause and hormonal changes) can alter its activities, promoting skin inflammation.
In both cases, the advice is to consult an expert dermatologist. Our experts tell us that they have had good results with the IN&OUT dermocosmetic and supplement treatment. Among the complexes most appreciated by dermatologists is Alusil.
Menopausal beauty routine: what to do?
Regenerate, moisturise and supplement! This is the watchword for the well-being of menopausal skin. The key is to choose an integrated beauty routine that combines the topical action of dermocosmetics with the systemic action of food supplements.
Menopausal facial cleansing
Which products should be chosen for proper cleansing during menopause? The aim is to awaken the skin from the first step of the beauty routine with a moisturising and regenerating pampering. So let's see how we can select the most suitable cleanser for menopausal skin.
- MILIS Cleansing Milk: formulated with Fospdin with regenerating action and antioxidant active ingredients such as vitamin E, C and superoxide dismutase. Vitamin C is also particularly useful in promoting microcirculation and helping to prevent possible redness.
- DELIKA Micellar Water: with natural prebiotics and Fospidin, it is a product that gives a sensation of tone and turgidity during make-up removal, but also for cleansing menopausal skin morning and evening.
The synergic use of these two products creates a double anti-aging cleansing that can be perfected and completed with the DELIKA Towel. A 100% recyclable cotton accessory that accompanies gentle facial cleansing that is more sustainable for the skin and the environment. The cotton fibres of the DELIKA Towel are exceptional for respecting menopausal skin, which is more vulnerable to excessive rubbing, and for promoting gentle micro-exfoliation.Acne tardiva
If acne recurs during the menopause, it is a good idea to add a specific formula to your cleansing routine to rebalance the skin. Alusil is a complex endorsed by many dermatologists for the treatment of impure and acne-prone skin, at all ages. It is therefore ideal to combine the products listed above with a facial cleanser for use on the affected areas. Excellent ALUSAC Cleanser with a rebalancing, mattifying and sebum-balancing action.
Menopausal face serum: the must-have
An anti-aging regenerating face serum is an absolute must in the beauty routine, even during the menopause.
FOSPID Active Serum contains a high percentage of the powerful regenerating complex Fospidin, activated by phospholipids and glucosamine. Phospholipids are exceptional carriers that transport glucosamine (a precursor of hyaluronic acid) deep through the epidermal layers to help stimulate the production of new collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. Its action is recommended for all ages.
FOSPID Active Serum can be applied in the morning and/or evening, before the cream or even on its own. You can also use FOSPID Active Serum as a regenerating face mask when the skin is most stressed or as a night mask.
Dermatologists also recommend FOSPID Active Serum in the case of blemishes to strengthen weakened skin; they also consider it useful for sagging and laxity in specific areas of the body. The serum is a true ally for all menopausal skin.
How to choose a face cream in menopause
Before choosing a menopausal face cream, it is important to assess how your skin is changing. If the skin is drier and more dehydrated, it is essential to choose textured and full-bodied textures. On the other hand, if you have impurities, you should opt for lighter formulas.
SHATUI is a nourishing face cream adapted to the most common dermatological needs of menopausal skin. Its texture is structured and full-bodied and helps maintain skin hydration all day long. Fospidin, with its anti-aging action, is combined with the moisturising action of pure hyaluronic acid and active ingredients of plant origin such as macadamia oil and passion flower oil, which have an emollient and dehydration-preventing action.
LIFTNES is the neck, décolleté and breast cream that dermatologists also recommend for the face for its regenerating, elasticizing action that is also good for redefining the oval. Yes, because during the menopause, as mentioned above, specific support can be useful to prevent the "gravity effect". It has a silky and melting texture, lighter than SHATUI.
For those who want an even lighter formula without sacrificing anti-aging action, the answer is H2+O Face Cream.
ALUSAC Cream, on the other hand, is the specific treatment for those who show small signs of adult-onset acne or have small impurities in local areas. Ideally, FOSPID Active Serum should be applied first and then Alusac Cream where the skin is shiniest.
All face creams are ideal morning/evening, and can be combined to create protocols tailored to the needs of each menopausal skin.
The IN&OUT protocol for muscle loosing and laxity
The role of oestrogen is also crucial for the well-being and support of muscles and bones because it intervenes in calcium absorption processes. It is therefore possible to experience some bone disorders after the menopause. Low levels of elastin and collagen in the skin result in a loss of tone and elasticity.
The advice of dermatologists is to try to prevent and integrate into the beauty routine specific food supplements that can support the well-being of muscles, skin and bones.
For this reason, the SKINIUS research team has developed a genuine protocol designed to prevent skin laxity.
The skin and muscle loosening Antiaging Protocol combines the action of two supplements with the regenerating power of FOSPID Active Serum.
- TONIFIX.IN is a dietary supplement with vitamin D3 specifically designed to support the wellbeing of muscles and bones. Vitamin D3 is useful in helping to maintain normal muscle function and normal, balanced bones. While willow extract helps prevent states of tension. Curcumin and piperine complete the supplement with an antioxidant action, ideal for supporting menopausal skin.
- FOSPID.IN, on the other hand, is a supplement that promotes wellbeing and skin firmness with biotin, phospholipids and glucosamine. It is exceptional when combined with the FOSPID Active Serum to obtain high-performance results in its regenerating action.
- FOSPID Active Serum is the concentrated Fospidin serum that is also indicated for face and body treatments.
The result is an exceptional IN&OUT treatment designed to accompany not only the skin but also its support before, during and after the menopause.
Focus on menopausal body skin
During the menopause it is important not to neglect the skin on the body. A firming, elasticising and anti-aging body cream should be applied every day in combination with a specific treatment for the neck, décolleté and breasts. This area is very delicate and it is important to protect it with specific formulations.
- NATRUX is a body cream that combines restorative and moisturising actives such as SOD, vitamins A, C and E, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and glycosaminoglycans with Fospidin. A complete treatment to protect the beauty of the entire silhouette, which can be applied after a bath/shower and as an after-sun treatment.
- While LIFTNES is a regenerative cuddle for neck, décolleté and breasts with superoxide dismutase, vitamin E and Fospidin complex. It helps to maintain the beauty of this precious and feminine part of the body..
Don't forget to make your hair shine
Even menopausal hair needs a restorative and scalp-friendly pampering. After years of research, the SKINIUS research team has developed the FORTIKER hair line, which includes the exclusive Glixina complex in its formulations.
The Glixina complex is activated by the synergic action of Glycogen, Fucoxanthines and the pool of amino acids that make up Keratin. The aim of the FORTIKER line is to act globally on the whole hair from roots to ends with a restructuring, volumising and fortifying action.
Three dermocosmetic products: shampoo, mask and lotion that when combined with the hair supplement FORTIKER.IN complete an IN&OUT booster treatment designed to optimally maintain the wellbeing of menopausal hair.
Sun protection in menopause
With the menopause, the skin may become more sensitive to the oxidising action of the sun. Therefore, it is necessary to choose a high sun protection (preferably anti-aging) to protect the skin from sun radiation.
PLUSOL sun line combines SKINIUS' anti-aging expertise with high photoprotection. This latest-generation suncare line uses filters that are more sustainable for the skin and the environment, and textures that are light but rich in emollient, protective and moisturising active ingredients.