First things first, my dear friend: ageing is a natural process and we all deserve to feel beautiful and pampered no matter our age, am I right? That said, our skin’s needs change as we enter menopause. Hormonal changes during perimenopause and menopause affect the skin in various ways, causing dryness, skin thinning, loss of elasticity, fine lines, uneven skin tone and increased sensitivity.
In this blog, we share our tried and tested skincare tips to help rejuvenate your skin naturally during menopause and bring out your radiant, healthy glow in a few easy steps.
1. Gentle cleansing
Use a gentle, non-irritating cleanser to remove impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Cleansing balms are ideal as they help to reduce skin dryness and effectively remove makeup and sunscreen. Some natural cleansing balms, like Deerieo The Veil and Berry Clean, double up as nourishing face masks that soften dry skin, improve its elasticity and replenish essential fatty acids important in the skin’s renewal processes.
2. Exfoliate regularly
As mentioned above, skin during menopause becomes more sensitive. Exfoliate twice a week with a gentle exfoliator like Deerieo Secret Garden face mask or fruit acid enzymatic peel to reveal fresh skin and enhance the efficacy of your skincare products. Avoid harsh scrubs, aggressive chemical peels and over-exfoliating as it can cause microdamage to your skin and aggravate dryness.
3. Hydrate and moisturise
Mature skin is thinner, thus prone to dryness. Adequate hydration is key to retaining skin plumpness, reducing the visibility of fine lines and maintaining healthy skin. Invest in a good moisturiser with ingredients like Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), glycerine, hyaluronic acid, peptides and ceramides to not only hydrate but also boost the skin cells’ renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. For mature skin, it is recommended to use products with 5% Niacinamide as this concentration is clinically proven to deliver the best results.
Pro tip: When applying products, gently spread them in an upward motion and pat them onto your skin. Don’t rub or tug your skin to avoid stretching - it creates wrinkles. Remember to use the moisturiser on your face, neck and decollete to achieve even results.
4. Use antioxidants
Our skin is subjected to oxidative cell damage every day. In simple terms, in contact with air, our skin cells age. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that reduces this process, keeps the skin looking youthful, increases collagen production and evens the skin tone by brightening dark spots. Seek a vitamin C serum that also contains vitamin E, as the pairing of these two vitamins enhances their potency. We recommend Deerieo Aurora oil serum with vitamin C, vitamin E, bakuchiol (natural retinol alternative) and Coenzyme Q10 to enhance collagen production and reduce wrinkles. Unlike water-based vitamin C serums, an oil serum doesn’t require a very low pH that can irritate the skin.
5.Take collagen supplements
The body’s natural ability to produce collagen dramatically decreases during menopause. This results in skin sagging, thinning and wrinkling. To combat this process, take good quality Type 1 collagen supplements daily (i.e. marine collagen) to maintain skin elasticity and plumpness.
6. Face-lifting massage regularly
Facial massage tones muscles and increases circulation, which with time and consistency will naturally give your skin a lift, sculpt your features and reduce some fine lines. Even five minutes a day will deliver wonderful results and you can effortlessly include the massage into your beauty routine by doing it with your favourite oil serums. For beginners, we recommend a YouTube tutorial on Japanese Tanaka Face Massage (available in English).
7. Wear SPF daily
Did you know that sun exposure is responsible for almost 90% of skin ageing? Even on cloudy days, wear a good quality SPF 50+ UVA/ UVB to avoid sun damage to your skin, reduce uneven skin tone and prevent skin cancer. It is particularly important when using Vitamin C and retinol products as they make your skin more sensitive to UV damage.
8. Highlighter in your makeup
If you are using mattifying cosmetics, switch to a foundation or a highlighter with delicate light-deflecting particles. It creates a natural effect of smooth skin and a youthful glow. Add a little touch of highlighter on your cheekbones for visual lifting.
Last but not least, it’s never too late to give yourself and your skin extra love!
If you’re already going through perimenopause or menopause, you can seamlessly incorporate these tips into your current skincare routine and become the most beautiful and confident version of yourself!
And if you still have time before menopause kicks in, it’s a perfect time to start investing in your future and keep your youthful looks for the golden years to come.