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How does your skin change during menopause?

Menopause is a major transition period for women, bringing with it many changes to the whole body. The skin undergoes a great upheaval linked to a drop in hormone production. In particular, menopause leads to dehydration and sagging skin.

07.09.23    « EXPERTS » reports
Written by LES EXPERTS IOMA

Therefore, mature skin, which becomes thinner, more fragile, and less firm, needs special attention and specific care to keep it healthy and radiant. Learn more about how menopause affects your skin from IOMA’s experts and discover our range of specific products designed to take care of mature skin and support you during and after this transition period.

What is menopause?

Menopause is an unavoidable natural phenomenon that affects all women, on average, around 50. Ovarian aging at this stage of life causes the production of estrogen and progesterone, the hormones regulating the menstrual cycle, to slow down and then cease once and for all. This is actually a long process that can take several years. We talk about “perimenopause” to refer to premenopause and the year following the end of the period. It is at this specific period, which may last more or less depending on each woman, that the first hormonal imbalance-related symptoms appear, such as hot flashes, weight gain, skin diseases, and sagging skin. The gradual decrease in estrogen and progesterone production leads to transient disorders, such as fatigue, palpitations, or headaches. However, some changes in appearance, with visible impacts on the skin, are irreversible.

How does menopause affect your skin?

Menopause marks a transition in women’s lives and brings with it a great upheaval for the whole body. The skin, which is sensitive to hormonal imbalance, is put to the test throughout this period when the estrogen and progesterone production gradually and sharply decreases until the ovarian cycle completely stops. In fact, one of these hormones is responsible for producing the key proteins that keep skin firm, while the other for secreting sebum. Now, when the skin is deficient in these hormones, skin aging speeds up: cell renewal is slower, collagen production decreases, the skin barrier is less protective against external stress factors, and the skin is less oxygenated… Menopause has many rapidly visible consequences on the skin, which becomes drier, less supple, and less firm.

How to take care of mature skin?

Skin is less firm, less plump, more sensitive, and drier… As you can imagine, menopause-related skin changes are significant and irreversible. So, how can we meet the specific needs of menopausal skin?

Moisturize and nourish your skin daily

Menopausal skin dehydrates faster, thus becoming dry and more sensitive to external stress factors. Increased dryness is responsible for the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, and redness, as well as a duller complexion, hence the importance of a day and night skincare product for mature skin. The Rich Revitalizing Cream deeply nourishes the skin, allowing active ingredients to penetrate quickly. This day and night product restores volume and reshapes contours thanks to improved firmness.

Boost cell renewal

During menopause, the skin barrier no longer fulfills its primary function of protecting the skin from external stress factors and retaining water within the tissues. Therefore, it is crucial to choose an anti-aging skincare product that stimulates cell renewal to boost collagen production and preserve the skin’s protective hydrolipidic film. Sublime Oil is an anti-aging rejuvenating oil packed with active ingredients that help rebuild the dermis to reduce wrinkles and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. Skin is nourished and looks firmer, smoother and plumper. The texture is improved.

Choose comforting textures

Hormonal imbalance can be hard to deal with. Promoting rich, nourishing, and comforting textures will make your beauty routine a real moment of pleasure and relaxation at a time of life when taking care of yourself is paramount.

NEW: The Revitalizing Anti-Aging Mask has an extremely rich, silky balm-like texture. Once or twice a week, apply a thick layer for 15 minutes and live a precious moment to rejuvenate your skin and your mind. It is a global anti-aging product providing the skin with 6 benefits: increased hydration, firmness, reduced wrinkles, radiant complexion, regeneration, and nutrition. The Revitalizing Anti-Aging Mask reveals revitalized, visibly firmer, and younger-looking skin. IOMA research has selected the best natural, science-backed anti-aging active ingredients to meet the specific needs of menopausal skin.

Pro tips:

“This mask can also be used as a night cream: warm a pea-sized amount in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of Sublime Oil, then apply to the entire face with circular and stretching movements.”

Aude Morteveille, International Manager, IOMA Training

Menopause is a major transition period in women’s lives, leading to significant physical upheavals and having a lasting impact on the nature of the skin. Understanding the menopause process and its related symptoms helps you take care of yourself and live through these significant changes. The IOMA team wants to relieve and respond to the growing need to take care of one’s skin and mind in this new stage of life.

To get the most out of IOMA’s revitalizing skincare products, the combination of Sublime Oil with Rich Revitalizing Cream and Revitalizing Anti-aging Mask is the perfect exceptional routine for mature skin lacking in firmness. With the support of IOMA Paris, you can stop fearing the effects of menopause on your skin. You are and will always be beautiful, confident, and fulfilled.

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