Understanding Menopause and Your Skin

BY Catherine D’Aragon · February 12, 2016

Hot flashes, mood swings, hair loss on your head and unwanted hair growth in other parts of your body. These are just some of the issues women face when dealing with menopause—and unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. In addition to all the changes our bodies go through, our skin also becomes thinner, less elastic and begins to sag. Why does this happen, and why is it important that your skin care addresses menopausal skin? Read on.

What Happens to Your Skin During Menopause

Hormones are a driving force in our bodies, and they prompt major changes in our body—from breakouts and mood swings to menopause. In addition to commonly known hormones like estrogen and testosterone, another lesser known hormone has recently come to our attention for its direct linkage with our body’s youth: DHEA. Highly abundant in the skin, DHEA levels are closely tied to the natural production of lipids and collagen that are responsible for the moist, thick, radiant skin of our youth.

With production peaking during our mid-20s, DHEA begins to steadily decline and sees a drastic decrease during menopause. By the age of 70, DHEA levels are merely 10% of what they once were. According to board-certified dermatologist Naana Boakye, MD of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the loss of DHEA leads to a decline in collagen and essential skin lipids, which has a dramatic impact on the skin. Once menopause hits, the skin shows additional signs of aging, including dryness, thinning and overall fragility.

What to Look for in Your Products

While skin care products designed to address acne, sensitivity, uneven skin tone and other signs of aging abound, there isn’t a lot of products out there that counteract the visible impact of DHEA loss on skin—and without the use of hormones.

Vichy, on the other hand, has devoted over 14 years of research to develop targeted technologies and innovative ingredients to address hormonal aging. The result: Vichy’s Neovadiol moisturizers are formulated with a unique Compensating Complex, which features ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and hedione to offset the most common signs of skin aging associated with menopause: it restores skin’s moisture level, improves skin density and elasticity, helps redefine the appearance of facial contours and reveals a more radiant, even skin tone.

With Baby Boomers poised to represent the largest segment of our population, it’s time to stop ignoring menopause and start doing something to improve its effects on the skin.

Catherine D’Aragon

With years of experience working across skincare, haircare and makeup brands, Catherine D’Aragon has become an expert in beauty trends. Currently based in New York, New York, Catherine enjoys international travel, exp... Read More >