47% of British women experience an increase in dry skin during the menopause, having a significant impact on their complexion, found a recent study.
Just under half (45%) have also noticed an increase in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while others said their complexion has dulled (27%), that make-up now doesn’t sit as well on the skin (14%) and that their usual skincare products weren’t having the same effect as before (10%).
As well as the physical changes, these symptoms are also having a mental impact on women, with 46% saying it has affected their confidence and 92% feeling unable to go to a professional for help, the report found.
This is further reinforced by the fact that more than half (51%) felt the condition of their skin prior to menopause was excellent, rating it at least an eight, nine or 10 out of 10, whereas only 16% feel their complexion is at the same level during the change.
However, 48% have increased the budget they allocate to skincare so that they can invest in the right products to help address the issue. This is especially important when just under half of UK women don’t feel prepared for the menopause.
Why does menopause affect the skin?
“As women age and approach menopause, oestrogen levels naturally decline. This has a major effect on the body, but the reduction in oestrogen also significantly impacts the skin,” said consultant dermatologist Emma Wedgeworth.
“Oestrogen is an essential ingredient in maintaining skin health and appearance. It activates oestrogen receptors in key skin cells, stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to promote healthy skin and a vibrant, younger-looking appearance.”
She added: “As a dermatologist, I see women experiencing profound changes to the skin, which can be debilitating and distressing – especially if this has never been an issue in the past, as proven in these findings.”
Post-menopause, more than a third (36%) of women said they feel more comfortable in their skin and body, 29% are more aware of health and fitness than they previously were, and 28% state they are more confident overall, the report found.
From Science To Skin’s perspective we couldn’t agree more, the menopause can be a challenging time for women, not just in terms of skincare. So it’s an important time to consider your overall wellbeing. More and more often skincare is being directly linked to how we feel about ourselves and our appearance is also linked directly to our confidence.
With so much choice in the market though it’s getting harder to select the right products, here at Science To Skin we have taken the care to select products that are specifically targeted to women over forty years of age. thats not ageism ! thats because we understand that not one size fits all - and especially with skincare, our requirements change as our natural ageing process develops so its really important to change our care habits through the process.
Moisture and Dullness were to key areas the survey picked out for women going through menopause, our JunéCell product range specifically addresses both of these - our products are referred to as ‘rejuvenating’ - that is based on the active ingredients in each, specifically our DCCM® serum - developed from over 25 years of research in biotechnology, to stimulate collagen growth, repair elastin and boost activity in your dermal (skin) stem cells.
The net result is that skin looks and feels firmer, younger and brighter.