Menopause comes with a number of changes, but did you know that women’s skin loses around 30% of its collagen in the first five years of ‘The Change’[i]? Thereafter, the decline is more gradual, with a loss approximately 2% each year for the next 20 years[ii].
As collagen levels decrease, skin loses firmness and begins to sag, while fine lines and wrinkles begin to form and hair becomes more brittle.
It’s no surprise, then, that the beauty industry is bombarding postmenopausal women with an array of skincare solutions to combat the signs of aging. While some products have their merits, there are those that just perpetuate the myths that have arisen due to menopausal symptoms not being brought up.
Unless women understand how menopause causes skin changes, they will continue to succumb to empty promises. Below, I bust some menopause skincare myths that many women still believe. I also share solutions to those that are science-based.
Busting the Myths of Menopausal Skin
Myth #1: Menopause affects everyone’s skin the same way
It is easy for those who are not yet menopausal to assume that they will have the same skin problems as other women. Although the most common complaint is dry skin, some may have problems with oily skin that can lead to teenage type acne. Genetics and medical history mean that not all women experience menopause in the same way, so your skincare needs will vary as well.
However, this should start with putting collagen back into the body using supplements, especially fish collagen. who It has been proven to improve the skin’s moisture retention, provide increased suppleness and prevent the formation of deep wrinkles.
Myth #2: The right shampoo can fix menopausal hair loss
Hair loss in menopause is said to occur in over 40% of cases due to altered hormone levels. Yes, some shampoos can make your hair thicker. However, this is only because they contain ingredients that temporarily swell the hair shaft. Unfortunately, most shampoos aren’t formulated to revive your hair follicles or regrow your hair.
You can consult a dermatologist who can advise you on the best course of action. Additionally, taking supplements containing hydrolyzed gelatin may also be beneficial for increasing hair growth.
Myth #3: I can’t do anything about pigmentation
Hormonal fluctuations can cause the skin to darken in certain areas, which is called melasma (pigmentation). It may gradually get worse over time, spread or darken the skin.
Pigmentation treatment includes:
- constant sun protection
- using topical serums with a high concentration of vitamin C
- ingestion of supplements containing ingredients such as Sakura flower extract. This ingredient has been scientifically proven to reduce pigmentation and brighten skin tone
Myth 4: Menopausal sleep issues have nothing to do with skin
On average, about 12% of women suffer from sleep disturbances, but in their late 40s and early 50s, this number increases dramatically to 40%, with women reporting the most sleep problems between perimenopause and post-menopause.[iii]. These are usually caused by hot flashes, sleep disorders that can develop during menopause, such as restless leg syndrome, and even moodiness. So what does this have to do with skin care? All!
This is because sleep deprivation can affect collagen production. A good night’s sleep is also essential for brain function and chemistry. This, in turn, would help mentally deal with those changes that are beginning.
There are several ways to get enough sleep. This may include taking natural supplements to alleviate some of these symptoms. You can also avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and early evening, as well as develop a bedtime routine that cools you down and calms you down.
Myth 5: Menopause skincare products are only useful for menopausal skin
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. The same goes for using menopause products when you’re younger. This is especially true when it comes to collagen supplementation, given that our collagen levels decline by 1% every year from the time we are in our twenties.[iv].
At the end of the line
Menopause is often referred to as “the change of life”. This is because there are so many changes that affect women’s bodies, not to mention their lives. Women today need better support to manage them, so they can not only age better, but also look great.
Who is the author?
Toni Carroll is the CEO and founder of luxury nutricosmetics brand, My Beauty Luv.
In 2014, she launched one of the very first online professional hair care stores in South Africa. The store, “Hair Today Hair Tomorrow”, was established with the goal of providing professional quality products to the growing community of online shoppers.
After a few years of bringing professional-grade brands to the public, Toni recognized a gap in the market: the need for a holistic approach to hair health. With that in mind, she started introducing ingestible health products on her platform. It was the catalyst for her journey in researching the ingredients in beauty products, which ultimately led to Carroll’s foray into biohacking. This has been dubbed do-it-yourself biology and aims to improve performance, health and well-being through strategic interventions.
Fast forward to 2022 where today, under the My Beauty Luv brand, Carroll produces a range of professional-grade beauty supplements that target the most sought-after areas of wellness: anti-aging, longevity and vitality.
“I believe that despite the myriad of external factors that influence how we look and feel, what we can control is what we put into our bodies and the answer lies in nature.”