Post menopause, your skin goes through a host of dramatic changes. The shift in your hormones can leave it looking drier, blemished, more prone to wrinkles – or a mix of all three. But as you enter this new phase, we want to help you do so with confidence. So how can you revive a youthful glow in post menopausal skin?
Here, we reveal exactly how and why menopause has such a big impact on your skin, plus steps you can take to restore balance with skin-plumping treatments. Here’s what you need to know…
How does menopause affect your skin?
When you go through menopause, the hormones progesterone and oestrogen rapidly decline, which can leave your skin feeling drier and thinner than usual. Why, exactly? Because these hormones are both key to a healthy, youthful-looking complexion. Oestrogen is responsible for collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production, while progesterone stimulates the sebaceous glands to help your pores produce oil.
So, without these skin-plumping hormones, your complexion can become dehydrated, which in turn leads to fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and even acne (just when you thought you’d left breakouts in your teenage years). These are all normal and natural changes that many of us will go through. But if you want to support your skin through this post menopausal period, there are options available.
How can you improve your skin after menopause?
This is where Sofwave™ steps in. The anti-wrinkle laser treatment has gained a strong reputation for lifting and renewing post menopausal skin. While plunging oestrogen levels may have affected how much healthy collagen supports your skin, Sofwave™ works to build that collagen back up. The vital protein is like the ‘building blocks’ of your complexion, pushing it up and plumping pores from within, so when you kick start its production you help to volumise your skin also.
Put simply, this facial laser uses Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beam SUPERB™ technology to create a fractional heating effect on your skin. This heat (which doesn’t hurt or harm the skin’s surface) boosts the formation of new collagen and elastin, which goes on to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a plumped-up effect.
And, because Sofwave™ is specially developed to reach the mid-dermis, it works much deeper than other anti-ageing treatments. You may notice your skin looks smoother immediately after your first treatment, but the results just get better and better as your line-plumping collagen and elastin levels keep building up.
If you’re interested in trying Sofwave™ for post menopausal skin, reach out to our team at Mallucci. We will create a tailor-made treatment plan to target your unique concerns, so you can feel confident in your skin again.
What steps can I take to nourish post menopausal skin at home?
To enhance the results of your Sofwave™ treatment, your Mallucci doctor can also recommend an at-home skincare routine to nourish delicate post menopausal skin. Your routine will be bespoke, but these are just some of the steps your doctor might recommend…
1. Use a Delicate Cream Cleanser
Now isn’t the time for harsh scrubs and stripping cleansers. Use a balm or cream cleanser to gently remove makeup and purify skin, both AM and PM. Try SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser, which comforts dry, tight skin while sweeping away even waterproof mascara. Then, if your complexion is prone to blemishes, follow with SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleanser Gel to refine pores without drying your skin.
2. Introduce a Retinol Serum
If you haven’t already, now is the time to start using retinol in your routine. It encourages cell turnover, so new, healthy skin cells can take the place of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. We recommend you start low and go slow at first, so begin with a lower percentage of retinol, like ZO Retinol Skin Brightener 0.25%. Use it just two times per week before gradually increasing to once every other day.
3. Apply an Extra Nourishing Moisturiser
Consider thicker, more nourishing moisturisers to care for postmenopausal skin, such as ZO Hydrating Crème. Designed for severely dry skin, it soothes, plumps and hydrates to lock in moisture and aid skin’s recovery. Apply morning and night, taking care to massage cream into extra parched areas.
4. Keep Your Pores Protected
Always end your morning skincare routine with SPF to protect delicate skin from future damage. Reach for a minimum of SPF 50 and top it up throughout the day so sensitive skin stays shielded from AM to PM.
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