Menopause also marks a time of change for our skin—and not all of it bad. Gone are oily skin, enlarged pores and acne. Adult acne, particularly that related to peri-menopause, generally ceases by the time a woman reaches her 50s. Yet, as we all know the hormonal changes resulting from menopause bring about undeniable changes such as dryness, dullness, and loss of elasticity. In a survey sponsored by Vichy Laboratories, a L’Oréal group brand, 53% of women reported that dry skin was the most common issue they faced after entering menopause, followed by an increase in wrinkles and a sagging neck.
“By the time women hit their late 40s and 50s, as estrogen levels drop off, they often experience a rapid increase in collagen breakdown. In particular, this can manifest as sagging skin of the neck and jaw line and is highly bothersome to my patients,” stated Dr. Ranella Hirsch, a Boston dermatologist.
Fortunately, Vichy and other brands have heeded the call of this large, influential and often affluent group of women and created products specifically targeting skin care concerns brought on by menopause. Following is a look at what’s available.
Neovadiol Gf Day ($48.00) and Neovadiol Gf Night ($51.00) contain a new densifying molecule called Pro-Xylane, as well as Proteic Gf, a moth bean protein extract. Together they address the issues of sagging skin and the loss of density and moisture, reportedly increasing tissue density in only one month.
Lancôme, also a L’Oréal group brand, incorporates the Pro-Xylane technology in its Absolue Premium Bx – Absolute Night Recovery Cream ($155.00) and Absolue Premium Bx – Absolute Replenishing Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen ($125.00). They also contain the range’s signature Bio-Network, a blend of wild yam, soy, sea algae and barley to help rejuvenate the skin.
Shiseido’s Benefiance NutriPerfect Day Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen ($89.00), Night Cream ($93.00) and Eye Serum ($75.00) work to increase firmness and enhance recovery from UV damage and dryness in the skin of women over 50. The lineup contains Carnosine DP, a skin-fortifying peptide that helps extend skin cell life by fighting free radicals.
Ling Complete Skincare
New York based facialist extraordinaire, Ling Chan, has created DNA Do Not Age Cellular Youth Extension ($95.00), a cream she says is perfect for hormonally challenged skin, as well as premature aging or sun damage. Formulated for use morning and night, DNA contains teprenone, an ingredient that works to increase the lifespan of skin cells by maintaining telomere length. Available at spas nationwide and at www.lingskincare.com.
Menopause Skin Cream ($135.00) from this Montreal-based brand was created by founder Ben Kaminsky to help his wife deal with the effects of al hormonal fluctuation on the skin due to peri-menopause and menopause. The formulation is even said to help cool the skin during hot flashes. The complementary Nutrient Replacement Cream ($135.00) is a soothing, cooling formula that helps to decrease the loss of elasticity and to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation.
Dior’s Capture Totale lineup address four key factors in age prevention: cell protection, cell turnover, cell stimulation and cell tightening. Capture Totale Serum ($135.00) and Capture Totale Crème ($125.00) feature the range’s signature Alpha Longoza Complex, which contains exotic plant extract, longoza, a cousin of ginger and a powerful revitalizing ingredient.
Murad’s Resurgence products are specifically formulated to target the effects of hormonal aging. The lineup comprises Renewing Cleansing Cream, Age-Diffusing Serum and Age-Balancing Night Cream, available online as an introductory kit for $39.95. Together these products help restore lost moisture, accelerate healthy cell turnover and increase firmness and elasticity.
Clarins’ Super Restorative line addresses the needs of women in their 50s with 10 products that replenish, lift and renew. Super Restorative Day Cream SPF 20 ($112.00) fills in lines while it replenishes and Super Restorative Serum ($132.00) works to boost lackluster skin day and night.
The ironically named When Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Hyaluronic Acid/Peptide Capsules ($50) counteracts the effects of climate change, hormones or illness on skin. The hyaluronic acid reportedly replenishes moisture level, helping skin to appear smoother and plumper while the peptide blend stimulates natural collagen production to restore elasticity.