While there are lots of products on the market that say they contain collagen, these will have little impact on the skin. Collagen molecules are too big to cross into the lower layers of the skin. Similarly, the benefits of collagen supplements are largely unfounded. However, some skincare products do show signs of supporting your skincare routine and helping to boost its appearance.
- Hyaluronic acid
- Vitamin C
- Aloe vera gel
- Red light therapy (a professional spa treatment)
What is good for menopausal skin?/How can I look younger during menopause?
In addition to supporting skin’s elasticity and collagen, some women experience skin dryness and sensitivity during and after menopause. Mild cleansers and gentle moisturisers can be especially helpful for this. Lots of people find that soap is too drying, so switching to a gentler body wash may be helpful and adopting a regular moisturising routine. Why not treat yourself to a few spa treatments as a nice way to support your skin!
Another issue that some women experience, is more pigmentation on their face, called melasma. This is the result of hormonal changes and sun exposure. The first thing to do is to make sure you use sun protection. There are also some skincare products that can help to minimise or treat this (you can speak to your doctor about prescribed options as well), and there are some very effective professional aesthetic treatments ranging from chemical peels and microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, laser treatment, or light-based therapies.
How do I get rid of menopausal facial hair?
Some women notice an increase in facial hair as they go through menopause because the ratio of oestrogen to androgens changes. What you want to do about it will depend on how you feel about it and to what extent you’re affected by it. Some women opt for plucking and tweezing, some wax, and some prefer more permanent solutions such as electrolysis or laser treatment.