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Menopause and LFV

Beautiful, natural skincare products that achieve real results, both emotionally and physically ~ in our skin ~ to support women in their transformative stage of peri through to post menopausal, and beyond.

Menopause and our skin + -

Menopause is an incredibly complicated process that all women endure as they reach middle age or even earlier in some cases, particularly women who have been treated for ovarian cancer. The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. But around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.

So, what is the impact of the menopause on our skin? The hormonal changes that occur during and after menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology in new and different ways. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Oilier skin

Testosterone without oestrogen to keep it in check reveals itself by stimulating sebaceous glands to secrete a thicker sebum, giving the appearance of oily skin (and the tendency toward adult acne in some women).

Facial hair

Also due to the unmasking of testosterone, some women may develop facial hair, particularly in the chin area.

Sagging skin and wrinkles

As oestrogen levels drop during menopause, fat deposits tend to become redistributed and often concentrated over the abdomen and/or on the thighs and buttocks. The result is a loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms; this allows sagging wrinkles to appear, and the skin over these areas is less easily compressed, as it loses its mobility.

Elastosis

Lowered oestrogen levels result in less production and repair of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin. If we lose our repair mechanism, then we lose our skin’s resiliency. This results in elastosis.

Thinning epidermis

Blood flow through the dermal capillaries is reduced during menopause, and less nutrients and oxygen are available to the cells of the epidermis. This contributes to the thinning of the epidermis and a slower cell turnover rate, which is accompanied by a reduction in the barrier function of the epidermis, leading to increased water loss, more pronounced wrinkles and drier skin.

Hyperpigmentation or age spots

Oestrogens temper melanin production. As menopause arrives, melanin synthesis increases (due to a lack of regulation by oestrogen). This can result in brown age spots appearing on the face, hands, neck, arms and chest of many women.

For a more detailed look at the changes and why they occur, read our Blog post:
Menopause and me: Ringing the changes

Your skin and LaFemmeVerte + -

How do LaFemmeVerte natural skincare products help to support our skin against the signs of ageing both during and after menopause?

Our LaFemmeVerte natural skincare products contains all natural premium ingredients, researched extensively and selected for their efficacy in slowing down the changes that happen to our skin once oestrogen levels start to decline (from 35 years onwards). Whilst it is true that our skin will naturally show signs of ageing, many of these ‘signs’ are exacerbated in women around the time of menopause. Declining oestrogen levels affect our skin’s properties such as collagen and elastin and the rate of cell renewal.

If you would like to know how the ingredients of a particular product can support both your skin and your emotional wellbeing through menopause and beyond, select the products you are interested in within Shop products to see useful information under the headings Why you’ll love it, How to use and Ingredients.

Our Natural efficacy page presents a comprehensive selection of the ingredients we use, together with an explanation of how they support women through the transformative stage of life of peri through to post menopausal and beyond to achieve a restorative sense of well being both emotionally and physically in our skin.