Skin Ageing or Menopause – What’s Really Happening?

If you’ve noticed your skin changing as you get older, you might think it’s simply the ageing process. After all, wrinkles, sagging, dryness, dullness; they’re all just part of getting older, right?

Well partly. Of course, skin does change as we age. But if you’re a woman in your 40s or 50s, you might find your appearance is changing much more suddenly than you expected. So, what’s really going on?

Two Types of Skin Ageing

There are two main types of skin ageing; extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic skin ageing is caused by external factors that contribute to older-looking skin such as damage caused by the sun and pollution.

Meanwhile, intrinsic skin ageing is the natural process we all go through as we get older – we lose collagen which is what keeps our skin firm, and our skin hydration and cell turnover naturally decrease too.

From the age of 18, we lose around 1% of collagen each year and our skin renewal processes slow down. As a result, the visible signs of ageing start to appear as we progress into our late 20s, 30s and 40s. But during and after menopause low oestrogen levels cause the natural skin ageing process to rapidly accelerate. In fact, in the first five years after the onset of menopause we can lose up to a huge 30% of our collagen. This rapid skin ageing leads to a number of skin changes including increased sagging, more wrinkles and a loss of plumpness and hydration which all contribute to the older looking skin we want to avoid.

So, if you’ve noticed a rapid change in your skin recently, it could be down to menopause.

What can you do to help?

No-one wants to feel they’ve aged a decade in just a year or two. Luckily there are things you can do to minimise the skin ageing effects of menopause:

Use sun protection every day

Wearing daily sun protection is essential to prevent premature extrinsic skin ageing. So, always wear a facial sunscreen to protect your skin, even on cloudy days.

Stay hydrated

Dehydration can contribute to older, tired-looking skin so remember to sip water throughout the day to keep your skin plumped and hydrated.

Eat well

The food we eat plays a big role in the health of our skin, so make sure you’re eating plenty of fruit and veg each day. Antioxidants, vitamins and various minerals help to regulate our cells and stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin, which in turn helps keep our skin firm, healthy-looking and vibrant.

Switch up your skincare

Most women find the products they’ve used for years are no longer suitable for their changing skin after the start of menopause. 

To target the accelerated collagen loss caused by declining oestrogen levels during menopause, you need a specialised product created specifically for menopausal skin.

Featuring revolutionary MEP Technology®, Emepelle is clinically proven to effectively and safely reinvigorate the natural functions of skin, targeting the root cause of ageing in skin affected by menopause.

Emepelle addresses many signs of ageing including dryness, wrinkling, dullness and sagging. This makes Emepelle an ideal product to introduce into your daily routine if you’re in the years leading up to, during or after menopause.

Introducing Emepelle® – How Diana Saw Results in Just Two Weeks

Since entering menopause, Diana found the changes to her skin meant the products she’d used for years weren’t working as well as they used to. She was recommended Emepelle by her Aesthetician at Mrs Oorloff Clinic. After just two weeks using Emepelle®, she noticed a major difference in the quality of her skin.

She told us:

“I can honestly say emepelle has changed my skin and my self-confidence. My skin was mottled, dull, breaking out and getting me down – no matter what I tried I didn’t see a difference.”

“I now have the confidence to go out without any make up on, emepelle has completely changed the way I feel about myself. I can’t thank Lauren and Mrs Oorloff Clinic enough for giving me my confidence back.”

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