Skin care tips for postmenopausal skin

The postmenopausal period is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycle. It is a natural biological process. During menopause, lower estrogen levels have a major impact on your skin. Less estrogen makes you prone to drier skin, more skin sagging and wrinkles. Fortunately, you can reduce the skin-related effects of aging by using more specific skin care products. With the aim of making menopausal and postmenopausal skin glow.

Your postmenopausal skin

Menopause causes many skin changes. One is, your body produces less collagen. After your 30th year of life you lose 1% collagen per year and in the postmenopausal period, another 30% less collagen in the skin.

It is especially noticeable around the neck, jawline and cheeks – and fine lines and wrinkles. The lines and wrinkles you get are often crow’s feet and lines above the upper lip.

Care tips: ingredients that stimulate collagen production: retinol, bakuchiol, Vitamin C, peptide.


Cleansing is an important step in natural skin care, even as you age. A German study shows a relationship between air pollution and increased pigmentation.

The researchers assessed the skin of 400 women aged 70 to 80 years. One group of test subjects came from the Ruhr area, where there is a lot of industry. The analysis showed that people from the Ruhr area, who were exposed to a lot of nitrogen dioxide, suffered more from pigment spots than people from rural areas. No fewer than 25 percent more pigment spots were visible with them. Read more about nitrogen dioxide and pigmentation.

Care tips: As you get older and your skin gets drier, your skin in particular can benefit from extra hydration. The key is using a cleanser that is suitable for drier skin. Opt for a creamy formula that hydrates over foam or gel cleansers, which can strip away moisture. More about skin cleansing

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

After menopause, your skin becomes drier because the sebaceous glands are not as active. More about dry skin

Care tips: try to keep the skin more moisture with heavier skin oils (olive oil, coconut oil), cream or ointment. Limit long, hot showers and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp. That helps boost hydration.

You still need sun protection

The risk of skin cancer increases with age and wrinkles can increase in number and depth. The skin has less natural protection and repair capacity than when you were younger.

Care tip: So look for a broad spectrum SPF30 or higher and wear it every day. In the autumn and winter period, a day cream with a natural UVA filter is suitable. More about UVA, UVB sunrays

Minimize wrinkled skin

You get more folds and wrinkles over the years due to sun damage, but also hormonal changes in menopause. Your hormone levels decrease with age, and your skin quality changes and wrinkles worsen. Wrinkles can also appear more visible and deeper when the skin is dry. More about wrinkles

Care tips: Use a moisturizer and serum on your face, jawline and neck every day. Hyaluronic acid in serum attracts moisture and moisturizes the superficial skin layer. For more on serum and how does it fit into my skin routine?

Also look for skin care products designed to help reduce fine lines and sagging.

Reduce the Spots

Age spots on the face, hands, and chest may appear more pronounced around menopause. to skin care products designed to help reduce fine lines and sagging. More about pigmentspots.

Care tips: Prevent pigment spots and fine lines by using sunscreen every day. Do you have spots? Exfoliating products, such as fruit acids, can help you remove excess dead skin cells. The peeling ensures a thinner superficial skin cell layer, making your skin smoother and looking fresher. Fruit acids can also reduce pigment spots, coarse pores, skin impurities and improve skin hydration.

Also look for ingredients that help fade pigmentation. Examples include vitamin B3 (niacinamide), arbutin, retinol, vitamin C, resveratrol (grapes), kojic acid, azelaic acid, aloesin (Aloe Vera), peptide.

Toners can also help even out skin tone.

While you are here

Skin Quiz Postmenopausal Skin

There are so many different skin care products and which one is right for my skin? We also get these questions and to help you with that, we made a skin quiz. We provide product advice based on general and more specific questions. Take the Skin Quiz Iconic Elements, at the top of the homepage – to find out what your skin needs.

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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