If you’re a woman and have reached a certain age, it’s inevitable that you’ll go through menopause. This normal and natural part of the aging process is experienced by all women as they get older and impacts your health, including that of your skin. In this post let’s look at how to keep your skin looking its very best.

It’s Your Hormones!

In a previous post, we talked about five main hormones that can impact skin – estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and insulin. Hormone levels fluctuate depending on a range of issues including stress, diet, sleep, our genes and menopause. At menopause – and the lead up period, perimenopause – a decline in estrogen levels is most implicated with skin health with progesterone and testosterone playing a smaller role.

  • Estrogen. Estrogen seems to have an impact on skin in several ways:
    • It is needed to produce collagen, a protein involved in the skin’s structure and which helps to keep it firm and thick.
    • It has also been shown to boost the production of elastin, a fiber that helps give skin its elasticity.
      The combined action on elastin and collagen lessens the appearance of wrinkling and helps to keep skin firm and tight.
    • Estrogen helps to maintain skin moisture by increasing the production of hyaluronic acid and can possibly help skin retain its ability to protect against external irritants.
  • Progesterone. Although this hormone isn’t associated with skin health as much as estrogen,  declining levels of progesterone are associated with a reduction in skin elasticity, leading to skin sagginess.
  • Testosterone. Unlike estrogen and progesterone, women may experience an increase in testosterone at menopause leading to oilier skin and more breakouts.

What Happens to Skin at Menopause

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These are the main skin changes that women may notice at menopause and beyond:

  1. Drier Skin
  2. More Wrinkled Skin
  3. Saggier Skin
  4. Thinner Skin

Some women may experience oilier skin with increased breakouts due an increase in testosterone production.

How to Treat Skin : Retinoids

Apothekari A is for Anti-Aging Serum

Skin benefits from gentle, effective products and a consistent routine regardless of what life stage you’re at. At Apothekari, we subscribe to a 3 step skin care routine, which benefits most women. In addition to gentle cleansing, an effective UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen and topical antioxidants applied every day, it’s important to manage the skin issues particular to an individual. Whether it’s dryness, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles or age spots, it’s important to find and use the correct products on a regular basis.

At menopause, retinoids (a class of ingredients derived from Vitamin A) are non-negotiable because they offer so many benefits to skin:

  • Boost collagen production to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Increase the skin’s moisture content and reduce TEWL (transepidermal water loss) to minimize skin dryness
  • Decrease melanin production resulting in a more even and brighter skin tone.

Unfortunately, while retinoids are highly effective in helping to minimize the skin changes that many women experience at menopause, they can also be highly irritating. That’s why we are so excited to offer A is for Anti-Aging, our retinoid serum formulated with retinaldehyde, which is the gentlest form of retinoid, while still being highly active to skin. Many of our customers previously unable to tolerate other forms of retinoids like retinol or prescription retinoic acid, can use A is for Anti-Aging because  retinaldehyde doesn’t irritate or burn skin.

If you’re ready for healthy & beautiful skin at menopause, consider A is for Anti-Aging and find out for yourself why we have so many happy and repeat customers.

If you’ve still got questions, get in touch. We’re always happy to help you find the right skin care products to meet your needs.

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My Fave Four Apothekari products

The first product I purchased from Apothekari was the A for Anti Aging. I have Never been able to tolerate retinol products and always ended up bailing because of dry flaky skin. Until A for Anti Aging. It's Amazing! I have now added the Vitamin C, the Deodorant (Neroli Rose is my current favourite but the Lavender is great too), and most recently the More than Lip Service (thank you thank you thank you Apothekari :)). While deodorant and vaginal moisturizer may sound like odd gifts, these are my latest go-to's for the gal who has everything. All have become fans!

THIS WORKS! No odour for 24+ hours including a yoga session!

I'm blown away by how effective this is, and by how clean and well thought out the formula is. I'm not used to roll-on so that took a couple days to adjust to, but its so much more effective than the solids/creams i was using that it is totally worth it. I'm converted - and i think i have probably tried 90% of the natural deodorants out there over the last 10 years LOL. thank you for creating this.

I love this body oil!

This is so luxurious and moisturizing (i have dry, sensitive skin and most oils don't do the trick) and also miraculously absorbs very quickly. And the lemon rose scent is just transporting - i look forward to using this after my shower.

Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

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