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August 2, 2020

These Menopausal Beauty Tips Will Transform Dry, Blotchy Skin No Matter Your Age

Even if you’re not menopausal, dry and splotchy skin seems to plague all of us at some point. Fortunately, the majority of products that address these conditions apply to all ages and skin conditions.  


Menopause can wreak havoc on skin. Yes, the worldwide phenomenon, “Nightmare On Skin Street” has more sequels and personalities than Instagram and Twitter combined.


Let’s run through the frights:

  • Hormonal? Check.
  • Chilean desert dry, all day every day? Yes!
  • Spotting faster than a banana in the sun? Bingo!
  • Breaking out like you did in your teenage years? Sure thing!


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Here’s what the experts suggest when you’re dealing with one or all of the above.


Blame Your Hormones


While we may be older and wiser than we were in our 20s and 30s, our estrogen levels and collagen production – the two things that keep skin taut, spring, and smooth – decrease along with those monthly periods, so say hello to lax, wrinkly skin and saggy jowls.



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Melissa Haloossim, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director/Co-Founder of Skin Thesis


Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Director/Co-Founder of Skin Thesis® Melissa Haloossim says the most common complaints she gets from her menopausal patients include dry, crepey skin and an increase in hormonal breakouts. If you never considered the shape of your cheeks, jawline, and chin before, Korean V-line surgery may be looking pretty good now.



Switch To A Gentler Cleanser



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Always use properly formulated cleansers so you don’t strip away the skin’s natural oils (istock/puhhha)


By now, many of us know that improperly formulated cleansers strip away skin’s natural oils. If you double-cleanse with oil and then foam, choose a sulfate-free foaming cleanser that is designed for sensitive skin because menopausal skin can be finicky. I now have perpetually rosy cheeks and unanticipated blemishes, so I use Restorsea’s Reviving Cleanser because it targets acne via vitamin D (which menopausal women often lack) and includes tricoloma matsutake (mushroom) extract for hydration. Cream-based cleansers work wonders, too, but getting used to how your skin feels after using them may be challenging. I love Epicuren Discovery’s Apricot Cream Cleanser because it smells like freshly-picked apricots and is rich in both avocado and rice bran oils.



Add an Essence and Hydrating Toner


You still have a busy life and may not want a longer skin care routine, but relying on cream alone won’t improve your skin much. Menopausal skin is like concrete. It does two things: gets hard and cracks. Slathering yourself in heavy creams at night makes sense, especially if you first drench your skin with hydrating, problem-solving essences that brighten or reduce dark spots, like Missha’s Time Revolution FTE Intensive. These watery products not only infuse your skin with hydration, but the ingredients and application technique (pat, pat, pat) plumps skin better than rubbing in a thick cream.



Missha Time Revolution product
MISSHA Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist – $48


Hydrating toners, such as SanDaWha’s Liposome Skin Softener, are also double-duty lifesavers. They can be patted into skin after cleansing and misted on when the dragon fire creeps up your spine. I have travel-sized spray bottles filled with various toners in my purse, desk, and car, so I can whip ‘em out on demand and mist myself like a potted plant whenever and wherever necessary.



Sandawha Liposome Skin Softener – $24



Opt for Medical Grade Topicals and Non-Invasive Procedures


Since there’s no way to know what will annoy you most during menopause, take stock of the skin care battles you feel up to waging. If fine lines and dryness are your primary concern, Haloossim recommends SkinMedica’s HA Rejuvenating Hydrator. Traditional retinoids like Retin-A, aka tretinoin, can be difficult to tolerate due to dryness, itching, and flakiness, so she often recommends Senté’s Bio Complete Serum because it combines retinol with peptides and vitamin C to brighten and nourish skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.


If you’re looking for more dramatic results but aren’t ready to go under the knife, Haloossim recommends a non-invasive laser treatment known as a 4D Lift. Patients usually require three sessions to achieve the best results, and the laser works to tighten all three layers of the skin. The result improves volume and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.


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How do you handle dry menopausal symptoms – skin-related or otherwise?

Tracy is a "quality over quantity" word girl fascinated by eagles and life in a small SoCal mountain community. She believes in the now, has written professionally for 30+ years, and worships at the alters of serum and Sulwhasoo.




That sandawha toner is so amazing! It smells so refreshing and it’s super smooth. it balances the oils in your skin and it’s a must needed to your routine as well!!


I've had the Sandawha Liposome Skin Softener 150ml in my routine for the last three years. It's my spring and summer favorite, and just about everyone I know loves it as well. Such a beautifully universal product.


I wholeheartedly agree! My skin LOVES this stuff! It is so easy to recommend to people of all skin types not only because I love it, but because of how gentle it is while maintaining HUGE benefits!


Between the hot flashes and the not-so-dewy skin, I have discovered four things to really help the "you have great skin" compliments coming; 1) HaruHaru Black Rice Hylauronic Toner 2) Bioderma Sebium H20 Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution 3) An illuminating/highlighting stick (diffuses light, camos acne flare-ups, and gives you a glow) 4) A good Mojito. Seriously all are good, but #4 makes you forget the hot flash. :)


🤣 I second that Mojito suggestion, and you're spot-on (no pun intended) about highlighter. The right non-sparkly, luminous highlighter is a must over 40. I'm excited about Illamasqua's highlighter selection and think I'll give "Daze" or "OMG" a shot. I've been a Charlotte Tilbury fan for years, so it's time to change things up.


I like how the Epicuran's Discovery Apricot cleanser has avocado and rice bran oils. It just sounds so moisturizing and will help your skin. The Skin Medica's HA Rejuvenating Hydrator is like a facelift in a bottle. Being in my 40s, I read all kinds of tips for the skin!


Between Restorsea's Reviving Cleanser and Epicuren's Apricot Cream Cleanser, my skin is softer, smoother, and healthier. Add Sulwhasoo's Gentle Cleaning Oil to the mix, and you'll have the perfect trio.


How I handle? Often earphones and Zeppelin. :) I like the idea of cool toner to spritz myself which is better for my skin than sitting inches from the fan and more convenient than the seventh cool shower of the day.

I am VERY glad to read skincare articles for menopausal/older women.


"Earphones and Zeppelin!" Girl, you just gave me my first laugh of the day. That was awesome!


Thank you so much Tracy, this article is very informative and great points on the skin problems of aging. I like the fact that you did point out the cleansers need to be more gentle as our skin thins as we get older and we just can’t abuse it, as we did when younger. 5 star article!!!


Thanks for the stars, Roxanne! I'm constantly trying new cleansers and have a set of pH strips in my vanity, too. It can be hard to break old habits, but evoloving skin needs means changing skin care products.


This is all great information to know especially when working with older clients in order to help them achieve their best self


Keep Missha's Essence and SanDaWha's Skin Softener on your radar, Alexa. These are great for all ages when matched to skin type. 🌊


This is great information to keep in mind. I am only still in my twenties, so I found this extremely helpful for my upper aged clients!


Happy to help, Sara.