Transition into menopause can be a very trying and sensitive time of life. Once a taboo subject, menopause has become widely discussed as evidenced by the many satires, blogs and forums shedding light on its debilitating effects.
Every woman has individual responses caused by internal hormonal changes and aging. Other factors which exacerbate the aging process are: medications, nutritional deficiencies & diet, alcohol, lifestyle, smoking, illnesses, stress, etc.
Menopause can begin as early as the 40’s, but usually is more common in the 50’s. The transitional from menses, to peri-menopause, to menopause can last years and cause significant changes both physically, emotionally, and mentally. It can be a fast or gradual transition; with or without some of the incapacitating symptoms.
Physical symptoms of peri- menopause and menopause include sweating and hot-flashes, insomnia, weight-gain, dryness of the eyes, and reproductive organs & bladder. Many will notice cessation of oil production and dehydration in the skin, and accelerated skin aging (loss of elasticity/collagen/firmness/volume, exacerbated dehydration, tissue thinness, and loss of volume).
Skin sensitivities may increase accompanied by unwanted changes in texture and skin tone. Hormonal issues and previous sun-damage may manifest as stubborn/hard-to-treat hyperpigmentation and mottled tone. The hormonal system fluctuates over the months and years. The reduced estrogen production in a woman’s body may lead to increased testosterone response causing patchy/thickened oily areas, increased facial hair growth, and a form of acne (usually seen with peri-menopause).
In Spa Interventions
Many women remark how negatively menopause has changed their skin. Menopausal women can experience a wide variety/combination of issues with their skin from varying degrees of dryness, itchiness & new sensitivities, oiliness and more. During menopause, the skin’s natural hyaluronic stores diminish, causing severe dehydration resulting in thinning tissue, loss of volume, and loose connective tissue. This results in a compromised barrier, resulting in more significant negative conditions.
As time goes on, these conditions may worsen, and new conditions show up. Your esthetician must be thoroughly educated in all types of skin conditions & skin types to help these make corrective changes from a skin histology aspect, to improve the health of the skin. The most prevalent conditions for this client demographic warrant therapies which would stimulate collagen and elastin production, prevent free-radical damage, address hyperpigmentation & lipofuscin; correct, hydrate & heal compromised barriers, and remove superfluous facial hair growth which may manifest more with aging.
Customized, targeted therapeutic treatments are the beginning of anti-aging corrections. It is essential for clients to be on a preventative and corrective home care regimen to increase the health of the tissue - which will result in slowing the aging process; while improving the hydration, texture, firmness, and tone of the skin.