Menopause officially begins one year after your last period; it brings with it some noticeable changes to your skin and hair. As hormone levels plummet, your skin can become dry, slack, and thin. You may notice more hair on your face and less on your scalp.

We’ve all spent time in the sun without sun protection. Now is the time you will see the effects as ageing causes everything to slow down and damage form years ago will now show. Age spots and larger areas of darker skin can appear on your face, hands, neck, arms, or chest. Skin cancer and pre-cancerous skin growths are more common.

Many women have so many questions here are some answers to help you.

Apply sunscreen every day before going outdoors. To give your skin the protection it needs, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Apply it to all skin that clothing won’t cover.

We can help using our Plasma BT to treat and fade age spots.

As oestrogen levels fall, skin becomes thinner. Thin skin bruises more easily.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day. while this cannot thicken your skin, it can prevent further thinning. You want to apply sunscreen to your face, hands, neck, and any other area that clothing won’t cover. And you want to do this every day, even in winter. UV rays are always present when outside and inside as they penetrate through windows

Use a medical grade skincare range – which includes a retinol to stimulate collagen production which in turn will help thicken the skin layers. Start a skincare regime to clean , nourish and protect your skin from pollution and sun damage. Skin Care Ranges

In menopause, skin loses some ability to hold water, so skin can get quite dry. This can be especially noticeable when the air is dry.

Wash with a mild medical grade cleanser instead of soap. For mature skin, soap can be too drying. And you definitely want to skip the deodorant bars.

Apply a hydration cream after bathing and throughout the day when your skin feels dry. A hyaluronic acid or glycerin can be especially helpful.

Exfoliation, chemical peel or micro needling may help.

As levels of female hormones fall, you can see unwanted hair under your chin and along your jawline or above your lip. This is because our male hormones don’t diminish as quickly as oestrogen. Laser Hair Removal can help control this.

At menopause, many women notice thinning hair on their head. The first sign may be a widening part. Some women find that their hairline starts to recede.

When it comes to hair loss, the earlier you start treating it the better the results because many things can cause hair loss, you’ll want to talk to an expert in this field, you need to look for a Trichologist, check their qualifications.

We can help with Dermalux – a light treatment to stimulate hair growth combined with hair follicle stimulation treatments. We can also utilise Platelet Rich Plasma treatments.

In menopause, the skin quickly loses collagen. Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen every year for the next 20 years.

As collagen diminishes, our skin loses it firmness and begins to sag. Jowls appear. Permanent lines run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time. Later, the tip of the nose dips. You may see pouches under your eyes. You may have larger pores which are caused by a lack of skin firmness.

Make sure you:

Protect your skin from the sun. This can reduce visible wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles. A medical skincare regime to repair, replenish and protect your skin.

Treatments to consider:

Soften fine lines – anti-ageing treatments
Replace Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – dermal fillers & Profhilo replace lost HA
Medical peels – increase cell turnover exposing new healthy skin cells
Platelet-Rich plasma – using your own serum to hydrate and nourish
Micro-needling – stimulates collagen & cell turnover, tightens, remodels and minimises pore size
IV nutrition– targeted nourishment straight into the bloodstream
Plasma BT– a unique system to deliver antioxidants and HA
Dermalux – specialised light treatment for ageing, sensitivity, acne and problem skins

As levels of female hormones drop before and during menopause, some women develop teenage-like acne.
Because a woman’s skin is thinner and drier, treatments for teenage acne are often too harsh.

Dermatologists recommend that you:

Wash acne-prone skin with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This helps unclog pores.
Avoid acne products that dry your skin. Drying your skin can worsen acne.

Around 50, the pH level of our skin changes. With this change, skin becomes more sensitive, and women are more likely to develop rashes and easily irritated skin.

If you have an existing skin condition, such as eczema or rosacea, this could worsen.
We can help with this as ZO skincare is medically certified to treat eczema, acne, pigmentation and roseacea.