Why Does Skin Change During Menopause and Mano-pause and What Can You Do About It?
When it comes to our skin, we can't change back the hands of time. But there are certain steps we can take to reduce the inevitable effects of menopause and "mano-pause" on our face. We caught up with the experts at Lifeline Skin Care to talk about the causes and potential solutions for gaining back a youthful glow.
It’s not just women that go through the change-of - life. Men also go through a similar phase, as testosterone production declines with age. “Mano-pause,” or male menopause, is so real, it even has its own name - andropause.
Hormones decline in both men and women. However, a man’s ability to reproduce continues. In women, estrogen steadily declines in their 40s and 50s leading up to menopause, which begins when the female reproductive system stops producing eggs. Similarly, in their 40’s and 50’s, men see testosterone decline. The male ability to reproduce may continue, although men may experience bouts of impotence.
Both menopause and Andropause can affect the collagen levels in the skin, resulting in loss of firmness and resiliency. With a drop in testosterone, many men experience skin redness as well. Essentially, your skin appears aged - it may not look as firm as it used to be, and fine lines and wrinkles may appear. The most effective treatment is to activate and stimulate your skin cells to produce and replace collagen and elasticity.
Look for products that specifically help stimulate cell turnover. Retinoid is a classic ingredient that, at prescription strength, can boost cell turnover. Products featuring Vitamin C are also known for this ability.
Lifeline Stem Cell Skin Care’s Defensive Day Moisture Serum and Recovery Night Moisture Serum are also available, which use the latest stem cell science to stimulate collagen and elastin. In doing so, these moisturizers rejuvenate your skin by actually helping to build new skin cells.