Save this cheat sheet about caring for your skin at every stage.
There’s no question that you can see the effect on your skin as estrogen levels decline with age… and you may notice that your tried-and-true beauty products are no longer up for the job. That’s when you want to invest in a skin care routine that your skin needs now.
The Phase: Perimenopause
Your Body’s Response: This phase can last up to four years, on average, and signals the start of the decline in your body’s estrogen levels, which can lead to dry, dull-looking skin and uneven tone.
The Skin Fix: Now’s the time to be proactive. Build a new skin care routine during perimenopause that fits your skin’s changing needs with moisturizers and creams rich in antioxidants, like vitamin B3 (also called niacinamide) and avocado oil, which have been shown to reinforce skin’s elasticity. They help skin maintain a smooth appearance (and the SeeMe Complex is rich in both).
The Phase: Menopause
Your Body’s Response: During menopause, your hormone levels can be wildly…unpredictable, which can trigger an onslaught of skin flare-ups, from dark spots and acne to fine lines and wrinkles.
The Skin Fix: Remember, this too shall pass. For now, keep using serums or creams with powerful antioxidant extracts from artichokes, avocado, and turmeric to help revive dry skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and improve skin’s firmness. Acne can also make an unwelcome comeback during this stage. If you’re experiencing an increase in skin breakouts during menopause, consider adding a topical retinoid to your skin care routine; it can help slough off dead cells, restore balance, and prevent future breakouts. (And if your skin is too sensitive for a retinoid, remember that the SeeMe Complex contains artichoke extract, which performs overall as well and with less irritation as cosmetic retinol on mature skin.)
The Phase: Post-Menopause
Your Body’s Response: There’s at least one thing you can count on after going through the changes of menopause (besides what the anthropologist Margaret Mead referred to as “post-menopausal zest!”): Your skin is drier because it can’t retain as much moisture as it once did. And the drier your skin, the more pronounced your wrinkles and fine lines.
The Skin Fix: Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Natural antioxidants, like dill, have been shown to provide calming hydration for post-menopausal skin. Dermatologists also recommend facial moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid. The acid is a powerhouse at absorbing moisture—one molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. And don’t forget the rest of your bod: For all-over hydration, consider switching to a rich bodywash and make sure to apply lotion while skin is still damp after a shower to lock in moisture. With your plan in place, you’re sure to come out of the skincare game on top!