Menopause and skin elasticity

Posted on: 27 August 2015 by 50connect editorial

When we reach the menopause collagen levels can fall by as much as 30 per cent causing several visible changes, but what can be done to keep skin supple and fresh?

skin elasticity and menopause

The menopause is a challenging time for women and a recent survey* found that ninety per cent of women are crying out for more information on how to deal with the vast array of symptoms that start to creep in as early as 41 years of age. The menopause, is something that people always sweep under the carpet, feel embarrassed about but it has a vast impact on women’s lives with fifty per cent of women saying they experience a loss of confidence at some stage during the menopause.

This month nurture launched a video and advertising campaign inviting women to share their own personal stories and they want to open up the conversation about the menopause by letting real women share their experiences and advice. After all who knows better than real women!

The first nurture skincare video is with Laura Wilkinson, who shares her experience honestly and openly, stating: “I don’t want to let myself go, during and after the menopause. Looking the best I can is important to me. Nowadays I just need a little help. I think when you reach the menopause you have to look and listen to what your skin’s telling you because there are changes and it will need a little bit extra."

Adapting to our skin's needs and changes during this this time can be difficult and nurture skincare also spoke to 900 women and found:

  • 52% noticed a loss of elasticity in their skin during and after the menopause
  • 47% of women noticed more lines and wrinkles on their face during and after the menopause
  • 78% of women have changed their skincare regime since experiencing symptoms of the menopause
  • 81% use more anti-ageing products compared to before the menopause
  • 58% of women feel the pressure to look more youthful in today’s society
  • How can we adapt to our skin’s changing needs?

Dr Sarah Brewer GP, and author says: “When we reach the menopause collagen levels can fall by as much as 30 per cent causing several visible changes. Namely a loss of elasticity, thinner skin and a loss of moisture leading to increased dryness. Plant isoflavones also stimulate oestrogen receptors in the skin to improve hydration so skin looks more plump and youthful. Isoflavones, such as soy bean extract are especially beneficial when taken as a supplement and applied to the skin in anti-ageing creams.”

Incorporating a regime of several products to satisfy the different needs of your skin throughout the menopause and post really can do wonders.  It’s also important to look at your skincare routine a little more closely at this time of one’s life and try and break any bad skincare habits such as not cleansing, neglecting your hands and the skin around your eyes and dishing any dirty make-up brushes lurking around.

3 ways your skin is affected by the menopause

  1. Skin loses elasticity so no longer springs back and wrinkles appear.
  2. Skin becomes thinner so we may lack that youthful plump appearance.
  3. Skin becomes more susceptible to water loss making it drier.

From your mid-thirties, collagen levels begin to decrease at a rate of 1.5% a year. Collagen accounts for 75% of the skin’s composition so it is important to feed back what time takes away. This is why all nurture replenish products contain natural plant oestrogens, which mimic the properties of oestrogen in order to help the skin to produce more collagen and combat the effects of the menopause.

Solution for loss of elasticity

Replenish day cream SPF15 & replenish night cream – These best-selling, rich creams contain phytoestrogens, ceramides and vitamins to help boost collagen production and elastin within the skin. Together they help to smooth and resurface the skin. Day cream £12.95, night cream £11.95 each 50ml jars

Solution for thinner skin

Replenish day-night skin nutrition supplement - These unique supplements contain phytoestrogens to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by boosting skin’s density. Also with hyaluronic acid helps to help restore that youthful, plump complexion and accelerate the formation of new skin cells so that dead surface cells can be replaced with a brighter complexion. £12.95 one month’s supply

Solution to water loss

Replenish collagen boosting serum – This silky serum works under your moisturiser both day and night to intensively hydrate. With Ronacare to help prevent the degradation of hyaluronic acid in the skin, needed for moisture retention plus Matrixyl to stimulate collagen production and repair. £14.95 30ml tube.

Nurture Replenish range

Visit to learn more about nurture skincare, watch Laura’s video and share your own story…

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For information about how to deal the symptoms of the menopause visit


* Suvey of 1000 women aged 41 to 55 interviewed.

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