Aging is a gift, and it brings new changes. Several years before you officially start menopause, you may experience perimenopause. This is when your ovaries start producing less estrogen, and typically, it happens in your 40s, though for some women it can begin much earlier.
Perimenopause symptoms are a lot like menopause symptoms. Your breasts may feel tender, you could experience hot flashes, you could be fatigued, your sex drive may decrease and you could have vaginal dryness as well as trouble sleeping and mood swings. But while much of these are symptoms that aren’t visible to most, there’s another thing that may change: your skin. Your skin is hugely impacted by changes in estrogen levels and it’s often not discussed.
Am I in Perimenopause?
If you are in your 40s or early 50s when perimenopause can occur and you are starting to experience the common symptoms, then you may very well likely be in this stage of your life.
Your hormones can start to change 8 to 10 years ahead of menopause (which on average, starts at 51) and estrogen levels decline rapidly one to two years before you stop menstruating. Typically, you will go through perimenopause for four years, but it could last for only a few months or continue for up to 10 years. Every woman’s body is different.
During perimenopause, your periods are going to become more irregular, but you can still become pregnant during this stage. This is unlike menopause, where you no longer produce eggs and you cannot become pregnant naturally. Aside from many of the perimenopause symptoms, when you’re in actual menopause, you could also experience slowed metabolism, weight gain, chills and night sweats. You’ll know you are post-menopausal once you haven’t had your period for an entire year.
Perimenopause in Skin
While you may be prepared for the changes in your body and you’ve heard all about hot flashes from older women, you may not be aware of the skin issues that could occur. The skin is the largest non-reproductive organ that is impacted by estrogen. This means that even before perimenopause, your skin is going to respond to your changing hormones. For instance, if you have oily skin, your face could feel more oily before and during your period. You may have noticed that you have acne outbreaks before and during your period as well.
Hormones changing during perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause can affect your skin in a number of different ways. Collagen, which is a protein that holds your body’s tissues together, is going to decrease. This means that when your estrogen levels drop, your skin’s collagen production will as well. You may start to notice that your skin is going to lose its tightness and youthful look and you will start to see more wrinkles.
Much of the perimenopause skin problems women see are due to Estrogen Deficient Skin, which is a condition that occurs alongside perimenopause and menopause. With Estrogen Deficient Skin, hyperpigmentation may begin to appear in places like your neck, arms, chest and face. When your estrogen levels fall, your skin becomes thinner, which can lead to easier bruising. Since your skin may lose its ability to maintain moisture, it could dry out more easily. This is combined with the loss in collagen production, which is a hallmark of EDS.
It can be very difficult to deal with all of these changes caused by Estrogen Deficient Skin, which can begin in perimenopause and continue through menopause and beyond. However, by being vigilant about your skincare routine and using the right products, you can protect your skin and ensure it stays healthy during this time.
Your Body Is Changing, So Should Your Skincare
Your skin’s needs will likely change throughout your perimenopause, menopause and postmenopausal stages. Emepelle is created specifically for women in perimenopause and menopause. Emepelle is the first and only line of skincare products that harness MEP Technology to help address Estrogen Deficient Skin non-hormonally. The line of products promotes collagen production and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Emepelle Serum is an oil-free and lightweight daily serum that can reinvigorate your skin’s natural source of radiance so it appears more youthful. It will directly combat signs of skin aging and estrogen loss featuring effective ingredients like antioxidants, niacinamide, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
Emepelle Night Cream, a luxurious and restorative cream, will help improve firmness, luminosity and hydration by targeting the root cause of estrogen deficient skin. It contains retinol, niacinamide and peptides for additional anti-aging benefits and leaves the skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated with its formula made of shea butter, grape seed oil and hyaluronic acid.
Emepelle Eye Cream uses the same revolutionary MEP Technology for Estrogen Deficient Skin in addition to ingredients that are ideal for the delicate eye area. This firming, nourishing and rejuvenating eye cream that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, under-eye puffiness and dark circles. It contains caffeine, antioxidants and peptides for additional anti-aging benefits.
With Emepelle, you can rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking and feeling healthy throughout perimenopause, during menopause and beyond.