‘Too young’ for the menopause but your skin is behaving differently? Maybe it’s time to treat it peri-menopausaly?

I’m 39, so not in the typical menopause bracket (that’s not to say it’s impossible though, premature menopause and early menopause effects between 1% and 5% respectively, of the population) but with the average age for menopause onset being between 45-55 there is a strong possibility I could be in the peri-menopausal phase.

Peri-menopause has many different effects on the body and mind but for now, let’s talk skin. As we approach the menopause your collagen production starts to slow down, you lose some fat under the skin and the elasticity drops. Fun times. The hormonal changes also create dryness in the skin which can cause not only fine lines and wrinkles, but also sagging around the neck and the jawline. Mother Nature is one twisted Muvva – we spend years disliking our periods and then, when they finally do stop, she gives us something else to contend with!

You don’t need a diagnosis for peri-menopause but like with all skincare, prevention is better than cure, so, if you find your skin is acting a bit differently to normal, here’s some protective measures you can take, to challenge Mother Nature head on…..

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