As the ultimate straight-talking HRT-taking beauty expert – who's racked up a cool 200 million views on her blog – it's no wonder Caroline Hirons , 52, has become the industry authority for all things menopausal skin.
The skincare guru has publicly talked about her own journey with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), revealing she suffered problems such as weight gain, brain fog, mood swings and bloating when she became perimenopausal ten years ago.
Now, in Skincare: The New Edit by Caroline Hirons – a new and revised 2021 edition of her best-selling book – Caroline has shared her ultimate need-to-know guide for tackling rashes, itching, dry skin, breakouts and all the other complexion changes that can strike during the menopause.
Part of a chapter titled 'When Life Happens,' in which Caroline also covers puberty, pregnancy and chemotherapy , she explains: "Hormones are potentially the biggest skin disruptor of all... [but] there are things you can do to help tackle the effects they have on the skin. It just takes a few tweaks to your kit."
Here, she explains how.
Menopause (ah my people!)
The signs of ageing are accelerated and exaggerated, while the skin’s ability to regenerate slows right down. Oestrogen is depleted, which has a huge knock-on effect on your body, your entire system, and your skin. Consequently, ceramide, collagen and hyaluronic acid levels drop dramatically, and your skin is slower to heal.
What does it look like on the skin
This massive depletion of hormones leads to your skin losing tone, elasticity, and its ability to retain moisture. The skin’s built-in moisturising system needs oestrogen to work properly, so the absence of it can lead to dry, rough, flaky, or itchy skin. Meanwhile, collagen fibres decrease in number, stiffen, and break apart, resulting in deepened lines. In short: menopausal skin can sometimes look dull, flat, sagging (sorry), dry, wrinkled and like it’s lost its glow.
What can you do to help it?
Worry ye not. There is a multitude of things that you can do to offset any signs of ageing that you do not want to see on your face.