Loss of skin elasticity is a natural part of the ageing process. For women, when they reach the menopause, which usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, estrogen levels decline and skin quickly loses collagen. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. But around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before 40 years of age.(1)
Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of the menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual with women losing around 2% of their collagen ever year for the next 20 years. (2)
As collagen diminishes, you may notice your skin losing firmness and begin to sag, especially around the neck, jawline and cheeks with fine lines and wrinkles starting to appear. The lines and wrinkles you get with the menopause are often crow's feet and lines above the upper lip.
But it’s not all bad news! There’s mounting evidence that old age brings happiness, intellect and even better sex! (3) And fortunately, you can turn back time on your skin by taking care of your specific skin care needs, leading to not only a smarter you but a younger looking you too!
One sure fast way to replace the collagen lost during the menopause is to take a marine collagen supplement, proven in clinical trials to improve skin smoothness and reduce wrinkles.(4) The Manuka Plus Collagen Queen supplement not only includes 200mg of responsibly sourced marine collagen, it also contains Vitamin C, which plays an important role in making the collagen needed for our skin, blood vessels, cartilage, bones, gums and teeth. (5)
After the menopause, skin gets drier because oil glands aren't as active. Collagen Queen contains Hyaluronic acid, a polysaccharide produced naturally by the body, which plays a key role in helping skin hang onto water – keeping it moisturised. (6) A 2018 analysis in International Journal of Biological Macromolecules reported that skin products containing Hyaluronic acid improved moisture levels in the skin, and stimulated collagen and elastin to improve skin elasticity.
If your skin is feeling a little like the Sahara, treat yourself to an intensive moisture boost with ‘nature’s answer to Botox’. The Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Mask deeply nourishes skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So put your feet up and let the mask sink into your skin for 15-30 minutes for a plumped and smooth complexion.
As well as topping up your collagen levels with a face treatment or collagen supplement, you can also boost your lacking estrogen levels with a natural menopause supplement such as Meno-Hive from Manuka Doctor.
Meno-Hive is rich in Soy isoflavones, a class of antioxidants often referred to as phytoestrogens which have a similar structure to that of the hormone estrogen and can attach to and activate estrogen receptors in your body helping to improve age-related changes like thinning skin. (7)
So if you thought it was all downhill after the menopause, think again. There are plenty of natural alternatives out there to help boost your collagen levels, your confidence levels and most importantly the skin you’re in!