How To Get Glowing Skin During Perimenopause and Menopause

You wake up one day, look in the mirror, and your skin just seems a little dull. You see a picture of yourself and you look a little tired. You look around, and all the younger people around you seem to have effervescent, glowing skin. You know you used to have this skin. What happened?

We think about it as the aging process, which it is, and that includes a hormonal change going on that's affecting your skin's hydration. You may have gotten away with lax skincare in your younger years, but now is the time to be much more conscious about what you're putting on your face and in your body.

Getting back your healthy glow during perimenopause and menopause means looking for products that hydrate your facial skin and neck skin. While you nourish it from the inside with a clean diet and plenty of fluids, nourish it from the outside with ultra hydrating moisturizers designed for mature skin.

Prioritizing your skin’s health doesn't mean you have to become a skincare specialist, and it certainly shouldn't mean you need to spend hundreds of dollars every month. With the right products, the right diet and consistency, you’ll notice a significant difference in its appearance and overall radiance.

Mature Skin: Skincare for Glowing Skin

When it comes to getting that ever-elusive glow we often turn to our skincare products for help. Consistently using the correct products is essential. Start your day and end your night with a well-rounded routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and protection. 

The first step is to simplify your skincare routine. Too many products just overload your skin. Your skin is absorbent, but it has its limits. Using fewer products actually ensures better absorption and effectiveness.

If you've noticed acne has started appearing across your jawline or lower face, it is in fact adult acne, also called menopausal acne. The skincare products you are currently using may worsen it! Using fewer products will also help clear this up. Head here for more info on menopausal acne.

The next step is to choose the best products for mature skin. During perimenopause and menopause, your skin can become more sensitive. Opt for a specialty product tailored to the unique needs of menopausal, mature skin. I created Finlay+Green’s "magic in a jar" ultra hydrating moisturizer to revitalize facial, which locks in hydration for a plump, soft, supple glowing complexion. Every day, I hear from fans that it's also working wonders on neck skin!

Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, Squalane, Vitamin C, and Niacinamide are some of the essential powerhouse ingredients needed for achieving that ever-elusive glow.

Moderate, gentle exfoliation with Glycolic or Salicylic acids can also be beneficial, preventing dullness and clogged pores. However, exfoliation is not for everyone and if not done properly, it could do more harm than good. For example, over-exfoliation, harsh ingredients and/or methods will damage the skin, resulting in dullness and increased sensitivity to the application of subsequent products. 

Finally, the last step is to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and the blue light from your electronic devices by using a high-quality broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Makeup to Glow

You have aged, and we celebrate that. Your once glowing skin is now called mature skin, and we celebrate that term. Let's take a look at what you can put on after your face moisturizer to brighten that glow.

To create a healthy, glowing makeup look, stay away from too many matte products and limit the amount of powder you use. Instead, look for products with a soft sheen finish.

Matte products don’t reflect the light, and they don’t glow, so they can be quite aging. A matte foundation can also have the effect of flattening out your features when in fact you want to start defining them since your skin is losing elasticity and firmness.

The first step to adding luminosity is to find a foundation such as Gorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk which leaves the skin with a beautiful soft sheen finish. Swap out your powder eyeshadows and blushers for cream versions.  Products such as Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks come in a wide range of colors and are so easy to apply. The multi-tasking Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Sticks is another way to add that youthful healthy glow inexpensively.

Get that healthy summer glow without damaging UV rays by lightly swiping a soft sheen bronzer like the Mac Skinfinish Sunstruck Radiant Bronzer over the high points of your face (those areas where the sun would hit first). This has the added benefit of naturally defining your features.

Drink Plenty of Fluids for Radiant Skin

During menopause your ability to retain water decreases so it’s even more important to drink plenty of fluids.  Staying properly hydrated is one of the most natural ways to get a healthier glow and more resilient skin. Let's make your mature skin as resilient as you are!

So, how much fluid should you be drinking? For a more individualized approach, doctors recommend drinking fluids based on your body weight. Divide your weight in two to determine the number of ounces you should consume daily. For instance, a 150-pound person should aim for 75 ounces, with two-thirds of that being water.

Try to limit caffeine and alcohol as these dehydrate your skin at any age, but especially when you're over 40.

Nutrition and Diet for Radiant Skin

“We are what we eat” couldn’t be truer when it comes to our skin. It’s increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect the health and aging of your skin

Eating a healthy well-balanced diet rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals can support skin health. For example, consuming Omega-3 acids found in fatty fish is a good way to get your glow back. Vitamin C in citrus fruits is a potent antioxidant that helps brighten the skin, and Vitamin E found in almonds is known for its moisturizing properties. Zinc, an essential mineral, helps to keep the integrity of the skin barrier function intact.  Good skin barrier function helps maintain hydrated skin, which means glowing skin.

TAKEAWAY: There are four simple steps for radiant skin: a healthy well-balanced diet, plenty of fluids, the correct skincare, and being consistent with all three.

There are things we can't control, like getting older, and there are things we can control. Keep your mature skin resilient by using a hydrating moisturizer and also be conscious of your diet. And just because your skin is mature, doesn't mean you have to be. 


NOTE: This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. It should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.