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Ask an Esthetician: “Why is SPF extra important for menopausal skin?”

Learn why you're now more susceptible to sun damage.

By Womaness Editors   1-Minute Read

Jennifer Adell Licensed esthetician for Womaness

Welcome to ASK AN EXPERT, a series where we pose your real questions to our menopause experts for the answers you need. Have a question? Post it on The After Party, our private Facebook Group.


Your Question:

“Why does SPF make a difference specifically for menopausal skin?”


The Answer:

From Jennifer Adell, a licensed esthetician and skincare expert based in Connecticut who is also trained in energy medicine for mind and body healing: 

“With your estrogen levels dropping in menopause, there's less melanin produced.

And with melanin, you might think, ‘Oh, that makes us have sun spots.’ But melanin is actually protecting you against UV rays and any resulting skin damage.

So you should always protect yourself from the sun—but as those estrogen and melanin levels start to drop, it's especially important!”


"With your estrogen levels dropping in menopause, there's less melanin produced..."


Try Jennifer's favorite ingredients for summer skin, like niacinamide in The Works body cream, gentle retinol in Plump It Up, and bakuchiol in our nighttime repair cream Overnight Magic.


Get More Answers 

Ask an Esthetician: "How do I get my skin ready for summer?"
Ask a Dermatologist: "What ingredients are best for menopausal skin?"
Ask a Doctor: "Why are my breasts changing in menopause?"

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a physician. Womaness strives to share the knowledge and advice from our network of experts and our own research. We encourage you to make healthcare decisions in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.