By: Kat Furness
Happy skin is hydrated skin, and when your complexion isn’t getting what it needs, it starts to show. Enter hyaluronic acid—a natural humectant, meaning it is a literal magnet for moisture. Your body normally produces it all on its own, but as you age it starts to drop off. Add menopause to the mix and you’re likely to notice your skin is feeling thirstier than usual.
Why So Dry?
There are a lot of things going on during this period of your life and sometimes it can be tricky to figure out what the real cause of a symptom is. If you’re noticing changes to your skin, both aging and menopause play their part—as if those hot flashes weren’t enough to deal with! During menopause, estrogen levels drop and these hormonal changes often mean dryness all over the face and body. So blaming those scaly knees on winter hibernation may not be entirely accurate. At the same time, as we age our oil glands aren’t as active, leading to dehydration and more pronounced wrinkles. Collagen levels drop too, and can be responsible for the dreaded sag. All in all, it can be a really challenging time for your skin.
We don’t think skincare should be about turning back the clock—but healthy, radiant skin can help you look and feel your best, which is what we’re all about. Because let’s be honest, menopause can have a dry sense of humor.
How Hyaluronic Acid Helps
Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that’s naturally found in the body, both in the skin and in connective tissues. This polysaccharide, or sugar, is responsible for cushioning and lubricating joints, nerves, hair, eyes, and most importantly, our skin. It’s also the key molecule involved in skin moisture, as well as being shown to visibly reduce wrinkles by up to 40% in clinical studies. You can thank hyaluronic acid for the youthful complexion you had in your 20s.
“Healthy, radiant skin can help you look and feel your best, which is what we’re all about. Because let’s be honest, menopause can have a dry sense of humor.”
When hyaluronic acid binds to water, it helps your skin retain moisture. So not only is there an instant effect, but you’ll start to notice longer term benefits as well. Topically, this powerhouse ingredient can help skin look plump and bouncy, as well as helping reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. If it’s a natural glow you’re after, this acid is a great place to start.
Unlike some rich oils and moisturizers, hyaluronic acid does the heavy lifting without clogging your pores. It also plays well with friends, so if you’re a fan of niacinamide for brightening or algae for tightening, you can find a combination of these ingredients working well together in one formula. And anything that makes multitasking easier is a win in our books, because we’re busy ladies!
If you’re keen to take things up another notch with your skincare, the latest innovation in hyaluronic acid is an ingredient called HyaClear® 7. Traditionally, this acid can easily oxidize, meaning it becomes less effective over time. In HyaClear® 7, an optimized ratio of seven different molecular weights of stable hyaluronic acid are used, meaning you’re getting all the benefits with maximum potency and shelf life.
Look For It In…
There’s no need to take on an entirely new skincare regimen, but a few tweaks to your existing skincare routine might make all the difference. A great place to start is a luxurious night cream like Overnight Magic, packed with HyaClear® 7 as well as bakuchiol, a gentler plant-based alternative to retinols. Slather this baby over your visage and awaken to smoother, more supple skin.
If your neck is more your problem area, Let’s Neck glides on to lift, hydrate and smooth an often neglected spot. Pro tip: Keep it in the fridge for the ultimate hot flash relief.
And don’t forget everything else below your neck! Your skin is your largest organ and deserves love from head to toe. The Works is our body moisturizer for menopausal skin that breaks all the rules, using ingredients usually reserved for facial creams, including HyaClear® 7. And if you’re feeling dry down there, Daily V Soothe is a vaginal moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, because your nether regions deserve instant comfort too.
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