Spa Business: Skin and the Hormonal Connection

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Clients going through the skin changes that occur with perimenopause and menopause need more than a sympathetic ear; they need targeted treatment. A skin-healthy diet that includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables, omega-3-rich foods and plenty of water, can get clients halfway there. Some will also opt for medically supervised hormone replacement therapy (make sure to ask clients if they’re undergoing HRT). Refraining from smoking, exercising, avoiding sun exposure and practicing stress management are also crucial.

For topical in-spa and at-home treatment, the following skincare product ingredients are helpful in addressing the typical symptoms of this challenging time.

For controlling pigmentation:
• Retinoids
• Vitamin C

For increasing collagen and elastin production:
• Peptides (amino acids)

For countering redness caused by inflammation and hot flashes:
• Essential fatty acids
• Antioxidants, such as those found in botanicals like chamomile and green tea
• Anti-inflammatory botanicals, such as cucumber and licorice

For addressing dryness:
• Hyaluronic acid
• Essential oils
• Salicylic acid (to exfoliate and enable moisturizers to penetrate pores)