As if going through perimenopause or menopause weren’t tough enough, now you’re dealing with frustrating skin changes, too. But it’s important to know you’re not alone: Nearly 6,000 women enter menopause every day in the United States, and the effects it can have on skin can be frustrating, especially when combined with uncontrollable physiological effects like hot flashes and fatigue. From blemishes to dullness, these 13 power-packed topicals (and one tool) address hormonal shifts at the skin level to help you feel a little bit brighter inside and out.
For anyone in the perimenopause or menopause stage who wakes up one day and feels like her skin is thinner, less firm and seriously lacking in the glow department, this mask is for them. A bevy of antioxidant benefits come from carrot seed, sea buckthorn and pomegranate oil; rose water and safflower seed oil help soothe dry areas; rosehip oil and immortelle flower help restore a youthful glow; and zinc and geranium work to fight any breakouts that might arise.
Use it like a moisturizer under makeup, or apply a thicker layer as a mask, and leave on for anywhere from five minutes to overnight, depending on your mood.
This essential oil–based micro-mist instantly soothes hot flashes and night sweats without menthol (a key ingredient in many other cooling sprays). It also has deodorizing properties, so it’s not only great to use on your face, but also other parts of your body that might be feeling the heat (even down below). Pro tip: Store it in the fridge for even more cooling action.
For those who favor retinol-alternative bakuchiol, this potent oil delivers the line-smoothing benefits of the trendy plant extract, as well as a host of other perks designed for skin issues associated with both perimenopause and menopause. Jojoba oil, macadamia seed oil esters and vegan squalane are also heavy-hitters that help intensely moisturize and strengthen dry, dull, depleted skin.
PRAI Beauty Prime Time Meno-Soothe Serum ($60; coming soon)
From a brand known for its expertise in targeted skin care for women ages 40 and older comes this brand-new serum targets two of the key skin changes that occur during menopause: hot flashes and collagen loss. It helps cool down hot, flushed skin with Coolact, an ingredient that gives a cooling effect to the skin, and it also delivers moisturization and peptides to plump and firm.
Emepelle Eye Cream ($98)
Utilizing the brand’s breakthrough MEP Technology, which is clinically proven to help address and improve the appearance of Estrogen Deficient Skin (EDS) without hormones, this eye cream is rich and creamy yet absorbs quickly to bring tired eyes back to life.
Not your average gua sha stone, this stainless steel tool is designed to stimulate collagen-producing cells in the skin to enhance tone and elasticity.
A silky serum for nighttime use, this retinol-packed treatment gives skin the phytoestrogen and antioxidant support needed for repair, as well as helps reduce the appearance of acne scars.
When hormonal downswings cause elastic fibers to weaken, this serum helps temporarily firm the cheeks, jawline and neck for a more defined look—it has a built-in rollerball applicator that makes application a moment for self-care.
Seven phytoestrogen extracts give this intensely nourishing cream its restorative powers that improve skin elasticity, hydration and other signs of aging over time.
The Good Patch Hot Flash ($56 for 16 patches)
Are hot flashes driving you crazy? These tiny, discreet patches help you squash them before they start with its combination of black cohosh, menthol and 15 milligrams of CBD that releases over the course of 12 hours. Fans say the patches are especially helpful during the night when hot flashes can interrupt sleep, or on long flights.
The botanical blend of sulfur, spearmint oil and paprika in this spot-treatment stops blemishes from getting worse and prevents new ones from forming, all without drying out the skin.
The proprietary mix of hyaluronic acid and growth factors in this serum is clinically proven to strengthen and smooth skin in just four weeks when used twice a day—in clinical trials, skin firmness improved up to 200 percent.
Emepelle Serum ($175)
Formulated with the same nonhormonal MEP Technology featured in the eye cream above, this advanced serum revitalizes perimenopausal and menopausal skin lacking estrogen for a major radiance reboot.
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