Consumer Study on the Effects of Menopause
The number of women experiencing menopause worldwide is estimated to reach 1.1 billion by 2025. This transformative period is inevitable. It is a phase during which women experience significant physical, psychological, and skin changes, along with the associated stressors, which can have a profound impact on their overall well-being.
Environ conducted an extensive Consumer Study in order to make a meaningful contribution towards supporting women in the stages of menopause. The study was conducted with a group of over 800 female respondents between the ages of 45 and 59 years. The survey questions aimed to gather insights and understand the human truths behind the physical effects of menopause on the skin.
Environ Consumer Study Key Findings:
Despite experiencing significant changes to skin during menopausal phases, the study revealed an alarming insight that a substantial portion of the surveyed respondents had not sought out professional skincare advice or treatments to assist with skin concerns during menopause. Those that had received treatments or advice, indicated that this had made a positive difference. The key skin concerns experienced by survey respondents are directly related to the effects of the decline in oestrogen and progesterone hormones, most of which (with the exception of acne flare-ups) are known to occur as a result of the loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and hydration in the skin. These skin changes and effects of menopause seem to significantly affect the self-confidence of women. Only 13% of the respondents cited a degree of acceptance. The overwhelming majority of the group used descriptors such as ‘sad,’ ‘awful,’ ‘embarrassed’ and frustrated when answering the question about their feelings around the effects of menopause on their skin. Some women even mentioned that they felt the need to ‘cover up’ and that their skin made them feel ‘unattractive’ and ‘depressed.’ These deeply individual experiences in addition to “the need to look and feel younger” responses reflect that there is a long way to go in breaking the societal stigma around menopause. The feelings of shame around this perfectly normal life stage can explain why women don't get the help they need or feel confident to talk about their experiences.
In support of raising awareness around menopause and supporting women throughout this journey, Environ has created several #MenopauseConversations resources. Watch the Dr Des Fernandes Menopause Interview Series or read the informational blog that explains how to navigate the effects of menopause on the skin. Alternatively, connect with Environ’s online Facebook or Instagram community if you have any questions and don’t forget to seek the support from Skincare Professionals. There is a lot one can do to prepare the skin for the beauty of this new chapter. Find your nearest Environ Stockist today.