Pause Well-Aging Skincare is the first of its kind to address menopausal skin concerns.
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Fact: Hormones f*ck with your skin. It sounds harsh but you know it, I know it and skincare professionals far and wide know it. And for those of us of a certain age, we’re treated to a special breed of hormonal spikes that also royally f*ck with our daily quality of life. Yet, what’s weird is the skincare market is flooded with products targeted specifically at hormonally-charged tweens, teens and young adults. Even expectant moms have some terrific choices (check out The Spoiled Mama’s Rehab Serum). But what about the roughly 70 million U.S. women currently in one of the stages of menopause?
Say hello to our new champion, Pause Well-Aging!
It’s the first product line created to support skin during perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.
And as of a woman of that certain age, I’m here to testify. It’s about damn time.
The brainchild of beauty industry veteran Rochelle Weitzner, formerly CEO of Erno Laszlo and CFO of Laura Mercier Cosmetics and RéVive Skincare, the Pause story started when she had her first hot flash. When she went on the hunt for products that supported her through menopause, she was shocked to find none. So she set out to change that with specially formulated menopausal skincare collection.
At the heart of the collection is the The Pause Complex—a carefully researched fusion of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides that fuel collagen production while improving skin tone and diminishing the visible signs of skin aging. The Pause Complex of active ingredients directly address key skin changes that come with estrogen deficiency: Loss of collages, decreased skin elasticity, sagging skin, thinner skin, and diminished skin tone and luminosity. This proprietary complex, along with other mindfully chosen ingredients, results in highly targeted, specific, and efficacious skin-care products.
The entire collection is made in the U.S. and free of Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Petrolatums, GMOs, Triclosan, EDTAs, BHT, BHA, Propylene Glycol, Formaldehyde and Mineral Oils. They’re also cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified.
Now onto the good stuff. The products!
First up, the essential Hydrating Cleanser. I’m not normally a fan of creamy cleansers and prefer foaming gels. But, I like this one. It doesn’t leave that filmy residue some cream cleansers do and skin feels clean but not dry and tight. This cleanser also just got tapped by O Magazine as the “Best Gentle Cleanser of 2020.”
One misconception about menopause is that breakouts are only for the young and oily. No such luck. Hormonal swings trigger breakouts at any age and add to that the 2020 “fashion trend” of mask wearing and you’ve got yourself a recipe for eruptions. This serum keeps skin clear by gently exfoliating dead cells, decongesting your pores, and soothing inflammation, all without drying. What’s even better is the autofill dropper, which dispenses just the right amount of serum for each application. A 2020 must have!
With star botanicals like hydrating coconut fruit extract, vitamin-rich avocado oil, firming Tripeptide-2 and brightening Kakadu plum extract, this moisturizer works on all fronts to kick collagen production back into gear. The silky, deeply hydrating formula glides leaving skin with a dewy finish.
You can use this as a pre-cleanse to remove makeup in the evenings, as a morning refresher or as a toner and primer. The magic ingredients is microscopic spheres that remove trapped debris from the skin but doesn’t sap skin of moisture.
I know a lot of people don’t believe in separate eye creams. At this age though—and this is completely my opinion—an eye treatment is not a step to skip. Pause’s Eye Renewal Treatment has a powerful combo of caffeine, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf extract, peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin K to work in unison to firm, minimize puffiness and dark circles, firm and hydrate. It’s concentrated and light so a little lasts a long time so don’t let the price tag deter you.
Sigh, the disappearing jawline. Powered by the highest concentration of their Pause Complex, this deeply hydrating serum gives you reason to smile by improving skin density and elasticity with a special focus on toning and tightening contours at the jawline. The silky formula gives skin a healthy dose of hydration and nutrients to help prevent moisture loss and diminish the severity of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.
This is the stuff right here. Whether or not you’re experiencing a hot flash, this super cooling mist gives you an instant burst of calm. I squirt it on the back of my neck in the mornings and during tension headaches (a nearly everyday occurrence, thank you menopause), I rub some on my hands and massage on my temples.
Fascia Stimulating Tool, $115
And now we’ve come to the crown jewel. This cool tool is an FDA-cleared Class 1 medical device, is engineered to stimulate ﬁbroblasts—collagen-producing cells within the fascia connective tissue. Research suggests that external skin stimulation can reach beyond the surface to the subdermal level. You can watch a video and read all about it here.
Not sure where to start? The Pause Best Sellers Kit features the Hot Flash Cooling Mist along with their Limited Edition Discovery Kit that comes with the Hydrating Cleanser, 4-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Treatment and Collagen Boosting Moisturizer.
Shop the Pause Store on amazon or visit pausewellaging.com for more info on the products and the science behind this groundbreaking line for menopausal skin. And for additional support on understanding and managing the stages of menopause, visit the Office on Women’s Health.