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Ingredients for menopausal women from Crodarom, Alban Muller and Sederma

There are almost a billion women over 50 worldwide with specific personal care needs. A consumer study* identified skin sagging as one of the major signs of ageing being accentuated by menopause.

Menopause is described as a challenge, calling into question the feminine role and ideal: giving birth, sexual desire, and attraction. For many, appearance is central in building confidence and a feeling of integrity.

Menopausal woman need unique requirements in their personal care products and essentially in this blog we are going to outline these requirements and the best Croda products.

"Old" Women with flowers around her

Menopause, a new challenge for women


Menopause is a natural physiological process that occurs, on average, in women’s fifties and marks the end of the female reproductive years as the ovaries no longer produce high levels of hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. Ovaries are the reproductive glands that store eggs and release them into the fallopian tubes with hormone’s oestrogen and progesterone controlling menstruation and oestrogen influencing how your body uses calcium and maintains cholesterol levels in the blood. After releasing their last eggs, female hormones are not secreted anymore. This natural process can be described in three stages: perimenopause, menopause and post menopause.


Now, you have learnt more about menopause, you might wonder what the consequences of menopause are. Actually, the list of possible symptoms is quite long such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, emotional symptoms, hair loss, fatigue, mood disorders...


WHAT are the consequences on the skin?


We explained earlier that the gradual drop, and eventual stop in oestrogen and progesterone levels are a sign of menopause. Even if the symptoms are not all physical, the skin is the first to be deficient and is the most severely affected. The renewal of the basal layer (dermal-epidermal junction) is less and less efficient and our skin renews itself less quickly. At the same time, lipid synthesis and sebum production slow down. The skin barrier is then altered and the skin's ability to retain water takes a hit.


You will feel discomfort, skin tightness and dullness, and accentuated wrinkles will appear.


Menopause, a new challenge for women, an opportunity for brands


Some women said, ‘You can stay feminine but there are things to do to be beautiful.’ Menopause is a wake-up call that triggers a desire to take better care of oneself and to rebalance.

[Did you know? ‘The Early Boomer (born between 1955-1964) is the FIRST GENERATION that is looking for ways to own and manage this stage of the ageing process.’ (According to WGSN trend agency).]


Many women undergo hormonal treatments, but some prefer gentler alternatives such as natural and traditional remedies (phytotherapy, homeopathy…) to fight imbalances created by hormonal change. Cosmetics are also a lot perceived as a good way to regain control, but routines must be adapted. Therefore, women change their products or brand and are looking for more requirements towards quality, origin, naturalness, safety and pleasure. A crucial moment to catch this generation with the highest purchasing power.


But then, What solutions can cosmetics bring ?


Within the Croda Personal Care division, Crodarom, Alban Muller and Sederma’s laboratories offer ingredients that effectively relieve and improve the skin health of these consumers in search of meaning.

Clean beauty corresponds to a demand for healthy, ethical and eco-conscious products. Sederma, Crodarom and Alban Muller are elevating the concept to “committed beauty” by providing transparency along the entire supply chain, to the benefit of all. Using the ISO 26000 social responsibility guidance standard, we are committed to minimise social and environmental impacts on our stakeholders without compromising innovation and quality.


Cytokalmine™ EC is a High-tech ingredient developed by Alban Muller, 100% natural and organic derived according to ISO16128, COSMOS certified (98.6% organic content), obtained from upcycled materials, the pericarp of fruit cultivated in south of France. This high-tech ingredient is the hyperactive natural concentrate intended for sensitive skin: its strong antioxidant power thanks to its punicalagin content, protects the skin against oxidative stress caused by free radicals, and soothes the skin by regulating the release of interleukin-8. 


Phytessence™ Hazel Leaf is a natural active ingredient developed by Crodarom that brings vitality and energy to the scalp by boosting ATP synthesis. It demonstrates a firming effect by increasing the expression of collagen VII within the cells. Phytessence™ Hazel Leaf also exhibits antioxidant and soothing properties.


Phytessence™ Speedwell is a natural active ingredient developed by Crodarom with antiageing, calming, soothing and redness benefit. Tests have shown that Phytessence Speedwell maintains cell cohesion thanks to its ability to entirely counter the negative effects of oxidative stress on cadherins expression. It also plays a role in inflammatory response regulation. Skin wellness is restored, together with its harmony and healthy youth radiance.


Feminage™ is an active ingredient developed by Sederma especially dedicated to those women experiencing loss of skin elasticity and firmness caused by glycation and oxidation events and related to oestrogenic decline. This eco-designed extract of Engelhardia originates from ethical sourcing that underwent a verification diagnostic by UEBT, a non-profit association that sets good practices for how companies and their suppliers source ingredients from biodiversity. It also complies with our CSR commitments Be Actively Committed, is COSMOS approved and IECIC compliant.


Majestem® is an active ingredient which provides a visible lifting, tightens the sagging neck skin and lifts the cheeks. Majestem® is derived from plant cell culture and acts as a skin conditioning agent particularly on the face and neck. It has received the in-cosmetics Silver Green Award in 2016. It is 100% natural origin content, COSMOS natural approved, vegan suitable and IECIC compliant.


Senestem® is an active ingredient derived from plant cell culture. It visibly fades signs of senescence, enhances skin viscoelastic properties and brightens senile pigmented spots. It soothes and strengthens the melanocyte environment to limit melanin overproduction. This active is 100% natural origin content, COSMOS natural approved, vegan suitable and IECIC compliant.


Menopause is no longer a secret for you ! You just have to try our products.


*All the results of the clinical studies, as well as in vitro studies and consumer study, are available upon request through your sales representative.

Published by

  • Pascaline Criton Marketing Communications Manager
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