The Menopause and Skin Health - November 2018
The Menopause and Skin Health
With menopause comes a decline in hormones—particularly oestrogen. In the skin this leads to less elasticity, less collagen, more dryness and more wrinkles. We tend to notice these changes particularly around the neck, jawline and cheeks. Skin becomes drier and we may notice the appearance of more wrinkles and fine lines such as crow’s feet, upper lip lines etc.
Here are some tips on keeping ahead of the game!
Use Cosmeceutical/Medical Skin Products
Cosmetic products, those that you can buy over the counter or online, don’t tend to have much effect as we age. High strength ingredients that can penetrate the skin will have more effect on the skin. You may be surprised but it doesn’t always cost that much more!
Develop good skin care habits
Even if you have never done so before, now is the time to develop good skin care habits. Your skin can help you to look more youthful for the future but it needs a little time and input from you.
This is always important as it removes impurities from the skin. But, as your skin will tend towards more dryness, you may need to opt for a cleanser that will hydrate and not strip your skin of its moisture. Try ZO Hydrating Cleanser.
As we age the turnover of the skin becomes sluggish and the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin can give a flat, grey appearance to the skin. Exfoliating 1-2 times weekly with a gentle scrub will encourage removal of the dead skin cells, speed up the skin's turnover, improve blood flow to the skin and reveals bright glowing skin.
Put simply; antioxidants reduce the damage to skin cells. Our skin cells are being continually damaged, so getting some antioxidants into the skin can kick ass!
This is the boss when it comes to anti-ageing. It stimulates new cell production, fades age spots and photo-ageing, reduces lines and wrinkles, tightens pores, evens texture. There is not a great deal it doesn’t do. This is definitely one of my favourites with it's all round effects and results that you can see in around 6 weeks. Just beware as not all retinol’s are the same.
Older skin has less natural protection so protect the skin using an SPF of 30 or more every day.
The backs of hands can really be a tell-tale sign of age. To protect hands, make sure to wear gloves when washing up or working in the garden.
To improve the look of your hands, try ZO Body Emulsion.