Menopause conjures up images of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and brain fog. But it also has a drastic impact on skin. The average age of menopause is 51 and is classed as one year after a woman’s last period. After this, levels of estrogen, the hormone that keeps skin plump and tight, drop rapidly and changes start showing up fast.
Skin’s structure alters. It gets thinner, loses its ability to hold water, and has less of the lipids that keep it smooth and strong. Within five years it loses 30% of its collagen. The result? A dry, dehydrated and more sensitive complexion. Sagging, and deeper lines and wrinkles appear.
What can you do to counteract the effects of menopause on your skin?
Keep the barrier strong
A resilient skin barrier helps avoid sensitivity, dryness, redness and irritation. Avoid washing your face with hot water – keep the temperature lukewarm – and stick to ultra-mild soap and sulfate-free cleansers that don’t strip or dry.
Try this: With calming burdock, softening glycerin and coconut-based cleansers Six Gldn Botanical Cleansing Gel deeps cleans, soothes and softens skin without stripping the barrier.
Daily hydration is everything for older skin. While skin is still damp after cleansing seal in much-needed water with moisturizer. It doesn’t have to be a greasy, extra-heavy formula to be effective. Look for hydrators and barrier-boosters like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, skin-soothing antioxidants and replenishing fatty-acid rich plant oils.
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Boost volume + improve elasticity
As collagen levels drop skin starts to sag and deeper lines and wrinkles appear. Plump skin by adding collagen-boosting ingredients like bakuchiol to your daily regime. Shown to give the same results as retinol but without the side-effects and irritation, bakuchiol kickstarts collagen production to target lines and wrinkles and restore plumper, firmer skin. A few minutes of daily DIY facial massage also works wonders for activating collagen production and redefining cheekbones and jawline. Try using a gua sha – see here for tips on how to get your best results.
Try this: With bakuchiol, plant stem cells and Glow ReActivating Complex, Six Gldn triple-action Daily Vitamin C Radiance Serum strengthens, visibly firms, reduces age spots, plumps and improves the look of wrinkles.
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