The key to good skin is acting before it’s too late. The decline in oestrogen starts during perimenopause (4-10 years before the end of your menopause). It’s a gradual process during which your skin might undergo unexpected changes. It might suddenly become very dry while surprising you with breakouts that pop out unexpectedly.
Eventually, the lower levels of oestrogen, combined with the decreased collagen, are likely to lead to sagging and wrinkling. The good news is that there is a lot you can do about it. Especially, if you start caring for your skin more before menopause has fully occurred!
Keeping your skin fresh and full of vitality:
1. Cleanse it regularly
Cleansing your skin is the first step to healthy skin free from blemishes, blackheads, and excess oil. Since your skin is getting drier with age, it’s important to moisturise it even more than before. Areas on your face such as under the eyes are prone to thinning and sagging. Therefore, you should opt for a facial cleanser that adds to your hydration routine. Avoid foam or gel cleansers that remove all oil (therefore moisture) from your skin. Instead, go for more creamy ones.
To make up for the decreased function in your oil glands, opt for heavier face moisturisers. Select those specifically formulated for ageing skin, 40+ or 50+. They contain ingredients which will regularly replenish the oils you aren’t able to produce naturally. For extra hydration, you can put on your moisturiser after a shower while your skin is still damp. Avoid hot showers whenever possible.
3. Moisturise all important areas
The hormonal fluctuations coupled with the accumulated sun damage on your skin over the years can worsen the wrinkles and sagging of the skin. All areas need extra moisturising – not just your face. Your jawline, your neck, and hands are some of the most visible parts which can reveal a your age. There are many products rich in hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the fluids in the eyes and joints such as our best-selling S.W.A.L.K.
4. Protect against the sun
Exposure to UV radiation in sunlight causes changes to the skin. UV damage can manifest itself as fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots as well as broken capillaries and red blotches. All these changes make the skin look older. To protect your skin, look for an SPF of 30 or higher, and apply it every day.
5. Keep an eye on the age spots
Dark spots and hyperpigmentation can be tricky to solve. There are different types. In those with fair skin, the most common cause is sun damage, and in those who have darker skin, hyperpigmentation can be caused by anything that irritates or injures the skin, including acne. Melasma is a skin condition which occurs during periods of hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menopause. All of these types are worsened by skin exposure. To prevent dark spots from appearing, use sunscreen daily.
If you already have dark spots, you can experiment with exfoliating products that shed dead skin cells and make these spots fade away. There are also skin-lightening products, toners, and laser treatments. If things are really bad, speak to a dermatologist.
6. Prioritise sleep
It’s easier said than done. Sleep is so crucial for our health – the way we feel, our moods, our energy levels, and the way we look (dark circles or bags under the eyes are a good indicator we’re not getting enough sleep). Yet, it might seem like the hardest thing in the world to fall asleep or to stay asleep. A good sleep routine starts in the evening. When you cool down, remove technology (especially screens) 1h before you plan to go to bed, avoid too much excitement (socialising until late, drinking alcohol and coffee) and do your best to fall asleep early, you’re likely to really help your brain rest and not wake up. Aim for 7-9 h but don’t blame yourself if you don’t manage it. Your skin will thank you for every 30 min extra.
7. Antioxidants are your friends
Eating foods with antioxidants may help make your skin stronger from the inside out. Look for brightly coloured fruits and vegetables – leeks, onions, garlic, aubergine, grapes, berries, pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach, and parsley to name a few. Go for all colours as they contain one of the dozen types of antioxidants.
8. Minimise stress
Our bodies are complex and clever systems. When we’re stressed, the signs are visible very quickly. As soon as we start to feel out of balance, our skin shows it. You can have more blemishes or even more serious conditions such as psoriasis. Try yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and other stress-reduction techniques to help you relax.
9. Move your body
You know we’re huge fans of exercise here! Working out can do miracles on your body and mind, but also skin. It tones your muscles, reduces cellulite, and makes you happy because of all the lovely hormones it makes your body produce.
Your skin benefits from exercise in two ways. First, your stress levels decrease, which makes your face look less tense. Second, your circulation gets a boost, and this extra oxygen and blood flow make your skin look brighter and healthier.
10. Don’t neglect your hands
A woman’s hands can make her look much older or younger, depending on how much she looks after them. To reduce the look of wrinkles, use moisturiser often on your hands. Every time you wash your hands, also don’t forget to apply sun protection. When you wash dishes and do housework, use gloves.
The backs of your hands can lose moisture, collagen, and fat during menopause and you don’t want that!
The road to menopause is paved with big changes in your complexion. But with the proper care, this can be minimised. You can look youthful and full of vitality if you follow the steps above. As a bonus, try adding fruits and vegetables directly to your face and let your skin soak in all these lovely minerals. You can also check out our Skincare bundle which contains three best-selling products designed to help your skin look and feel healthier.
S.W.A.L.K. (Sealed With A Loving Kiss)
S.W.A.L.K. hyaluronic acid serum contains a premium, low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, which is quickly absorbed into the lower layers of the skin, locking in moisture and helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vegan-approved ingredients.
Rosey Rain facial cooling spray is a fine, refreshing facial spray formulated to instantly cool, hydrate and refresh your skin. It’s infused with a natural rose oil and marshmallow extract to soothe and calm skin. Vegan-approved ingredients.
Meno Blend is a specially formulated vanilla-flavoured food supplement with all the active ingredients you need for optimum health in menopause and beyond. Ingredients are vegan-approved.