Tuesday 6 December 2016

How to flourish and glow during Menopause

Published 07/09/2016 | 16:49

Flourish and glow
Flourish and glow

How can you maintain a great glow of health during menopause?

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The menopause is a time where women go through many hormonal, physical, and physiological changes. In particular, changes to the largest and most visible organ of our body, the skin, are extremely common. These changes in the skin develop due to falling levels of oestrogen. Lack of this hormone is a major culprit in accelerated skin ageing. At the same time, the process of intrinsic or chronological ageing is occurring alongside this relative oestrogen deficiency.

Many women will notice changes to their skin during this time in life, and while each experience is different, there’s no reason anything should stand between you and beautiful, glowing skin. Understanding these changes and why they occur can help you to choose the correct skincare products, and to keep your skin looking healthy.

So what’s the best skincare routine for menopausal women?

We’ve spoken to Irish dermatology expert Dr. Katherine Mulrooney to get her expertise on skincare for this important life stage. Here are her top tips on how to create an optimal skincare regime:

1. Cleanse on the double

Dr. Mulrooney, dermatology expert for Vichy, suggests cleansing twice daily with a cream cleanser to remove all traces of make-up and environmental impurities. Once your skin is cleansed, she advises applying skincare products that are especially designed for menopausal skin, such as Vichy’s Neovadiol Compensating Complex Serum and Anti-Ageing Day Cream. These products compensate for moisture loss, restoring a radiant and fresh look.

2.  Bulk up on beauty sleep

Invest in a silk pillow. “It’s very soft on the skin and helps to absorb excess oil that’s secreted throughout the night. It will lessen the depth of sleep lines on your face,” says Dr. Mulrooney. At night time, Dr. Mulrooney suggests Neovadiol Compensating Complex Serum and Neovadiol Compensating Complex Night Care for skin cooling. The gel-balm texture of the Night Care moisturiser has ‘quick break’ technology to give skin a burst of freshness and an immediate cooling effect for those suffering the infamous menopausal hot flushes.

3.  Be sun smart

Sun protection
Sun protection

It is highly advisable for good skincare during menopause (and before) to wear at least factor 30+ every day of the year. Avoid exposure during peak sun hours (11 – 3pm) and wear a hat. It’s thought that Irish women tend to use far less sunscreen than they need, so women are advised to make sure they are applying plenty. Smoking is another skincare no-no, particularly during menopause, as it really decreases tissue’s ability to  repair. Stress can also accelerate skin ageing by spiking cortisol levels, so building in time-out for yourself is important to help you regain your inner and outer glow.

4.  Eat those antioxidants   

Diet and exercise play a massive part in skin health. “Yo-yo dieting can result in premature skin sagging, so try to eat clean and include lots of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables in your diet. Staying hydrated will also help the appearance of your skin, as will decreasing sugar intake,” says Dr. Mulrooney. Exercising regularly (at least half an hour 5 days a week) will also help with circulation, allowing nutrients to get to the skin.

After 14 years of research, Vichy has launched a new and specific skincare formula designed just for menopausal women. Neovadiol Compensating Complex has a unique formula and is enriched with carefully selected ingredients to reduce the appearance of the signs of ageing that can appear as a result of hormonal ageing.

The complex, enriched with Pro-Xylane, Glycerine, Hedione and Hyaluronic Acid, leaves the skin feeling more plumped and skin contours looking more defined. The complex specifically compensates for moisture loss, restoring a radiant and fresh look. Skin tone looks more even and skin density feels improved.

Three fundamental skin changes can occur as a result of the menopause, which are a completely normal part of ageing – loss of density, definition and radiance.  By starting a tailored skincare routine with the right ingredients and formula that fits the needs of your skin, you’ll continue to glow and flourish!

Sponsored by: Vichy

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