Whilst most of our skincare needs remain fairly constant throughout our lives, with the exception of a couple of tweaks here and there, your 50’s and beyond do require change.
As we enter our 50’s our bodies start going through a natural ageing process. “The average age of menopause in the UK is 53. As average life expectancy increases, it means a large part of the female population are spending their time in a period of oestrogen deficiency. Oestrogen is a key hormone for a number of skin functions, and it is common to experience a number of issues, from wrinkles to dryness,” says Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist.
Whilst we can continue to use most of our favourite products there may be some products that will help to improve our overall complexion better than others.
Wrinkles are generally our main focus as we age but the root cause is dryness, the skins barrier function become less efficient and results in ‘trans-epidermal water loss’ meaning more water is lost from the skin. At the same time there is a reduction in sebum and lipid production.
Cleansing, with increased dryness now is the time to use cleansing balms or creams rather than foaming products which can be drying and lead to skin sensitivity.
Exfoliate, ease off on physical exfoliates, “Oestrogen has a protective role in wound healing and reduced levels of this after menopause means that the skin takes longer to heal from injury,” says Mahto, consultant dermatologist. By no means stop altogether instead look for exfoliants with slightly gentler ingredients rather than a physical exfoliant. Such as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, Enzymes (Papain and Bromelain), Rice Extract & Rice Bran which are all gentler options for mature skin.
Treatment Serum, retinol is the way forward here, “retinol will help to restore the skin’s appearance and speed up cell turnover. Using it will help to improve tone and increase collagen production.” If you are just starting with a retinol, start low and slow, around 0.3% and build up regularity gradually from 2 evenings a week upwards depending on how your skin responds.
Eye cream, the skin around the eye is the most sensitive part of your face and will start to show signs of ageing first. The key here is, if you do decide to invest in an eye cream take time to gently massage it in, this will help the muscles around the eye and encourage collagen production.
Moisturiser, now more than ever we need to invest in restoring moisturisers to improve the surface barrier protection from hydration loss. Look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, Resveratrol or Sodium Hyaluronic Acid, a derivative of hyaluronic acid which recreates the lubrication of hyaluronic acid that our skin produces naturally, particularly great for the eye area. Go for separate day and night moisturisers, and keep in mind the purpose of your night cream is to support your skin through its regeneration process which takes place while you sleep.
Sunscreen, never forget SPF “Cumulative UV radiation over the years damages elastin fibres in the skin. Its breakdown results in loose skin and an inability to snap back into shape once stretched,” says Mahto, consultant dermatologist. Alongside an increase in the likelihood of rosacea during the menopause, which benefits from the use of a broadspectrum SPF to treat it if and when flare ups appear. It is also important to remember that during the menopause our skins natural defence mechanism is compromised, UV protection has to be part of your skincare priority.
Skincare Treatments, in your 50’s choose a combination of treatments that will work together to stimulate collagen production, leaving the skin lifted and rejuvenated. Cosmetic Acupuncture is fantastic for this as it causes micro trauma to the skin, your body naturally responds by flooding your skin with oxygen rich blood to repair the skin. This response boosts your bodies collagen production leaving skin
glowing, plumper and firmer looking. Alongside this treatment LED light therapy does the same thing without the use of needles. Using these two treatments alongside each other, working
together, will encourage the skin to lift and tighten leaving skin brighter with fewer open pores and fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend a course of 5-10 treatments of cosmetic acupuncture plus a 12 week course of LED light therapy used together to kick start your collagen regeneration.