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At around the age of 50, a woman will experience menopausal skin changes as a result of declining hormone levels. These hormonal changes can create skin conditions such as acne, breakouts, dry patches, dullness and wrinkles to arise. Menopausal skin is one of the most common effects of menopause. Think puberty for middle agers and you can understand the emotional and physical challenges that may present during this time and how they impact your skin. With a specific plan and products that fit your skin’s needs, you can prepare and take care of your skin now and see the benefits. It’s never too late to start.
As a result of declining Oestrogen levels, menopausal skin conditions may resemble puberty with skin breakouts, pigmentation issues, dry or oily patches also eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Declining hormone levels reduce blood flow to the skin, which can result in changes to its appearance. The decrease of Oestrogen also causes collagen production to slow, leading to more wrinkles and drooping of the skin. Couple that with an increase in dryness caused by the changing levels of hormones, and you’ve got yourself some skin care challenges.
Menopause can be a confusing time for your body, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you! Maximize your menopausal skin care routine with collagen boosting vitamins A, B, C & E. These contain cell building proteins that stimulate collagen and elastic production repair and restore damage to the skin.
Vitamin A helps to regulate the production of sebum as well as regenerate cell growth which can help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Vitamin A also helps to maintain healthy skin cells and moisturize the skin from within.
Vitamin B is a group of essential nutrients that includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6. Vitamin B is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells from damage caused by free radicals. When applied topically, it can alleviate symptoms of dermatitis and eczema. Vitamin B also helps regulate sebum production so oily skin types can have smoother skin without excess shine.
Niacinamide contains vitamin B-3 and controls sebum production to minimise pores. Find a serum that contains Vitamin B and add this vital step before you apply your day or night moisturiser.
Vitamin C can repair sun damage, protect against free radicals that cause wrinkles, and reduce acne. It also has powerful anti-aging benefits like reducing the appearance of dark spots.
Vitamin E, which is found in many products, is great for fighting wrinkles, preventing acne breakouts and evening skin tone.
Hydration is key to treating your skin during this time. Menopausal skin is easily aggravated by harsh ingredients or environmental factors that can compromise the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Whether skin is super dry or oily, use oil control creams, serums or oils that contain proteins or peptides to minimise transepidermal water loss. For acne-prone skin consider lotions and serums which are lighter in texture.
Look for ingredients that support moisture control and keep the skin feeling hydrated such as glycerin that balances the skin and adds moisture. Shea butter is a popular anti-ageing product that helps to break down collagen and elastin fibers which are responsible for the elasticity of the skin. The high concentration of anti-oxidants found in shea butter is also very effective at repairing skin damage caused by the sun and other environmental aggressors.
Other ultra hydrating ingredients to look for are nourishing oils such as macadamia, avocado or jojoba oil. Lighter ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate, witch hazel and aloe vera act as humectants and draw moisture to the skin.
Antioxidants protect your skin against harmful environmental factors and neutralize free radicals that damage skin cells and contribute to aging. Look for skincare products containing plant derived antioxidants such as Kakadu Plum, Bilberry, Wild Rosella and Bearberry. These are nutrient rich and provide a vital source of antioxidants including polyphenols to relieve inflammation and provide nourishment to the skin.
Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that helps keep cell membranes strong and healthy. These illuminate the skin, improve pigmentation to provide a healthy glow or radiance to your skin’s complexion.
Exfoliating your skin helps to gently remove dead skin cells and surface dirt and impurities. Stay away from harsh exfoliants with abrasive particles. Opt instead for a gentle scrub or cream based masque to support your skin’s natural moisture barrier and protect delicate skin. Try not to over exfoliate. Limit to 2-3 times a week.
Did you know that the sun is one of the main reasons for skin ageing? Ultra violet rays penetrate and damage the skin which inhibits the production of vitamin D, another factor in skin ageing. Protect, protect, protect your skin. Try to wear sunscreen everyday on top of your moisturiser and before your make up. Alternatively try using a moisturiser with added SPF protection. Re-apply every 2 hours (no exceptions) to avoid unnecessary skin damage. Remember to wash your sunscreen off every evening with a cleanser. If you have wear make up, try a ‘double cleanse’ or masque and tone your skin before applying your serum.
Kakadu Plum, also commonly known as Billygoat plum, Terminalia Ferdinandiana, Gubinge, and green plum, is a plant that blooms flowers and is native to Northern Australia.
The fruit is commonly eaten fresh, ripe, and as soon as it falls from the tree. It is yellow-green in color, and has a smooth texture. It tastes like a concoction of apple and pear, with hints of floral.
What is Terminalia Ferdinandiana?
Terminalia Ferdinandiana is a type of fruit found abundantly in Australia. It tastes sour and leaves a lingering taste behind. It is great for jam, sauces, and relishes. Terminalia Ferdinandiana – has white flowers nested at the tip of the branches. The Aboriginals have used it for centuries to cure colds, flu, and headaches. In fact, this organic fruit has also been used as an antiseptic or as a balm to soothe any pain in the limbs.
Why use Kakadu Plum in skincare?
There is a new, rare superfruit in the market that is becoming an increasing part of clean beauty because of the number of benefits it has, especially in natural skincare. Studies show this Plum can hold up to 6 percent of its weight in vitamin C. This means it has the highest vitamin C content, making it a superfood that is great for the immune system.
Since the human body cannot make its own vitamin C, it is dependent on external sources. Moreover, Kakadu Plum has 6 times the amount of polyphenols and 13.3 times more antioxidants than blueberries.
What are the benefits of Kakadu Plum for your skin?
Kakadu Plum is rich in vitamin C. However, it does not always have to be ingested for benefits to be seen. Kakadu Plum can also be used on the skin as it stimulates collagen production and helps neutralize free radicals. This means you can now fight off photoaging and environmental damage, and use Kakadu Plum to maintain your glow.
If you’re a skincare freak, you already know how important balanced and stabilized vitamin C serums are in your skincare routine.
Terminalia Ferdinandiana is a brilliant source of gallic and ellagic acid. These ingredients are known to heal damaged skin and lower the breakdown of collagen. Terminalia Ferdinandiana have a higher composition of ellagic acid than berries. This means that they are loaded with compounds that lower skin inflammation. Inflammation is our skin’s natural response to UV-light. These are also brilliant for sensitive skin types and can be used to heal skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema.
As an antioxidant, Kakadu Plum keeps unstable molecules- also known as free radicals- in check. Too many free radicals in the body can be harmful, leading to oxidative stress, which eventually becomes responsible for fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dull skin. Kakadu Plum is an anti-aging product used in natural skincare. The high levels of vitamin C present also help smooth and even out skin tone. Vitamin C is known to decrease the production of melanin- the pigment responsible for dark marks. This means that Kakadu Plum can also help fade dark spots and bring a natural glow to the skin.
Why not just eat it instead?
Kakadu Plum has been consumed orally for more than 40,000 years as a fruit. In fact, this 100 percent natural, versatile fruit has been used in a variety of dishes, from sorbets, chutneys, jams, sauces, and even purees. In the past, it was famous for its medicinal properties. The inner bark of the tree was used to heal skin problems and sores.
Of course, Kakadu Plum is a citric fruit, which means that it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial qualities. The truth is that Kakadu plum is known to have 50 times more vitamin C than oranges. Can you imagine how great that is for your immune system? Kakadu Plum is also used as a preservative to increase the shelf life of products, such as prawns.
How to use Kakadu Plum in Your Skincare Routine
Some vitamin C serums and creams that you find in the market use subpar ingredients and only contain traces of the actual vitamin. Your skin needs more! To get the full benefits of Terminalia Ferdinandiana, try to incorporate it into your skincare regimen. Look for anti-aging or brightening serums that are naturally derived with stabilized forms of vitamin C, and contain Terminalia Ferdinandiana as the active ingredient. The ideal formulation will combine botanical benefits with Kakadu’s Plum healing and rejuvenating magic.
Any Kakadu Plum serum will help increase cell regeneration, helping you brighten and even out your skin tone!
General health and wellbeing are usually measured in terms of regular exercise and the importance of a balanced diet. While both of these things hold great importance, the significance of the products that we use on the outer layer of our body is as worthwhile as a discussion on nutrition. Our skin, being the largest organ of our body, absorbs almost everything that is applied to it so it is important to consider how we feed and nurture our skin on a daily basis.
The average individual sprays and lathers approximately ten different skincare products every single day onto their skin. Unintentionally and perhaps unknowingly, these individuals may expose themselves to numerous harmful chemicals in the process, which may impact how the body processes those chemicals and eventually, those chemicals make their way into their body through your bloodstream.
While these skincare products that are chemical-based may come with a few particular benefits, their side effects may easily trump their advantages. Using chemical skincare regularly could expose your skin to toxic elements unnecessarily. These products can cause harmful skin side effects over time, leading to severe potential skin allergies, intolerances and allergic reactions.
How Ingredients from Skincare Products Penetrate Into Your Skin Cells
Your skin is made of 3 layers, the hypodermis, dermis and epidermis. The epidermis is the top layer that is made of connective tissue and fat. This layer comprises of dead skin cells known as corneocytes. These cells are arranged in the form of bricks and connected through desmosome.
Fatty acids known as lipids float between these cells like mortar. The acid mantle lies on top of the dead skin cells, which prevents your skin from microbes. When your skin is healthy, that barrier locks in moisture by completely blocking out invading elements.
How rapidly your skin absorbs substances depends on the thickness of your skin’s outer layer and the ability of that element to get past the barrier. Naturally organic skincare products allow beneficial nutrients to penetrate through your skin cell structure as they possess a smaller molecular structure so are easily absorbed into the skin. This may help improve your skin’s vitality by stimulating the skin’s ability to boost collagen and regenerate skin cell growth.
Consider a move towards natural and organic skincare routine. Going naturally organic isn’t only beneficial for your skin but is also better for the environment!
Vitamins are essential for the healthy development and maintenance of your skin. Naturally organic skincare products may offer naturally beneficial vitamins that help suppress pigmentation, stimulate collagen synthesis, provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects, and more.
Here are some benefits that different types of vitamins may provide for your skin:
Pro Vitamin B5
Naturally organic skincare products are often enriched with plant-based antioxidants that effectively:
Organic brands promote formulas and ingredients that are derived from the natural world through sustainable measures and practices. Natural resource-rich plants such as aloe vera, oatmeal, coconut, and avocado are rich in nutrients and organic skincare products manufactured using these ingredients are proven to improve your skin’s outer appearance over chemically manufactured alternatives.
Naturally organic skincare products such as the Sasy n Savy skin care range consist of 47 Australian natural ingredients which are extremely beneficial for your skin. Here are some of those ingredients and their associated benefits discussed below:
Benefits of Kakadu Plum
Benefits of Wild Rosella
Benefits of Bearberry
Benefits of Bilberry
To conclude, a useful tip to ‘feed your skin’ is to remind yourself that your skin is a living organism that requires maintenance, nutrition and attention to thrive. So next time you’re presented with a skin dilemma, why not make a natural choice – your skin will thank you for it!