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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.
Retinol is the form of Vitamin A in the molecule known as Retinol. The name Retinol stands for ‘Retinoic Acid’, and it is one of the most important nutrients for your skin in protecting it from the effects of the sun and also developing and maintaining a healthy appearance. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that can be used in very small doses (1% or less) and hence must be in a carrier oil for example it must be combined with Vitamin E. For those who are sensitive to Vitamin A or retinols such as those who suffer from ‘Pigmentation Disorder’ or ‘Pimples’ it is always best to try a patch test before applying a cream to the face.
Vitamin A supports collagen production and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin which may slow the signs of ageing. Vitamin A helps to repair the cellular structure of the epidermis which can improve skin texture and improve hydration. This can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin A also reduces sebum production which can assist in the prevention of acne. Vitamin A facilities the flow of nutrients and oxygen to skin cells which can support the eradication of lesions, optimise UV protection and reduce brown spots and pigmentation.
Once you understand the importance of Vitamin A in your skin, it makes sense to want to take a form of retinol or Vitamin A regularly. Retinol’s “magical” power lies in the fact that it works by encouraging your skin cells to mature and regenerate. As you age, your skin loses this ability – so taking your retinol regularly helps to rejuvenate your skin by helping to speed up this process. Retinol not only addresses skin aging, but it is also an effective tool against wrinkles and deep-set pigmentation. Retinol’s impressive effects can be attributed to its ability to stimulate melanocytes – these are the cells that give your skin its colour and that help to protect it from the sun.
The benefits of Retinol are more than skin deep. The sun, pollution, and stress are leading to dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, oily skin, and pigmentation on the skin’s surface. The above factors are all to be blamed on the nutritional deficiencies of the body. When the skin does not get enough nutrition it gets exposed to oxidative stress and reacts. The Pro-oxidants create blemishes and wrinkles due to the lack of antioxidants. They also rob the skin of its natural glow. Retinol restores a healthy and balanced PH in the skin and thus protects against the effects of environmental damage. Retinol helps in collagen production thereby rejuvenating the skin’s appearance.
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!