With menopause affecting 50% of the global population , there are 517,000 women in Ireland in the 45-65 year old menopausal age cohort, according to figures from the last census. This period of a women’s life triggers a number of symptoms, including a range of skin care challenges.
Women of the menopausal age often notice dramatic changes in their skin. Oestrogen plays a critical role in many skin functions , including collagen production . Studies show that women’s skin looses about 30% of its collagen during the first 5 years of menopause . After that , they loose about 2% of their collagen every year for the next 20 years. Along with accelerated skin ageing it’s common or skin to become very dry, itchy and sensitive.
Professional treatments :
When it comes to professional we recommend those that encourage cell renewal and focus on skin firming. Menopausal skin at times will respond well to chemical peels and minimally invasive treatments, but a good home care regime will need to be in place to prime skin for advanced treatments. When applied in peel form, lactic acid is a great ingredient to help brighten and refresh the skin . LED light treatments can also be added to facials and peels or as stand alone treatment to work on inflammation and pigmentation. IPL skin rejuvenation is also great for targeting sun damage and flushing.
Recommended treatments :
Dermalux 25 mins add on to any facial or skin treatment – This is your LED photo-therapy, this is a non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of pure light for visibly radiant, rejuvenated and refined skin.
Environ cool peel – works to support the natural processes of healthy skin . This ultimately helps refine, revive, smooth and rejuvenate skin without compromising its natural functions.
IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation – photodynamic therapy to treat skin conditions and remove effects of photo-aging such as wrinkles, spots and textures.
Home care :
We advise our clients to treat their menopausal skin with a 360-degree approach. I suggest adding specific supplements especially collagen and vitamin A. Look out for ingredients such as hydralronic acid for hydration, antioxidants such as such as vitamins c and b to ease inflammation and protect from free radicals, tyrosinase inhibitors to help suppress pigmentation and melanin accumulation in skin, and a good SPF, which is main anti- ageing ingredient. Women in their early 40’s should start using anti- ageing peptides in order to help stimulate collagen and elastin production , and boost the skins elasticity which is important as skin becomes thinner and starts to sag. We would also suggest using a night time cream with repairing and anti inflammatory ingredients to maintain a strong and healthy barrier.
Recommended products :
- Environ Filler Serum.
- Advanced nutrition programme skin collagen support & skin youth biome.
- ASAPanti-ageing night cream.
- Advanced nutrition programme vitamin A supplement.
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