Thu, May 18, 2023 9:00 AM
Understanding the scientific processes that drive skin ageing, owner of Skin Perfection, Karen Black, brings 15 plus years of expertise in skincare to discuss age management and menopausal-related skin changes.
Skincare is an ever-evolving process
Consider how your entire skin ecosystem works together, with a focus on your skin history and current lifestyle. As you journey through life, your skin's needs will shift and adjust. It can be a complicated and frustrating journey, from adolescence to hormonal and stress-induced skin changes and peri-menopause and menopause.
Understanding hormone changes
Around the age of 35, hormone changes can begin to affect your skin’s health. Hydration levels can take a dip leaving the skin vulnerable to dryness, dullness and sensitivity. Seeing skin-related issues like acne, perioral dermatitis, pigmentation, and wrinkles become more apparent, and younger women may not attribute these changes in the skin to hormonal changes.
Peri-menopause is the time before menopause when a woman's hormones, biology, and other features start to change - according to the WHO. 40 per cent of a woman's life is spent in menopause. And thanks to this topic becoming less taboo, it's more important than ever for younger women to learn about the peri-menopausal and menopausal changes that come with age.
All body systems - physical, physiological, digestive, vasomotor, oral and nervous - are affected. And the symptoms can be wide-ranging and difficult to predict. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and sleep disturbances are most common. But weight gain, memory lapses, anxiety, hair loss, fatigue and joint pain can also be experienced during this phase of life.
We need to look at the complete picture to promote skin health. Maximise skincare results in a clinic setting with the right combination of active ingredients, such as retinoids, retinol, peptides, hydrators, omega-3 fatty acids and SPF!
Age is just a number, but how you age is entirely in your hands. By taking a holistic approach to skin wellness and age management, you can maintain natural beauty and look your best regardless of age. Achieving optimum skin health is more than products and anti-wrinkle serums – it's addressing the whole person and restoring balance. Your skin is unique, and what works for someone else may not work for you.
Enlist the advice of a skin expert to discuss treatment options including a detailed skin analysis, customisation in makeup and skincare, lift and sculpt massage, QI-beauty de-stress, collagen induction, LED treatment, appearance medicine and wrinkle-relaxing and facial contouring. Don't settle for anything less than the best for your skin.