As you might be heading into perimenopause territory, and then menopause, it makes sense to arm yourself with the best skincare knowledge to prepare for all the hormonal changes ahead.
Charlotte McHale, Clarins Training Manager, says, "One thing that happens during this time is that your skin barrier can be compromised because you sweat more, and you lose oil production, so your skin can get quite sensitive."
Sarah Joan Ross, Editor of Beauty Daily, agrees, "Sensitivity is one of the problems I have encountered. In my younger years, I could use anything on my skin; now, very much perimenopausal, I must think twice. After an outbreak of red, inflamed, and sore skin. I had to nurse my skin barrier back to life by vetoing granular scrubs and peels and employing a pared-down routine using the Clarins Calm-Essentiel Restoring Treatment range."
It worked wonders to re-balance and restore equilibrium - so do invest if your skin is starting to act up.
Perimenopausal and menopausal skin "lacks glow" because of the sudden drop in oestrogen. McHale adds, "Your hormones generally control everything in your body, not just the skin. One of the things they control is your ability to regulate temperature and metabolism. When these are not under control, your temperature isn't stable and therefore shoots up, and hot flushes are how we refer to this when we're talking about menopause. For the skin, the consequence of hot flushes is obviously sweating, which is trans epidermal water loss leading to dehydration in the skin. So, it's a long way to get there, but that's why we end up with dull skin: dehydrated."
Try a moisture-boosting face mist like the Hydra-Essential Hydrating Multi-Protection Mist, keep it in the fridge to try and lower your face and decolletage temperature with the bonus of boosting hyaluronic acid within the skin – so it looks juicy and plumper.
McHale says, "Using hydrating products at night is important. That's why we put our organic sea lily extract in our new Clarins Super Restorative Night Cream because that will help keep you hydrated during sleep."
The Super Restorative range also contains a critical ingredient that dermatologists and aesthetic doctors all agree makes a massive and noticeable difference in skin texture; of course, it's retinol. If you're worried about possible side effects, the scientists have been researching mechanobiology – which focuses on what influences our skin cell mechanics and behaviours – especially as we age and helps to reverse some of the damage.
They have found a powerful plant-based ingredient that comes from the harungana plant and is proven to be as effective as retinol without any nasty shedding side effects. Moreover, it's in a regulated dose that you don't have to worry about, feels fantastic to use, and works.
The stats speak for themselves and are impressive. 88% of women noticed skin was plumper, while 85% agreed their skin looked firmer.
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Gentle cleansing is vital, so opt for a mild, non-irritating cleanser that won't strip the skin of its natural oils or upset the skin barrier. So, look for specially formulated cleansers for sensitive skin, try Clarins Soothing Gentle Foaming Cleanser and follow with a Soothing Toning Lotion, to restore the skin's pH balance.
In the morning, a swipe of Cleansing Micellar Water, might be all you need to clean and refresh.
Mchale reminds us, "If you think of the surface of a river, its water reflects light beautifully. If you think of a surface of a desert, it doesn't reflect any light because it's dry as a bone. That's the difference between them. The more water you have in the skin, the glowier you will be."
This is where layering products effectively will give you radiant results.
Serums are designed to complement your moisturiser and contain targeted active ingredients to address your specific skin concerns.
Retinol or plant-based alternatives will help spring life back into the skin. However, not all retinol products are made equally. So, be wary of where you buy your products. Unverified sellers can sell unregulated products that can lead to retinol burn, including red, itchy, or inflamed skin.
Also, some retinol formulations might not be pleasant to use – they may resemble zinc-like sun creams that leave a white mask behind.
However, Clarins Super Restorative Range is made with organic harungana and gorse extract, which helps improve the tone of fibroblasts (a type of cell responsible for making the extracellular matrix and collagen) by up to 89%, so it targets skin density and slackening.
You can choose AM or PM, by skin type or SPF15 for the day. There's also a pinky-tinted Clarins Super Restorative Rose Radiance, version with illuminating pearls to deliver luminosity and counteract any sallow, grey or dullness - leaving you with a healthy blooming glow.
And DO NOT forget your SPF during the day – invest in a 30 or ideally 50 UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection.
For more information on Clarins Super Restorative range, click here
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Written by Sarah Joan Ross, Editor at Beauty Daily
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