The Menopause and Beyond
The menopause is a natural stage in the life of a woman. From a beauty perspective it can wreak havoc with skin, hair growth, figure maintenance and general wellbeing.
So what happens in the menopause? As ovarian activity slows down the B-estradiol levels decrease, oestrogen and progesterone levels fall and can no longer mask the testosterone which is produced by our adrenal glands throughout our lives.
This can lead to accelerated skin ageing, excess hair on the face, spots, changes in fat distribution on the body, mood changes and even a deepening of the voice!
Luckily, there are many treatments that can assist with making you look good and feel better in the beauty salon during and after the menopause.
The first tip addresses the issue of drier skin.
Lower oestrogen levels slows down the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the basal layer of the epidermis resulting in skin becoming drier and thinner. This, in turn, reduces barrier function leading to even drier skin.
Opt for skin treatments and product ingredients based on ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar, which attracts moisture to the skin without adding oil. Look for vitamin rich products for their anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties. In addition taking evening primrose oil often helps dry skin conditions too.
Top Professional Tips to address 7 menopausal beauty problems
- Dry Skin – Lower oestrogen levels slows down the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the basal layer of the epidermis resulting in skin becoming drier and thinner. This, in turn, reduces barrier function leading to even drier skin. Opt for skin treatments and product ingredients such on hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar, which attracts moisture to the skin without adding oil and vitamin rich products for their anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties. Taking evening primrose oil often helps dry skin conditions too.
- Excessive facial hair growth – Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a very effective method for lasering off excessive hair growth. However, if the hair has turned grey or white then a better solution is electrolysis. Waxing and threading are also hair removal options, but are only semi-permanent methods so if you are looking for a long-term solution IPL or electrolysis are always preferable.
- Hot flushes can be common – cool down quickly with a spray-on skin tonic. Dermalogica have several tonic spritzers in their range and the most popular one for the menopause age group is Antioxidant Hydromist. The inclusion of rose oil helps calm redness and create a feeling of calm.
- Increase in age spots – during the menopause the cells that produce melanin to protect your skin against UV radiation (melanocytes) reduce making skin more susceptible to sun damage. Ensure that you step up your sun protection. We recommend regularly topping up your protection throughout the day with a brush-on sun block. Ask you Therapist to show you this can’t-live-without beauty product at your next appointment . fabulous. IPL facials combined with Dermalogica Powerbrite products are beneficial for combating age spots and a treatment regime incorporating this can be made for you.
- For dry skin on the body – encourage lymphatic drainage by dry skin brushing. Use a natural bristle brush to lightly brush up the arms and legs and over the body. Apply a good, non-perfumed body cream such as Ultrarich Body Cream. A regular, professional oil massage will also help your circulation and leave you with a ‘feel good’ factor about yourself. Nurturing your body through the menopause can have a very positive effect on mood elevation.
- Sagging skin – After the menopause the skin on the face, neck, hands and arms lose their supportive fat and skin starts to sag. Treatments which focus on the stimulation of collagen production, such as skin-needling are helpful.
- Figure problems – Fatty deposits around the mid-section can benefit from a sugar-free diet and a course of Bio-Slimming Treatments to improve your figure and skin tone.