Got a diary packed with social engagements this Christmas?
Want to look your best at parties and events but concerned dry, dull, menopausal skin will let you down?
Don’t worry. We’re here to help.
If you’re going through menopause, it’s natural to feel a little less confident about social engagements - particularly if you’ve noticed big changes to your skin recently. But in this article, we’ll explain how you can address your skin concerns and achieve skin confidence; ready to rock at those Christmas get-togethers.
We chatted with Victoria Hempstock – a trained international aesthetician with over 30 years’ experience working with leading medical, cosmeceutical and luxury brands.
Here Victoria shares her experience of treating menopausal skin and offers a host of tips to help you look fabulous throughout winter and the festive season – with a complexion that glows (in all the right ways!).
Hi Victoria, you’ve got so much experience treating women who are worried about the effects of menopause on their skin. What skin concerns do you commonly see that might affect confidence during the festive season?
The one thing that women worry about most is accelerated ageing. When menopause starts, they can feel they look older very quickly with a sudden loss of radiance. There are a lot of factors that contribute to this and women often notice tired-looking sluggish skin, with a grey pallor and increased fine lines and wrinkles.
Victoria’s top tip: Choose skincare products that are formulated especially for menopausal skin. The ingredients to look out for include retinol and peptides to help boost collagen production and encourage skin cell turnover plus vitamin B3 to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.
How does Winter weather contribute to the skin concerns women going through menopause experience?
Menopausal skin can already feel very dry as the lipid barriers that usually protect the skin from external factors are impaired during menopause. Add to this the cold, windy weather of winter plus the drying effects of central heating and skin can become even dryer. The problem is dehydration causes wrinkles to be more noticeable and also leads to the itchy skin many women experience during menopause.
Victoria’s top tip: Use a cleanser with a very gentle exfoliator to slough away dead skin cells. Then use a moisturiser with deep nourishing properties. In particular, choose a product that contains vitamins A, C, E and B5 which will all help restore the skin.
What can women do in the run-up to the festive season to achieve healthy-looking, glowing skin?
Treating menopausal skin requires a two-pronged approach – addressing skin changes from both inside and out.
It begins with eating a healthy diet that’s rich in vitamins and omegas. As well as eating well, you also need to nourish skin from the outside. This may mean an overhaul of your current skincare regime.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs 80% of what we put onto it. The key to looking after hormonal skin is to think of it as a long-term investment, taking the time to choose products that will deliver the best results for your skin.
The product that I recommend to women going through menopause is Emepelle. Unlike many other anti-ageing products, it encourages the skin to act as if the oestrogen is still present, promoting skin health and firmness. The great thing is, it does this without actually adding hormones to the body.
In just two products, the Emepelle range provides all the ingredients menopausal skin needs to boost skin strength and restore plumpness while brightening and hydrating.
Victoria’s top tip:
Make sure your moisturiser contains Vitamin A (also known as retinol). This vitamin is a real hero of anti-ageing and when used at night-time it stimulates cellular renewal in the skin, creating healthy, bright skin.
What can women do on the day of a social event to boost their skin confidence?
On the day of an event, make sure you use a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid. This powerful ingredient quickly makes tired skin look firmer and fuller – it’s like seeing plump grapes rather than dry raisins!
Any extra tips for maintaining a glow during the event?
If you’re dealing with hot flushes, you might be worried about looking hot and sweaty during events.
Victoria’s top tip:
The trick is to use oil-based foundations when applying your make-up. This will mask any beads of perspiration and with oil-based formulations, your make-up won’t be disturbed if you do perspire. Remember, even when you’re having a hot flush, it’s unlikely anyone else will notice. Take a powder along with you for quick touch-ups during the evening and to absorb moisture.
Prepare to Feel Fabulous this Christmas
If you’re looking for a daily moisturising routine that incorporates all of the ingredients Victoria has mentioned, take a look at Emepelle. With just two products; Emepelle Serum and Emepelle Night Cream, your skin gets all the ingredients it needs to combat the changes that occur in your skin during menopause.
Emepelle is also the only skincare range to include MEP Technology; a new kind of skincare ingredient which addresses the collagen loss that occurs during menopause to improve the appearance of menopausal skin.
To find out more about Emepelle, visit: emepelle.co.uk.