Benjamin Franklin once said that nothing’s as certain as death and taxes.
offers the same certainty, as well as the dread. For good reason, too.
From cliched hot flushes to mood swings, many of us have a vague understanding of the side effects of menopause, but little information is available about how our hormones can wreak havoc and accelerate the ageing process.
Two-thirds of women report a lack of support and understanding around the menopause, particularly within the beauty industry, where there’s a one-size-fits-all approach to anti-ageing. It’s enough to make menopausal women – and there are 13,000,000 of us here in the UK alone – feel invisible.
That’s why, at Science To Skin, we are committed to giving you the exact information and tools you need to regain skin confidence and a healthy glow during menopause.
The Three Phases of Menopause
The average age for onset menopause is 51, with most women’s periods ceasing between the ages of 45 and 55.
Before the menopause, your body will become perimenopausal. Your ovaries are producing ever-reducing amounts of oestrogen until they cease releasing eggs – triggering menopause and the end of periods.
Post - menopause offers some relief as most symptoms have subsided. But, your oestrogen has, too. This leads to an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Changing hormones and your skin
While many of us thought our days of spots and patchy skin were long gone, the hormonal tidal wave that accompanies the stages of menopause can make us feel like awkward teenagers again. (And never for the right reason.) Our skin, like our bodies, is rapidly changing – inside and out. Our oestrogen levels are dropping while our testosterone levels are rising – increasing the risk of skin breakouts and dull, dry complexions.
Declining oestrogen and collagen production
To understand this better, we first need to look at the crucial role the oestrogen plays in the production of collagen.
Reduced oestrogen inhibits your body’s ability to produce collagen. This protein plays a significant role in ensuring your skin’s strength, texture and elasticity.
Collagen production reduces by approximately 1% annually prior to the menopause, dramatically increasing when menopause is triggered. During a five-year period, a woman’s collagen production will decrease by as much as 30%.
Combined with skin dryness, this accelerates the ageing process – increasing the appearance of sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.
Menopause: what to expect from your skin?
No two menopause experiences are the same, as the results of a recent study of menopausal women in the UK revealed.
Increase in dry skin during the menopause, having a significant impact on their complexion (47%)
Increase in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (45%)
A duller complexion (27%)
Make-up now doesn’t sit as well on the skin (14%)
Physical changes like these have been shown to have a mental impact on women. While 46% report that it’s rocked their confidence, 92% feel unable to go to a professional for help.
But .. it doesn't have to be this way
Menopause is challenging enough, without having to worry about how it will change your skin, too. Our products are targeted to women over 40. It’s not ageism. Just an understanding that our skincare requirements change as we age and its important to change our habits in line with this.
The rejuvenating JunéCell range, we bring to you from biotech beauty pioneers DraCell, provides the perfect antidote to this skin stress. Every product in the range benefits from the DCCM® serum. Developed from 25 years of biotech research, it’s proven to stimulate collagen growth, repair elastin and boost activity in your dermal (skin) stem cells.
Designed around the needs of menopausal women, the range helps you get your glow back.
Active ingredients include:
Peptide-6 stimulates the skin to produce more collagen, minimising the appearance of wrinkles, while increasing elasticity and resilience.
Vitamin B3 (Nicinamide), inhibits melanin from surfacing to the skin. The result? Skin that’s brighter and more even in tone.
Squalene gives your skin the hydration it needs, ensuring it not only looks supple, but feels it, too.
Hawaiian Deep Sea Water is rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium and regenerates your skin, while providing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.
It isn't just about what you APPLY to your skin though, you also have to think about how to NOURISH your skin especially during and after Menopause when skin changes are most prevalent with collagen depletion.
At Science to Skin, we know that healthy skin begins from within. Skin Health is the ultimate in Skin Care. That’s why we’ve partnered with the experts at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing and they’re award-winning range of supplements called the Advanced Nutrition Programme.™
Inspired by ground-breaking research showing the positive affect vitamins and nutrients have on skin health, ANPs evidence-based oral skincare supplements give your skin a boost, and help maintain long term skin health, while being kind to the environment, too.
At its Skin Research Centre in London, ANP is always looking for new ways to enhance skin nutrition, resulting in ground-breaking products like Skin Youth Biome™. This completely unique skin probiotic has been formulated with four proven live cultures and Vitamin C for a normal and healthy gut, while boosting collagen synthesis for a complexion that is younger and clearer.
But thats not all, as a stockist we carry a range of supplements to particularly support skin health both during & after Menopause.
Pro Vitality Formula : A Nutrient box to help support a healthy heart, brain, muscles, bones and energy levels
Skin Ultimate : An award winning 28 day modern vitamin supplement system for optimal skin. hair and nail health.
Skin Collagen Support : As you would expect activates skin collagen using 5 key ingredients to help build and safeguard collagen.
Skin Collagen Plus : A Combination pack of Skin Collagen Support above coupled with Skin Vitamin C supplement also with Zinc and acerola berry to help brighten dull looking skin.
Skin Moisture Lock : A patent pending hyaluronic acid with ceramides supplement working from the inside out to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to plump the appearance of the skin.
Supplements bring a new meaning to you are what you eat… Modern day living has an impact on our skin even before we enter the challenges of Menopause, but tackling the known issues of Dry and Duller skin combined with Collagen losses from the INSIDE as well as the OUTSIDE really provides a unique support system, especially when combined with dedicated topical skin care products such as JunéCell.
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