The hormonal shift can lead to drier skin, as
well as a significant drop in collagen and elastin.
“As women experience lower levels of oestrogen,
the skin’s fat deposits —
which are what gives skin its plump, youthful
appearance — are affected, leading to sagging,
fine lines and wrinkles.”
Skin Solution: All those products you started
toying with in your 30s and 40s? Time to get
serious about using them daily.
Challenge: You Don't Even Know!
What else? Glands become less effective at flush-
ing toxins, resulting in puffiness, particularly
around the eyes, according to Kate. Also,
“tendons lengthen, muscles drop, and fat pads
shrink, all leading to skin sagging and lines.
Skin cell turnover slows, causing the skin to
absorb light, rather than reflect it, making the
skin look dull.”
Skin Solution: Bring on the products. “The good
news is we can increase the production of col-
lagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid,” says Kate.
“Adding a Retinol or Vitamin A product to
your regime will stimulate skin to produce more
of these structural components, as will treat-
ments like micro-needling.”
And clean your face. “It’s more important than
ever to exfoliate dead skin cells. Use an exfoli-
ating cleanser two-to-three times a week to
encourage a glowing complexion. Melanocytes
can also become more erratic and pigmentation
can be obvious, so use a Vitamin C serum and
Skin Solution: Check your formulas and read
your instructions closely. Did you buy the sen-
sitive-skin formula when you actually have
combination skin? Are you accidentally using
a weekly exfoliant every night?
If your skin stops responding to good products
the way you wish it would, just remember: there
is a reason and — even better — there’s often
a relatively simple solution.
stretchiness and hyaluronic acid its hydration
and plumpness,” says Kate. “If we don’t use
products to kickstart production, we’ll see the
formation of fine lines and wrinkles, increased
dehydration, loss of volume and sagging.”
After some research, you’ve started using new
high-quality, credible products. And yet, your
skin feels drier than ever. Or it’s so oily it shines.
Or you’re getting red patches that sting plus a
band of zits across your forehead.
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