For a good number of years, applying an anti-wrinkle cream, exfoliating regularly and using effective sun cream will do the job. But there will come a time when you start to notice that your cheeks are looking hollow, your jaw line is losing definition and your neck is feeling less smooth. What’s going on? When you start seeing a few crinkles around your eyes, it’s natural to tell yourself that it’s because you’re just a happy, smiling person. And those faint lines that begin to appear around your mouth – they’re just a reflection of your cheerful personality.
But when you reach 45 or 50, there’s no denying the fact that your face can start to change shape and lose volume. There is good news, though! You can tackle those annoying side-effects of menopause with a few easy steps. Here’s how:
A sign of the times
The main culprit is of course menopause, which causes your skin-protecting female hormones to drop sharply. This decline impacts the skin at every level – the cell renewal rate of the epidermis and even the inner dermis slows down, and the skin starts to lose its tone. The tissue that links these two layers of skin also begins to flatten out. “It’s as if all the machinery is still there but there’s no engine to make it work,” explains Florence Benech, Director of Vichy and Pharmacist.
Take care of your skin
Believe it or not, women with naturally oily skin are the lucky ones!-- The very women who once struggled with over-active sebum production in their teenage years will find that as their skin ages, oil production slows down and sebum production (which helps keep skin hydrated) falls to normal levels. “But don’t forget that oily skin still needs to be moisturised!” warns Florence.
Less fortunate are women with sensitive skin, which is likely to become even more troublesome as the skin ages, often leading to blotchiness and visible veins. This type of skin requires special care: “Avoid sudden temperature changes and don’t go out in the sun without effective protection,” advises Florence.
Tackle the situation head-on
Whatever your skin type, you need to start using products formulated with higher concentrations of active ingredients, which are intended to boost your skin’s density at every level. Isn’t this a risky strategy?, you may wonder. “Not at all,” explains Florence, “because the more you stimulate your skin, the more you teach it to rebuild itself.”