Perimenopause beauty symptoms and how to deal with them
If you’re going through perimenopause or you’ve already hit menopause, here's what you need to know about some of the challenging symptoms you might face in your beauty regime, and what you can do about them.
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Just like when we were teens, acne that comes in adulthood can be caused by hormone fluctuations, but it’s not the same, says Emma Hobson, education manager for Dermalogica Asia Pacific. “It tends to be more persistent and more prone to demaraction or scarring.” Before you reach for your teen’s spot cream, think again. “Do not use the same products for adult acne as teenage acne – they have been designed completely differently,” stresses Emma.
bh loves: Dermalogica Age Bright Clearing Serum, $130. It chemically exfoliates the skin to keep it clear of breakouts, and also has an upside of evening out skin tone and improving radiance without, and this is crucial... drying skin out.
“Laser hair reduction can be an option for unwanted facial hair, but you need to make sure you zap it early, before it goes white or grey and can’t be treated,” advises Dr Catherine Stone of The Face Place. “Other options include electrolysis of the bigger individual hairs and micro-dermaplaning for the fine, downy ‘peach fuzz’ hair.” At home, there’s always a trusty pair of tweezers or a defuzzing blade.
bh loves: Revlon Face Defuzzers, $11.99 (for two). Specially designed for peach fuzz, simply run one of these over clean, dry skin in small, downward motions.
A rise in body temperature during a hot flush can make you feel as though your make-up is melting down your face. Water-proof mascaras are invaluable, but make sure you invest in a good remover to take them off at night. Long-lasting foundations lock onto the skin but aren’t ideal if your skin is particularly dry. The solution? “Wear a make-up primer,” says Gabrielle Jones of The Makeup School Ltd. “It will smooth the skin and help create a polished, longer-lasting make-up.”
bh loves: Max Factor Illuminating and Hydrating Primer, $39.99. Applied before make-up goes on, this will help to extend wear. The inclusion of glycerine guards against dryness, while niacinamide works to even out skin tone the more you wear it.
Lines & Wrinkles
The lead-up to menopause can make skin more prone to thinning, sagging and wrinkling. Most experts agree that retinols are the gold standard for skin rejuvenation as they boost collagen levels and keep skin looking plump and healthy. The earlier you include them in your skincare regime the better.
bh loves: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, $85 for 30 capsules. “It’s effective at restoring skin cell turnover, while keeping your face firm and hydrated,” says dermatologist Dr Dendy Engelman.
The skin on our body can be affected with itchiness and a crawling sensation experienced by many women. Its dwindling ability to retain water and produce oil is the culprit, so try to avoid anything that will strip the skin, such as harsh soaps and hot showers. Nourishing body oils and creams massaged over your body after bathing will help seal in moisture and keep skin soft and supple.
bh loves: Weleda Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Body Oil, $38.90. It’s formulated for mature skin and made with highly nourishing oils to help increase firmness and elasticity.
Along with stress, diet and plain old genetics, menopause is when many women will start to notice hair loss. Common signs might be a widening part or seeing more of your scalp. Dermatologist Dr Eleni Yiasemides suggests getting onto a topical treatment to reactivate hair follicles as soon as possible. “We know that with any sort of hair loss, the sooner you get onto the treatment the more hair you can retain.” Bear in mind that they only work for as long as you use them. Our solution is to cleverly disguise thinning with a concealing spray or powder.
bh loves: KMS Style Color Spray-On Color, $39.50. With multiple shades to choose from, use this waterproof, flexible spray to colour your hair and scalp – giving the illusion of fuller hair.
In areas of the skin that have been exposed to UV rays over the years, melanin synthesis increases during menopause. “This can result in brown age spots appearing on your face, hands, neck, arms and chest,” says menopause specialist
Dr Louise Newson. A doctor or dermatologist can use cryotherapy to freeze and lighten them and specialist skincare can also help.
bh loves: Shiseido White Lucent Day Emulsion SPF50 PA+++, $109. It works to lighten the look of age spots while protecting your complexion from further damage. Light enough to wear every day, it also gives skin a dewy sheen.
What symptoms have you noticed?