You may have had good skin habits throughout your life- from moisturising, leading a healthy lifestyle, and making sure to keep your skin away from the sun.
As you reach menopause however, the hormonal changes in your body can impact your skin far more quickly than even sun damage or smoking.
The reason for this is falling estrogen...
Produced by your ovaries, estrogen is the hormone that causes tissue to grow, and body fat to increase. It's also the hormone that aids in collagen production and elasticity, and peaks right before ovulation, giving the skin a temporary glow.
But as estrogen decreases, it takes your skin's elasticity along with it. As the overall level of estrogen decreases, the skin does not bounce back the same way it does during each menstrual cycle. Instead, collagen and elastin production decreases, which causes the skin to get drier and lose its elasticity.
So what can be done to mitigate the affects of estrogen loss?
1: Eat foods that mimic estrogen
Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens (a compound which mimics the way estrogen is used in the body) produces the same result as if you really had generated more estrogen- so eat extra of these:
-soy derived foods such as soy milk, tofu, and tempeh.
2: Increase moisture to plump the skin, and prevent moisture loss
With the loss of estrogen comes drier skin, so it should come as no surprise that we recommend upping your skin's moisture with a thicker and more oily moisturiser than you may have used in the past. This will both help seal your skin against moisture loss, hydrate your skin, and make it appear more plump and full.
For a thicker moisturiser, check out our Rich and Intensive Moisturiser with Manuka Honey!
3: Invest in a face cream that has ingredients that stimulate collagen.
Look for products that contain Retinol, or ingredients which contain Vitamin A (because this then converts to Retinol inside the body), Vitamin C, or ingredients containing peptides such as dairy derived products, grains, and soybeans.
Here's a few of our scientifically proven products that have shown to stimulate the production of fibroblast cells (the building block of collagen):
KD One's Rich & Intensive Moisturiser with UMF16+ Manuka Honey promoted the overall health of the human skin fibroblast cells in culture by stimulating their reproduction by up to 45%.
KD One's Eye Serum with Blackcurrant Seed Oil promoted the overall health of the human skin fibroblast cells in culture by stimulating their reproduction by up to 29%. It also stimulated the production of elastin when skin fibroblast cells were cultured. An increase in the elastin content will lead to an improvement in the elasticity of skin.
Vitamin C Serum
This serum in enriched with vitamin C, E & A, aloe vera, mamaku extract, hydraluronic acid, mamaku extract, carrot seed, Frankinsense, rosehip, evening primrose,rose geranium, neroli, lavender, orange, citrus seed extract
4: Massage your face
Stimulating the muscles around your face helps to provide more oxygen to the area via increased blood flow, which in turn is a natural way to increase collagen production.
You can either rub your facial muscles, or give them a light pinch to bring extra blood flow to the area.
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