To get the best results from your skincare routine it’s important to know what ingredients are going to complement each other. This is especially true in menopause.
Fluctuating hormone levels mean big changes for our skin - we are talking dryness, loss of radiance and tone, increased sensitivity, inflammation and even breakouts. Pairing the right ingredient combinations can work wonders to combat these skin symptoms. Here are 5 you need to know about for glowing, radiant, healthy skin in menopause.
RETINOL AND CERAMIDES TO MAINTAIN MOISTURE LEVELS WHILE SKIN REJUVENATES
Using the right product formulation is key with retinol if you want the best results whilst minimising the risk of irritation in menopause. It’s well known that retinol can cause irritation and skin sensitivity in the early stages as your skin gets acclimatised. Pairing retinol with skin strengthening ceramides helps protect against dryness and sensitivity by keeping skin’s moisture levels up. Ceramides are lipids that are naturally found in skin. They work to strengthen skins natural barrier, maintain moisture levels and calm redness and irritation. Ceramides create a healthy skin barrier which allows retinol to work its magic more effectively.
RETINOL AND NIACINAMIDE TO REDUCE HYPERPIGMENTATION AND BOOST SKIN BRIGHTNESS
There are multiple benefits to using niacinamide in menopause. It’s a powerful antioxidant that works to protect skin, boost radiance, reduce hyperpigmentation and keep the skin barrier healthy and hydrated while soothing irritation. It’s also calming with a soothing effect which makes it the ideal skincare ingredient to use alongside retinol. A powerhouse antioxidant like niacinamide is a must in menopause and the best news is it is well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin types which makes it the perfect partner for retinol. Unlike ingredients like vitamin C which can often increase skin sensitivity.
RETINOL AND RESVERATROL TO BOOST RADIANCE, SKIN TONE AND ELASTICITY
Retinol is the gold-standard for smoother, softer, firmer, more even skin. It is universally acknowledged to be the gold standard for ageing well. The list of skin benefits is endless - reduction in fine lines and wrinkles (we prefer to call them laughter lines), speeds up skin cell renewal, reduces hyperpigmentation, gently resurfaces skin unclogs pores and boosts collagen production.
Resveratrol is a super-effective yet gentle antioxidant which complements retinol perfectly. Found in the skin of red grapes it has a whole host of benefits for menopausal skin. It neutralizes free radicals, boosts skin glow and reduces hyperpigmentation and increases elasticity. Using retinol and resveratrol together will boost radiance and skin brightness, even out skin tone and leave skin more supple and resilient. Use resveratrol in the morning to protect against environmental stressors and retinol at night to stimulate cell turnover.
HYALURONIC ACID AND PEPTIDES TO STIMULATE COLLAGEN FOR PLUMPER, MORE HYDRATED SKIN
This is a potent duo that stimulates collagen production while plumping skin with a hydration boost. Exactly what you need to rejuvenated dry, dull, menopausal skin.
Peptides are very clever skincare ingredients that are proven to preserve and boost collagen. There are multiple types of signal peptides which carry messages throughout our body. When these are applied to the skin, they trick our skin into thinking it needs to make more collagen and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin making our skin appear firmer and plumper. Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate skin hydrator that locks water into skin to rejuvenate skin cells and restore bounce and radiance. Peptides work in the lower layers stimulating collagen production while hyaluronic acid delivers an intense hydration boost to replenish lost moisture and restore that glowy dewy look to skin.
NIACINAMIDE AND CERAMIDES TO COMBAT DRYNESS FOR A HEALTHY SKIN BARRIER
This skin strengthening duo repairs and restores skin’s natural barrier for soft, supple skin. Both ingredients combine well to comfort skin on multiple levels. Because our skin barrier starts to weaken in menopause using ingredients that support and strengthen the skin barrier are key to combatting the dryness, irritation and tightness that are the hallmarks of menopausal skin.
CHANGING YOUR SKINCARE IN MENOPAUSE MATTERS
At Living M we have removed the guesswork for you with a range of expertly formulated products designed to target the hormonal skin changes caused by menopause. With the right active ingredients in the right combinations.
The Menopause Skin Solution Set is a simplified menopausal skincare routine for maximum results formulated with ingredients that complement each other at optimum levels for maximum results. The high-performance products have been expertly developed to complement one another to target the top symptoms of menopausal skin changes – dryness, loss of firmness and radiance, fine lines, skin sensitivity, redness and inflammation and hormonal breakouts.
Step 1 Quench & Soothe Serum (35ml) is a next level super hydrator designed to soothe and calm sensitised skin. Helps control hormonal breakouts for an ultra-hydrated, brighter, clearer complexion. Superstar Ingredients: Multi-molecular hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and Vitamin B5.
Step 2 Collagen Boost Moisturiser (50ml) is a multi-tasking dream cream designed to boost collagen production and deliver vital nourishment for plumper, glowing, firmer skin. Superstar Ingredients: Signal peptides, resveratrol, niacinamide, multi-molecular hyaluronic acid, avocado and cupuacu butters.
Step 3 Super A Retinol Sleep Cream (50ml) A high-performance retinol blend designed to accelerate cell turnover for radiant, smoother, stronger skin. Specifically designed for menopausal skin so you can enjoy all the benefits of retinol without the irritating downsides. Superstar ingredients: 0.5% encapsulated retinol, ceramides, multi-molecular hyaluronic acid.