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Published by Harmonia Norah, 2017-07-14 06:51:36




If you’re going through ‘the change’, your
skin and hair may, quite frankly, be going
bonkers. We asked the experts for some advice

There’s no denying it, the menopause €36 Neovadiol €81.50 Pro-Definition Facial Oil from Elemis
can be a tricky time. While the Compensating Complex
hormonal rollercoaster can affect Advanced Replenishing An oil is great for parched skin and this one
moods it also has an impact on skin and Concentrate from Vichy is packed with nourishing ingredients and
hair. It’s a buffet of possible issues too, from anti-oxidant-rich plant stem cell extracts.
dry skin and acne, to oily skin pigmentation The Vichy Neovadiol
and misbehaving hair. Fun times, eh? range was created
specifically for
“Not only does the menopause reduce menopausal skin and
collagen production, which leads to the hormonal ageing
breakdown of the skin’s elasticity, it also and this cream-gel
causes pigmentation and hyperpigmentation formulation smoothes
problems,” explains make-up artist Deborah skin while micro-pearls
Leonard (www.deborahleonardmakeup. add radiance
com). “If that’s not bad enough, your skin cell
renewal rate slows down dramatically, and €25 Eight Hour
all these changes can leave our faces looking a Miracle Hydrating Mist
little lack lustre and looser than before.” from Elizabeth Arden

To help keep skin in good condition, A hydrating spritz
boost your skincare regime with soothing or mist is a great
face creams and nourishing serums to keep product to have on
dryness and tightness in check. hand to cool over-
heated skin. This
“Moisturising both day and night is one’s mist soothes
essential,” Deborah advises. “Treating your and refreshes skin.
skin with creams that are rich in antioxidants
will help protect it. Look for products €60 Energy Concentrate Youth €70 Murad Age Balancing
containing vitamin A and C, resveratrol Mask from Decléor Moisture SPF 30 from Murad
(found in black grapes) and green tea as these
products are steeped in antioxidants.” Decleor’s OrExcellence range Part of the Resurgence
Range, this nourishing
An area that is often overlooked is the nose was specifically designed for moisturiser contains
to lip lines (nasolabial folds). mature skin and this rich mask phytoestrogens to care for
contains hyaluronic acid to hormone challenged skin.
“Like the eyes, they are one of the first areas hydrate and an antioxidant
to reveal the tell-tale signs of aging,” Deborah vitamin C derivative to tackle
explains. “I highly recommend applying a lip dark spots.
cream in addition to your daily moisturiser.
The one I use, not just on my own face but on
clients’ too, is Nuxuriance Ultra Eye and Lip
Cream by Nuxe (€39.28).”


Meno matters

Back to basics

Make-up can be a huge help when it comes to masking lots of
menopausal e ects – and it can help restore confidence too.
Just make sure to choose smart products that will improve, not
exacerbate skin issues.

“As we mature, it’s important to think about the products
you put on your skin,” Deborah explains. “Use a foundation that
will protect, moisturise and brighten your skin. Avoid oil free or
mattifying formulae as these may dry out or dull your skin.”

€48 Synchro Skin
Glow foundation
from Shiseido
is radiance- Original
boosting foundation Foundation SPF15
gives a dewy finish from bareMinerals
and has a ‘smart’

formulation that Mineral foundation is very good

adapts to skintone. for sensitive skin types and
It contains skincare bareMineral’s original is a best
ingredients too.
seller (a pot is sold every three


€38.50 Redness €40 Magic Foundation
Solutions Instant Relief from Charlotte Tilbury
Mineral Powder
from Clinique Tilbury’s cult
€27.99 Lait Crème STEAM CLEAN foundation masks
Concentre from Clinique’s super fine imperfection
Embryolisse Deborah recommends a gentle powder tackles shine without looking
facial steam at home to help and redness. It’s like make-up
A famed multi- keep skin in check. packed with on your skin.
tasker, this creamy “Add a bunch of fresh sage anti irritants to Its ‘intelligent’
lotion can be used as (which contains magical anti- calm skin and its formula works to
a moisturiser, primer ageing properties) into a glass yellow shade helps hide all sorts of skin
bowl of hot water. Steaming woes including
and/or makeup releases essential oils from the neutralise the look of dullness, redness
remover. sage into the skin, opens pores, redness.
encourages lymphatic drainage
€17.50 Extra and stimulates blood flow. and fine lines.
Emollient Night Place a towel over your head
Cream from and your face about 11 inches Don’t Neglect
Mary Kay away from the bowl. While your Your Neck
skin is still damp, apply your
By Brenda McCormick e whole body exfoliator. Doing this removes Many of us are religious about taking care of the
can experience dead cells, which in turn skin on our faces but give barely a thought to one of
dry skin, thanks promotes the renewal of new the most tell tale, troublesome areas when it comes
to those hormone skin cells and will improve the to ageing: the neck! is area can lose firmness and
fluctuations, and tone and texture of your skin. become crêpey as we age. We’re big fans of No 7’s cult
this all-rounder is I recommend the Gentle Face Protect & Perfect serum and the new No7 Restore &
also good for dry Exfoliator by Liz Earle (€21.25).” Renew (from €36) is No7’s first clinically proven multi
patches on elbows, purpose serum to target both the face and neck. It has
knees, hands etc. the same patented Matrixyl 3000 Plus complex, with
an extra active complex of calcium amino acids and
ceramides to target fragile skin in the neck area, not
to mention the face. In a trial over eight weeks, 84 per
cent of participants stated that it was the best facial
serum they had ever used. High praise indeed!


Meno matters Hair heroes

SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFITS Laura Luciani, Education and Technical Manager of haircare
brand Davines, says the menopause can cause a number of
Taking targeted supplements can help with hair issues including thinning hair, loss of density, change
some of the e ects of the menopause. of texture, white hair and a decrease of sebum production
which causes hair to become drier. To keep hair in as good
€36.95 Collagen Beauty Formula from Natures Aid condition as possible, Luciani says, “Add antioxidants to
your diet, use specific haircare products to increase the
Working to keep skin, hair and nails healthy, hydration of the fibre and to seal the water inside, and
this supplement contains hydrolysed pure increase the use of anti-oxidant hair care products.”
marine collagen along with skin-supporting
nutrients including vitamin C, copper, vitamins €36 Rahua Shampoo and
B2, B3, zinc and biotin. Conditioner @ Net a Porter

€16.95 Menosan Menopause Support from A.Vogel is 100 per cent natural hair
range includes a cleanser
Magnesium helps to reduce tiredness, soya
contains phytoestrogens that can mimic the derived from coconut oil to
actions of the body’s own oestrogens, hibiscus gently cleanse and rahua oil
can help with fluid retention and vervain has helps to strengthen weak hair,
traditionally been used to balance the nervous
system, which can in turn help with the stress without affecting colour.
triggers for hot flushes.
€25.25 each, Extra Volume
14 WOMANSWAY.IE Shampoo & Conditioner
from Moroccanoil

A volumising range, which
contains argan oil to care
for limp hair. e products
work to boost manageability
as well as shine, to keep hair
looking healthy.

€49.88 Energizing Thickening
Tonic from Davines

A tonic specially designed for
fragile, thinning hair. It contains

caffeine phytoceuticals to help
improve blood circulation and a
hair energy complex to regulate

sebum production.

€9.99 Thicker & Fuller Shampoo
from Charles Worthington

Part of a volume-boosting range,
the icker & Fuller Shampoo
contains nourishing vitamin E
beads that burst onto the skin as
it’s massaged into the scalp.

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