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The perimenopause – the years leading up to the menopause – is a journey all women experience and can be identified through its skin effects.
Perimenopause starts around 40-50 when oestrogen levels drop and your periods become sporadic.
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Menopause is when periods stop for 12 months.
Women experience drier skin, breakouts, blotchiness, hot flushes and a loss in firmness.
As a woman gets closer to the menopause, the following changes begin to occur:
• increased loss of collagen
• decrease in skin elasticity
• dry skin
• hot flushes
• decreasing skin thickness
Hot flushes can come on fiercely and suddenly and last from 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
Incorporate cooling, soothing products into your daily skincare regime to help skin feel more comfortable.
Icy Cooling Elixir Facial Mist 100% of women saw an instant reduction in skin temperature spritz to cool, soothe and drench skin with hydration at home or on the go.
Skin’s moisture starts to decline faster once the perimenopause begins.
Hydra Rescue On-The-Go Serum instantly grants skin a moisture boost of 98% • twice daily, massage into skin to swaddle thirsty cells with nourishment.
30% of collagen lost in the first five years of the menopause and sleep can become disrupted.
Dream Cream Night Cream helps double collagen production and calm skin
• apply to cleansed face and neck before bed.
Turmeric, known as the “spice of life”, has a history of use within homoeopathic and cultural rituals. It also has a bounty of research supporting anti-inflammatory activity.
In traditional Southeast Asian medicine tilliacora has been used for a long time. In Thailand, people call this plant “never get old for a thousand years”.
Studies found that perimenopausal women who are active throughout the day sleep better and are awoken less often by hot flushes and night sweats. Regular exercise can help this, as well as improving mood and anxiety levels.
• Certain things might trigger hot flushes, e.g. caffeine, spicy food, smoking and alcohol so keep a diary of your side effects. Every time you feel a hot flush coming on, note down what you’ve eaten, or what activity you’ve just done. Look for patterns and try to avoid triggers.
• You’re not alone when going through the perimenopause, though it can often feel like it! Don’t be afraid to open up and talk about how you’re feeling – you’ll probably discover others are experiencing the same thing and you can even laugh (or cry) about it together
OVERNIGHT BEAUTY & LIFESTYLE TIPS
• Follow a 2-step night-time cleansing routine, such as a make-up remover and cleanser, or a double cleanse, to ensure your skin and pores are deeply cleansed.
This helps remove old skin cells and pollutants, leaving the skin more capable to function overnight.
• Use more intensive skincare at night to maximise the skin’s renewal process. Serums, overnight masks and rich hydrating creams, like Adapt Dream Cream Night Cream, are ideal.
• Try to be in bed by 11 pm to allow the optimum amount of time for your skin to repair itself. The majority of these functions happen between midnight and 4 am, or whenever your sleep is at its deepest.
Our skin’s cell renewal is at its fastest and most effective at night, while our skin is not ‘under attack’ from external factors such as UV rays and pollution. As a result, our skin can focus its energy on renewing and repairing itself.
During the day, our body uses energy. When we sleep, organs like our skin work to fight damage from the day by entering repair and renewal mode.
• Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep. But it’s not only the quantity of your sleep that matters. It is about quality too. Reading, watching TV and even sending emails late at night may affect your sleep quality.
• The best sleeping position is on your back as it makes it easier for our head, neck and spine to align. Sleeping on your side or front can press your face into your pillow, creating a meshwork of fine lines and creases, especially if you have a cotton pillowcase. Invest in a silk or satin pillowcase to lessen the pressure applied to your skin overnight
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Q1 The menopause officially occurs a year after a woman’s last menstrual period and marks the end of fertility.
A TRUE. The menopause is reached once the menstrual cycle has stopped for a full year.
Q2 A woman in her 30’s can have hot flushes.
A TRUE - But it’s a trick question. Hot flushes are a common sign that a woman is going through the perimenopause or has reached menopause, but hormonal fluctuations during and post-pregnancy can trigger hot flushes in women of any age. In fact, women can experience hot flushes unrelated to either and can just be hormonal related!
Q3 Oestrogen doesn’t begin to decrease until you’re around 40.
A FALSE . At 45, a woman’s oestrogen level is about 50% less than it was in her 20’s. In addition, there’s is a dramatic loss of collagen (up to 30%) in the first 5 years. This stage is called the perimenopause and it occurs 8-10 years leading up to the menopause.
Q4 When a woman reaches the menopause her ovaries stop working.
A FALSE . Oestrogen production is extremely low during the menopause but the ovaries do not stop producing oestrogen altogether. The menopause does, however, mark the end of egg release by the ovaries and the menstrual cycle.
Q5 Menopause and post menopause are the 2 stages of the menopause.
A FALSE . There are 3 stages of the menopause - Stage 1: Perimenopause: the years leading up to the menopause when estrogen begins to decline. This usually begins in women in their 40’s or 50’s. Stage 2:Menopause: once the menstrual cycle has stopped for a full year and the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs. Stage 3:Postmenopause: the years following the menopause.
Q6 All women will experience hot flushes during this time period.
A FALSE . More than 70% of women get hot flushes and night sweats. but not everyone.
Q7 Nothing can be done to reduce the side effects.
A FALSE . Regular exercise can help control menopausal side effects such as hot flushes. An active lifestyle not only enhances mood but contributes to overall wellbeing.
Q8 Weight gain during this time is inevitable.
A FALSE . But this is another trick question... the menopause doesn’t actually cause weight gain, but it can increase belly fat. The reason? A drop in oestrogen levels during the perimenopause can make fat shift from the hips and thighs to the stomach.
Q9 Sleep problems have nothing to do with the menopause.
A FALSE . They do - big time. From the perimenopause to post menopause, women report the most sleeping problems. Often these problems are the result of hot flushes, insomnia and mood disorders.
Q10 The menopause is a sex killer.
A FALSE . A greater factor in determining how your sex life will play out is whether you had issues with desire before the perimenopause. If you did, then the challenges are likely to continue. Women can still give their sex life a boost - even after the menopause. It’s worth noting that during the perimenopause, you may feel a little dry and uncomfortable down there!