You probably didn’t know that along with hot flashes, menopause is a time of dry and very itchy skin. Why? All due to the dwindling of estrogen, our womanly hormone that kept us juicy and lubricated in all the right places.
Doctors call itchy skin pruritis. Fortunately there are natural things you can do to reduce the dryness and especially the itching. After my years in peri menopause and many experiments, here are my tips to make mature skin, less itchy!
If you’ve been using soap or foaming products- stop! They are sooo drying to your skin. Instead switch to a gentler option to cleanse skin and remove make-up. I’d recommend using a cream-based cleanser based on perfect pH flower hydrosols, like Jardin de Fleurs This is formulated with naturally active ingredients including creamy shea butter and soothing jojoba to offer concentrated yet gentle cleansing without drying the skin out. Hormone balancing rose geranium lifts the spirits, dispels anger and frustration, while castor bean polishes away dead skin cells and help reveal soft, radiant skin.
Ditch toners that contain alcohol. Dry skin needs gentler rosewater based toners such as Drench. Formulations with frankincense or sandalwood hydrosol are excellent too, along with infusions of Vitamin B3 Niacinamide are perfect for mature skin, as they have moisturising and conditioning benefits.
Yes even mature skin needs help shedding the dull dry layers that make our complexion look tired and lacklustre. A gentle polish or scrub twice a week will remove dead skin cells, leaving skin visibly brighter and smoother. When choosing an exfoliator for the face, I recommend looking for one with tiny biodegradable ocean-friendly particles that gently buff the skin, such as bamboo or jojoba spheres. Our Harmony facial polish is perfect to gently buff away dead skin cells and reveal smoother, clearer skin. And is ocean-friendly!
Mature skin looses that freshness but with a brightening serum, we can replace most of the brightness and radiance it once had. Look for a luminosity promoting ingredient called SAP. Our fast-acting Vitamin C Brightening Serum contains powerful SAP form of Vitamin C to leave skin with instant radiance. More sensitive, menopausal skins can also try mixing this with Proposal in Paris night cream for a gentle overnight treatment.
Now is the time to moisturise your whole body from scalp to feet to reduce itching skin at night. Pay special attention to your face, neck and hands as these three areas give away signs of tiredness and age.
The French also consider their décolletage as part of their neck, so if you like to wear clothing that reveals that area, be sure to give it TLC. Use your night cream if you don’t have a specialised neck cream.
Look for a moisturiser with plant oils such as argan, marula, or jojoba and make sure it contains antioxidants, vitamins or skin-friendly botanical extracts such as rosehip seed and avocado along with Hyaluronic acid.
Now’s the time to use retinol alternatives such as Cacay, Rosehip and Babchi as well as a nourishing night cream: Massage a few drops of facial oil onto skin on your face and neck as an indulgent overnight treat. I love rosehip seed oil, Cacay, and magical frankincense which are all packed into our Empress Elixir.
Don’t forget to moisturise your décolletage, where the skin is naturally thinner and often exposed to the elements. Our night creams are ideal for this, as they’re packed with potent natural ingredients to visibly plump and smooth skin on the bust, neck and décolletage.
If you’re not already using an eye cream then add one to your skincare regime. Opt for a formula with high levels of essential fatty acids and Hyaluronic Acid as well as snow mushroom or sea fennel to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
A daily massage will help increase blood circulation and keep your underlying facial muscles toned and taut. Apply a facial massage balm such as Samba that prevents tugging, as well as feeding your skin with super food extracts. This can help clear toxins, reduce puffiness and encourage cell renewal to leave skin looking more radiant. Apply a little to your cuticles and lips! Book a fortnightly facial massage treatment to give your skin the extra benefits of rejuvenating massage techniques and lowered cortisol. For our facials we use a combination of massage and high quality botanical skincare products from Glow-Skincare to get the best results on mature skin at our Kingsbridge treatment room in TQ7.
Add these to your diet to offer mature skin an extra boost…
- A supplement with GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and omega-3 essential fatty acids can encourage smoother skin.
- Antioxidants including vitamins E and C can help protect the skin against free radical damage.
- Calcium and magnesium supplements can be taken to help prevent bone degeneration. Small quantities of dark chocolate is an excellent source of magnesium and antioxidants.
- Taking Hyaluronic acid can help lubricate skin and joints. This is already natural to the body and carries out many crucial roles, including lubricating joints and, together with collagen and elastin, gives skin its springiness.