1. Sunscreen: A zinc containing, tinted sunscreen every day is likely the least expensive and most effective anti-ageing product you can ever use! Physical sunscreens containing Zinc are best - they block UVA more efficiently which is the major culprit in causing photoageing and pigmentantion and they are much better for those with rosacea or sensitive skin where chemical sunblocks can cause flares or irritation. For those who suffer from abnormal pigmentation using a tinted physical sunblock can give additional benefit as the Iron oxide helps to block out possible effects of visible light from computer screens and indoor lights. Apart from the obvious reduction in skin cancer risk which becomes higher later in life, sunscreen also prevents collagen breakdown, blotchy discoloration of the face, and the development of broken veins. Our favourite physical sunscreens are @eltamdskincare or @revisionskincare.
2. Where possible, a retinoid (retinol or prescription tretinoin) should be the cornerstone of every perimenopausal skincare regimen. Retinoids are the most effective topical therapies to reverse the signs of ageing, increase collagen production, reduce fine lines, discolouration, enlarged pores and have a minor but appreciable impact on reducing precancerous skin changes with increasing age. Our favourite is Revision Skincare Retinol Complete 1.0 by day and DEJ Nightcream with time-released 0.25% Retinol, in the evening.
4. Serums which contain peptides and antioxidants have been shown to increase collagen and elastin production in the skin while reducing inflammation to produce improved skin tone and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Our favourites include Revision Skincare Intellishade Truphysical, Revision Nectifirm and Biologique Recherche’s Serum Matriciel Visage, VG Tensil and Serum 3R.
5. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in abundance in younger skin but declines during perimenopause and menopause. It is a powerful moisture binding agent, enhancing skin hydration to produce plumper smoother skin, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. HA is present in our @eltamdskincare Elta MD Replenish and EltaMD Clear sunblocks, and in a multitude of our @biologique_recherche_ireland serums, creams and replenishing masks including the Serums Biosensible and Silk Plus, Masques Visolastine and VIP O2 and Crème VG Derm.
Regular facials are also an excellent way to monitor any changes in your skin and adapt your skincare regime and the products you use to meet your changing needs.
We would also recommend skin rejuvenation treatments, such as Photo-rejuvenation with IPL as a simple and effective treatment to reduce irregular pigmentation, age spots, redness and broken veins.
We will talk more about laser treatments and other effective, minimally invasive therapies next week!
All products mentioned above are available in our online shop, link in bio.