Want to know what is the best menopause skincare? Award-winning beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis is the go-to expert. Noone gets under the skin of the beauty industry and understands the facts – and the fictions – about skincare, as well as Alice does.
Don’t just take our word for it. “Alice is one of the leading and most trusted voices in skincare,” says Liz Earle. While Trinny Woodall, founder of Trinny London, says, “Alice is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to skincare.”
What is good for menopausal skin?
With a keen interest in the fast-moving world of skincare technology, Alice has interviewed leading experts to discover what is important for our skin – and why.
We know from our own midlife beauty survey that there are many skincare issues that come with menopause. Whether it’s a dull complexion, saggy jawline or menopause breakouts, the shifts in our hormone levels can cause beauty havoc. But the more that we understand about these impacts, the more we can choose the right products and treatments to tackle them.
READ MORE All about menopause skin breakouts.
Alice’s findings are all in her brilliant book, The Tweakments Guide: Start With Skincare. “Using great skincare is the key to achieving a fresher-looking face,” says Alice. “Yet so many people don’t take skincare seriously, because they don’t know what the right products could do for them.”
When it comes to the best menopause skincare for midlife skin, Alice says that we have two main choices.
“Most skincare practitioners would suggest you carry on with a regime of effective cosmeceuticals through menopause,” she says. “This means antioxidant/ Vitamin C, moisturiser and sunscreen in the morning, and then retinoid (such as Retinol or a stronger type of Vitamin A derived ingredient) or glycolic plus moisturiser in the evenings.”
Alternatively, Alice’s book flags some of the “specially-designed-for-menopause” skincare that claims other benefits.
How can I get glowing skin during menopause?
Alice also believes that HRT will do more for your menopausal skin than any cream or serum. “Oestrogen supplementation of any sort will do more good for your skin than any skincare regime,” she says. “Though skincare always helps.”
Having read Alice’s book, and the chapter on best menopause skincare in particular, we are tempted to chuck out the entire contents of our bathroom cabinet and start again. A bit drastic perhaps. But next time you run out of something, read this before you buy.
Here, taken from The Tweakments Guide: Start With Skincare, are a few of Alice’s top products for midlife skin.
Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum, £32
This award-winning brightening serum also offers hyaluronic acid, so it hydrates as well as softening uneven pigmentation.
Paula’s Choice C-15 Super Booster, £49
A great serum from this brilliant brand, based on 15% L-ascorbic acid (plus ferulic acid and vitamin E) to brighten dull skin, fade dark spots and boost collagen production.
No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate, £34
You know that an ingredient has reached a tipping point in popular awareness when No7 includes it in its signature skincare range. This product, with 0.3% retinol, has been through enough trials to reassure fans of the brand – and sceptics – that it really does the job it claims to do, and softens wrinkles without being difficult to tolerate.
Medik8’s Retinol 3TR, £29
Medik8 is big on retinols and retinoids. This is a great one to start with. The TR stands for time release, which means it is easier to tolerate as the retinol is drip-fed into your skin cells overnight, rather than being dumped in all at once.
Teoxane RHA Serum, £55
A fabulous but expensive hydrating serum. Teoxane is a brand that makes injectable hyaluronic acid gels. RHA stands for Resilient Hyaluronic Acid. The serum combines this ingredient with antioxidants to strengthen and hydrate the skin.
Olay Regenerist 3 Point Lightweight Firming Serum, £31.49
The Regenerist range is powered by pentapeptides and an “advanced amino-peptide complex”. That’s the science; the point is, it is well proven and, thanks to regular tweaks to update the formula, is as popular as ever.
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