Authoritative and awrad-winning skincare brand Gaylia Kristensen talks us through menopause and skincare solutions that work on menopausal skin.
Menopause is an incredibly complicated process that all women endure as they reach middle age. For many women in their 40’s and 50’s, it is a time of tremendous change. During menopause, lower levels of estrogen have a dramatic impact on your body and your skin. Less estrogen makes you prone to skin thinning, sagging and wrinkling. Fortunately, thanks to some amazing new technologies, you can dramatically reduce the skin-related effects of ageing, by choosing skincare products created specifically for this important life-stage.
Your Skin and Menopause
Menopause causes many changes to your skin. Your body stops making as much collagen and elastin. You lose some fat under your skin and your skin’s elasticity reduces. That, combined with dryness caused by hormonal changes, can cause sagging, especially around the neck, jawline and cheeks, and a sudden increase in lines and wrinkles. The lines and wrinkles you get with menopause are often deep crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines and lines above the upper lip. Your skin may also become extremely sensitive. You may not be able to use any harsh chemicals; Retinols, high-concentrate Vitamin C or any type of Enzymes or Acids, even natural ones.
Cleansing is the first important skincare step, especially as you age. As you get older and your skin gets drier, your skin needs extra moisture. The key is using a cleanser that feeds and nourishes the skin, while it cleanses. So, it’s really important to use a creamy formula that super hydrates, instead of a foam or gel cleanser, which are designed for younger skin, and strip away moisture and natural oils.
GENTLÈ Orange Blossom Cleanser: This rich luxurious, age-defying cleansing cream will feed and nourish your skin at the same time as it deep cleanses. It will remove all make-up and eye make-up in just one cleanse. It loves being used with water and leaves the skin squeaky clean, but super-hydrated, soft and smooth.
Get your Glow Back
Exfoliating your skin at least 3 times a week in the shower, will dramatically improve your skin tone and texture. By sloughing off all the dry, dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, you will reveal a brighter, smoother, softer complexion. Don’t forget to exfoliate your neck, chest and back of hands at the same time. Regular, effective exfoliation will give you your natural glow back, and help reduce the appearance of dry, flaky age and sunspots.
VELVÈT Facial Polish: This amazing natural jojoba bead exfoliating cream is gentle on the skin but super effective. It polishes and perfects your skin, removing dull surface skin cells to reveal velvety soft, smooth, younger-looking skin.
Changes in your hormonal levels during menopause can cause hot flushes usually at the most inconvenient times.
HEAVÈN Hydrating Facial Mist: This wonderful soothing, hydrating mist will calm and cool your skin. Decant some into a small atomiser and take it with you everywhere! You can use it day or night. Spray a fine mist on top of your make-up during the day or over your skincare products at night.
Powerful natural, high-tech Serums will help increase the production of Collagen and Elastin in your skin and minimise wrinkles. Serums are a life-changing necessity when over 40. Use them under your moisturising cream, twice a day, for maximum results. The results of new molecular peptide and protein technologies can achieve are simply amazing.
EYE LÌFT Intensive Eye Serum will reduce lines and wrinkles around your eye area and forehead by up to 63% in 30 days. A powerful natural alternative to BOTOX, it is a natural miracle for those wanting to have stunning, younger looking eyes.
UTOPÌA The Ultimate Anti-Ageing Serum is your Natural Face Lift. A powerful, natural, non-surgical, face sculpting Serum that you will not want to live without if you are over 40! The lifting and firming results it can achieve, are quite incredible. Apply UTOPÌA to your face, neck, and back of hands, before your moisturising cream twice a day, and watch the wrinkles start to disappear.
In your 40’s and 50’s you will need to super hydrate. As your estrogen levels reduce, your skin becomes thinner and drier. You will need a brilliant super-hydrating treatment cream and treatment oil to combat and prevent all the signs of ageing.
DÈLUXE Firming Cream is the ultimate multi-tasking, moisturising treatment cream. With 7 powerful technologies it has everything you need for fantastic younger, healthy skin. It is your eye cream, face cream, neck cream, day cream and night cream. Everything you need in just one jar.
PASSÌON Treatment Oil is a Life-Saver during menopause. Designed specifically for dry, delicate, sensitive skin, it transforms your skin overnight while you sleep. A combination of 5 precious essential organic oils, it feeds and nourishes your skin; healing and repairing it as you sleep. You can use it alone on top of your Serums for a huge boost of moisture, or you can add 1 or 2 pumps to your DÈLUXE Cream at night, to create the most beautiful, hydrating emollient you have ever used. It can also be used as a superb body oil on your hands, arms, elbows, legs and feet.
Don’t forget your Hands
The backs of your hands can quickly age during menopause. Your skin becomes thin, dry, lined and wrinkled, and can look quite transparent. Your hands can be a real age give-away when over 40. So, make sure you treat them well. Your hands work hard for you every day and they will benefit greatly from a little extra love and care.
SÌLK Luxury Hand Treatment: is the secret to beautiful, younger looking hands. It is not just an ordinary hand cream. It is a powerful Hand Treatment with Pure Silk Protein, Hydrolysed Collagen and some extraordinary natural technologies that will transform your hands and strengthen your nails. You will never give your age away when using this award-winning product!
PASSÌON Treatment Oil: is also brilliant for very dry hands. Use it as a Hand Massage Oil at night and see the transformation in the morning.
Sometimes the body goes through so much hormonal change during menopause that your skin can go into reverse and adult acne can suddenly appear. The skin can appear to be oily, but don’t be fooled! It still needs moisture. Don’t try and dry the skin out too much. It will over-react and the problem will get worse. In hot humid climates try using just the UTOPÌA Serum alone, or in drier environments just the DÈLUXE Firming Cream. DÈLUXE has some amazing moisture re-balancing technologies that will help regulate and maintain the right moisture levels. If this does not work, then seek medical help as you will need specific hormone treatment to calm the skin down.
Eating a healthy diet with lots of anti-oxidants and soya products, balancing stress in your life with yoga and meditation, exercising regularly and getting lots of refreshing sleep, will also help you re-balance your hormonal levels and metabolism, so take good care and look after yourself well during these transformative years.
The 40’s and 50’s can be a very challenging time as a woman.
My mission has been to create products that make it simple for you to navigate your way through what sometimes can be a difficult, stressful time.
A daily regime of Cleanse + Serum + Hydrate, makes looking after your skin quick, simple and easy, and will transform the way your skin looks and feels.
I hope our unique, natural, Australian products will give you the confidence that your skin is the very best it can be, and help you master this challenging time of change.
The Gaylia Kristenesen Goal: Fantastic, healthy skin glowing with vitality. using effective products to help you looking and feel at least 10 years younger the natural way!